April 21, 2022

A big shout out to our First Year PharmD students! These PharmDawgs completed their first full year of courses, and next week they will start their Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences at community-based pharmacies all over Georgia! We are PharmDawg Proud!

News & Announcements

Match Day 2022 Yields Impressive Results

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) residency match process is complete, and, once again, the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy’s graduating Doctorate of Pharmacy class exceeded the national average.

Touting the highest residency match rate to date at UGA, the Class of 2022 matched 83.1 percent of its active listed members who applied for a residency program at numerous healthcare institutions across the U.S.  The national average, which includes 147 pharmacy schools, was 77 percent. In addition, the College of Pharmacy has the highest PGY-1, or first year match rate among the four pharmacy schools in Georgia.

Complementing the PGY1 match rate is the number of first-year pharmacy residents seeking an additional year of specialized training, or a PGY-2 residency. According to ASHP data, 92 percent of active listed UGA graduates who sought a PGY-2 residency were successfully matched, as compared to 82 percent nationwide. In total, the UGA College of Pharmacy had 54 PGY-1 matches and 23 PGY-2 matches.

Read the full story here.
Emily Hannan Adds UGA Presidential Award of Excellence To Her List of Accomplishments

Google the word “busy,” you may find the name “Emily Hannan” listed in the definition. Do the same for the word “success,” and the senior from Sharpsburg, GA, who will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a minor in Biology from the UGA College of Pharmacy, surely is listed. This hard-working PharmDawg epitomizes these descriptors.

In the past few weeks alone, Emily has received a prestigious CoP scholarship, presented a poster at UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) annual showcase, and this Wednesday, she received the esteemed Presidential Award of Excellence, the highest recognition that an undergraduate can receive at the University of Georgia.

The Presidential Award of Excellence spotlights seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, strong extracurricular involvement, and service and engagement in their respective school or college. Selected by the recipient’s Dean, awardees exemplify the best of UGA’s undergraduate student body.

Read the full story here.

Spring 2022 Open House    

PharmDawgs!  Know anyone who may be interested in being a future PharmDawg? If so, be sure to invite them to this Spring’s Open House, THIS SATURDAY, April 23rd from 10am to 1pm.

See below for a detailed schedule of the days events: 
  • 10am – Check-in and Coffee (Pharmacy South, Lobby)
  • 10:30am – Welcome by Dean Smith (Pharmacy South, Room 101)
  • 10:40am – PharmD Curriculum Presentation by Dr. Darley (Pharmacy South, Room 101)
  • 11am – Current PharmD Student Panel (Pharmacy South, Room 101)11:30am – Tour by Ambassadors
  • 12pm – Mingle with PharmD Ambassadors and Faculty Volunteers (Pharmacy South 2nd Floor Lobby)
  • 12:45pm – End
Contact Dr. Shane Pruitt with any questions. 
New Episode of PharmCast for the Community!

Tune in to the latest episode of PharmCast for the Community, as Dr. Eileen Kennedy, a pioneer in Parkinson’s research, discusses the symptoms and recent advances in managing the symptoms. This podcast is a must listen for those caring for family members with Parkinson’s Disease, as Dr. Kennedy addresses the newest medications that have been approved over the past two years, in addition to the latest in research from the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Watch below or listen now!
Dr. Watts Host Trivia for Savannah Students

Last Wednesday, Dr. Misha Thomason Watts hosted Pharmacy Trivia for our P3 and P4 students in Savannah. They had a little pizza party and lots of fun to go with it! 
Dr. Yang Presents on the History of Pharmacy

This Friday, April 22nd at 3:30pm, Dr. Timothy Yang discusses his research and new book, A Medicated Empire: The Pharmaceutical Industry and Modern Japan (Cornell University Press, 2021). Yang was recently awarded a prize for the best book in business history by The Hagley Museum and Library and the Business History Conference.

Timothy Yang teaches courses on the history of East Asia, Japan, science and medicine, capitalism, and memory. His book A Medicated Empire explores the connections between medicine, capitalism, and empire through a micro-history of a Japanese pharmaceutical company
Greg Ip: The Coming Economic Cold War

Monday, April 25th from 12-1pm, chief economics commentator for The Wall Street Journal, Greg Ip will be virtually presenting his talk, "The Coming Economic Cold War," via Zoom. Questions will be moderated by Dean Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge. Please join us by registering here. This event is organized by the UGA School of Law, with numerous campus partners, including the College of Pharmacy.

Research, Accolades, & Media

Smita Rawal and Rebecca Stone Present Webinar on COVID Vaccine Acceptance in Pregnancy

Smita Rawal and Dr. Rebecca Stone recently presented in a webinar hosted by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology on "COVID Vaccine Acceptance in Pregnancy." This webinar was based off an article recently published in the journal by Smita Rawal, Dr. Randall Tackett, Dr. Rebecca Stone, and Dr. Henry Young: "COVID-19 vaccination among pregnant people in the United States: a systematic review." Read the article here and watch the webinar below.
CoP Doctoral Student Receives Dissertation Completion Award

Jiabao Song, doctoral student in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences has been awarded a Dissertation Completion Award from the UGA Graduate School. His research is focused on using chemical probe to decipher the function of Histone acetyltransferase. He would like to apply for a postdoctoral position in the future to further strengthen my research skills and experiences. Congratulations, Jiabao, on this recognition! 


Today: Thank a Donor Day at Tate Plaza

Today, April 21st, is Thank a Donor Day! Stop by Tate Plaza any time until 1pm to show gratitude to our donors. There will also be free food and chances to win a t-shirt! Contact Emily Clary if you have any questions.

Student Fundraising News

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

Faculty & Staff

2021 Employee of the Year (EOY) Award

Nominations are now being solicited for the 2021 College of Pharmacy Employee of the Year.  This award recognizes an employee whose contributions to the College, students, faculty, and co-workers during the past year have been outstanding.  A committee comprised of two faculty members and three staff members (the last three EOY recipients) will review all nominations and recommend a recipient for the award to the Dean.

The recipient receives a $1,000 award (pending approval by the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations), personalized plaque and his/her name added to the permanent plaque in the RC Wilson lobby of the College. Complete packages, including Guidelines for Selection of Employee of the Year and the Nomination Form,  should be submitted via email no later than Friday, April 29, 2022 at 5pm.

Sarah H. Moss Fellowships Accepting Applications for 2022-23

The Sarah H. Moss Fellowships, administered by the Center for Teaching and Learning, provide funds for travel and related expenses for tenure-track faculty pursuing advanced scholarship, research, and study in institutions of higher learning abroad and outside of Georgia and contiguous states. Funds may be used for faculty members’ own travel and research expenses, as well as for partner and dependent travel.

USG Mandatory Cybersecurity Awareness Training Due April 29th

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

To complete the mandatory training, log in to the KnowBe4 Portal with your UGA MyID and password. The Security Awareness Fundamentals course should require approximately 15 minutes to complete. Faculty, staff, and student employees who have questions about the training should contact the EITS Help Desk at 706-542-3106 or e-mail

Position Postings

Current job openings within the College of Pharmacy are listed below. Click the job title for more information.

IIT Manager for Client Support Services
Pharmacy-Inst Design & Tech

Administrative Associate II
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Savannah, GA

Data Management Specialist II
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Located in Augusta, GA

Temporary Hourly Professional
Pharmacy-Assoc Dean's Office A
This position will serve as administrative support to the Dean Stuart Feldman Summer Science Institute faculty and staff.

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Cai Lab

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
The Strauch Lab

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
The Strauch Lab

Post-Doctoral Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
The Huet Lab

Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci


For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
Thank A Donor Day
9am to 1pm | Tate Plaza | Contact: Emily Clary
Career Development Office Hours 
2pm to 4pm | Join via Zoom | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale
Spring 2022 Open House
10am to 1pm | Pharmacy South | Contact: Shane Pruitt
Processing of Grief: A Holistic Adult Bereavement Support Group
5pm to 6pm | PS 210 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
Managing Anxiety and Stress Group
5pm to 6pm | PS 230 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
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