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PCSP Welcomes the Class of 2017

Each fall, Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy holds a White Coat Ceremony to induct first year graduate pharmacy students into the profession of pharmacy. On August 24, 2013, 81 students were welcomed into the program as the Class of 2017 and received the first white coats they will wear during their laboratory and experiential education as pharmacy students.

“We are delighted to welcome the Class of 2017 into our program,” said Dr. Cliff Fuhrman, Dean of the Pharmacy School. “We are committed to providing them with a quality education and the opportunities to serve the community and the profession of pharmacy.”

A special thanks goes out to Mr. Steve Greene and CVS Caremark for sponsoring the White Coat Ceremony.

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Students Visit Smith Drug
and QS1

A highlight to orientation week for new PCSP students is a trip to the Smith Drug Company in Spartanburg, SC, to tour the facilities and see how South Carolina’s third largest privately held company works. Smith Drug Company has been committed to independent pharmacy since 1944 and offers a vast array of programs and services to the pharmacy community.

 Every year, as part of the new graduate student (P1) orientation week, one morning is set aside to have the students, faculty, and staff go out to various locations in the Clinton, Laurens, and Greenwood areas to help local groups and organizations. There are signup sheets listing the different local groups and their needs so the students can see what service opportunities are available and where they might wish to help the most. "Having our P1 students participate in Community Service Day is a great way to inculcate in them the importance of service as a future pharmacist and introduce them to the expected culture here at the PCSP," said Dr. Scott Asbill, Chair of the Pharmaceutical & Administrative Sciences department and Professor of Pharmaceutics. "Each year it is delightful to see students, staff, administrators, and faculty all working together on community service projects. It's a unique opportunity for the PCSP family that sets us apart from other pharmacy programs." Read more here...

The PCSP Wellness Center Diabetes Education program, under the leadership of Drs. Sarah Wagner, Eileen Ward, Tiffaney Threatt, and Kayce Shealy, was named the 2013 Pharmacy Community of Interest (COI) for Best Practice in Diabetes Care. Our faculty members received the award at this annual meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE13) in Philadelphia, PA, which took place from August 7-10, 2013.

The faculty of PCSP Wellness Center are honored and thrilled to have received such a prestigious award for their efforts in diabetes education. This recognition means a great deal, given the numerous diabetes education programs available in the state and nation in which pharmacists are involved. While formal awards certainly justify what they do, the real value is measured by the success of our patients in improving their health. This award is a testament to the great deal of teamwork that makes Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy unique as well as highlights the tradition of service that runs in the blood of every Blue Hose. Read more here...


CED Welcomes Michael Busch

Michael Busch is currently the CEO & Chairman of KYPO, a firm engaged in providing a turn-key Social Media Marketing Program to independently owned pharmacies and other locally owned businesses. He is also the President of SHB Consultants, the nation’s leading retail pharmacy consulting firm. He founded Medicine Shoppe International, Inc., an international franchisor of over 1,000 retail pharmacies. In 1995, Medicine Shoppe, already a public company, was sold to Cardinal Health, the 19th largest company in the United States. This transaction was valued at approximately $360 million. Micheal will be giving a presentation at the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy on his keys to success on September 10 from 6:30-8:00pm in lecture Hall 104.

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Back to School Picnic

The yearly "Welcome Picnic" was held on Monday, August 26, 2013, at Bailey Memorial Stadium. All pharmacy students, faculty, staff, and family members were invited to kick off the start of another great year! This mixer is designed to help introduce the new P1 class to the other students and get a little taste of life outside of the pharmacy labs. The sun was shining and the drinks were chilled to perfection as students, faculty, and staff got a chance to relax and enjoy the spectacular weather. Many a football was tossed around, and a little scouting for the next Pharmers Intramural Soccer team was done. Many thanks to Rite Aid for sponsoring the picnic.

PCSP was well-represented at the 2013 AACP Pharmacy Education Meeting in Chicago. Our faculty participated in three workshops and three poster presentations. The school poster entitled “Approaches to Promote Faculty Scholarship at a New Pharmacy School” was presented by Drs.Scott Asbill, Alfonso Romero-Sandoval, Cliff Fuhrman, and Sarah Sweitzer. A workshop on Engaging Undergraduate and Professional Students in the Pharmaceutical Sciences was moderated by Dr. Laura Fox, and Dr. Sarah Sweitzer was one of the speakers. Dr. Laura Fox also moderated a great interactive session entitled “Action Research: Introduction, Application and Implications for Teaching and Scholarship.” Dr.David Eagerton was a speaker in the workshop on “An Overview of Utilization and Interpretation of Drug and Alcohol Screening Tests.” Drs.Chris Farrell, Amy Messermith, and Nancy Pedigo presented a poster on “Application of Genomic Principles to Pharmacotherapy of Cancer.” Drs. Nancy Goodbar and Chris Farrell presented a poster on “Bridging the Gap: Clinical Application of Genetic Markers Using Case Studies.” Way to go, PCSP faculty!

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New Faculty: Rebecca Bickley

Dr. A. Rebecca Bickley, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, earned bachelor of science degrees in biology and chemistry from Converse College in 2005 before earning her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2009.

Here at the PC School of Pharmacy, Dr. Bickley teaches Drug Literature Evaluation and Evidence-Based Medicine and MTM-IX – Neurosensory. Dr. Bickley practices as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Self Regional Healthcare and as a Community Pharmacist, Clinica Gratis Free Clinic Community Initiatives. Her research interest is critical care outcomes.

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New Faculty: Giuseppe Gumina

Dr. Giuseppe Gumina, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, earned his M.S. degree in medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutics from University of Catania, Italy in 1994 before earning his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences (medicinal chemistry) from the same school in 1998.

A postdoctoral associate at University of Georgia from 1998 to 2003, Dr. Gumina teaches Principles of Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry and an MTM sequence. His research interests include nucleoside analogs as anticancer and antimicrobial, antiviral, and cardioprotective agents.

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