116 posts categorized "Pharmacy Practice"


PCP Student Takes Third Place in Prestigious U.S. Pharmacy Competition

Viha daveBy combining her pharmacy education and interpersonal communication skills, pharmacy student Viha Dave PharmD’16 recently took third place at the 2015 National Patient Counseling Competition—held during the American Pharmacists Association Academy’s (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, on March 29, in San Diego. She competed against 126 student pharmacists from across the country, becoming the first pharmacy student in decades to represent USciences as a top 10 finalist in this prestigious competition.

“It was an honor to represent Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the national level, and I hope this gets my younger classmates excited to participate in the future, as this was an enriching experience for me,” said Dave. “My PCP education definitely helped prepare me for this experience because many of my professors continually emphasize the importance of delivering personalized care to our patients.”

The main goal of this national competition is to encourage student pharmacists to become better patient educators. Each year, the competition is designed to reflect changes that are occurring in practice, promote and encourage further professional development of student pharmacists, and reinforce the role of the pharmacist as a healthcare provider and educator.

This competition began at the local level in January, where students, like Dave, competed against their classmates to represent their pharmacy school on a national platform. The national competition was divided into the preliminary round and final round. At the preliminary round, students selected a simple practice scenario at random and were required to counsel a mock patient on the appropriate use of the drug involved. Evaluations were based on the content and style of the counseling presentations, and the top 10 student pharmacists advanced to the final round of the competition.

The final round involved a more complex counseling situation where the participants again selected a prescription at random and were asked to counsel their patients on safe and effective drug use. The patient in the final round, however, also displayed personality characteristics such as anxiousness, aggression or apathy to challenge the participants’ ability to convey pertinent information in a realistic situation.

 “I had the opportunity to watch Viha’s performance during her final counseling round and it was clear that she is a highly competent, confident, and compassionate student pharmacist,” said Kenneth Leibowitz, assistant professor of communications at USciences and co-founder of this national competition.

Dave, along with the other top 10 finalists in the competition, were recognized during the closing ceremony of the APhA  meeting, and the four top winners of the competition received cash prizes.



PCP Class to Host 'Dealing With People You Can't Stand' on April 2

RumyaStudents in the Professionalism and Leadership in Pharmacy course at University of the Sciences are hosting “Leadership at the Movies: Dealing with People You Can't Stand” on Thursday, April 2, from 1-3 p.m., in the McNeil Science and Technology Center.

"This event aims to show our fellow peers and faculty members that communication is key in learning to live, understand, and work with others," said Rumya Venkateswaran PharmD'16. "We invite students and faculty to attend this event and take away some invaluable lessons on communication skills that can be applied in personal and professional environments." 

  • Free food and refreshments will be provided to attendees
  • Raffle and prizes
  • Extra credit available for select courses (TBA)

Any questions? Contact rdesai1637@mail.usciences.edu.


USciences Faculty, Alumni Collaborate to Publish Book on Leadership & Management in Pharmacy

Leadership_ManagementFaculty and alumni at University of the Sciences collaborated to write chapters for the second edition of Leadership and Management in Pharmacy Practice—which was published in December, under the direction of Andrew M. Peterson*, PharmD, PhD, John Wyeth Dean of Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy and professor of clinical pharmacy and health policy at USciences.

As leaders in the pharmaceutical industry, the authors ensured that this book:

  • Discusses a variety of leadership and managerial issues facing pharmacists now and in the future
  • Contains information that applies to all settings of pharmacy practice: community, hospital, industry, ambulatory care, and long-term care
  • Integrates external resources including websites and case studies
  • Features leadership interwoven throughout each chapter
  • Includes cases and questions to promote critical thinking and application of learning

 Other USciences faculty and alumni contributors, include:

  • Patricia Audet, PharmD, chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Healthcare and Business
  • Robert Votta, PhD, assistant professor of pharmaceutical and healthcare business
  • Gary Sloskey, PharmD, associate professor of clinical pharmacy
  • Steve Gilbert P’76, director of pharmacy at Hampton Behavioral Health Center
  • James Hoffman P'00, PharmD'01, associate member of pharmaceutical sciences/medical outcomes and safety officer at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Melanie Oates PhD’98, assistant professor of business at Chatham University
  • Stephanie Zarus P’85, PharmD’88, managing director of healthcare innovation at Avancer Group

*William N. Kelly, professor of pharmacotherapeutics and clinical research at the College of Pharmacy at the University of South Florida in Tampa, also served as co-editor of this book.

Click here to read a full summary of the book.


Honors Students Team Up with Habitat for Humanity Over Spring Break

HabitatStudents in the Honors Program at University of the Sciences teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County during their spring break earlier this month to renovate the interiors of three town-homes in Wilmington, Delaware. 

"Although we battled a winter storm during the week, we had the opportunity to make an impact with a group and community very close to our University's home town," said Stephen Moelter, PhD, director of the Honors Program at USciences.

A generous donation to the Honors Program allowed 11 students and two faculty members to participate in this annual Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Collegiate Challenge, which was held Monday, March 2, to Saturday, March 7.

Check out photos here: Honors Program: Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Trip


A Whole Lot of Chikin’ Helping A Whole Lot of People, Thanks to PCP Student

Step2Through the Student Excellence and Professional Preparation Program (StEPP) at University of the Sciences, pharmacy student Chelsea Cunningham PharmD’16 coordinated several fundraisers to buy and fill more than 50 backpacks with essential items for homeless individuals across Philadelphia.

“It was a lot of work to coordinate the fundraisers and make all the backpacks, but the gratitude of those men and women made it all completely worth it,” said Cunningham. “This is my last year coordinating these events, but I hope to start something similar back in my hometown of Lancaster.”

The idea came from a simple YouTube video where a couple bought and filled about five backpacks per year with items such as food, water, first aid items, emergency blankets, clothing and toiletries. If they happened come across a homeless individual at a traffic light asking for change, the couple would just reach in the backseat and give the person a backpack.

Chelsea Cunningham PharmD'16

Cunningham was inspired by this act of kindness, but also wanted to do more. On the USciences campus, she coordinated several Chick-Fil-A® fundraisers, raising nearly $1,000 to purchase backpack supplies. She teamed up with faculty member Scott Greene and his family who volunteer at Connect by Night – an organization that provides a warm, safe, overnight stay for homeless in the Philadelphia area. While the Greene family cooked and served dinner—also providing a brown-bag lunch for the next day—Cunningham was able to tell the men and women about the backpacks that each one would receive the following morning.

The StEPP Program will continue this effort for future years, and Cunningham has already passed the torch on to younger StEPP Mentors for the coming academic year.


USciences to Host Panel on LGBT Healthcare on April 1

LGBTStriving to address the healthcare needs in the LGBT community, University of the Sciences has teamed up with local nonprofit organizations to host its first Panel on LGBT Healthcare on Wednesday, April 1, from 7-9 p.m., in Griffith Hall (43rd Street at Woodland Avenue).

“This event is intended to bring together students and community members to learn more about the unique needs and challenges faced by the LGBT community in regards to accessing healthcare,” said AJ Young, coordinator of the event at USciences.

Panelists from ActionAIDS, Philadelphia FIGHT, Mazzoni Center, GALAEI, and the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) will give a brief overview of their organization’s work and mission, discuss current issues and pressing needs in LGBT healthcare, and share what they believe is important for future healthcare professionals to know about working with the LGBT community. There will also be time for questions from the audience.

Invited panelists, include:

  • Tiffany Thompson, Director, Youth-Health Empowerment Project at Philadelphia FIGHT
  • Elaine Dutton, Trans Clinical Services Coordinator, Mazzoni Center
  • Elicia Gonzalez, Executive Director, GALAEI
  • Jay Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator & PWA, ActionAIDS
  • Rosemary Daub, Medical Case Manager Coordinator, ActionAIDS
  • Han Meadway, Transportation Advocate, CARIE

“Our speakers are some of the most knowledgeable and passionate people in Philadelphia regarding LGBT issues, and they’re eager to highlight what future healthcare professionals should know to provide quality care that treats LGBT patients with respect and dignity, while addressing their unique and not-so-unique health concerns,” said Young.

This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served after the panel. For more information, contact Young at a.young@usciences.edu or 215.596.8734.


PCP Prof Honored at USciences 194th Founders’ Day Award Ceremony

Hewitt-1953University of the Sciences proudly recognized pharmaceutical sciences professor Adeboye Adejare, PhD, with the 2015 Founders’ Day Faculty Award of Merit during the University’s 194th Founders’ Day ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 19.

“Dr. Adejare is an accomplished researcher who has been widely published and nationally respected,” said Heidi M. Anderson, PhD, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “He truly exemplifies the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the USciences’ Founders.”

Since arriving at USciences in 2003, Dr. Adejare has been awarded four patents. Over the course of his extensive career, he has been the principal investigator or investigator on more than 30 grant and contract awards from the National Institutes of Health, as well as other government agencies and pharmaceutical companies. He was also the recipient of the highly-competitive 2014 Carnegie Corporation Fellowship.

Publishing more than 30 papers in prominent, peer-reviewed journals in the areas of pharmaceutical sciences, Dr. Adejare has provided the opportunity for USciences undergraduate and graduate students to coauthor many of those publications. He and his research group members have also been selected to give more than 100 presentations at professional meetings, including national and international conferences.  His research studies deal with trying to understand mechanisms of neurodegeneration as observed in Alzheimer's and similar diseases, as well as drug targeting and pharmaceutical profiling.

Each year, Founders’ Day at USciences recognizes its establishment on Feb. 23, 1821, as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy — the first college of pharmacy in North America, which is now a part of USciences. As part of the ceremony, an honorary degree of science was presented to Carol Buchalter on behalf of her late husband, Martin P’55. Just eight years after earning his pharmacy degree from USciences, Martin Buchalter revolutionized the medical application of ultrasound by developing an easy-to-use transmission gel that once applied to the patient’s skin, provided the medium that the ultrasound waves needed to enter body tissue.

For more information, visit the University’s Founders’ Day webpage at usciences.edu/foundersday.  Click to see Founders' Day: Photos | Video.


PCP Students Named Among 'Faces of Philly's Top Internships'

Three pharmacy students from University of the Sciences were featured among the Faces of Philadelphia's Top Internships – a list published by NerdScholar, a California-based non-profit aimed at helping students and their parents make the best decisions about their higher education.

This list included 18 students from colleges and universities across the United States who held summer or fall internships in the Philadelphia region.

Here are the 'Faces' from University of the Sciences:

Ann Dao
Ann Dao PharmD'16
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Richa Shah
Richa Shah PharmD'16
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare


Mehreen Dharsee
Mehreen Dharsee PharmD'16
Janssen Pharmaceuticals




Medication Adherence and Hospital Readmissions

Whether patients are getting medications, seeing a primary care provider, discharged from a hospital, or getting emergency care, they are being shifted between different health care providers. Transitions of care is an important aspect of healthcare because it allows smooth movement of patients from one setting to another.

Transitioning from the hospital to home can be difficult for patients, potentially leading to readmission if the transition is not well coordinated. Kirkham conducted a retrospective cohort study in two acute care hospitals in the United States to see the effect of a collaborative pharmacist-hospital care transition care program on the likelihood of 30-day readmission rates. The two-year study showed patients who did not receive bedside delivery of post discharge medications and follow-up telephone calls were twice as likely to be readmitted within 30 days of discharged than those who did receive these services. For patients greater than 65 years of age, the pharmacist transition of care resulted in a six-fold decrease in 30-day readmission rates. As this study shows, a transition of care program can be associated with a lower likelihood of readmission and pharmacist participation can be of significant benefit.  

A study conducted by Bellone reviewed 131 patients aged 18 to 65 on at least three prescription medications. The intervention group consisted of patients that pharmacists visited within 60 days of discharge to provide medication counseling or dosage adjustments, while the control group did not receive any intervention. The intervention group had an 18.2% hospital readmission rate compared to 43.1% in the control group (P = 0.002).  Pharmacists can optimize medication adherence during transitions of care to reduce readmission rates. The American Pharmacist Association and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists released a Medication Management in Care Transitions Project to display popular models from across the country that improve patient outcomes by involving pharmacists in medication-related transitions of care. Some of the roles and responsibilities of pharmacists in these practices include: medication reconciliation, counseling on medication therapy, contacting the patient’s home for follow-up, preparing medications etc. Through these interventions pharmacists are involved in patient care from inpatient to home settings.

Transition of care pharmacists can be a beneficial aspect in the health care system. By providing appropriate interventions, pharmacists can decrease the likelihood of hospital readmission.

Urvi Patel, PharmD ‘16


PCP Announces Live APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Training Program at USciences

The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences 
Announces Live APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Training Programs 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

University of the Sciences, Wilson Hall, Rooms 208-2011
600 S. 43rd St., Philadelphia

 For pharmacists interested in becoming licensed to provide immunizations in Pennsylvania,
New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and New York

Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery is an innovative and interactive training program that teaches pharmacists the skills necessary to become a primary source for vaccine information and administration. The program teaches the basics of immunology and focuses on practice implementation and legal/regulatory issues.

The purpose of this educational program:

  1. Provide comprehensive immunization education and training
  2. Provide pharmacists with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to establish and promote a successful immunization service
  3. Teach pharmacists to identify at-risk patient populations needing immunizations
  4. Teach pharmacists to administer immunizations in compliance with legal and regulatory standards

Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program is a practice-based activity conducted in two parts – a self-study learning component and a live training seminar. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all program components.  

Key learning objectives for the live training seminar:

  • Identify opportunities for pharmacists to become involved in immunization delivery.
  • Describe how vaccines evoke an immune response and provide immunity.
  • Identify the vaccines available on the U.S. market for each vaccine-preventable disease and classify each vaccine as live attenuated or inactivated.
  • Outline the target groups for vaccination based on the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices recommendations.
  • Review patients’ medical and immunization histories and determine vaccine recommendations based on current immunization schedules.
  • Outline the steps involved in establishing a pharmacy-based immunization delivery program. 
  • Discuss the legal, regulatory, and liability issues involved with pharmacy-based immunization programs.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of adverse reactions that can occur after vaccination and the emergency procedures for management of patients with adverse reactions to vaccination.
  • Describe the appropriate technique for administration of the live attenuated influenza vaccine.
  • Demonstrate appropriate intramuscular and subcutaneous injection technique for adult immunization.

 For a more complete list of program learning objectives, please go to APhA’s website, www.pharmacist.com/ctp.  

Seminar Agenda

Morning (Registration/Check-in and Continental Breakfast)

  • Welcome, Introductions and Acknowledgements
  • Program Overview
  • The Importance of Vaccines and The Pharmacist’s Role in Vaccine Delivery
  • How Do Vaccines Prevent Disease?
  • Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (Part I)

Morning Break

  • Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (Part II)
  • Identifying Vaccination Needs


  • Establishing a Pharmacy-Based Immunization Program
  • Practice Implementation

Afternoon Break

  • Adverse Events Following Vaccination and Emergency Preparedness
  • Vaccine Administration Technique
  • Transitional/ Summary Remarks
  • Skills Training and Assessment


  • Jean Scholtz, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP
  • Karleen Melody, PharmD, BCACP
  • Henry Schwartz, PharmD, CDE

Click here to Register: Download PCP APhA Immunization Program_USciences  

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