As a senior from Rangeview High School I never thought I would be fortunate enough to have the opportunity to intern at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy. I worked with Kim Wisneski from the Pickens Technical College’s Executive Internship Program to intern at the school. However, if it wasn’t for Dana Brandorff and the faculty I shadowed, there would be no way that I would have been able to participate in such a great internship. Read More
Strengthening exemptions could boost vaccination coverage, reduce costs
States with weaker non-medical exemption policies for vaccinations can reduce the likelihood of a measles outbreak 140 to 190 percent by strengthening them, a new study from CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty member, Jon Campbell, PhD, show. Read More
Approximately 750 high school and post-secondary students from around the state of Colorado recently participated in a state conference organized by the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). Among the 15 exhibitors representing health science related organizations was the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Read More
Christina Aquilante, PharmD, was struck by many things during a recent trip to Egypt. Foremost was the profound thirst for knowledge displayed by students and health providers who enrolled in Aquilante’s intensive weeklong course on pharmacogenomics.
“It was probably one of the best experiences of my career. The folks just wanted to learn so much,” said, Aquilante, associate professor with CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. “I could have stayed probably 10 hours a day and they would have kept asking questions. They have such dedication and passion for taking care of their pediatric patients.” Read More
Fox 31’s Macradee Aegerter reports on the pros and cons of supplements. Aegerter interviewed faculty member Gina Moore, PharmD, about this $20 billion industry, while staff member Dana Brandorff recounts her personal experience with supplements.
As reported by Jenny Brown in the Feb. 27 edition of the Denver Post, “Colorado pharmacists soon can begin prescribing oral contraceptives under a new protocol that will provide unprecedented access to birth control in this state.
“Women who are at least 18 can complete a questionnaire, blood-pressure check and a 10- to 15-minute consultation with a pharmacist, then walk out with birth-control pills or patches, under new rules set in motion by a 2016 state law with bipartisan support. Colorado is just the third state with such access, joining Oregon and California. Read More
On January 18th, the Student Winter Symposium took place at CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The involvement of the graduate students of the three PhD programs (Pharmaceutical sciences, Toxicology, Pharmaceutical outcomes research) at the School, as well as from the PharmD program was outstanding.
The schedule of the symposium included 15 poster presentations and eight oral presentations, which contributed significantly in the exchange of knowledge and sharing of information about research that is being conducted at the School. The highlight of the event was the talk from Dr. Richard I. Morimoto (PhD), the director of Rice institute for Biomedical research of Northwestern University. Dr. Morimoto, a leader in the field of aging and a distinguished researcher, described the events that take place during aging that lead to proteostasis collapse, a mechanism involved in the promotion of Alzheimer’s disease pathology.
Attendance exceeded expectations and positive comments about the symposium were mentioned; specifically by Dr. Morimoto who applauded the event, praised the quality of research that takes place at CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and expressed his happiness for the invitation to be the symposium’s keynote speaker. The awards for best oral presentation were given to Deepanshi Dhar (Tox) and Stefanos Aivazidis (Tox). The awards for best poster presentation were given to Ashwini Sri Hari (Tox), Aditya Gandhi (Pharm Sci) and Ahsun Babalmorad (PharmD).
Movers and shakers behind a new state law aimed at enhancing partnerships between pharmacists and medical providers and easing healthcare access for patients across Colorado are working hard, hoping their long hours will help ensure the progressive regulation’s long-term success.
Senate Bill 16-135, signed into law in June, took effect Aug. 10, but requires the drafting and widespread approval of highly specific statewide protocols to move forward. Surveys have gone out to pharmacists and medical providers across the state seeking their input with these protocols, designed to allow pharmacists to directly provide, and potentially gain reimbursement for, more patient services. Read More
Faculty member Gina Moore, PharmD, joins 9NEWS at noon Feb. 14 to discuss how a new initiative will allow women in Colorado to get easier access to birth control.
Starting in March, women won’t need a doctor to be prescribed oral contraceptives — at least not at first. They can get a prescription from their pharmacist. Read More
Ellen Fulp, PharmD, believes that CU’s new palliative care program is just what the doctor ordered! Working for a hospice pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in North Carolina specializing in geriatrics, Ellen Fulp, PharmD, sees a lot of patients who are dealing with life-limiting illnesses. These same folks are usually taking multiple medications. “I love what I do, but so much of it I learned on the job, and not during pharmacy school,” says Fulp. “As a pharmacy student, I didn’t get a lot of information on ending meds or withholding or removing therapy… and so frequently that’s what we are faced with as pharmacists specializing in geriatrics and hospice care,” Fulp laments. From her experience, the palliative care approach is “hope for the best, plan for the worst.” Read More
“I never thought I had an entrepreneurial bone in my body. Boy, was I wrong,” says alumna Mei Tang, PharmD ’07.
As a working pharmacist specializing in hospital pharmacy and managed care pharmacy, Tang decided to pursue her PharmD through CU’s distance program and attained her doctorate in ’07. “I worked and lived in Michigan full-time, so a distance program was really the only option. It was a perfect match for my situation and the right fit for me. It was a tremendous step forward in my career,” says Tang. Read More
Following a grueling first-year residency, some pharmacy post-graduates might seek out an opportunity to downshift and relax.
But for Skaggs alumna Adrienne Kercsak (PharmD ’14), the “downshift” from her clinical pharmacy residency finally gave her time to undergo brain surgery this past April—to remedy a brain aneurysm first diagnosed nine years ago, but now three times the size and at risk of catastrophic rupture. Read More
In December, area high school students visited CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy to learn about careers in pharmacy as part of their HOSA Future Health Professionals chapter events. HOSA is an international organization catering to middle, high school and post-secondary students interested in pursuing health care careers. Highlights of the visit included hands-on compounding lessons and talks from faculty from the School of Pharmacy. Faculty members Danielle Fixen and Peter Rice spotlighted their careers including the variety of paths that pharmacists can pursue throughout their careers including academia, research, direct patient care, in addition to the traditional pharmacy pathway. Read More
Ryan Duong and Justin Cheung didn’t know each other at Bear Creek High School – Duong is a year older – but their educational paths have been almost in lockstep since leaving the Lakewood school. They both point to an innovative CU pre-collegiate pipeline program that exposed them to careers in health care. Read More
Discover why CU’s Anschutz Medical Campus is leading the nation in how it educates the next generation of health care professionals. Find out how students and faculty from all disciplines learn from each other and work together to provide the best outcomes for patients. Don’t take our word for it, check out what students have to say about the interprofessional education they are receiving at CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Read More