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September 25, 2020

Flattening The Curve is Every PharmDawg’s Responsibility!
Dear PharmDawg Nation:
You read the Archnews on Tuesday and heard the UGA statistics on Wednesday – reports of positive COVID-19 cases on campus are decreasing while participation in surveillance testing is increasing. This is encouraging news and provides us with an optimistic outlook on our road to COVID recovery.  
However, this is no time to relax and become complacent. We still have a long way to go. So, I am calling on all PharmDawgs to Hunker Down and work as team to help UGA “Flatten the Curve!”    
How can we help Flatten the Curve?  It’s simple – remain diligent about the safety guidelines and requirements that UGA and this College have adopted.

  • Practice good hand hygiene
  • Wear face masks and wear them PROPERLY!
  • Social distance (6+ feet apart) from others
  • Adhere to efforts to de-densify classrooms, seating and meeting areas, and other locations where groups congregate
  • Avoid large gatherings, such as parties, festivals, concerts, and more
  • Enter DawgCheck every day
  • Participate in the campus surveillance testing program at Legion Field

Stay safe, healthy, and well,

Kelly M. Smith, Dean
UGA College of Pharmacy

In this issue:
Today is UGA Pharmacy Giving Day!

Today is World Pharmacist Day and the Third Annual College of Pharmacy Giving Day! All proceeds this year will benefit mental health initiatives at the College, such as:
  • Faculty, staff, and students completing the Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Grief and bereavement sessions
  • Mindfulness Mondays meditation activities
  • Individual stress/anxiety meetings
  • Anxiety and stress management closed group sessions
We have a goal of 125 donors in 24 hours. $30 funds one participant in the Mental Health First Aid training. $900 funds a cohort of 30. We hope 125 donors will fund 600 participants.

Dean Kelly Smith has a special challenge for all of our PharmDawgs and friends this Giving Day. Watch below for more details. 

Dean Smith will match the next $450 in donations! That will ensure 15 students complete this training. Make a gift today and help us reach our goal of 125 donors in 24 hours. Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference. 

Click here for more information or to make a gift.

Thank you, everyone, for supporting this year’s College of Pharmacy Giving Day!

For further information, contact Lee Snelling, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations.

COLT - COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Measures at the College of Pharmacy

In line with UGA guidelines, the CoP has implemented a number of mitigating measures inside our classrooms, hallways, and common spaces to help flatten the curve such as placement of safety signage, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipe stations, and classroom furnishings to promote social distancing. 

In addition, the COVID Operational Leadership Team (COLT) continuously engages with faculty, students and staff to support efficiency in coordinating the response to potential campus exposure and triaging individual queries about common processes such as daily reporting to campus, symptomatic monitoring, and supervisor or faculty notification. 

Student organizations are primarily meeting and hosting activities virtually.  They must have special permission to host in person events or activities. 
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to schedule virtual meetings to promote social distancing. 
How will the University and College enforce health and safety guidelines, such as face coverings and physical/social distancing? Students who fail to comply with COVID-19 safety policies and procedures may be subject to disciplinary action under the UGA Student Conduct and College of Pharmacy Professionalism Policy. To report noncompliance concerns, please contact Dr. Do.

In addition, UGA and CoP have committed to the CDC guidelines for isolation and quarantine.
Click here to read the CDC's guidelines on quarantine.
Click here to read the CDC's guidelines on isolation.
A COVID-19 calculator is now available on the DawgCheck website to help you determine how long you will need to quarantine or isolate and when you can return to normal activities.
 UGA Announces Details About Spring 2021 Instruction, ADA Accommodations 
Initial guidance for the upcoming spring semester at UGA was released yesterday to faculty, staff, and students via an Archnews message from Provost Jack Hu and Vice President for Instruction Rahul Shrivastav.  The message indicates that UGA is “…reimagining our approaches to teaching, research, and service delivery in ways that prioritize health and safety for all….” so that “…UGA provides a high-quality teaching and learning environment.”
Highlights of the document include:
  • Classes offered in spring 2021 will continue to follow in-person instruction with social distancing and will be offered in a mix of in-person, hybrid, and online formats. 
  • All on-campus classes and activities will continue to require social distancing and face masks unless guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) changes. 
  • All faculty, staff, and graduate assistants who received a COVID-19/ADA-related accommodation during the fall 2020 semester may continue to use their approved accommodations during the spring semester unless notified otherwise. Confirmation of these accommodations must be submitted by October 10.
  • Faculty, staff, and graduate assistants may seek a new or different COVID-19 related accommodation for the spring semester if they fall within one of the categories for increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, as defined by the CDC. Requests must be submitted by October 10
  • When planning teaching accommodations, an in-person component should be maintained whenever possible to ensure that all students have the opportunity for learning effectively and for deep engagement with faculty and their peers..
  • All First-Year Odyssey Seminars (FYOS) will be taught in-person.
Additional details are forthcoming.  Stay tuned!
Updates from the Business Affairs Office

Voting Leave
  • Employees of the University System are encouraged to exercise their constitutional right to vote in all federal, state, and local elections.
  • If election polls are not open at least two (2) hours before or two (2) hours after an employee’s normally scheduled work shift, sufficient leave time must be granted to permit the employee to vote. 
    • In this instance, an institution should grant the employee a two (2) hour block of time in which to vote, if needed. Time off under this provision is with pay.
  • Policy Link:
Vacation Leave Limit – 360 Hours
  • For faculty and staff who accrue vacation leave, the 360-hour calendar year cap for your vacation balance is still in effect. 
  • Any vacation hours over 360 hours will be removed if not used by December 31, 2020.
COVID-19 ADA Accommodations
  • For current ADA Accommodations, new medical certifications are not required for Spring 2021.
  • Proposed changes to accommodations approved under ADA must be coordinated with HR prior to implementation.
Background Policy
  • Process Enhancements are coming out soon.
  • Clarification on definitions.
Questions? Contact Melissa Hunter
Faculty: Your Input Needed for Recruitment!

The fall prospective student recruitment season is upon us, and the College of Pharmacy’s academic programs will be represented at over a dozen events in the near future; a number of formal graduate fair dates are listed below. Our theme this recruitment cycle is “Stories of Impact,” where all messaging will consistently introduce new student prospects to the world-shaping work our faculty and student researchers do every day. One way each faculty member can support the effort is by sharing research happenings in their own labs. Taking just 5 minutes to fill out THIS FORM could make a big difference in matching a prospective student’s passion to your program. All submissions are requested by Friday, October 2nd.

2020 AUCC (Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College) Law, Medical, and Professional Graduate School Fair
Thursday, October 15th 2020, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

Exploring Graduate Education @ UGA Grad Fair
Friday, October 16th 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

Georgia Southern Graduate School Virtual Fair
Tuesday, October 20th 2020, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT

UGA Virtual Graduate School Information Day 2020
Wednesday, October 21st 2020, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Emory Grad School Fair 2020
Thursday, October 22nd 2020, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT

Kennesaw State 2020 Virtual Graduate School Fair
Monday, October 26th 2020, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm EDT

Georgia State 2020 Virtual Graduate School Fair
Tuesday, October 27th 2020, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT

If you have any feedback or recommendations on recruitment efforts at any time, never hesitate to reach out to Shane Pruitt, Recruitment Specialist.

2020 Faculty Virtual Lunch and Resource Fair

Early career faculty members are encouraged to attend the 2020 Virtual Lunch and Resource Fair, held virtually this Monday September 28 from 12:30pm-1:30pm. Various units on campus will be available to answer any questions faculty might have. Register here via PEP.


P4 Resume Review Week

Attention P4 students: From Monday, September 28 through Friday, October 2, the Office of Student Affairs is hosting Resume Review Week. This is your opportunity to sign up for a 15 minutes appointment with to receive feedback about your resume, CV, or cover letter. These appointments will be virtual on Zoom, and will take place each day between 5PM and 8PM to best accommodate your APPE rotation schedules. Sign up for your appointment now!  Just a note that if you are on rotation during those times, any time needed to attend a session should be cleared by your preceptor and would need to be made up if time is missed during your rotation.  
For all other CoP students: Don’t forget to about our Career Development Drop-In Hours, every Tuesday from 1:30PM to 3:00PM, or you can contact Dr. Danielle Vitale for an appointment. 

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month Org Hour Speaker

Next Tuesday, September 29 during Org Hour, join the National Hispanic Pharmacist Association and Dr. Michelle Morales '17 in honor of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month.

While originally from New Jersey, Dr. Morales has lived in many states and eventually moved to Georgia in 2012. She is a first-generation Colombian and a proud Latinx. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2011. After working in sleep and diabetes research, she decided to change gears and pursue pharmacy. She completed a post-baccalaureate in pre-pharmacy studies at Agnes Scott College and Georgia Institute of Technology. She then attended the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and completed her last 2 years of pharmacy school at the Augusta campus. During her time at UGA, she was heavily involved with SNPhA. After graduation in 2017, she pursued a PGY-1 in Pharmacy Practice at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI. She then completed her PGY-2 in Ambulatory Care at Kaiser Permanente Georgia in Atlanta, GA. After residency, she accepted a position as a Rheumatology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta and continues in that position. Her interests include specialty pharmacy, autoimmune diseases, and reproductive health.

Join the Zoom meeting here.
Next Week
Meditation Mondays with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 2:30-3pm & 4:30-5pm, Zoom
Career Development Drop-In Hours with Dr. Vitale | 1:30-3pm, Zoom
PBS Seminar Series: Dr. Eric Bergeron, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | 9-10am, Zoom Details TBA
Schedule Management Drop-In Hours with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 2-4pm, Zoom
Bereavement Support Group with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 5pm, Zoom
Managing Stress & Anxiety with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 7pm, Zoom