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

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5 Things to do in Colorado

By Ryan Sutherlan | Student Perspectives | No Comments

Greetings! My name is Ryan, and I am a P1 student fresh from Hawaii, by way of Seattle, and I am writing to give all prospective students an idea of what there is to do in Colorado when you aren’t buried in books or studying for the next big exam. Here are my top 5 things to do in Colorado when going to SSPPS! Read More

Professor cautions heart failure linked to commonly used medications

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

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy Professor Robert L. Page, PharmD, was the lead author on an American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement cautioning patients and physicians that many commonly used medications and nutritional supplements may cause or worsen heart failure. Dr. Page was highlighted in many news outlets including CBSradio, CBS morning news, MedPage Today, the Daily Mirror and 9News. Read More


Career Fair Friday

By Kayla Green | Student Perspectives, Events | No Comments

Are you looking to get a leg up on your job search? The CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Career Fair and Interview Day are coming up! The Career Fair is set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and the Interview Day is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.  Both events are in Education 2 South, room 2001.  Read More

New Student Welcome Day at CU Boulder. 

(Photo by  Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)

French Student Shares His Pharmacy Story

By Jean-Xavier Peyronnet | In the News, Faculty Perspectives, Student Perspectives | No Comments

It all started back in 2008 when I attended pharmacy school in Grenoble, France — straight out of high school. The French program is a bit different than the U.S. It is six years, followed by four years of residency. My fellow students and I were lucky enough to get exposure to the teachings and practice of clinical pharmacy, with several of our professors who imported the concept from Canada. It was a very special training that no other school in the country was able to offer at that time. Read More


Pursuing Pharmacy Post-grad

By Bayli Larson | In the News, Student Perspectives | No Comments

I don’t have one of those stories where I knew since elementary school exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. In fact, I didn’t decide on pharmacy school until I was three years out post-master’s. In 2011, I graduated with a degree in toxicology and a plan to work as an environmental scientist. Things changed abruptly when the grant for that position fell through. My faith tells me that when things like that happen, it’s wise to step back and reevaluate. I had a niche degree, 5 years of college and no idea what to do with it….sooo, I traveled. Read More

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SSPPS Researchers Develop New Test to Determine Adherence to HIV-drugs

By Nathan Gill | In the News, Faculty Perspectives | No Comments

CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy Professor Pete Anderson, PharmD, and lab manager Lane Bushman, together with colleagues, developed a technique that estimates an HIV-negative patient’s adherence to drugs prescribed to prevent HIV transmission.  The test is being used in research internationally and could have widespread application for other drugs that require objective measurement of patient adherence to dosing. Read More


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 as Class of 2020 Donned White Coats

By Dana Brandorff | In the News, Student Perspectives, Alumni Perspectives | 2 Comments

Orientation week for the Class of 2020 culminated in the great marshmallow challenge, the White Coat ceremony and annual barbecue.  With 162 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