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

CU Pharmacy Providing Solution to Sodium Bicarbonate Shortage

By Stephanie Carlson | Faculty Perspectives, In the News | No Comments

There’s currently a national shortage of sodium bicarbonate, yes baking soda, for use in medical procedures.  The shortage of injectable sodium bicarbonate, is prompting health care providers to postpone some non-emergent procedures and operations, so they have some on hand for emergencies, “One form is an emergency syringe, used in some patients who have a cardiac event. When hospitals don’t have enough of that, they get really nervous that a cardiac event might occur in one place, and they wouldn’t have some readily available,” explains Peter Rice, PharmD, PhD with the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy. 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

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

Professor cautions heart failure linked to commonly used medications

By Dana Brandorff | Faculty Perspectives, In the News, Preceptor Perspectives | 2 Comments

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy Professor Robert L. Page, PharmD, was the lead author on an American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement cautioning patients and physicians that many commonly used medications and nutritional supplements may cause or worsen heart failure. Dr. Page was highlighted in many news outlets including CBSradio, CBS morning news, MedPage Today, the Daily Mirror and 9News. Read More

French Student Shares His Pharmacy Story

By Jean-Xavier Peyronnet | Faculty Perspectives, In the News, Student Perspectives | No Comments

It all started back in 2008 when I attended pharmacy school in Grenoble, France — straight out of high school. The French program is a bit different than the U.S. It is six years, followed by four years of residency. My fellow students and I were lucky enough to get exposure to the teachings and practice of clinical pharmacy, with several of our professors who imported the concept from Canada. It was a very special training that no other school in the country was able to offer at that time. Read More