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Rocket Pharmacy Update
Dean's Corner
Dear colleagues and friends,

We are now experiencing a second (or is it third?) wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 79,000 new cases were reported in the U.S. on October 24 (I am writing late in the evening of the 25th) with 815 new deaths. The virus is pounding away at the Midwest; during the last week, 15 states (including Ohio) added more cases than in any other seven-day stretch since the pandemic began.

Conversations about the pandemic typically focus on the obvious toll it has taken: more than 225,000 deaths in the U.S. alone; more than 410,000 jobs lost in the state of Ohio; a projected $2.5 trillion decrease in GDP and a national workforce reduction of more than 19 million full-time equivalent jobs over the next year. The virus also appears to be dictating the terms of the upcoming presidential election and many of the down-ballot races. It is the defining characteristic of 2020.

A less obvious toll, and certainly one that has not received nearly as much consideration as it should, is on mental health. One-third of U.S. adults currently have concerns about their mental health; roughly half of younger adults (aged 18-29) are reporting symptoms of anxiety or depression, which is of obvious concern to the higher education sector.

The academy engages in a lot of storytelling about why students pursue a college (or more advanced) degree: they want to improve their economic future; they want to improve themselves intellectually; they want the opportunity to work with world-class faculty. All of that, of course, is true. However, a significant driving force is that attending college is a path to becoming an independent adult, and for many students, academics are secondary to socialization. While faculty recognize this to be true (and sometimes gripe about it), the fact is that there is a neurobiological imperative for socialization in young adults. The lack of “normal” socialization in the face of the ongoing pandemic is a source of significant, and growing, concern.

Our challenge, as educators, always is to meet the needs of the students entrusted to our care. We have a special obligation in this COVID-19 world to be sensitive to the unique challenges facing our students, and to do whatever we can to help them develop “normal” networks of relationships. Simply reaching out to students to ask, “How’s it going?” can be enormously beneficial; finding opportunities for students to work together (even virtually) on assignments will help them build lasting relationships. Together with our alumni affiliate, our college has just launched a mentoring program that will eventually provide each of our students with an alumni mentor, with the primary goal of helping them build a professional network. In the current environment, this program will be uniquely valuable to our students.

Wishing you all good health, physically and mentally.

Rocket Pharmacy Alumni Mentoring Program
We are so proud of our College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences alumni, and because you bring so much value to your community, we would like it if you would consider signing up to be a Rocket Pharmacy Alumni Mentor!

The UToledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is collaborating with its Alumni Affiliate to create a mentoring program for our Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students. This program will provide each PharmD student with an alumni mentor at the time the student is accepted to the professional program. (A similar program for BSPS track students is in the planning stages.)

PharmD or Bachelor of Science graduates of UToledo are encouraged to get involved. A potential mentor should be someone who feels that they can support a student with occasional encouragement, advice or assistance in developing a professional network. These interactions can be easily initiated/maintained virtually and each relationship will develop differently. It is our hope that a mentor would continue to be available to their student mentee throughout the student's time at UToledo.

There is no financial cost to participate. The time and care you invest in our students is the most valuable commodity we could ask you to give. This program will be transformative for our students, for our alumni mentors, and for our college, and we hope you will join in this effort. Please fill out the form below to join! Once you complete the form you will receive confirmation and next-steps from the college.
For additional questions, please contact Sue Lee at 419-383-1931 or Thank you!
Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Monica Holiday-Goodman, CPPS Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Diversity and Inclusion, was a featured panelist in a virtual symposium entitled “Racism as a Determinant of Health” hosted by The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy on Monday, October 19, 2020. Dr. Holiday-Goodman’s presentation was entitled “Social Determinants of Health: Impact on Health Outcomes in Minority and Underserved Communities.

The two additional panelists were Walter S. Gilliam, PhD, Elizabeth Mears & House Jameson Professor of Child Psychiatry & Psychology, Director, Edward Zigler Center in Child Development & Social Policy, Yale School of Medicine and Lakesha M. Butler, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Pharmacy, and past president of The National Pharmaceutical Association.

Over 400 University of Tennessee students, faculty, and alumni were in attendance.
Meet Your Alumni Affiliate Board Members
- Jennifer Offenbacher-Orosz Offenbacher-Orosz is a graduate of The University of Toledo’s BSPS program where she majored in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry completed in 2013. Jennifer was a part of the first graduating class of the Med. Chem. Masters fast track program offered by The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences combining the BSPS internship requirement with research to be applied to the masters program. She graduated with her Masters in Medicinal Chemistry in 2015. Currently she is a Chemist at NAMSA where she characterizes leachable and extractables of medical devices. Jennifer is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration at University of Toledo with the intention to bring technical knowledge to every-day operation management. Jennifer has a strong desire to bring students and alumni together for career advice, mentorship and support.
Student Spotlight - Ryan Strausbaugh, President of SCCP month we are highlighting Ryan Strausbaugh, president of SCCP.

Ryan Strausbaugh is a P3 in the PharmD program. He has always wanted to go into the medical field but he didn’t know for sure which profession would be the best fit. It wasn’t until he found out that pharmacists could work in clinical roles outside of retail pharmacy that he knew it would be a good profession for him.

Ryan took on a leadership role as the president of the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP) in the spring. SCCP is a student organization that serves as a University-level extension of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy. Their purpose is to orient student pharmacists to the practice of clinical pharmacy and advocate for the role of clinical pharmacists within healthcare. Each year, SCCP works to promote clinical pharmacy through a variety of events. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way they hold these events, SCCP has been innovative in the way they have continued to move forward.

Some events they have held include:
  • A virtual trivia night to raise funds for the Community Cares Clinic
  • Multiple events featuring virtual speakers discussing clinical pharmacy
  • A virtual residency panel
  • A research symposium
Coming from a small town, Ryan was impressed with the opportunities of a larger university that UToledo provides, while also incorporating the small class sizes that he was used to. Upon graduation, Ryan would like to complete at least one year of residency and ultimately work as a clinical pharmacist within a health system.

To nominate a student, alumni, or faculty member for a spotlight, please email Kristen Gartland.
Alumni Spotlight - Dr. Ashley Parrott
This month we are focusing on Dr. Ashley Parrott who has been selected for the Glen Sperandio Health System Pharmacist of the Year Award by the Indiana Pharmacists Association.

Ashley Parrot, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCACP, currently works as the Ambulatory Clinical Supervisor and PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program Director at Parkview Health. She is passionate about ambulatory care pharmacy and advocating for her profession.

Dr. Parrott has had a very prosperous career. She has helped with many initiatives since her graduation in 2011, including at Parkview Health with a diabetes co-management program within primary care. This program started as a pilot, allowing pharmacists to practice embedded in primary care clinics with a collaborative practice agreement to manage diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors. They were able to demonstrate significant improvement in patient outcomes compared with standard of care. This allowed Parkview to grow the program in a really meaningful way, where Dr. Parrott worked with the design, implementation, and evaluation aspects of the program. She is proud to see how the program has grown and takes pride in the feedback she receives from patients, providers and other care team members.

She also participates in volunteer work with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). She has served on the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners Section Advisory Group (SAG) on Compensation and Practice Sustainability for a number of years. This past year, Dr. Parrott had the opportunity to serve as Chair of the SAG. Giving back to the profession has allowed her to feel even more fulfilled in her career.

Dr. Parrott also participates in precepting pharmacy students and residents. This allows her to help build passion for ambulatory care pharmacy within current students and residents. She says that having the ability to mold and shape residents for a successful start down their career path is a humbling responsibility.

Dr. Parrott cannot picture her career without her volunteer and precepting work. She enjoys being able to share her knowledge and passion for the profession with others. She wants to encourage others to participate in professional organizations as well. As these organizations rely on volunteers, people like Dr. Parrott can help them execute their missions and push the profession of pharmacy forward.

Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Parrott enjoys reading and does her best to read 30 minutes every evening. She also spends a lot of time with her family, including her husband Adam and two sons, Kane (7) and Reid (6). She says the support her family provides is instrumental in helping her to have such a wonderful career.

To nominate a student, alumni, or faculty member for a spotlight, please email Kristen Gartland.
Faculty Spotlight - Dr. Marianne Churchwell this month’s Faculty Spotlight, we will be highlighting Dr. Mariann Churchwell.

Mariann Churchwell, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS has been with UToledo since August of 2005 and is an associate professor. She received her PharmD from Wayne State University in 2002, completed her PGY-1 residency at Detroit receiving Hospital from 2002-2003, then completed a Nephrology/Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Michigan from 2003-2005. She has been a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy since 2013 and a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist since 2007.
Dr. Churchwell lists her biggest professional accomplishment as her coaching of her students to success. She enjoys seeing them grow over the four-year program and facilitating it along the way. She is inspired by their energy, dedication to learning, and drive for success.
Although she is very proud of her students and their accomplishments, Dr. Churchwell herself has led a very successful career. Her publications have been cited more than 550 times in the past 5 years and she has had more than 50 citations per year. Being a faculty member and clinical pharmacist, her scholarly activity focuses on improving patient care with a concentration toward patients with Kidney diseases. The frequency of the citations reflects the strength of her contributions to patient care and the profession.
Dr. Churchwell also serves on the American Associate of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) College of Faculties (COF) Curriculum Committee Connect Community. This committee is charged with managing and dealing with the changes that come about due to the issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a member of this committee Dr. Churchwell is charged, along with the rest of the committee, to develop a commentary of challenges and opportunities of Curriculum Committees in advancing pharmacy education. This group meets every 2-3 weeks to report on assignments and touch base on report development. Their interim report is due December 11 of this year and their report with deliverables is due in June of 2021.
Outside of her professional career, Dr. Churchwell enjoys gardening (both flowers and vegetables), reading (fiction and history), and spending time with her husband, family and friends.

To nominate a student, alumni, or faculty member for a spotlight, please email Kristen Gartland.
UToledo Foundation must admit, writing a monthly piece for the newsletter is out of my comfort zone. Every personality test and Kinsey report that I have taken point to my ability to verbally communicate with people. Although writing is a beautiful form of communication, it’s not the same for me, as a face to face conversation. Reading the nuances in body language and facial expressions, I have learned to appreciate in people and have done my best to master. Having that same connection through writing, is an artform that I aspire to improve. There is nothing like reading a good story and feeling that you are a part of the writer’s experience.

As a development officer, especially in the midst of a pandemic, ALL forms of communication are key to bridging a successful relationship. Being face to face is comfortable for me, however, it’s not for everyone. I aspire to learn more about what works best for the intended recipient. I am very aware that I’m not the only one who is muddling through new ways to connect, but it is more apparent now more than ever.

After reading the Dean’s Corner for this month’s update, I realized that we are really trying to accomplish the same thing, just from two different perspectives. Dean Pollack has been working along side of the CPPS Alumni Affiliate to create a mentoring program for students and alumni. As we all search for new ways to connect, what a great time to implement a program that will not only propel a student’s school and career path, but connect an alumna to a particular student and the CPPS in a positive way. Whatever communication platform works for both parties, it will be sure to have a lasting impression for both people. More importantly (in my humble opinion), it will elevate the CPPS experience in a time that can be uncertain to many. If the human connection is vital to our mental and physical well-being, having a dedicated program to facilitate that connection can only be beneficial to our students and alumni. 

In order to wrap this up in a little bow, (it IS almost the holidays, y ’all!) human connection is imperative to the CPPS’ success. A good students experience will turn into a connected alumnus, that hopefully will inspire financial support for the CPPS, which can then lead to better student experiences. All started by a small form of communication, written or verbal, all with one common interest. Our joint connection to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. If 2020 has giving us anything positive, it’s hopefully inspired you to connect with the people in a new and meaningful way. It’s comforting.

For any questions or comments please contact Kristen Gartland.

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