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World becomes smaller for one Syrian CU Pharmacy student

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Mais Humaideh embraces Dr. Sahar Al Fahoum, her mentor in Syria at the CU School of Pharmacy.

Mais Humaideh was just a few days into her pharmacy courses and more than 6,000 miles from Syria when her world got just a little bit smaller earlier this month.

Humaideh is one of seven University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences International-Trained PharmD (ITPD) students taking part in a monthlong on-campus session at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

During the ITPD orientation session, Humaideh learned that her favorite professor from home in Syria, Dr. Sahar Al Fahoum, was also in the Denver Metro area. As fate would have it, Al Fahoum’s daughter, Sim Taleb, is an ITPD student in her final semesters and is in Denver completing Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiential rotations. Read More

CU Pharmacy implements changes designed to streamline the admissions process

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PCAT no longer required

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences made three major changes to streamline the admissions process and increase diversity in its pool of candidates.

Effective immediately, the school will no longer require the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), will allow all prerequisites to be completed at the community college level and will begin offering the option for a virtual interview. Read More

Married CU Pharmacy students earn student leadership spots with ASHP

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Jennifer and Nicholas Tomlinson were both emergency medical technicians in Georgia when they decided it was time for a career change. The couple, married since 2015, found that as they worked on ambulances, they saw impacts on patients when they didn’t take their medications.

Studying pharmacy seemed like a natural fit, and they had already followed the same career path for seven years. So, together, they enrolled at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to begin pursuing a new career. Read More

Stanislava Manojlovic poses for a photo with her nephew, Maksim Morris, May 24 after the 2019 Comm

Stanislava Manojlovic, previously a refugee, overcomes obstacles to earn PharmD

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Stanislava Manojlovic poses for a photo with her nephew, Maksim Morris, May 24 after the 2019 Commencement Ceremony.

 

Stanislava Manojlovic’s dream of becoming a pharmacist started when her mother was injured while tending to sheep. Her family didn’t have any other access to medical care, and her ankle, cut by a leash, was starting to get infected.

So Manojlovic’s neighbor, a pharmacist, cared for her mother until she was healed. Read More

Megan Williams one of two students in U.S. to be awarded John Dice Memorial Scholarship

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Megan Williams, second from left, poses for a photo after accepting the John Dice Memorial Scholarship from the Pediatric Pharmacy Association. The other recipient of the scholarship is Jess Ogburn, a student at the University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy.

 

Megan Williams was about to begin pharmacy school when her 5-year-old nephew was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor that starts in the lower back part of the brain.

Williams, a fourth-year student, already knew she wanted to become a pharmacist, but watching a team of professionals care for her nephew was inspiring. Read More

Congrats, Class of 2019! CU Pharmacy confers 159 degrees during commencement

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The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences conferred a total of 159 degrees during the 2019 commencement ceremony, hosted May 25 on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, according to a final count.

Of those, the school awarded:

  • 126 traditional entry level PharmD degrees
  • 26 Distance Degrees and Programs PharmD degrees
  • 7 PhDs

The school anticipates conferring more degrees over the summer, but allowed those graduates to participate in the ceremony.

The ceremony was a chance for faculty to share a few final words of advice with the Class of 2019. Read More

Erin Terrio’s legacy of determination lives on through posthumous CU Pharmacy degree

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As the fall 2016 semester wrapped up, Erin Terrio prepared for finals the same way as any other student.

“She was in the middle of finals, and she was doing all the crazy stuff you do during finals week: staying up all night and studying and studying,” said her sister and roommate, Jennifer Terrio, who is a student at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. “Until the very last second, she was trying to get through all of her finals.”

Terrio was halfway through her second year with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and almost done with finals when she died of complications from cystic fibrosis, a disease that causes lung infections and makes it harder to breathe because of thick, sticky mucus that clogs the airways.

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CU Pharmacy students earn recognition during annual awards convocation

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In a night of recognition and remembrance, more than 40 University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students took home awards and scholarships during the school’s annual Awards Convocation event.

The event, hosted May 3 on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, marked the first time three new scholarships were awarded: The Erin Terrio Memorial Scholarship, the Glenn D. and Jennifer M. Appelt Scholarship and the C. David Elm Pharmacy Practice Scholarship.

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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