February 9, 2022

News & Announcements

UGA College of Pharmacy, Georgia Gwinnett College Partner to benefit Future Pharmacy Students

In a formal ceremony held February 4, officials from Georgia Gwinnett College and the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy signed an agreement that will allow GGC undergraduate biology students, concentrating in biochemistry, to have a streamlined approach for admission into UGA’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. Kelly Smith, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Chavonda Mills, dean of GGC’s School of Science and Technology, signed the articulation document that provides GGC students with a guided pathway into UGA’s four-year pharmacy curriculum. Ultimately, students will gain an earlier start to a career in this critical healthcare field, computing to overall cost-savings as well.

The ceremony included faculty, staff, and students from the two University System of Georgia colleges, along with remarks from Dean Smith, Dean Mills, and GGC alumnus and current UGA pharmacy student Chigbogu Ekemezie.

Read the entire article here. 

William Robie III Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lecture to be Held Tomorrow, February 10

The Second Annual William T. Robie III Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lecture will be held tomorrow, Thursday, February 10 at 12:30 pm in the College’s large auditoriums. All are invited to attend this important event. If you are unable to join in person, join via Zoom here (passcode: 549403).

More information can be found here.

Celebrating Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month, the CoP will celebrate faculty and staff who identify as African American, Black, and People of the African Diaspora. If this describes your culture, background, and ethnicity, and you would like to be included in this recognition, please provide:

  • A brief background of where your family originated
  • Something unique that you would like our community to know about you A photo from your childhood

Please send your reply to Vivia Hill-Silcott so that you may be added in our Black History Month feature in February.

#BestshotUGA TikTok Competition

The UGA Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, along with College of Education professor Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor and representatives from the UGA Arts Council, is working to help increase vaccine confidence through community participation in the arts.

Create a TikTok supporting vaccines including #BestShotUGA in the post by Friday, April 1. To be eligible for this contest, entrants must be one of the following: Athens resident Resident of a county surrounding Athens UGA student, faculty, or staff.

One of only 30 projects funded by the CDC Foundation, UGA is using the grant to start a TikTok campaign to promote vaccine confidence and uptake. The project invites UGA students, local artists, and the greater Athens/Georgia community to join in creating vaccine “Edu-Tainment” on TikTok. Contest winners will receive $1,000 in prizes from local Athens businesses.
Pop-Up Plant Sale!

Looking for a reason to share a plant with someone you love?

Stop by the Trial Garden greenhouse next Friday, February 11th from 10am to 2pm and take a look at our colorful selection of succulents and potted plants. Cash, check or credit will be accepted. Parking is available at the South Deck.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Pre-PA & Pharmacy Fundraiser for UGA Miracle
Annual College of Pharmacy Fundraiser Benefiting UGA Miracle

RxPups - SSPA is excited to be hosting the Annual College of Pharmacy Fundraiser benefiting UGA Miracle which is the largest student-run organization that raises funds for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. By promoting their own individual fundraisers within the College, each professional organization contributes to raising awareness for pediatric diseases and providing support to affected families.

The winning organization will receive a tour of Sanford Stadium. In addition to fundraising, we will also be participating in UGA Miracle Dance Marathon which is to take place February 19th. Last year we raised over $3500 and we are hoping to surpass that amount this year.
NCPA Open Golf Tournament
Click here to register. Please submit one form per team by February 14th at 6pm.
New Recruitment Events

Wondering where a Doctor of Pharmacy degree can take you? Join UGA Pharmacy throughout the  semester to experience events designed to bring awareness of the field and help you discover your future in it. 

Visit the College of Pharmacy website to learn more about these events. 

COLT - COVID-19 Information

Updated International Travel Health Requirements for Students

Are you traveling over Spring Break, Maymester or this summer?  The University Health Center Travel Clinic can help take the stress out of travel by planning in advance for pre-departure needs including COVID testing and vaccines. Travel health regulations are changing all the time, so let the experts help you plan for a successful take off.  Complete a “Travel Request Form” and email it back to the Travel Clinic to get scheduled. These appointments are most commonly done virtually and are best planned 6-8 weeks in advance of your travel date.

COVID-19 Testing

Surveillance testing for asymptomatic individuals remains an important step in our defense against infection.  These tests are free to faculty, staff and students. Click here to schedule an appointment. Walk-ups are also welcome.  Remember that any faculty, staff or student who tests positive for COVID is required to report that positive test through DawgCheck and to follow the advice provided. 

Research, Accolades, & Media

Dr. Osae Recent Presentation at the JCPP

Dr. Sharmon Osae, Clinical Assistant Professor, gave the Keynote address at the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP) meeting Monday, February 1st.
Dr. Fulford Presented at Faculties of Pharmacy Workshops
The Egyptian Knowledge Bank in partnership with KnowledgeE and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) has hosted training and workshops for the Faculties of Pharmacy in Egypt since July 2020. These workshops are an initiative to help pharmacy schools reform their curriculums to prepare future pharmacists in Egypt for their expanding role in healthcare. Dr. Michael J. Fulford was one of 4 speakers invited to conduct these virtual workshops during 2020 and 2021.

Dr. Fulford provided his expertise in assessment, accreditation, and student development to help schools develop their academic programs. These workshops are a key component of Egypt's process to transform pharmacy education across their entire country and eventually reach the standards set by ACPE's International Accreditation.
Dr. Seagraves On Community Panel Tonight Dr. Brian Seagraves, Academic Professional Associate, will serve as a panelist on “Working Together To Pave A Path Forward,” a community visioning forum, which will be held this evening, Feb. 9, from 6-8 pm at the Athens Regional Library Auditorium.  For further information, see community forum
Recent Publications
Dr. Michael J. Fulford, Dr. Andrew Darley and Dean Kelly M. Smith recently collaborated and published A Call for Simplification and Integration of Doctor of Pharmacy Curricular Outcomes and Frameworks in American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. Congratulations on the hard work! 

Dr. Jayani Jayawardhana recently published The Association between Pill Mill Legislation and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research. Congratulations on the hard work! 


UGA Diversity & Inclusion Career Conference

The UGA Career Center will be hosting our annual Diversity & Inclusion Career Conference on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 from 4-8 pm in the Tate Student Center Grand Hall, 5th Floor. 

This event connects student attendees with employers committed to diversity and inclusion over a networking dinner and networking hour. Additionally, attendees will hear from our keynote speaker, Dr. Todd “Bowtie” Jenkins

Event Benefits:

  • FREE event open to all UGA students and alumni
  • Listen to employer representatives discuss their company's commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Learn about internship and job opportunities during a networking dinner and post-dinner networking hour with employers
  • Jumpstart your personal and professional inclusion goals through inspiration from our keynote speaker
  • Receive a FREE UGA leather padfolio and FREE resume prints from Print & Copy Services

Student Agenda:
  • 3:30PM – 4:00PM - Check-In, Tate Center 5th Floor Grand Hall
  • 4:00PM – 4:15PM - Event Kickoff
  • 4:15PM – 5:20PM - Career Conversations with Employers & Alumni Panel
  • 5:30PM – 6:15PM - Networking Dinner & Employer Sponsor Spotlight
  • 6:15PM – 7:00PM - Keynote: Dr. Todd "Bowtie" Jenkins
  • 7:00PM – 8:00PM - Networking Hour
Click here for additional information and registration. 

APhA-ASP Pfizer Vaccines Medical Director Tim Mullenix Will Visit as Guest Speaker

Tuesday, March 1st at 12:30pm, APhA-ASP will host Pfizer's Tim Mullenix PharmD, MS, who will elaborate on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine development process and trials, with a Q&A session. This event takes place via Zoom, with a group viewing option in Pharmacy South 101.

2022 PharmD Lead Dawg Awards

The College is now accepting nominations for the PharmD Lead Dawg Awards. Lead Dawg Awards recognize PharmD students serving as leaders, in the broadest sense of the term. Many students are doing great things within the College of Pharmacy, our community, and/or our profession; these awards serve as one way to recognize their efforts. Nominations should be submitted HERE by February 28, 2022. For questions, contact Mr. David Evans or Dr. Duc Do.

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

New FACT Program at the College

We are pleased to announce the workshops and details for the College of Pharmacy FACT (Faculty Achievement in Classroom Teaching) program for spring semester 2022.

The FACT program has been designed in partnership with the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning to encourage faculty to explore and implement approaches to teaching that will support the learning needs of students across all of our academic programs.

This spring, the program consists of a series of workshops that will run between February 15th and April 12th. For faculty members who attend FACT workshops, we encourage you to also consider submitting a FACT grant proposal related to a prospective innovative teaching project.

Click here to view the full details of the FACT program along with the upcoming workshops and grant proposal information. All sessions will be hosted via Zoom.
CTL Upcoming Events

Please take a moment to check out the upcoming events calendar and registration at the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning. Upcoming events include:
  • Monday February 14th — SoTL Colloquia: The Effectiveness of “Pencasts” for Teaching
  • Tuesday February 22nd — Workshop: (Actually) Evaluating Student Knowledge : Creating Asset-Based Assessments”
  • Friday March 4th — Book Club: What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles & Practices for Excellence in College Teaching”

Position Postings

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

Department Head of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Clinical Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Assistant Professor
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Data Management Specialist II
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Post-Doctoral Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Standardized Patient
Pharmacy-Experiential Programs

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci


For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
Managing Anxiety and Stress Group
5pm to 6pm | PS 230 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
William Robie III Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lecture
12:30pm | CoP Auditoriums | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
Pop-Up Plant Sale
10am to 2pm | Trail Gardens
Career Development Office Hours 
2pm to 4pm | Join via Zoom | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale
SoTL Colloquia: The Effectiveness of “Pencasts” for Teaching
4pm to 5pm | Via Zoom | Register Here
Processing of Grief: A Holistic Adult Bereavement Support Group
5pm to 6pm | PS 210 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
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