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PCSP Welcomes New Director
of Early Experiential Education

The PCSP Office of Experiential Education welcomes Dr. Mary Douglass Smith as the new Director of Early Experiential Education for the pharmacy school. Smith returns to the PC campus, having earned her B.S. degree in biology from PC in 2004 and her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina in 2008.

"It has been a pleasure having another former student become a colleague," stated Dr. Lewis McKelvey, Assistant Dean for Experiential Education. "Dr. Smith has jumped into the role as director already by meeting with pharmacists across the state and developing syllabi for our rotations to ensure high-quality experiences for our students."

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PCSP Celebrates
Pharmacists Month

American Pharmacists Month, observed throughout the month of October, recognizes the significant contributions to health care and the commitment to patient care by pharmacists in all practice settings nationwide. Around the nation, pharmacists are an integral member of the healthcare team and inform patients on the safe and effective use of increasingly complex medication regimens. PCSP would like to remind you that now is the perfect time to review your treatments with your pharmacist and make sure you have an up-to-date prescription list.

We had five teams comprised of two students each compete in the 3rd Annual Clinical Skills Competition. This competition is made up of a written part, in which the students evaluate a patient case and synthesize a thorough pharmacy care plan, as well as a verbal part, in which the students present their plan and defend their recommendations in front of a panel of judges.This year, our first place winners are Kelly Dye and Lyndsay Gormley. Our second place winners are Kayla Lewis and Lauren Linder. Our first and second place teams will represent PCSP at the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SCSHP) meeting on October 10, and our first place team will represent PCSP at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting in December in Orlando, FL. Many thanks, as well, to Drs. Jaime Foushee, Kathryn Freeland, and Jennifer Clements for serving as this year’s judges.
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P4s Back for Capstone

On October 15, 2013, the P4 class returned to the pharmacy school campus to present their Capstone presentations to faculty evaluations and fellow classmates. In addition, PCSP preceptors were invited to attend the Capstone presentations since the preceptor conference was cancelled.

Capstone is a course designed to provide students with the opportunity to present a formal seminar regarding a contemporary topic that is relevant to pharmacy practice, the pharmaceutical science, pharmacy administration and/or research in any of these areas. The topics varied greatly but were relevant and controversial topics in the areas, such as adult medicine, critical care, ambulatory care, community pharmacy, and psychiatry.

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Generation Rx Take-Back Day

The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy helped rid the community of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Student chapters of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA-ASP) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), along with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), accepted medications for disposal at the School of Pharmacy. The service was free and anonymous.

In April 2013, almost 6,000 locations across the country participated in the sixth Drug Take-Back Day. Participants turned in 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of unneeded medications. The level of support and participation from the public and healthcare providers continues to grow each year.

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- Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S., with an estimated 580,350 American deaths in 2013. The five-year survival rate for all cancers combined is approximated at 68 percent. Thus, there is a clear need for the development of new chemotherapeutic agents. Dr. Giuseppe Gumina, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences, was funded to develop new chemotherapy medications in his study titled “Synthetic Studies toward Novel Anticancer Peptidyl Nucleosides.”

- The human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is a common viral infection, but in some women it can progress to cause life-threatening cervical cancer. Over the last 10 years it has become clear that only certain HPV types increase the risk for cervical cancer. However, not all women with these higher risk types of virus develop cervical cancer. Dr. Amy Messersmith, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences, was funded to study how the immune response to HPV infection may predict which women develop cervical cancer. Her study is titled “Validation of the Proximity Ligation Assay for Quantitation of Cytokines in Human Cervical Mucus.”

- Over 60,000 babies are conceived and delivered through assisted reproductive technology each year in the U.S. For couples who struggle to conceive, about half of the time the cause if male infertility. Dr. Nancy Pedigo, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences, is discovering the mechanisms that produce male infertility and ways to prevent or reverse infertility. Her study is titled “Molecular Mechanism of Zinc Mitigation of Cobalt Reproductive Toxicity in Male Mice.”

* These three studies are funded by Small Pharmacy Awards for Research and Collaboration (SPARC).


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