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John Song, Student

Life-prolonging drugs inspired student to pursue pharmacy

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John Song is a third-year student at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences because chemotherapy gave his beloved cousin, Stephanie Maurer, extra time to live before she died of cancer at 34.

“She was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer and was expected to survive three months,” recalls Song. “Because of the chemotherapy she received, she lived for a full year and was able to experience the birth of her niece, hold her, and play with her.” Read More

4th graders inspire future pharmacists

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Approximately 280 4th graders from local elementary schools in Aurora visited campus over winter break to participate in the award-winning and ever-popular event called “Pharmacist for a Day.” A spin-off of the Service Learning Program, this event is a way to engage youth in health education while providing pharmacy students the opportunity to develop their skills as healthcare professionals. Translating pharmacy education into something that is both accessible and meaningful to diverse groups of children proves to be a valuable exercise in effective communication.

“This program is a great opportunity to introduce kids and elementary school teachers alike to the field of pharmacy in a fun, safe environment,” said Patricia Meyer, IPPE Student Coordinator. “The kids really enjoy digging in to the science activities and while we don’t know if this translates into them pursuing pharmacy as a career, it’s always good to increase awareness of pharmacy as a health profession.” Read More

Sheridan Health Services earns Perfect Compliance Rating

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Sheridan Health Services, a University of Colorado College of Nursing nurse-led community health center in the Denver metro area, recently passed the Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA) Compliance Review with a 100 percent rating. Faculty and students from CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences also play an integral role at the clinic. Read More

Integrative Health and Medicine Elective: Recipes with Added Benefits

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Saffron, cumin, thyme and pepper, mixed into things like guacamole, quinoa, fruit salad, and an herb butter stick. Faculty member Monika Nuffer, PharmD, teaches the elective course, Special Topics in Integrative Health and Medicine (IHM) and makes tasty snacks during the first week of classes each fall. They’re not just good – but good for you! Read More

Life Experiences Shape Future

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When Erlynn Frankson was a teen, her grandfather moved in with her family so her mother could take care of him. “She was a nurse and the most equipped of her five siblings to be his caregiver,” says Frankson.

Frankson experienced palliative and hospice care on a personal level. It’s what she came home to after school every day and shaped who she is today. “I saw suffering and it stuck with me 10-20 years down the road.” Read More

Rugby and Pharmacy – A Winning Combination!

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“It’s a passion that’s made me the person I am today.” For Carmine Hernandez, a second-year CU Pharmacy student, that passion is rugby. He’s been playing since he was 15 years old, trained for seven months in New Zealand after high school; and his team, the Denver Barbarians, recently won the Men’s Division II National Championship, beating the Detroit Tradesmen 39-38! Read More

Coming Full Circle

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Having spent the last seven years earning his PharmD through the Distance Degrees & Programs, Lokendra Upadhyay is ecstatic to be able to spend his weekends not studying.  “For me, it’s been a great investment of time and energy,” says Upadhyay.

Twenty-five years ago, Upadhyay had the opportunity to tack one more year onto his BS and obtain his PharmD from CU but declined. “I was ready to get out and start earning money. In retrospect, it would have been a lot easier, but then I wouldn’t have all my life experiences,” says Upadhyay. Read More

True Love

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Originally from Alaska, Rebekah and Carlo Balmes met in middle school and began dating in high school, where they both shared a passion for science. Rebekah, the youngest of three girls, and Carlo, the oldest of three boys, were drawn to each other. They moved to Colorado for pharmacy school and married the summer after their second year. “My mom finally got a girl!” says Carlo enthusiastically. Read More

Life Redirected

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When Joe Oropeza was 17 years old he wanted to become an Army Ranger, one of the most elite soldiers in the U.S. Army. But two strokes and open heart surgery — prior to his high school graduation — put an end to his military career before it started.

“I was 17 and invincible,” says Oropeza, who recently celebrated his 12th-anniversary post-surgery. Read More

Military Musician Hits High Note in Pharmacy

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For seven years, Dan Galipeau served in the US Army as a military musician, playing saxophone and sometimes piano. Performing for deployed troops, their families at home, international audiences and dignitaries including the President of the United States offered Galipeau a window to the world. “My military career took me to more than 15 countries representing the US Army and NATO,” says Galipeau. Read More

Oncology Resident and CU Pharmacy Grad Wins Prestigious Poster Contest

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Congratulations to Clay Cuny, PharmD, a PGY2 Oncology resident and 2014 CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy graduate! His research project was chosen as a Top 10 Trainee Research Poster at the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) 2018 Annual Conference. This is a huge accomplishment as there were 188 trainee abstracts presented at the meeting! Read More

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