COVID-19 Updates 8.18.20
August 18, 2020
Lead Stories
COLT Takes on Management of Pandemic Issues

In an effort to centralize oversight of pandemic-related issues as they affect CoP’s faculty, staff, and students, Dean Kelly M. Smith has announced the formation of COLT, a “one-stop-shop” program for all things related to our COVID-19 environment. The following outlines this important new CoP program.

What is COLT?

Initiated by the Dean, the College of Pharmacy’s COVID-19 Operational Leadership Team (COLT) is an ad hoc committee that will manage pandemic-related college issues. COLT will streamline operational decision-making while the College continues to navigate through the challenging waters of the pandemic, in consultation with the Dean. The COLT group will be authorized to act in the absence of a single individual.
What does COLT do?
COLT will coordinate the additional tasks and responsibilities brought on by the pandemic in an effort to support efficiency and effectiveness at the College. These tasks include, but are not limited to: 1) coordinating the response to potential campus exposure, that will include exposure notification; 2) adjustment of classroom availability; and 3) facilities management action.  In addition, COLT will triage individual queries from students, faculty and staff about common processes (e.g., daily reporting to campus, symptomatic monitoring, supervisor or faculty notification).  Further, COLT will assure consistency with UGA and College policies.  
How do I engage with COLT?
Contact Dr. Michael Bartlett, Chair of COLT, for reporting issues related to faculty and staff.  Dr. Bartlett is authorized by the Dean to report potential cases per UGA policy. 
Contact Dr. Duc Do for reporting issues related to students and classroom instruction.  Dr. Do is authorized by the Dean to manage pandemic-related instructional and student affairs elements for ALL COP degree programs. 
Contact Ms. Ashley Townsend for pandemic-related facilities reporting and concerns, such as sanitizing requests, PPE and related equipment, facility safety analysis, as well as human resources inquiries.

Alumnus, Colleague, Friend Passes

The College of Pharmacy is saddened to share the passing of Dr. Charles McDuffie, who was an alumnus, a faculty member in CoP’s Experience Programs, a mentor, and a friend.  Raised in Preston, Ga., he received his Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree in 1970.  For 30 years, he owned and operated independent drug stores in Montezuma and served as Director of Pharmacy at Sumter Regional Hospital in Americus. Later in life, he returned to CoP to earn his PharmD Degree, graduating in 2001. He joined CoP’s Experience Programs in 2003, serving in various public service and outreach capacities.  Upon his retirement in 2013, he was the Director of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Dr. McDuffie was the recipient of the Rufus A. Lyman Award for Outstanding Article, which was published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education; the Service to the Society Award for lifetime achievement in the field of hospital pharmacy by the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists; and a two-time recipient of the UGA College of Pharmacy’s prestigious Robert C. Wilson award.  He was the Phi Delta Chi Teacher of the Year in 2005 and a member of the Rho Chi Pharmaceutical Honor Society.  Condolences are extended to his family at this time.  His obituary in its entirety is available here

Athens Clinical Instructor Candidate Seminars
Presentations from four candidates interviewing for the position for CAP Clinical Instructor on the Athens campus are being made this month.  The College is invited to view these presentations.  Contact Kim McKenzie to obtain the Zoom link for each.  If you are unable to attend these virtual presentations, a copy of the presentations will be available in the near future.  
William T. Huang, Pharm.D., M.S.
Thursday, August 20th, 11:30am-12:15pm
“Men’s health: Role of Testosterone in Hypogonadism”
Mirand Howland, Pharm.D., BCCCP
Monday, August 24th, 11:30am-12:15pm
“An Introduction to Neuro Critical Care”
Kimberly Echols, Pharm.D.
Thursday, August 27th, 11:30am-12:15pm
"Pain and the Safe Use of Opioids”
Already presented:
Larry Aull, Pharm.D., M.Ed.
Monday, August 17th
“Teaching Physical Assessment Skills in an Online World”
Upcoming Faculty Development Opportunity 

ASHP will be hosting the following webinar, free for members, on Wednesday, August 26, 3-4pm: Innovative Teaching and Learning Models in the Covid-19 Era: Part 1. Register here.

PSRG Meeting Tomorrow

The next PSRG will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, August 19, at 10:30am via Zoom. Contact: Meagan Watkins

DSAC Launches Weekly Student Events Newsletter
In an effort to streamline communication for student events, the Dean’s Student Advisory Council (DSAC) has initiated the “College of Pharmacy Events Weekly.” Each Monday, this newsletter will be e-distributed to the college and will highlight activities, along with organization and club events, in which students can participate.  To see the first issue, which was e-distributed on Monday, see here.  This newsletter joins its sister publication “College of Pharmacy Fundraising Weekly,” also produced by DSAC. This week’s issue highlighted scrubs and lapel pins for sale!  Read this issue here
Contact DSAC Chair Aliya Abdullah or Secretary Diana Dang for more details about these weekly publications. 

Class of 2024 PharmD Students Oriented to College
Welcome to the PharmD class of 2024!  Attending a socially-distant orientation on Monday and virtually throughout the week, the 146 students heard various presentations and updates from College of Pharmacy and UGA officials.  The group joins their fellow P2, P3 and P4 students in the PharmD program, which now totals 555 in number. Remember!  It’s great to be a Georgia PharmDawg!

North of the Arch 

New PharmDawgs! Excited to be on campus but not sure how to safely get to know your new community? Grab a mask, grab a partner, and embark on the North of the Arch quest! For more info, including prizes, visit the North of the Arch webpage.

In Other News

Alumna Featured in Takeda Advertisement
Alumna Diana Nguyen, who was in the first graduating class of CoP’s Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences program in 2015, is featured in a recent advertisement for Takeda Pharmaceutical Company.  A Tech Development Research Specialist at Takeda, Diana shares her pride in working for a company that is on the frontline of research for a COVID-19 treatment. See the advertisement here

Resource Library

Student Resources

UGA Resources:
UGA Student Care and Outreach
UGA Resources (including food pantry, housing, health & wellness, etc.)
Food and Necessities
University Health Center Services

College of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs:
Career Counseling – Dr. Danielle Vitale, 706-542-5150
PharmD Advising & Registration – Mr. David Evans, 706-542-0804
Student Counseling –Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott, PhD, LPC, NCC,  607-275-6361

Emergency Funds:
College of Pharmacy (for all pharmacy students) - contact Dr. Duc Do for details
Student Care & Outreach (for undergraduate and PharmD students)
Graduate School Financial Hardship (for graduate students)

Disaster Distress Hotline:
The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

AFSP Mental Health:
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has compiled tools to help spread positive messages of hope, compassion, mental health care and suicide prevention
NIH COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines

Student IT Support:
Continue to access the EITS Student Helpdesk

College of Pharmacy COVID-19 Resources

College of Pharmacy COVID 19 Resources and Information
COVID-19 FAQs for Pharmacists and Healthcare Professionals

UGA Resources

UGA COVID-19 Resources and Information
Critical UGA IT Services for Business Continuity
Continuity in Teaching and Student Support
Library Hours/Faculty and Student Resources
The Division of Academic Enhancement’s Distance Support Resources
UGA Research-Coronavirus
Staff and Faculty Wellness

Teaching Resources
Teaching and Learning Continuity at UGA
EITS status page (check status of IT Resources for Remote Teaching and Learning)
Contingency IT Resources at UGA
PharmDawg Guide to Zoom

COP Virtual IT Helpdesk (for emergency IT needs):
Join via Zoom -
Direct call in – 253-215-8782 or 301-715-8592, meeting ID 333 252 017
(For non-emergency needs, please continue to submit tickets here.)

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