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