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October 13, 2020
In this issue:
HEADLINES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
PharmD Residency Showcase

Almost 200 final-year Pharm.D. candidates in Georgia, including over 80 of our 4th year PharmDawgs, attended the virtual Mercer/PCOM/South/UGA Residency Showcase on Friday, October 9th. Eighty-five postgraduate programs from across the Southeast interacted with student attendees during virtual meetings which occurred over the course of the day. This was the largest program attendance at this event in its over 10-year history. In total, over 80 hours of sessions took place during the day. Kudos to Dr. Lindsey Welch for her role in co-coordinating this opportunity for students. Special acknowledgments to Katie Smith for the technical assistance she provided prior to the event. Pictured are several PharmDawg selfies taken the day of the event.


Recent Grad Dr. Parisa Ayers Publishes Manuscript with Drs. Smith, Newsome, Logan, and Fulford

Recent graduate Dr. Parisa Ayers Martin '20 wrote a manuscript with CoP faculty members Drs. Susan Smith, Andrea NewsomeLinda Logan, and Mike Fulford, entitled "Pharmacist perceptions of CliftonStrengths® themes important for success in advanced cardiovascular life support." Well done!


College of Pharmacy in the UGA Headlines

The CoP made UGA headlines for the #flUGA campaign. Started in 2013 by the College of Pharmacy and the UHC pharmacy, the mobile clinic program – known as flUGA – makes flu vaccinations accessible and affordable on UGA’s campus and provides a learning opportunity for second- and third-year student pharmacists. The flUGA mobile clinic’s administered 20% more flu vaccinations in 2019 and hopes to increase this number in 2020.

COLT - COVID-19 INFORMATION

Sign Up for Surveillance Testing

Be Georgia Strong. Dawg Strong. PharmDawg Strong... and help UGA flatten the curve! It’s important that we continue to monitor asymptomatic spread through surveillance testing. There are 500 time slots a day, and we need participation from as many of you as possible. 
 
If you haven’t had a positive test result in the past 90 days, you can get retested about every three weeks, so be sure to sign up to test again if it has been awhile. 
 
Visit DawgCheck to schedule an appointment for asymptomatic testing at Legion Field. With our increased capacity, we are often able to accommodate same day appointments. In cases where there is same-day availability, Legion Field staff will accept walk-up appointments. Individuals will need to register onsite, but the likelihood is that they will be accommodated. 
 
Enjoy free Starbucks coffee and tea in line, and receive free items as a thank you for participating, including coupons and specially branded masks and t-shirts! Sign up via DawgCheck. #PharmDawgStrong

FACULTY & STAFF INFORMATION
Benefits Open Enrollment Is 10/21 – 11/6 
 
In an Archnews message released yesterday, dates and details of open enrollment for UGA benefits in 2021 were provided for faculty and staff.  This is an active enrollment year, which means action will be required on everyone’s part to ensure benefits and associated costs match circumstances.  To read the Archnews in its entirety, see here

Major Window Replacement Project in Wilson To Get Underway
 

Exterior windows on the second and third floors on the east and south sides of the R.C. Wilson Pharmacy Building will be replaced late this semester.  This is the next step in the College’s efforts to improve and enhance the safety of existing facilities. If your office and/or work area is affected by this installation project, you should have received notification late last week.  
 
In summary, working with UGA’s Facilities and Maintenance Division, along with multiple vendors, CoP will implement this project in several phases.  
  • Phase I –  Already underway and involves a pilot installation on the 2nd floor of the RC Wilson Building (in the common area entry way adjacent to the side entrance to CAP) This project should be completed by 10/16.  
  • Phase II – Schedule for 10/28 – 11/3. Interior prep work to include asbestos abatement for window caulking, along with movement of furniture and IT equipment. All locations affected will be sanitized after this prep work.   
  • Phase III –  Scheduled to start 11/23.  Window installation is tentatively scheduled to start 11/23 and will include both interior and exterior work. A more detailed plan related to Phase III will be provided soon.  
For information regarding specific facility-related needs, contact Brad Brown.

Promotion & Tenure Workshop

The College of Pharmacy is offering a Promotion & Tenure Workshop in conjunction with the University P&T workshop on October 20. Faculty attendance at one of both is encouraged. Register for the 9-11am University workshop via PEP and join the 11am-12pm College workshop via Zoom.
STUDENT INFORMATION

Emergency Funding Available for Students

The Molly and Max Blank Scholarship Application Cycle is now open for submissions.

Eligibility and Instructions:

  • This scholarship will serve to help alleviate the financial burdens that may impede students from entering or completing their studies at the UGA College of Pharmacy.
  • All UGA College of Pharmacy students (undergraduate, graduate and PharmD) with financial need are eligible to apply.
  • Incoming PharmD students (entering in fall 2021) who have submitted their seat deposits are also eligible to apply.
  • The College of Pharmacy intends to award approximately twelve (12) scholarships (amount ranging from $2,000-$5,000), totaling $30,000.
  • Previous recipients are eligible to reapply.
  • Please apply here. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 30th.

TODAY: Employer Spotlight Series

The Employer Spotlight Series is a collaboration with local and national pharmacy employer partners.  Our first Employer Spotlight will feature CVS Health, and will be held virtually on Zoom today, Tuesday, October 13 from 12:30-1:15pm. To join us for the event live, visit us on Zoom.  Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with representatives during a live Q&A session, as well. The Employer Spotlight Series is open to all PharmD students in College of Pharmacy, but it is specifically designed to provide an opportunity for P4 students to connect with potential employers. 
CALENDAR
Blood Drive Thursday

The UGA Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive this Thursday, October 15 from 11am-5pm in Memorial Hall. In order to properly maintain social distancing, appointments are required. To sign up, click here. (Sponsor code: UGA)
 
This Week
For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
TUESDAY 10/13
Employer Spotlight Series: CVS | 12:30-1:15pm, Zoom
Career Development Drop-In Hours with Dr. Vitale | 1:30-3pm, Zoom
Tutoring for: P2 PHRM 4200 & 4430 | 6-7pm
WEDNESDAY 10/14
Schedule Management Drop-In Hours with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 2-4pm, Zoom
Tutoring for: P1 PHRM 3310 & 3600 | 5:30-6:30pm
Tutoring for: P2 PHRM 4200 and 4430 | 6-7pm
Tutoring for: P2 PHRM 4200 & 4430 | 7-8pm
THURSDAY 10/15
Bereavement Support Group with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 5pm, Zoom
Managing Stress & Anxiety with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 7pm, Zoom
Tutoring for: P1 PHRM 3300 & 3600 | 7-8pm
Tutoring for: P2 PHRM 4200 & 4430 | 7-8pm
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