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April 13, 2022

News & Announcements

PharmDawgs Participate in PAP2 Longitudinal Interprofessional Program

On Tuesday, March 22nd & Thursday, March 24th, the College of Pharmacy hosted Physician Assistant students from Augusta University’s College of Allied Health.  This was the final collaboration with second year pharmacy students as they worked in teams to provide care for their patient, Cher.  These interprofessional teams worked together throughout the year caring for Cher while also exploring teamwork, communication, roles, and values/ethics.   This event allowed 20 teams to perform in-person physical assessments on their patient and create a management plan that addressed the patient’s chief complaint of heart failure and opioid use disorder. In addition, the students learned more about contemporary healthcare models and how the two professions work together to enhance care throughout Georgia. Approximately 200 students participated in the yearlong event that was well received by students and faculty from both colleges. According to Dr. Tim Brown, Director of Interprofessional Education,  "Many of the participants not only learned about each other’s profession but also became friends. Due to the continued success of the PAP2 longitudinal interprofessional program, the College of Pharmacy is looking forward to our continued partnership with the Master of Physician Assistant Program at Augusta University." The next PAP2 event will kick off in September.

Congratulations, Rho Chi Inductees!

Congratulations to all of our students who were inducted into the Rho Chi Society last week! The Rho Chi Society encourages and recognizes intellectual achievement, stimulates critical inquiry to advance pharmacy, contributes to the development of intellectual leaders, promotes highest ethical standards, and fosters collaboration. We are PharmDawg Proud.

Students’ Spirit = $500 Pizza Party for All PharmDawgs!

We all know PharmDawgs have spirit; now this spirit has paid off! Four PharmD students, representing the UGA College of Pharmacy at an international compounding conference, captured the “Best School Spirit” Award and won a $500 Pizza Party! The foursome is sharing their prize party with fellow PharmDawgs on every campus next Tuesday, April 19th during Org Hour!

Eresi Ojebe and Lillian Zulu, P3s, and Ana Elsa McLean and Shelby Warren, P2s, participated in the virtual event, which was sponsored by MEDISCA, the leader in solutions for the pharmaceutical compounding industry and allied healthcare professionals worldwide. Students from around the globe engaged with experts across the compounding industry, learned about different career paths that compounding pharmacy offers, and heard how one can start a successful compounding pharmacy. Part of the student engagement during the event included an interactive Kahoot game, with prizes in various categories.  “As UGA students from the DAWG nation, we were glad to bring the school spirit to this event,” said Eresi. “We hope to have more students engage in the next upcoming MEDISCA event, especially those considering compounding pharmacy as their career of choice.”

While MEDISCA is sponsoring the pizza, SNPhA will host the event. In Athens, pizza and water will be available in both the Wilson and Pharmacy South buildings (possibly outside, weather permitting).  Extended campuses should contact a SNPhA representative for locations. 

Come grab a slice and congratulate these spirited PharmDawgs next Tuesday!

Steps Toward Diversity The Finance & Administration Diversity Committee presents “Steps Towards Diversity, a journey of selective sites denoting African American contributions at the University of Georgia." Take a journey by participating in the inaugural African American self-guided site tour.  This tour features eight sites throughout campus denoting African American contributions at UGA. Each site contains a QR code that allows for participants to learn more about the significance of each location.  Each site also contains a word jumble letter; collect all eight letters to solve the word jumble, and be the first of 100 to receive an F&A Diversity Committee gift bag.  This tour will be available until May 31.
Seeking Participants in Research Study An interdisciplinary team through the Institute of Disaster Management seeks individuals who spend time on UGA’s campus to participate in a creative research study.

The goal of the project is to better understand the lived experience of people with disabilities on campus and advocate for positive social change. To do this, we are using a research method called photovoice, which allows participants to visually identify and collectively describe their lived experience on campus. All participants will be compensated with a $30 gift card. If you are interested in participating, click here to learn more.
PhD Dissertation Defense: Ameya Limaye, April 14th

Research, Accolades, & Media

Amber Clemmons Awarded Fellow in HOPA

Dr. Amber Clemmons, Clinical Professor on the Augusta campus, has received designation as a Fellow in the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA). The designation of FHOPA recognizes individuals with at least 10 years of membership, significant contributions to HOPA, and a demonstration of exceptional performance in oncology pharmacy. Candidates for fellow status must have two nominations from HOPA members and are required to submit an application detailing sustained contributions in each of the following areas: clinical practice, education, research, and philanthropy. Currently, only 43 HOPA members have received FHOPA designation since its inception in 2016.

In addition, at the 2022 HOPA Annual meeting, Dr Clemmons was an invited platform presenter for her research "Evaluation of Empiric Double Coverage with Tobramycin for Adult Patients with Febrile Neutropenia." Collaborators on this project include current P4 students from the Augusta campus, Rachel Shelley and Vayou Chittavong, as well as preceptors at AU Medical Center, Drs Daniel Anderson and Josh Eudy. Further, Dr. Clemmons presented a one-hour continuing education session at the GSHP Spring meeting in Savannah, titled "Precepting Projects."

Diana Dang Receives ASHP Student Leadership Award
Diana Dang, Class of 2023, is a recipient of the 2021-2022 ASHP Student Leadership Award. The ASHP Student Leadership Award distinguishes student pharmacists for their achievements in health-system pharmacy and professional leadership. This program celebrates the contributions of students who represent the very best attributes and accomplishments of ASHP student members. Congratulations, Diana!

Caitlin Williams Awarded Lambda Kappa Sigma Leadership Grant

Caitlin Williams has been awarded the 2022 Adele Lobraico Lowe Leadership Grant for her exhibition of leadership, scholarship, and dedication to the Lambda Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the profession of pharmacy. The Adele Lobraico Lowe Leadership Grant requires a statement describing the applicant’s personal leadership qualities, academic ranking in the top 20% of one's graduating class, and two award nominators. Congratulations, Caitlin!

CoP Students Receive Highly Competitive APPEs

Congratulations to PharmD students Tierra Jackson (Class of 2023) and Natt Patimavirujh (Class of 2023) who were selected for highly competitive application-based APPEs with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  ASHP offers a competitive advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) elective rotation in national association management to students pursuing a doctor of pharmacy degree. Best of luck on these experiences during your APPE year, and thanks for representing the CoP well on the national stage!

CoP Student Qualifies for UGA's 3MT™ Finals

Smita Rawal, a PhD Student in Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy, presented her research at the 2022 UGA Three Minute Thesis™ Competition. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students’ capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

Master’s and doctoral students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis or dissertation topic and its significance. 3MT™ is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries. Keep up the great work, Smita!

Dr. Welch Delivers Keynote Address at Preceptor Conference

Dr. Lindsey Welch
 was an invited keynote speaker for the Presbyterian School of Pharmacy’s annual preceptor conference in Clinton, SC. Dr. Welch delivered a two-hour continuing education presentation titled “Precepting through the Storm: Tips and Tools for Shared Success.” Pictured is Dr. Welch with Dr. Mary Douglass Smith, Presbyterian’s Director of Experiential Education.

Students

Fourth Year Students: The Transition Newsletter

The Spring 2022 edition of The Transition Newsletter, which covers fourth-year pharmacy students entering the real world of pharmacy, is now available. Click here to read it!

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

CTL Fellow Programs Accepting Applications 

The Center for Teaching and Learning currently is accepting applications for the 2022 – 2023 Senior Teaching Fellows program.  CTL Senior Teaching Fellows Program: Up to eight faculty members at the rank of associate or full professor who have been at UGA for at least five years are selected each spring semester to participate in the year-long program, which begins in the fall.  Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching is a key factor in selection. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15. Information and nomination procedures can be found here.

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 helpdesk@uga.edu.

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
S08293P
Pharmacy-Inst Design & Tech
Staff

Administrative Associate II
S07896P
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Staff
Savannah, GA

Data Management Specialist II
S07069P
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Staff
Located in Augusta, GA

Temporary Hourly Professional
G/R16742P
Pharmacy-Assoc Dean's Office A
Grad/Research/Student/Temp
This position will serve as administrative support to the Dean Stuart Feldman Summer Science Institute faculty and staff.

Research Technician
S07957P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Staff
Cai Lab

Research Technician
S05461P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Staff
The Strauch Lab

Postdoctoral Research Associate
G/R12664P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Grad/Research/Student/Temp
The Strauch Lab

Post-Doctoral Associate
G/R15123P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Grad/Research/Student/Temp
The Huet Lab

Lecturer
F1232P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Faculty

Calendar

For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13th
Managing Anxiety and Stress Group
5pm to 6pm | PS 230 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
FRIDAY, APRIL 15th
Career Development Office Hours 
2pm to 4pm | Join via Zoom | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale
MONDAY, APRIL 18th
Processing of Grief: A Holistic Adult Bereavement Support Group
5pm to 6pm | PS 210 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
TUESDAY, APRIL 19th
Pizza Party! Sponsored by MEDISCA, Hosted by SNPhA
Org Hour | Free Pizza on All Campuses
AACP Webinar: Building Scholarship Through State Partnerships and EE Consortia
1:30pm to 2:30pm | Featuring Dr. Lindsey Welch | Register here.
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