Susan Dickey, third year student pharmacist, was awarded the Sam Kalman American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation Scholarship. This national scholarship is bestowed upon students who demonstrate exceptional academic and leadership skills to shape the future of the pharmacy profession through involvement in their APhA-ASP chapter. Dickey will be formally recognized the at the APhA Foundation Contributors’ Breakfast at the APhA Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL on March 31, 2014. Susan, who serves as president of UT’s APhA-ASP chapter, says she is “incredibly honored to receive this award.” Please join us in congratulating Susan Dickey on this outstanding achievement.
From The Campus
Brian Henderson, third year student pharmacist, has been selected for a rotation at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Division of Drug Information. Henderson was chosen for this experience from a national pool of applicants and will travel to Washington D.C. for the month of January 2015. As part of the rotation, Brian will have the opportunity to attend FDA advisory committee meetings and congressional hearings while interacting with pharmacy students from schools across the country and learning about pharmacist career opportunities in government. Brian says he is “looking forward to learning more about the FDA’s drug information resources and MedWatch program. I am very excited for the opportunity to provide answers and information to a wide variety of people including physicians, pharmacists, pharmaceutical industry representatives, and patients.” Brian also encourages anyone with an interest in learning more about what happens behind the scenes at the FDA to apply for the rotation as well. More information about FDA rotations is available online at http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/WorkingatFDA/FellowshipInternshipGraduateFacultyPrograms/PharmacyStudentExperientialProgramCDER/default.htm.
Pharmacy is proud to announce the appointment of Bradley A. Boucher, PharmD, FCCP, FCCM, BCPS, as the new associate dean for Strategic Initiatives and Operations. His new administrative position began January 2, 2014. Boucher practices in the area of critical care at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis and also serves as a professor of Clinical Pharmacy. Current research interests include pharmacokinetic and therapeutic issues in the critically ill surgical patient, and medical management of the neurotrauma patient. Dr. Boucher has published over 80 peer reviewed articles and 18 book chapters during his career.
In 2004, Dr. Boucher distinguished himself by being elected as a pharmacy member of the National Academy of Practitioners. In addition, Dr. Boucher received the 2011 ACCP Clinical Practice Award. He served as President of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) in 2002 and received the ACCP Service Award in 2004. Dr. Boucher was elected as the Rho Chi Regional Councilor for Region III for 2011-2013 and has served as faculty advisor for Alpha Nu Chapter at the University of Tennessee since 2000.
The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that the University of Tennessee Health Science Center campus administration has approved the college’s proposal to convert the Nashville Clinical Education Center to a campus allowing up to 40 of our 175 students to spend the final 3 years of the curriculum in Nashville, similar to our Knoxville campus. The campus will solidify our recruitment efforts in middle Tennessee, give the College of Pharmacy a greater presence in Nashville, and offer students more access to the sixty plus residencies and employment opportunities in that region of the state. The Nashville campus was formally announced at our alumni reception at the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) Midyear Meeting on February 23, 2014.
Stephanie J. Phelps, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA, FCCP, FPPAG is the winner of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Education Award. The award honors an ACCP member who has made substantial and outstanding contributions to clinical pharmacy education at either the undergraduate or the postgraduate level. Dr. Phelps is associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy as well as professor of Pediatrics at the College of Medicine.
Letters written by colleagues in support of Dr. Phelps’ nomination speak to her passion and commitment to education. Dr. P. David Rogers, associate dean for Translational Research at the College of Pharmacy, wrote in his letter of support:“Dr. Phelps is the embodiment of academic excellence and expects nothing less from those around her, including her students, trainees, and peers.” Dr. Richard Helms, professor and chair of the University of Tennessee’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy, commented on Dr. Phelps’ ability to actively involve her students in learning:
“She always has her students probing dogma: what do we really know? Are our assumptions valid? How should the approach to care be changed to reflect this new understanding? How can students be involved to improve compliance, safety, and outcomes? Dr. Phelps has never viewed students as liabilities, but as extenders of care. Students become engaged and excited, launching into practice with enthusiasm and real capability.”
Dr. Phelps’ expertise is recognized internationally as well. She has been invited to lecture in Germany; Vancouver, British Columbia and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The textbook, for which she serves as lead editor, titled Guidelines for Administration of Intravenous Medications to Pediatric Patients (known as “The Teddy Bear Book”), is now in its 10th edition.
Dr. Oscar Herrera received the Nutrition Support Pharmacist New Practitioner Recognition Award on January 19th at the Pharmacy Practice Section meeting of Clinical Nutrition Week in Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Herrera is Fellow of Pediatric Nutrition and Metabolic Support in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy working with professor and chair, Dr. Rich Helms. This recognition honors a new practitioner pharmacist or student member of American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) for recent achievements within the field. It also serves to encourage new practitioners to participate in nutrition support research, to provide an opportunity to share research with experts in the field, to network with other pharmacist members of ASPEN, and to encourage future involvement in ASPEN and the Pharmacy Practice Section. Dr. Herrera presented his research, “Plasma citrulline concentrations in neonates/infants with or without gastrointestinal disease or bowel loss,” that led to his receiving this award. Dr. Herrera is pictured right, receiving the award from Dr. Lori Schirmer, Communications Liaison for the ASPEN Pharmacy Practice Section.
Johnna Tanner, PA Program Department Chair, reports that as the only Physician Assistant program in the state that is associated with a public university, the mission of the program at UTHSC is to prepare a diverse group of highly skilled Physician Assistant practitioners who are dedicated to improving access and providing high quality care. With that eye to diversity, this inaugural class has set the bar high. The class is evenly balanced with 13 males and 13 females which surpasses the national average of 75% percent female students. The class is also considerably above national averages with regards to ethnicity/race.
With a diverse and experienced faculty, the UTHSC PA program is poised to answer the challenging health care needs that the region is facing. By providing these students with a state of the art learning environment and unique clinical opportunities coupled with a tuition that is significantly lower than any other program in the state, UTHSC’s physician assistant students will be more than ready to provide outstanding care to Tennessee’s residents.
Feb. 1st marks the 55th anniversary of James W. Pate, M.D. as an active faculty member of the College of Medicine. Dr. Pate has participated in many of the dramatic changes in UTCHS and in local and national teaching, training, research, and health care delivery.
He still participates in student and resident conferences and lectures on a regular basis, several times a week. ( He never learned to play golf so this is his favorite past-time.)