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October 28, 2021

News & Announcements

PharmDawg Monster Mash Bash!

It’s Halloween! Braves Are in the World Series! #1 Dawgs Wrangle Gators This Weekend! How does a PharmDawg mash all these celebrations together? At the Monster Mash Bash, this Friday (10/29) at 10:30am in the R.C. Wilson Lobby. Tricks and Treats will be served!  

Come dressed to celebrate!  Wear a

  • Crazy, ghoulish Halloween costume
  • Red, white, and blue to salute the Braves
  • Red & Black to cheer on the #1 Dawgs

OR

  • Get creative and combine all three!

Don’t Miss the Monster Mash Bash…. it will be a GRAVEYARD SMASH!

Extended Campuses, please check with your admin leaders for information about your Mash Bash!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 1st through October 31st is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The University of Georgia’s CoP wants to contribute to increasing awareness of breast cancer and the effects of it. Today, the Student Oncological Advocates in Pharmacy (SOAP) and American Pharmacists Association (APhA) UGA chapters will host a breast cancer survivor's panel from 12:30pm to 1:20pm.

Grand Rounds: Left Ventricular Assist Device Antithrombotic, Gastrointestinal Bleed, and Pump Thrombosis Management

Yancey Murray will present next Wednesday's (11/3/21) Grand Rounds, titled, "Left Ventricular Assist Device Antithrombotic, Gastrointestinal Bleed, and Pump Thrombosis Management."

Objectives: 

  • Summarize the indications for Left Ventricular Assist Devices
  • Distinguish between the different LVAD devices and understand the complications of LVADs
  • Recommend an antithrombotic plan for a post operative LVAD patient  
  • Formulate a treatment plan for patients with initial and sequential gastrointestinal bleeds
  • Understand treatment options for patients with pump thrombosis
Grand Rounds take place in the following rooms:
  • Albany — ES Conference room
  • Athens — RC 362
  • Augusta — 135
  • Savannah — HL2101

Or join virtually here! (Meeting ID: 953 4712 0449/ Passcode: 754824)

CPFI Accepting Donations for Operation Christmas Child

UGA’s Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) chapter is collecting donations for Operation Christmas Child from October 25th - November 5th. Each year, Samaritan’s Purse sends shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies, and hygiene items as gifts to children in need around the world. We have a donation box in the PS lobby where you can donate items or filled shoeboxes (see item suggestions here). You can also give financially via CPFI's Venmo (@UGA-CPFI) or PayPal (paypal.me/ugacopcpfi). $9 is suggested to cover shipping and processing for each box.

Everyone who donates will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Chick-Fil-A gift card! If you donate items or a shoebox, please scan the QR code on our donation box to be entered in the drawing. Those who give financially will automatically be entered. Please reach out to Madeline Ganter with any questions.

Dean's Tailgate & Class Reunions on Saturday, November 6th
Join us for fun, food and family-friendly games as we celebrate the inaugural 2021 Dean's Tailgate & Class Reunions at the UGA College of Pharmacy. Reunions for class years ending in 1 & 6 will be celebrated! The event begins 3 hours prior to kickoff for the UGA vs Missouri game. Register here.

COLT - COVID-19 Information

Availability of COVID Booster Vaccines Expanded at UHC

On October 20, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended its emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccines to allow for the use of a single booster dose as follows:

  • The use of a single booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine that may be administered at least 6 months after completion of the primary series to individuals:
    • 65 years of age and older
    • 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19
    • 18 through 64 years of age with frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2
  • The use of a single booster dose of the Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine that may be administered at least 2 months after completion of the single-dose primary regimen to individuals 18 years of age and older.
  • The use of each of the available COVID-19 vaccines as a heterologous (or “mix and match”) booster dose in eligible individuals following completion of primary vaccination with a different available COVID-19 vaccine.
  • To clarify that a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine may be administered at least 6 months after completion of the primary series to individuals 18 through 64 years of age with frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2.

Beginning Monday, October 25, 2021, UGA faculty, staff, students, retirees, and dependents (18 and over) who have received a complete vaccine series (2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna more than 6 months ago or a single dose of Janssen completed more than 2 months ago) and who meet eligibility requirements outlined by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, may schedule appointments at the University Health Center to receive a booster shot. Appointments may be scheduled at patientportal.uhs.uga.edu. Individuals should bring their original vaccine card to the appointment. Vaccination status will be verified on-site.

Boosters are recommended to prolong protective immunity against the COVID-19 virus because experts are beginning to see reduced protection against mild and moderate COVID-19 disease in certain individuals.

Getting the entire UGA community vaccinated remains our top priority and the most effective way to keep everyone safe. We strongly encourage you to get your vaccination series as soon as possible and to wear a mask inside campus facilities and in large gatherings.

Federal COVID-19 Requirements for University of Georgia Covered Employees 

View this important Archnews memo here.

Research, Accolades, & Media

Congratulations, CoP Blue Key Inductees!

Two College of Pharmacy students were inducted into the UGA chapter of the Blue Key Honor Society during a reception held at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on October 15, 2021: Jessie Vo, a graduate of the Pharmaceutical Sciences program and current P1 student, and Kristine Nguyen, a current P4 student.

In addition, Kristine was a recipient of AT&T Student Leadership Award. This award is given each year to two Blue Key student members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership ability and potential. The award is a scholarship made possible by generous support from AT&T, Inc., in honor of the late Jasper Dorsey. Dorsey served for years as a top executive with Southern Bell Telephone Company and was instrumental in establishing the Blue Key tradition at UGA.

Founded in 1926, the University of Georgia chapter of the Blue Key Honor Society is the third oldest chapter of the national organization. UGA Blue Key recognizes second, third and fourth-year undergraduate students, as well as graduate and professional students of outstanding character and ability who have achieved distinction in three key areas: scholarship, leadership, and service. Members join a roster of elite UGA alumni who have been inducted into the society over the last nine decades.

Congratulations, Jessie (pictured below on the left) and Kristine (pictured below on the right at the ceremony)!

ASHP Clinical Skills Competition

The college-level ASHP Clinical Skills Competition was recently held at UGA, with 16 CoP teams competing. Emerging as winners were Ryan Bok (P4, Savannah) and David Perez (P4, Atlanta); second place winners were Kristine Nguyen (P4, Augusta) and Tommy Tuggle (P4, Columbus). Ryan and David will represent UGA at the statewide GSHP Clinical Skills Competition in November and the national competition at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting In December. Special thanks to our judges for the UGA Competition: Dr. Trisha Branan, Dr. Katelyn Hood,  Dr. Kelly Norris, and Dr. Linda Logan. The UGA competition and statewide GSHP competition are coordinated by Dr. Andrew Darley. 

Students

Join the PharmCast Team!

Our PharmCast podcasts and videos feature interviews with students, UGA faculty, and pharmaceutical experts in our community. We discuss a wide variety of current events, including medication management, vaccine discoveries, drug regulations, breakthroughs in our field, and much more.

This is a great opportunity to collaborate with faculty and peers, network, and it is also an amazing CV opportunity. We have THREE open positions to become a vital part of UGA COP's first and only podcast. Apply here!

Have any questions? Email us: Lillian Zulu, Bhavi Patel, Antoinette MorkehEresi Ojebe!

Applications are due at 11:59pm on October 31st.

Employer Spotlight Session

The Employer Spotlight Series continues next Thursday 10/4 during Org Hour with Innovation Compounding. During this Employer Spotlight session, they will share more information about their organization and their services, as well as highlight career opportunities. This is a great opportunity for students to connect with future employers!  Join via Zoom.

American Public Health Association Monthly Student Webinars

The American Public Health Association is hosting several webinars where amazing guest speakers share their insight and experiences.

November 18th — Oncology Care November, featuring Ramya Antony and LCDR Chan Mitchell. Register here!

December 2nd — Diabetes Care and Education, featuring LCDR Tabitha Dillinger and CAPT James Chapple. Register here!

Pharmacy Industry Survey for Students

The Accreditation Council of Medical Affairs (ACMA), which provides accredited board certification for Medical Science Liaisons and Medical Affairs Professionals around the world, is conducting survey for pharmacy students from P1 to P4 to evaluate the amount of education provided by pharmacy schools related to career opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry.

Complete the survey here. Identities of participants will remain anonymous.

Office of Global Engagement Photo and Video Contest

The Photo and Video Contest is an Office of Global Engagement tradition that serves to recognize our students’ worldly adventures. The Photo and Video Contest is open to all UGA students, including international students, those currently studying away or who have recently studied, traveled, or worked abroad.  

The submission deadline for the Photo and Video Contest is Friday, November 5th at 11:30 PM!  

Students are invited to submit ten photos total, and one video. Please submit photos and videos by filling out the ENTRY FORM. Winners for each category will be announced in mid-December. Awards include goodie bags containing surprises!  

To inquire about the contest please contact studyaway@uga.edu 

Student Fundraising News

Don't miss out on the latest student fundraisers! Check out all the newest UGA Pharmacy merchandise for sale in this week's DSAC Fundraising Weekly.

Faculty & Staff

Welcome, Emily Clary!

The CoP is excited to welcome Emily Clary to the PharmDawg Family. Emily joins the Office of Development & Alumni Relations as the new Coordinator of Annual Giving & Stewardship. She joins us from the UGA Division of Development & Alumni Relations, where she served as a Client Services Communications Specialist.

Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Master of Arts in Mass Communications both from the UGA Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences.

Hailing from Warner Robins, Georgia, Emily has been heavily involved as a volunteer with the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. Her sister Amelia is a current P3 student in our PharmD program.

Welcome, Emily!
Today! Webinar: If your Diversity Doesn't Include Disability, It's  Not Diverse Enough

October 28th — From 1-2:30pm, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education will host a webinar entitled, "If your Diversity Doesn't Include Disability, It's Not Diverse Enough." 

More info and registration here.
Resources for Teaching and Learning

Please take a moment to check out the upcoming events calendar and registration at the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning. 

Upcoming events include:

November 9th — GradTeach Workshop (open to all graduate students and postdocs): Meeting Students Where They (Actually) Are: Student Development & Learning

USG Mandatory Cybersecurity Awareness Training

The University System of Georgia requires all of its employees to complete cybersecurity awareness training twice annually, in April and October.

To complete the mandatory October training, log on to the KnowBe4 Portal with your UGA MyID and password.

Once on the training homepage, you should see the UGA logo near the upper left portion of the training window, and a course named Security Awareness Fundamentals will be available to you. Click the red “Start” button to begin. To advance through the training, click the “Next” button at the conclusion of each slide. At the end of the training, you will be prompted to take a short quiz. Once your training is complete, you can download a certificate of achievement if desired.

The Security Awareness Fundamentals course should require approximately 15 minutes to complete. The deadline for all faculty, staff, and student employees to complete the training module is October 29, 2021.

Faculty, staff, and student employees who have questions about the training should contact the EITS Help Desk at 542-3106 or e-mail helpdesk@uga.edu.

HR Information & Reminders

Year-End Leave Balances Reminders

  • Don't forget that faculty and staff who accrue vacation leave, the 360- hour calendar year cap for your vacation balance is in effect.
  • Any vacation hours in excess of 360 hours will be removed if not used by December 31, 2021.

Benefits Open Enrollment — Open Enrollment Period: October 25- November 5.

  • Virtual Benefits Fair: October 25 – October 29.
  • Virtual Office Hours:
    • November 2 – 9:00-11:00am.
    • November 4 – 3:00-5:00.

Benefits – Spending Account Updates

  • Effective January 1, 2022, HSA Bank will replace OptumBank as the spending account provider for HSA, FSA, DCFSA, and LPFSA.
  • Employees with an HSA balance as of Dec. 31, 2021, will need to approve the transfer of funds to HSA Bank.
  • Contributions beginning Jan. 1 will be remitted to HSA Bank.
    • These are individual accounts and employees must approve liquidation of investments and transfer of funds.
    • Employees will receive a $50 credit once they approve the transfer, and the funds are moved to HSA Bank.

Calendar

For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
THURSDAY 10/28
SOAP Breast Cancer Awareness Panel
Org Hour (12:30pm-1:20pm) | PS 230
FRIDAY 10/29
Monster Mash Bash
10:30am | R.C. Wilson Lobby
WEDNESDAY 11/3
PBS Seminar Series: Leah Helton, Doctoral Candidate
9:00am | Wilson Pharmacy Room 120 | Zoom Link
Grand Rounds: Left Ventricular Assist Device Antithrombotic, Gastrointestinal Bleed, and Pump Thrombosis Management
12pm-1pm | Presenter: Yancey Murray | Augusta 135, Savannah HL2101, Albany ES Conference Room, Athens RC 362 | Zoom Link
THURSDAY 11/4
Employer Spotlight Series: Innovation Compounding
12:20pm (Org Hour) | Zoom Link
SATURDAY 11/6
Dean's Tailgate & Class Reunions
Begins three hours prior to kickoff of Missouri Game | Athens Campus | Register Here
Have a submission for the PharmDawg Weekly?
Email Lillian Ballance, Public Relations Coordinator.
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