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

By Sara Mahmoud | Faculty Perspectives, Student Perspectives | No Comments

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

By Sara Mahmoud, international PharmD student | International, Student Perspectives | No Comments

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

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

“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

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

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

Students Get a Taste of Small Town Life

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

Nearly two dozen students from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, including pharmacy, recently visited Rio Grande County in Southern Colorado for Rural Immersion Week. The experience is for health professions students who are interested in living and working in a rural area “I really enjoyed the Rural Immersion Week! We got to meet with local community leaders and learn what it was like to live in a rural community,” says third year student Amanda Howard, who represented the school along with Jhani Williams, Dario Martinez and Nicola Maude. Read More

All in the Family

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

“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

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

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

“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.” Read More

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 | 3 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