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February 23, 2022

News & Announcements

Dr. Fulford Highlighted in UGA Today
"Whether you label him a Renaissance man or a Swiss army knife, Mike Fulford truly is a person of many talents.

At UGA alone, Fulford’s sphere of influence includes daily work as the assistant dean for institutional effectiveness and strategic initiatives in the College of Pharmacy, serving on the graduate faculty in the Mary Frances Early College of Education, and teaching ballroom dance in the Department of Dance, where he is co-director of the UGA Ballroom Performance Group. Like a well-choreographed dance number, Fulford skillfully executes an encore performance for all the organizations he serves."

Read the full feature here!

Dr. Stone’s Research Appears in National Media

Kudos to Dr. Rebecca Stone, Clinical Associate Professor, whose recent research on emergency contraception was picked up by such media outlets as NPR/GPBPharmacy Times, and Yahoo News. Published in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice, the study suggests that poor access to emergency contraception, a safe and effective contraceptive option, may exacerbate already high rates of unintended and teen pregnancies in rural areas.

Dr. Stone remarked in Pharmacy Times and Yahoo News, “Reproductive care can sometimes be hard to access, particularly in the South. Georgia has poorer reproductive care outcomes than many other parts of the country, such as higher rates of unintended pregnancy and maternal mortality. Emergency contraception is like other reproductive health services: We need to take steps to ensure equal access for everybody in our state.” Access the full stories and research in the above links.

Dr. Young Receives Fulfilling the Dream Award

"When Henry Young moved to Georgia, he saw a need. And through his work with telemedicine in rural communities, he’s finding a way to meet it.

“My work is really centered on working collaboratively with patients and different stakeholders in addressing real-world problems, coming up with solutions to those problems, implementing those solutions, and measuring the outcomes of it,” he said. “I’m trying to identify needs that are coming from the community and implement things that can hopefully provide solutions to some of those problems.”

Young, Kroger Associate Professor and head of the College of Pharmacy’s clinical and administrative pharmacy department, is one of the recipients of the 2022 President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award. This award, presented at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast, celebrates and recognizes students, faculty, staff and community members in Athens that work to fulfill the legacy of King through service and outreach."

Read the full feature here!

UGA Miracle Dance Marathon

The College of Pharmacy raised a final total of $5,598 for the UGA Miracle Dance Marathon, the most ever raised by the CoP. Thank you to all who contributed!
BSPO Hosts Alumna Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns

Yesterday the BSPO hosted Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns '92, '93, current Dean of the the Dean of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, who was recently appointed as the next Executive Vice President and Provost of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), effective July 1, 2022. Dr. Chisholm-Burns discussed her career, ways to make an impact as a minority professional, as well as emphasizing why being a confident leader is so important.
Dr. Jim Price

We are sad to share the news of the passing of Dr. James "Jim" Clarence Price, who was part of the CoP family for many years. 

View the obituary here. 
February PharmCast

On this month's episode of PharmCast for Community, Dr. Devin Lavender, Clinical Assistant Professor, educates us on heart failure and its impact on different populations of patients, specifically those who identify as Black or African American. You do not want to miss Dr. Lavender's great tips on how family history and the way we live in our 20s, 30s, and 40s affects our hearts. Listen in so you can avoid developing a broken heart as you age.

Watch on YouTube or tune in here!

Grand Rounds Next Week

Meghan A. Riney, PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital will present next Wednesday's (03/02/22) Grand Rounds, titled, "Long-Acting Antiretroviral Therapy for the Treatment of HIV."

Objectives: 

  • Summarize the current standard of care for treatment of HIV.
  • List barriers to HIV medication adherence.
  • Evaluate available literature to determine appropriate candidates for long-acting antiretroviral therapy with cabotegravir and rilpivirine.
Grand Rounds take place in the following rooms:
  • Albany — ES Conference room
  • Athens — RC 362
  • Augusta — 135
  • Savannah — HL2101

Or join virtually via Zoom! (Meeting ID: 998 0537 7079; Passcode: 738196)

COLT - COVID-19 Information

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

Recent Publications
Dr. Joshua Caballero recently published "Development of a computerized intervention to improve health literacy in older Hispanics with type 2 diabetes using a pharmacist supervised comprehensive medication management" in PLOS One.

Drs. Sharmon Osae, Daniel Chastain, and Henry Young recently published "Pharmacist role in addressing health disparities—Part 2: Strategies to move toward health equity" in JACCP. Part I of this article discussed social determinants of health (SDOH) and their intersectionalities with medication use, healthcare utilization, and health outcomes. In Part II, Drs. Osae, Chastain, and Young discuss how pharmacists can employ strategies to help move towards health equity with a SDOH framework. 

Dr. May Xiong recently published "Voices in Molecular Pharmaceutics: Meet Dr. May Xiong, a Researcher Delivering Small Packages of Drugs to Combat Big Diseases" in American Chemical Society.

Students

Mentor-Mentee Spotlight

This month’s featured mentor-mentee pair is Kelly Ta (P2, pictured below, left) and Kim La (P1, pictured below, right). As a P1, one of the things that Kim has enjoyed about having a mentor is Kelly encouraging her to join student organizations. Through joining student organizations such as PDC, BPSO, and IPhO, Kim was able to meet and interact with older pharmacy students which has aided her in her transition into pharmacy school.

Kim states that Kelly has also helped her by working with her to improve her study strategies for upcoming exams. When studying for exams, Kim says that she writes down the main concepts first to learn the big picture and then shares her notes, creates study guides, and quizzes her friends on the material to help her learn the information. Her favorite thing about her relationship with her mentor is that Kelly is kind is always there to help her through her struggles by giving her advice and tips on how to approach various situations. Congratulations to Kelly and Kim. Keep up the good work!

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

Faculty Awarded Fellowship Status

Dr. Anthony Hawkins and Dr. Christy Forehand recently received Fellowship status from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, following in the footsteps of Dr. Andrea Sikora Newsome who was inducted last year.

They will be formally recognized in the convocation next year in New Orleans, LA. Congratulations on this accomplishment!

FACT Workshop: Active Learning 101

March 1st from 12:30pm to 1:45pm

Facilitated by Dr. Ruth Poproski, Associate Director for Teaching and Learning, UGA Center for Teaching and Learning

The goal of this session is to introduce participants to active learning as an approach that is supported by a wealth of evidence for effective teaching, and to begin to take participants down the path of transforming their teaching into robustly active learning-oriented experiences for students.

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:
  • Friday, March 4th — Book Club: What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles & Practices for Excellence in College Teaching”
Spring 2022 Research Live Events

The Office of Research, in collaboration with other units, offers a series of live Zoom presentations around timely topics for UGA researchers. Research Live builds off our monthly newsletter, Research Insights, which is dedicated to funding opportunities and other research announcements. Below are upcoming event:
  • Tuesday, March 1st at 1 p.m: Graduate and Postdoc Visas: Immigration Options in STEM Fields
  • Friday, March 11th at 11 a.m: What’s New in Research Integrity & Safety
  • Friday, April 8th at 11 a.m: The Latest in Research Commercialization @ UGA
For more information or to register for these events, please visit the Research Live website.

Position Postings

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

Administrative Associate II
S07896P
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Staff

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
F1071P
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Faculty

Assistant Professor
F1068P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Faculty

Business Manager II
S07948P
Pharmacy-Finance & Admin
Staff

Clinical Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
F1044P
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Faculty

Data Management Specialist II
S07069P
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Staff

Postdoctoral Associate
G/R15123P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Grad/Research/Student/Temp

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

Research Assistant
S07883P
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Staff

Research Technician
S05461P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Staff

Research Technician
S07957P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Staff

Standardized Patient
G/R14499P
Pharmacy-Experiential Programs
Grad/Research/Student/Temp

Calendar

For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Managing Anxiety and Stress Group
5pm to 6pm | PS 230 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Career Development Office Hours 
2pm to 4pm | Join via Zoom | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Processing of Grief: A Holistic Adult Bereavement Support Group
5pm to 6pm | PS 210 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
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