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Dana Brandorff

Discovering her Future

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Sara Azimi comes from a family of medical professionals and CU alums who have helped her determine a career path that is right for her. While both of her parents and sister are in the physical therapy field, and her brothers are physicians, Sara has chosen a different healthcare path. She will be entering CU Skaggs’ PharmD program in the fall of 2018 to pursue her dream of becoming a pharmacist. Read More

Mead Family

Pharmacy Family Learns Life Lessons and Skills by Building Houses Together

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Sue and Tim Mead (CU Pharmacy alums ’79 and ’75 respectively), together with their daughters, have built a strong family bond by building houses for others. “In addition to learning how to roof, stucco and cut wood, the experience taught us how to give back, to see that we are part of a bigger world, and to reflect on how much we have,” says Sue Mead. Read More

Teen’s-Eye View of CU Pharmacy

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The building seemed more exquisite up close than it was from the long distance that I was used to seeing it. The many walls of glass were a vision of innovation, and the renaissance-like structures dotting the exterior landscape of the building paid a respect to tradition. I’d like to think that the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is innovative, yet values tradition. Read More

Cannabis Studies

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Faculty member Jacci Bainbridge, PharmD, together with Clinical Neurology Research Fellow Matt Makelky, PharmD, are currently studying cannabis and its effectiveness in treating a variety of conditions including back pain, Parkinson’s tremor and seizure disorders in children.

Some of the first prospective cannabis trials on the Anschutz Medical Campus “Will hopefully help determine the cannabis’ effectives in treating these types of disorders, side effects and dosing levels,” says Jacci Bainbridge. Read More

Anschutz Block Party

Bar-B-Q, Music, and Lotion: Anschutz’s 5th Annual Block Party

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At the CU Anschutz 5th Annual Block Party, pop rock bands Wildermiss and iZCALLi blasted their tunes from the center of Bonfils Circle into the ears of hundreds of people swarming 20 food trucks and 130 booths. Students, faculty, parents, and kids flocked to the Skaggs School of Pharmacy booth, lured by the sweet scents of essential oils, and the promise of custom-scented hand lotion. From the classic scents like lavender and patchouli, to the more exotic scents like Tobacco & Rum and Pancake Syrup, attendees left with a self-compounded jar of lotion, big smiles, and a better understanding of what pharmacists actually do.

Student Presentation on Millennials in the Classroom

Your classroom is full of Millennials. Do you have the right tools?

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The pharmacist has changed from a product-centered expert to a more global patient care health professional. In the past, pharmacists were required to learn about the medication, how to prepare it and how to educate the patient. Currently, there are a number of skills to acquire in order to be a proficient clinical pharmacist. These include: critical thinking, ethical decision making, literature analysis, communication skills, cultural sensitivity, inter-professional collaboration and a sense of continuous professional development.

The generations have also changed. Millennials (born 1982-2002) are asking a lot of questions and require a cause to be motivated. Read More

Millennial Finds Passion in an Unexpected Place

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At the age of 17, it’s not easy deciding on a career pathway. At that time, I was interested in finding out about medications, though. I wanted to be somewhat like my mother who is a physician in Egypt. I liked the way she knew what she was doing when anyone was sick. She would provide advice and make decisions when it was related to us getting sick or anyone else in the family or neighbors.

I entered pharmacy school (which in my country only requires a bachelor’s degree). I asked so many questions and nothing motivated me.  Read More

Pre-Med Student Discovers Herself in Pharmacy

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“Ever since I was 16 I wanted to go to med school,” says second-year pharmacy student Miya Holley. Being diagnosed with Type I diabetes at 16 allowed Holley to see more of the system, “especially from a patient’s perspective and it interested me.”

Like many undergraduate students, Holley fumbled around with a variety of majors and finally settled on microbiology. Read More

From Problem Child to Entrepreneur

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It’s hard to believe that recent CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy graduate Adam McHenry was ever a problem child. As an eighth grader, McHenry was a handful. “I didn’t care if I was in class or not. I hung out with the wrong crowd,” says McHenry.

One day, the school called his parents and told them that they had not seen him for a while. “The next month, my parents enrolled me in a Lutheran school. It turned my life around.” Read More

All in the Family

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“Having my daughter and I obtain doctorates at the same time is a seminal moment,” says Maumi Villarreal.  She and her husband, Daniel, are both first generation college graduates and have modeled a college education to their daughters — Sarah and Chelsea.  “Our parents are very proud of us,” says Villarreal.

Villarreal passed on her love of pharmacy to her eldest daughter, when Sarah would help her mom at the local ASHP meetings. Read More

A Miracle for My Ears

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Can you imagine total silence or hearing only muffled conversations?  “You adapt,” says recent CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy graduate Lauren Kirchner.  “But there is an advantage.  Patients think I am really engaging with them because I am concentrating on their lips and hearing what they have to say.”

And in a career that requires patient interaction, being attentive is a plus. Read More