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“Truly an Exceptional Preceptor”

By Stephanie Carlson | In the News, Preceptor Perspectives, Student Perspectives | No Comments

A great preceptor doesn’t just give professional guidance and help mentees grow academically, they also help students grow personally and learn to believe in themselves. That’s exactly what Dr. Erin Johnson-Mundo does, and because of that is the winner of this year’s Health-System Excellence in Precepting Award.

“She is truly an exceptional preceptor,” says University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences fourth year student Ursula Fiala, “Erin was supportive, encouraging and patient during the entire rotation which really helped to build my confidence. She also treated me with respect kindness and compassion.”

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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

Experiences and people do they lead to somewhere?

By Joshua Lucero | In the News, Student Perspectives | No Comments

At my internship I shadow a lot of people. Many of them pharmacists, but some of them are researchers like James Griffon. I was in Dr. Simberg’s research laboratory shadowing James and I watched him go about his daily duties. The lab is a very different environment compared to some of the other settings I have shadowed. I always find my lab experience to be fun and relaxing. James is always doing something , so consequently, I’m always seeing something. Whether it be old or new, I find the lab work to be interesting. This time James was working with mice skin and freeze it on dry ice so that later they can slice it and get pictures of cells. He also transferred some cancer cells into new media, which kills an enzyme that attacks and kills the cancer cells.

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Fourth-Year Rotation Experience

By Anna Zhou | In the News, Student Perspectives | No Comments

Fourth-year student Anna Zhou, recalls her latest rotation experience. And as she notes, sometimes “rural” in Colorado, is an upscale ski town.

The anticoagulation clinic at Vail is a great rotation experience, and I would recommend it to any student looking to fulfill their underserved rotation requirement. You will be traveling between Vail, Edwards, and Eagle (all within 15-30 minutes of each other) and seeing Coumadin patients on your own. 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

Professor Teaches Personalized Medicine in Egypt

By Chris Casey | Faculty Perspectives, In the News, International, Student Perspectives | No Comments

Christina Aquilante, PharmD, was struck by many things during a recent trip to Egypt. Foremost was the profound thirst for knowledge displayed by students and health providers who enrolled in Aquilante’s intensive weeklong course on pharmacogenomics.

“It was probably one of the best experiences of my career. The folks just wanted to learn so much,” said, Aquilante, associate professor with CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. “I could have stayed probably 10 hours a day and they would have kept asking questions. They have such dedication and passion for taking care of their pediatric patients.” Read More

Student Winter Symposium 2017

By Stefanos Aivazidis | Events, In the News, Student Perspectives | No Comments

On January 18th, the Student Winter Symposium took place at CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The involvement of the graduate students of the three PhD programs (Pharmaceutical sciences, Toxicology, Pharmaceutical outcomes research) at the School, as well as from the PharmD program was outstanding.

The schedule of the symposium included 15 poster presentations and eight oral presentations, which contributed significantly in the exchange of knowledge and sharing of information about research that is being conducted at the School. The highlight of the event was the talk from Dr. Richard I. Morimoto (PhD), the director of Rice institute for Biomedical research of Northwestern University. Dr. Morimoto, a leader in the field of aging and a distinguished researcher, described the events that take place during aging that lead to proteostasis collapse, a mechanism involved in the promotion of Alzheimer’s disease pathology.

Attendance exceeded expectations and positive comments about the symposium were mentioned; specifically by Dr. Morimoto who applauded the event, praised the quality of research that takes place at CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and expressed his happiness for the invitation to be the symposium’s keynote speaker. The awards for best oral presentation were given to Deepanshi Dhar (Tox) and Stefanos Aivazidis (Tox). The awards for best poster presentation were given to Ashwini Sri Hari (Tox), Aditya Gandhi (Pharm Sci) and Ahsun Babalmorad (PharmD).

 

Pharmacist Adds Palliative Care to Resume

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

Ellen Fulp, PharmD, believes that CU’s new palliative care program is just what the doctor ordered! Working for a hospice pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in North Carolina specializing in geriatrics, Ellen Fulp, PharmD, sees a lot of patients who are dealing with life-limiting illnesses. These same folks are usually taking multiple medications. “I love what I do, but so much of it I learned on the job, and not during pharmacy school,” says Fulp. “As a pharmacy student, I didn’t get a lot of information on ending meds or withholding or removing therapy… and so frequently that’s what we are faced with as pharmacists specializing in geriatrics and hospice care,” Fulp laments. From her experience, the palliative care approach is “hope for the best, plan for the worst.” 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