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A message from Gary M. Pollack

July 2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

In June our college hosted the second annual Transformation and Innovation in Pharmacy Education (TIPEd) conference. Participants included representatives of several pharmacy programs around the country, as well as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the WSU College of Nursing, and the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

This conference has allowed our program to showcase several of its recent innovative initiatives, and to receive feedback from national experts that has informed our path. The timing of this conference has dovetailed with our annual faculty retreat, essentially allowing our faculty to compare notes between our internal deliberations and the viewpoint from outside our program. This is a powerful combination, and a significant strategic advantage as we continue to pursue “big ideas” in the educational arena.

Of course, there often is more value in looking forward (“You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there” – Yogi Berra) than looking backward (“Something might be gaining on you” – Satchel Paige). Two of the more forward-thinking topics discussed included self-paced curricular delivery (which would require the type of content delivery that we already use for our active-learning approach and might provide some intriguing opportunities for students who wish to pursue a Pharm.D./Ph.D. track as an example) and “precision education” (based on phenotyping a student’s learning preferences, analogous to “precision medicine”). A common thread throughout the meeting was the critical need for taking an evidence-based approach to education, and the rich opportunities for educational scholarship that are inherent in health professions academic programming.

As academic pharmacy (as well as other professions) continues to engage an increasingly diverse applicant pool, with a concomitant diversity in educational background, learning approaches, and lifestyles, approaches such as these may present significant advantages. I look forward to continuing discussions on these topics with our colleagues and peers as we all strive for solutions to better prepare outstanding health care professionals and scientists.

Best wishes,
signature: Gary M. Pollack




Gary M. Pollack
Dean, College of Pharmacy
Washington State University




UPCOMING EVENTS
7/29/17 Pre-game Reception
WSUAA Coug Day at the Mariners
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8/17/17 White Coat
Ceremony - Spokane

The Fox Theater
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8/18/17 White Coat
Ceremony - Yakima

Yakima Convention Center
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10/20/17 and 10/21/17 Pharmacy Homecoming Weekend
Crimson Gala, Oct. 20
Tailgate Party, Oct. 21

More college events »

COLLEGE NEWS
Compounding

Student achievement at national competition brings home prize that will benefit others
Three student pharmacists from the Washington State University College of Pharmacy competed in the national Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition (SPCC) March 18-19 in Aventura, Florida. Read more »
 

Cheyenne Newsome

Transitioning Pharmacy Practice to Meet the Needs of the Gender Revolution
SPOKANE, Wash.—Health care has seen an incredible amount of growth, innovation and evolution in recent years with the advancement of medical knowledge and integration of technology. Read more »

Brenda Bray

WSU pharmacotherapy faculty promoted
SPOKANE, Wash.—Brenda Bray, a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacotherapy at the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy, has been promoted to the rank of clinical professor, effective July 1, 2017. Read more »




TIPed 2017 A message from Linda Garrelts MacLean

Dear Alums, Colleagues and Friends of Pharmacy,

I wanted to provide you with an update about the WSU College of Pharmacy’s Crimson Gala on October 20, 2017, where we will honor WSU Professor Emeritus R. Keith Campbell with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

This event marks the return of Pharmacy Weekend, which will be returning to the college’s annual calendar as Pharmacy Homecoming Weekend. We will be honoring the career and lifetime achievements of the WSU College of Pharmacy alumni who have done outstanding work within their communities, contributed to the profession of pharmacy in profound ways, and have made a significant impact on the face of health care. There is not a more appropriate recipient for our inaugural Crimson Gala than Keith Campbell.

I suspect that many of you are grateful to Keith for being a mentor, counselor and/or friend. I remember that he advised me to (read “told me to”) learn everything I could about diabetes, get to know the diabetes provider experts in Spokane, learn to ask for referrals, network on a national basis, and become a certified diabetes educator if I was truly interested in expanding my community pharmacy’s niche into diabetes. Guess what – I followed his advice and it worked!

To further honor his contributions to our college, proceeds from this event will contribute to name the R. Keith Campbell Applied Patient Care Lab in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane. Funds will then provide support for our student pharmacists.

I hope you will be able to join us for this special night and then the WSU versus Colorado Homecoming tailgate and football game in Pullman the following day. Details will be posted to our website as they are finalized and the online registration will open very soon!

In the meantime, if you are interested in being a bigger part of making the R. Keith Campbell Applied Patient Care Lab a reality, please consider being an event sponsor.

To sign up as a sponsor or for more information, please email Kelly Sylvester at gocougs@pharmacy.wsu.edu or call 509-368-6675.

With Cougar Pride,

Linda Garrelts MacLean
Linda Garrelts MacLean, BPharm, RPh
Vice Dean of External Relations
Clinical Professor

ALUMNI NEWS
Nick Bruck ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Nick Bruck, class of 2004, was selected as our 2016 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year! He was chosen for his many contributions to the college and the pharmacy profession. Read more »

Leon Alzola MENTOR AWARDS

Leon Alzola, class of 1991, and Steve Riddle, class of 1984, received our Mentor of the Year award! Thank you both for your amazing guidance and the continual support you offer our students.

donor board DONOR BOARD

The college just got a new electronic donor board installed! Come and visit us on the WSU Spokane campus to take a look and tour around our building. Email us to schedule a tour.


ALUMNI UPDATES

  • Patrick Tabon, class of 2012, has accepted a position with USC as an assistant clinical professor. Congrats Patrick!
  • Josh Akers, class of 2007, and the Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group resident tied for first place in the resident category at the 2017 Northwest Pharmacy Convention Association annual poster competition for the poster titled, “Quantifying the impact of pharmacist guided in-home medication coaching on housing stability of low-income older adults.”

Want to be listed in our alumni updates? Send us your career information or let us know what you’ve been up to! gocougs@pharmacy.wsu.edu





FACULTY SCHOLARSHIP
Publications

  • Pharmacotherapy Clinical Assistant Professor Kimberly McKeirnan published with one co-author, “Training student pharmacists to administer emergency pediatric influenza vaccine: a comparison of traditional vs. just-in-time training,” in the peer-reviewed journal Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. Read article »
  • United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries (USTUR) Research Associate Maia M. Avtandilashvili, Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Research Professor and USTUR Director and Sergei Tolmachev and one co-author published, “USTUR whole-body case 0212: 17-year follow-up of plutonium contaminated wound,” in Radiation Protection Dosimetry.
  • Sergei Tolmachev published, “U.S. Transuranium and Uranium Registries: 50 years of research relevant to new biomarker,” in the journal Health Physics.
  • USTUR Research Associate George Tabatadze, Maia Avtandilashvili and Sergei Tolmachev published, “Plutonium in tissues of occupationally exposed individuals,” in Health Physics.
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Travis T. Denton and seven co-authors published, "Mild metabolic perturbations alter succinylation of mitochondrial proteins," in The Journal of Neuroscience Research, a peer-reviewed journal from Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
  • Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor Joshua J. Neumiller published, “Type 2 diabetes – pathophysiology and pharmacology review,” as a webinar for Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC on May 5, 2017. Available online »
  • Pharmacotherapy Professor and Associate Dean for Professional and Continuing Education Danial E. Baker published, “Bezlotoxumab, ” in the independent, peer-reviewed journal Hospital Pharmacy.
  • Danial Baker published, “Eteplirsen,” in the journal Hospital Pharmacy. Read abstract »
  • Pharmacotherapy Clinical Professor Terri L. Levien, Danial Baker and one co-author published, “Drug evaluation – Plecanatide (Trulance): updated evaluation,” in Wolters Kluwer Health’s The Formulary Monograph Service (FMS) in April 2017. Wolters Kluwer Health is a drug and health information publisher, the FMS is a resource used in the formulary decision making process for hospitals and managed care systems on recently released and investigational drugs.
  • Terri Levien and Danial Baker published, “Drug evaluation – Oxymetazoline (Rhofade),” in The FMS in April 2017.
  • Danial Baker, Terri Levien and one co-author published, “Drug evaluation – Betrixaban: preliminary evaluation,” in The FMS in April 2017.
  • Danial Baker, Terri Levien and one co-author published, “Drug evaluation – Deflazacort (Emflaza),” in The FMS in April 2017.
  • Danial Baker, Terri Levien and one co-author published, “Drug evaluation – Delafloxacin (Baxdela): preliminary evaluation,” in The FMS in April 2017.
  • Danial Baker, Terri Levien and one co-author published, “Drug utilization evaluation – Plecanatide (Trulance),” in The FMS in April 2017.
  • Danial Baker, Terri Levien and one co-author published, “Drug evaluation – Sirukumab: preliminary evaluation,” in The FMS in May 2017.
  • Danial Baker, Terri Levien and one co-author published, “Drug evaluation – Etelcalcetide (Parsabiv),” in The FMS in May 2017.
  • Danial Baker, Terri Levien, Specialty Resident in Drug Information Zaynah Ali, and one co-author published, “Drug evaluation – Guselkumab: preliminary evaluation,” in The FMS in May 2017.
  • Danial Baker, Terri Levien, Zaynah Ali, and one co-author published, “Drug evaluation – Brodalumab (Siliq): updated evaluation,” in The FMS in May 2017.
  • Danial Baker, Terri Levien, Zaynah Ali, and one co-author published, “Drug evaluation – Ribociclib (Kisqali),” in The FMS in May 2017.
  • Danial Baker, Terri Levien and one co-author published, “Drug utilization evaluation – Ribociclib (Kisqali),” in The FMS in May 2017.

Presentations

  • Joshua Neumiller presented, “Injectables for Type 2 diabetes,” at the 2017 American Diabetes Association (ADA) Scientific Sessions on June 9, 2017, in San Diego, California.
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Professor Grant D. Trobridge presented, "Using a virus to fight a virus: gene therapy for HIV/AIDS using foamy virus," at the Northwest Pharmacy Convention meeting in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, on June 1-4, 2017.
  • Pharmacotherapy Professor and Chair John R. White, Jr. presented the poster, “Improved glycemic control and lower hypoglycemia risk with reduced prior oral antidiabetes drug therapy in patients with Type 2 diabetes treated with insulin Glargine 300 units/ml,” at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners national meeting on June 20-25, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • John White presented the poster, “Low incidence of gastrointestinal adverse events over time with a fixed-ratio combination of insulin Glarigine and Lixisenatide versus Lixisenatide alone,” at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners national meeting on June 20-25, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Service

  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Zhenjia Wang served on the NIH study section of Developmental Therapeutics on June 15-16, 2017.
  • Joshua Neumiller has been appointed to the Medicine Matters Diabetes Advisory Board. Medicine Matters Diabetes is an online resource produced by Springer Nature for health care providers working with patients with diabetes.
  • Joshua Neumiller was recently interviewed by Diabetes Core Update, a monthly audio podcast produced by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The podcast titled, “Standards of medical care in diabetes 2017 – Part 1: general diagnosis and management recommendations,” was posted on June 13, 2017. Listen to the podcast here »
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Professor Salah-uddin Ahmed will mentor 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) undergraduate student Dorothy Wang from Whitworth University.
  • Grant Trobridge will mentor 2017 SURF undergraduate student Emily Fields from Pacific Lutheran University.
  • Travis Denton will mentor 2017 SURF undergraduate student Joshua Nay from Whitworth University.
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor John D. Clarke will mentor 2017 SURF undergraduate student Yusheng Wu from Wheaton College.
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Zhaokang Cheng will mentor 2017 SURF undergraduate student Stephanie Dong from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Boeing Distinguished Professor and Pharmaceutical Sciences Chair Philip Lazarus will mentor 2017 SURF student Vanessa Gamboa who received a Master of Science degree from Heritage University in 2017.
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Professor David X. Liu will mentor 2017 SURF student James Nguyen, a student pharmacist at the WSU College of Pharmacy .
  • Travis Denton was interviewed by KREM2 News for the segment, "Verify: what is the true cost of new ALS drug?” by Jane McCarthy on May 25, 2017. Watch the interview »

Awards

  • Pharmacotherapy Clinical Assistant Professor Cheyenne Newsome won first place in the pharmacist category at the 2017 Northwest Pharmacy Convention annual poster competition for the poster titled, “Between health literacy and diabetes control in a pharmacist-run disease state management clinic.”
  • Pharmacotherapy Clinical Assistant Professor Julie Akers and Fred Meyer/WSU Resident Ada Chang tied for first place in the resident category at the 2017 Northwest Pharmacy Convention annual poster competition for the poster titled, “Assessing the impact of marketing strategies on utilization of CDTA services in a community pharmacy setting.”

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) students

  • Sara Dumit, pharmaceutical sciences (Tolmachev lab), with faculty co-authors Maia Avtandilashvili and Sergei Tolmachev published, “USTUR whole-body case 0212: 17-year follow-up of plutonium contaminated wound,” in Radiation Protection Dosimetry.
  • Sara Dumit with faculty co-authors Maia Avtandilashvili and Sergei Tolmachev published, “Enhancement of plutonium excretion following late Ca-EDTA/DTPA treatment,” in Health Physics.




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