122 posts categorized "Pharmacy Practice"


PCP Student Says 'Pharmacists Play Vital Role in Health Care'

Deanna_BAs a Philadelphia College of Pharmacy student, Deanna Bauerlein PharmD’16 witnessed the value of pharmacists playing a greater role in direct patient care. In fact, she even had the opportunity to administer a vaccine to a patient during a recent clinical rotation at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

"Because Veterans Affairs facilities operate under federal law, their pharmacists have the authority to prescribe patients’ medications and manage their chronic diseases,” said Bauerlein. “I shadowed a pharmacist who specialized in the therapeutic treatment of diabetes, so it was interesting to see him interact with his patients and prescribe medications to treat high blood pressure and cholesterol.”

By expanding the role of pharmacists in the healthcare setting, Bauerlein said she noticed that patients were more likely to understand their medications, ask questions about their health, and adhere to their therapeutic regimen.

The collaborative approach to healthcare delivery is a very familiar concept to Bauerlein. Over the past few years, she has participated in University of the Sciences’ interprofessional education program with Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and Cooper Health System. This program is available to approximately 30 pharmacy students per class and spans the first three professional years of the PharmD program at USciences.

During the program, Bauerlein and her PCP classmates worked alongside Cooper medical students to run several free community health clinics for low-income residents in Camden, as well as shadowed healthcare providers in various settings, such as a women’s health center, an HIV clinic, and a nursing home.

“This was an eye-opening experience because I interacted with Spanish-speaking patients and it really pushed me to try and break the communication barrier,” said Bauerlein. “I provided them with free healthcare, but they helped me gain practical skills that can’t be taught in the classroom.”

Bauerlein said she has taken full advantage of USciences’ resources by building strong faculty relationships, joining professional organizations on campus, mentoring younger pharmacy students, and participating in hands-on educational experiences, such as the Cooper program.

She especially values the advice and guidance she continues to receive from her faculty adviser, Dr. Anisha Grover, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy at USciences.

As for now, Bauerlein is set to begin her next rotation in the behavioral health unit at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, NJ, and is eager to graduate in the spring with her doctor of pharmacy degree.

Bauerlein discusses the most rewarding experiences from
pharmacy school in this 
Pharmacy Times clip:



Recent PCP Grad Says 'Post-Grad Life is Golden'

JoseenWhile many students dread entering the real world after college, recent grad Joseen Chundamala PharmD’15 couldn’t be happier. The young pharmacist had a job lined up with Penn Medicine shortly after graduating in May, recently signed the lease to her very own apartment, and even purchased her first piece of furniture that was not from IKEA or Craigslist.

As far as Chundamala is concerned, post-grad life is golden.

After working towards her doctor of pharmacy degree over the past six years, Chundamala is now employed as a clinical pharmacist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Some of her responsibilities include preparing and dispensing medications, as well as designing, recommending, monitoring, and evaluating patient and age-specific pharmacotherapy regimens.

ChundChundamala said she felt confident and prepared entering the workforce because she spent the past three years as a pharmacy intern with Penn Medicine, as well as held various externships with Walgreens, Columbia University Medical Center, BioCentric, Inc., New Castle Rx, and Crownpoint Indian Health Services. She also values the strong pharmacy education and network opportunities she received as a student at USciences.

During her time at USciences, Chundamala was an active member in several on-campus organizations, such as the Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Pharmacists Association, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.


Dr. Cathy Poon Assumes New Leadership Roles at USciences

PoonWith nearly 25 years of pharmacy and higher education experience, Cathy Y. Poon, PharmD, has been named the chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice/Pharmacy Administration and associate dean of interprofessional education for Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences. Dr. Poon is no stranger to the University, as she has held several positions since she began teaching at USciences in 1992.

“Dr. Poon brings a wealth of experience and a broad range of accomplishments as an administrator, educator, and clinician,” said Heidi M. Anderson, PhD, provost and vice president for academic affairs at USciences. “Her experience in service from the university to college to department level is exceptional.” 

Dr. Poon enters her new role having served as the University’s associate provost of interprofessional education and clinical programs for the past two years. She has also served in various leadership roles, including vice chair for didactic education, executive vice chair, and interim chair on two occasions for the Department of Pharmacy Practice/Pharmacy Administration and vice dean of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

Her expertise in pediatrics and interprofessional education has led to ongoing partnerships with Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, Cooper University Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Dr. Poon, of Philadelphia, received a PharmD from Medical University of South Carolina and her BS degrees in pharmacy and toxicology from St. John’s University. She also completed a hospital pharmacy residency at Medical University of South Carolina and a specialty residency in Pediatric Pharmacotherapy at Oklahoma University Health Science Center.


Alumna's Pharmacy/Diner featured on Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible

ImpossiblePharmacy alumna Marybeth Sniadowski-Cole P’86 had a rare opportunity to work closely with the Food Network’s bold and energizing host, Robert Irvine, to revamp her family-owned business, Lyon’s Pharmacy of Elkton.

In this new era of chain pharmacies and mail order prescriptions, Sniadowski-Cole was uncertain in which direction to take Lyon’s Pharmacy after her father, Tony Sniadowski, passed away last year. After all, he was a devout pharmacist who served the Elkton, Maryland community for more than 50 years.

Part old-school luncheonette and part functioning pharmacy, Sniadowski-Cole felt the double-duty business needed some new direction if it was to have any hope of lasting success. And that’s where Irvine and his Restaurant: Impossible team gave Lyon’s the second chance it deserved.

The episode, entitled “Prescription for Failure,” aired on the Food Network on Wednesday, April 22. In the episode, Irvine updated the luncheonette’s design and also added new selections to the menu, including a crab cake. Sniadowski-Cole’s mother, Bernadette Sniadowski, had a visible role on the episode and shared the origin to some of the luncheonette recipes. The crowning achievement of the show, however, was the installation of Lyon’s new business sign, which now boasts an image of long-time leader in the Elkton community, Mr. Sniadowski.    

“The episode provided a snapshot of our family-run pharmacy and luncheonette and also portrayed the close-knit community of Elkton,” said Sniadowski-Cole. “My husband, Ed, and our children, Taylor, Maddie, Allie and Jack; are my biggest supporters.”

Reflecting on this experience, Sniadowski-Cole said she learned three key elements: “1. I can run multiple businesses at the same time. 2. A community pharmacy is only as successful as the community that is willing to support it. 3. My dad had a great run, but now it’s my time.”

She also said there’s been a vast improvement in the communication between the luncheonette and the pharmacy staff because they now have daily meetings to discuss sales, concerns and plans to keep going forward.

Click here for a recap on the episode.

Submitted by Grace Earl, PharmD, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy at USciences and former PCP classmate of Marybeth Sniadowski-Cole.


2015 Donor Dash

What do you do at the first sign of spring? WALK! A group of students from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy joined the Hahnemann University Hospital team to participate in the 20th Annual Donor Dash.

The students who participated answered the announcements given in PA244 Introduction to Pharmacy & Health Care. Several students in the course participated as well as other friends. The students were: Chris Dorian PharmD'19, student leader; Melissa Nguyen PharmD'19; Aishani Patel PharmD'19; Leena Pang PharmD'19; Ami Shah PharmD'19; Gina Yi PharmD'19; Aakash Gandhi PharmD'17; and Darshan Patel PharmD'20.

P1010809The students met Dr. Grace Earl, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy, and traveled to the event held at the Eakins Oval at the Art Museum. Dr. Grace Earl has a practice site at the Center for Advanced Heart Failure Care at Hahnemann University Hospital. She introduced the students to Desiree Morasco, RN, manager of the Center for Advanced Heart Failure Care at Hahnemann; Janet Lovely, quality improvement specialist at Hahnemann; James Bullard, president of the Second Chance Transplant Support Group; and Melissa Coleman, physician liaison for transplant at Hahnemann. The students were helpful in supporting the Hahnemann team by joining the group for the walk and also were part of the team picture.

You can learn more about Donor Dash and supporting patients who have had a transplant at http://www.donors1.org.

Click here to see more photos: http://usciencesblogs.typepad.com/photos/2015_donor_dash/p1010809.html


PCP grad is a jack-of-all-trades and successful in many

AminPharmacy alumnus Mayank Amin PharmD’09 is a jack-of-all-trades—and successful in many. After all, he is a pharmacist, community advocate, celebrity body double, and owner of an event-planning firm whose clients include the Phillies.

Soon after Amin earned his doctor of pharmacy degree in 2009, he began his work as a full-time rotating pharmacist for Walgreens, where he was assigned to various store locations spanning Philadelphia to Lancaster. His responsibilities, however, included more than just filling prescriptions. That's because he volunteered to do community outreach, including delivering immunizations at nursing homes, and played a key role in boosting immunization rates among underprivileged patients.

But pharmacist work involves weekend hours, which interfered with something else Amin is passionate about—teaching kids at his temple in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. So while continuing with Walgreens on a per-diem basis, Amin secured a traditional 9-to-5 job as a safety surveillance associate at Pfizer in 2011.

By 2014, however, the highly-motivated pharmacist was ready to launch his very own business; one that had nothing to do with the pharmaceutical industry. Growing up as the son of a successful businessman inspired Amin to start his event-planning business, Platinum Dream Events, L.L.C. 

Here are some other fun facts about Amin:

  • He will complete his MBA from Villanova University in May 2015.
  • During his last semester at USciences, he was selected as the body double for actor Dev Patel in the 2010 movie, The Last Airbender.
  • As a young pharmacy student, he co-founded the USciences Dhamaal dance team. British singer-songwriter Jay Sean used them as his background dancers during his 2005 summer tour.



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

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