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Listening More Important than Talking for Podcast Host

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

Creator and host of the Talk Pharmacy podcast, Ahsun Babalmorad is a natural when it comes to interviewing his subjects. The program, which airs on iTunes, provides listeners with interviews of students and faculty, offering insights into the world of pharmacy and the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

Of Iranian heritage, Babalmorad comes by his ability to talk — and more importantly to listen — naturally. His father worked for an American oil company prior to the Iranian revolution in the 1970s and was sent to study engineering in the US. While here, the revolution broke out back home, so his father and mother decided to stay and raise a family. “At that time, my parents saw more opportunity in the US than in their home country,” says Babalmorad, a first generation American and Colorado native. Read More

Gap Year Proves Invaluable

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

After attaining his bachelor of biomedical sciences from Western Michigan, Ross Osgood took some time off to figure out what he really wanted to do.

“I was kind of on a pre-med track,” says Osgood.

“I bounced around between med school, dental and PA programs – not really feeling like any of them were the right fit.” So, he shadowed dentists and worked in a nursing home, but still was unconvinced that any of those allied health care careers were right for him.  “But when I started doing research, it just clicked.”

During the year between undergrad and grad school, he missed the deadline to sign up for dental school, so he joined Americorps instead. Read More

Brushes with Cancer Put Pharmacy Grad on Career Path

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

Whitney Pittman’s career path seems pre-ordained.

When she was 10 years old, a classmate and friend was diagnosed with a brain tumor. At age 15, her friend died. “It was the first time I had ever heard the word cancer and that really left an imprint on me,” says Pittman.

“Since high school I knew I wanted a career in health care, specifically pediatric oncology,” says Pittman. Read More

Anschutz Campus Celebrates 10,000th Grad

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

Today, the University of Colorado Anschutz celebrated graduating its 10,000th student in the health and health care disciplines since relocating to its present campus in 2009. And, brothers Jonathan and Jefferey Chheuy, who graduated from CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences were two of them.

Born just 13 months apart, the Chheuy brothers are very close, and that’s a good thing since the two have been confused with each other their entire lives. Read More

Facing Challenges Head On

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

MaLaura Creager has experienced quite a lot in her life. She and her brother are the first in their family to obtain bachelors’ degrees. And, MaLaura will be the first to attain her Doctor of Pharmacy degree when she graduates from CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy later this week.  “My family is so, so proud,” says Creager, who will have her own cheering section at Commencement when 20 family members descend on Colorado to share her excitement.  “They are so impressed that I will be a pharmacist.”

For Creager, the mantra “it’s not if you go to college, but when” that many families embrace was not reality.   Read More

State gives $1 million to fund new center at CU Anschutz to fight opioid epidemic

By Michael Davidson | Alumni Perspectives, In the News, Preceptor Perspectives, Student Perspectives | 2 Comments

The state of Colorado and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are joining forces to fight prescription drug abuse and the opioid epidemic, with the state allocating $1 million to the university to create a new center that will focus on the crisis.

The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is the result of Senate Bill 17-193, which Gov. John Hickenlooper signed on May 18. Read More

Healthcare Careers Highlighted at State Conference for Teens

By Jaron Bryant | Alumni Perspectives, Events, In the News, Student Perspectives | No Comments

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

Alumna Parlays Experience into Company

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

“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

Life Post Graduation

By Jeremy Simon | Alumni Perspectives, In the News, Student Perspectives | No Comments

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

Interprofessionalism Sets Campus Apart

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

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

Excitement Palpable as Class of 2020 Donned White Coats

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

Get to Know P1 Kristen Haeger

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

P-4 Aubrey Jones Gets Shout Out from Kaiser Permanente

By Dana Brandorff | Alumni Perspectives, In the News, Preceptor Perspectives, Student 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