First Week of School

P-1s learn the art of team building, and celebrate entrance into the pharmacy program with the traditional white coat ceremony


Students Learn by Doing

On Aug. 6, students check blood pressure at Art of Aging Expo


Relaying through Colorado

By Kayla Green | In the News, Student Perspectives | No Comments

Recently, P3 Eric Yang and nine other CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy students completed the Colorado Ragnar Relay, a two-day, two-man, 200-mile relay race from Copper Mountain to Aspen. It was no doubt an experience that would last a lifetime.

The participating students included Tong Huang, Tiffany Chan, Michael Benedict, Joyce Choe, Hoa Nguyen, Joseph Oropeza, Dy Quach, Lee Amaya and Wesley Porter, who was featured on @RagnarRelay, the Ragnar Relay Series Twitter page.


An overnight, scenic race

Reaching 10,000 ft. at its highest point, the Colorado Ragnar Relay takes runners through four Colorado ski towns via bike paths, single-track trails and backwoods roads. Teams compete overnight with only one runner on the road at a time. Each team member runs three times during the race, running roughly 3-13 miles per time.

“Over the two days, the teams split into two vans and would ‘leapfrog’ from one runner exchange to the next, making it an exciting road trip of sorts,” said Yang.

In all, the relay looks to have been a fun experience.

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Excitement Palpable When Class of 2020 Don White Coats

By Dana Brandorff | In the News, Student Perspectives, Alumni Perspectives | No Comments

Orientation week for the Class of 2020 culminated in the great marshmallow challenge, the White Coat ceremony and annual barbecue.  With 163 P-1 students, this year’s class was the largest in the school’s history.  In addition to being presented to their family and friends as pharmacy candidates, the students were led by fellow P-1 Ryan Sutherlan in reciting the Oath of Professional Pharmacy Student, which they created during orientation week.  According to Drs. Kari Franson and Laura Borgelt, “This was the best oath ever.” Check out the oath below. Read More


Here’s a job opportunity!

By Kayla Green | In the News | No Comments

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is seeking a time-limited/grant-funded Pharmacist through June 30, 2017.

Summary of position

This position exists to assist in the development of pharmacy related policies, clinical analyses, and reports using statistical methods under the guidance and direction of the Pharmacy Clinical Supervisor.  The analyses will be used by the department to help determine Drug Utilization Review (DUR) activities and other pharmacy-related policies to improve access, quality, and effectiveness of health care services to Medicaid clients. This position remains current on other states’ and the federal government’s efforts to manage pharmacy services and provides the department with pharmaceutical knowledge.

This position requires a licensed pharmacist to perform clinical analysis of drugs for DUR and clinical expertise to handle activities related to:

  • improving client health outcomes via provision of pharmaceutical care,
  • containment and reduction of avoidable,
  • duplicative pharmacy costs,
  • increasing client access to pharmaceutical care, and
  • increasing client satisfaction with pharmaceutical care.

This position will provide clinical, policy, and operations expertise to the section and the department.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and possession of a Colorado Pharmacist License are required.


Interested individuals can reach out to Naomi Gonzales, Human Resources Consultant, for further information via phone at (303) 866-4456 or email.

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Get to Know P1 Kristen Haeger

By Kristen Haeger | Faculty Perspectives, Student Perspectives, Alumni Perspectives, Preceptor Perspectives | 2 Comments

Hello! My name is Kristen Haeger, and I am an incoming P1 student at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. I am a Colorado native, born and raised in Arvada, a suburb of Denver. I recently graduated from the University of Denver (DU) with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to work in the medical field, with a focus on helping patients overcome their illnesses and injuries. Read More

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P-4 Aubrey Jones Gets Shout Out from Kaiser Permanente

By Dana Brandorff | In the News, Student Perspectives, Alumni Perspectives, Preceptor Perspectives | No Comments

Fourth-year student Aubrey Jones and Kaiser Permanente (KP) preceptor Roberta Shanahan were highlighted in the August 1, 2016 edition of the Douglas Digest, a national communication of KP pharmacy staff and created for Kaiser Permanente Outpatient Services Vice President Joe Douglas. Read the article here. Read More


On Geriatrics, the Small Victory and Other Musings

By Michael Chan | Student Perspectives | No Comments

So, let me tell you my main goal in the next few years. My grandparents are both 83 years old, and are moving down to Denver so they can be closer to more of our family. My goal is to make these years, if not the best years of their lives, years’ worth remembering. Maybe I’m shooting myself in the foot here, since it’s not related to pharmacy—not directly, at least, but the lessons I’ve learned in Dr. Linnebur’s class as well as the overarching philosophy of my long-term care pharmacy’s consultant have educated me tremendously in my perspective on geriatrics. It is a small goal of mine in the next few years to try to become a pharmacy consultant as I feel a lot of good can be done. Read More

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A Career Less Traveled

By Dana Brandorff | In the News, Student Perspectives, Alumni Perspectives | No Comments
Sierra Hill’s path to pharmacy has been unconventional. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Molecular Cellular & Development Biology (MCDB) from CU Boulder, she went to the U.K. where she worked for the Royal College of Radiologists in England and then the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. “I wanted to be a citizen of the world. And, ultimately, my global work experience helped to mold my career path,” says Hill. Read More

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Coming to America

By Dana Brandorff | In the News, Student Perspectives, Alumni Perspectives | No Comments

Quoc Ho came to America when he was eight years old. The Vietnamese native arrived in California with his parents and two older sisters in 1996. As a third grader, the only language he knew was Vietnamese. “It was sink or swim, so I learned English quickly,” recalls Ho. And that’s been his modus operandi ever since — learn the lay of the land quickly, and use the knowledge to propel forward. Read More


Don’t Be a Writer; Be Writing.

By Michael Chan | Student Perspectives | No Comments

I admit I am a big fan of the pathos of writing—while I do ultimately strive to balance the logos of my arguments as well, I do think the rhetoric of writing—that is, making the narrative come to life—is an important and neglected part of the scientific writing community. George Orwell wrote six basic rules of writing in “Politics and the English Language”:

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

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Five questions for Patricia Meyer

By Cynthia Pasquale | In the News | No Comments

We all need someone like Patricia Meyer in our lives: someone to keep us pointed in the right direction; someone to consider all the details and make things happen; someone to keep track of all the things we forget; and someone to offer a smile and a friendly greeting. Read More