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More Faculty, Staff, and Student Achievements

Dan Hussar and P4 student Melissa White are coauthors of an article, "New Drugs:  Insulin degludec, Lixisenatide, and Patiromer sorbitex calcium," that has been published in the November/December issue of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.  Dan spoke on the topic, "New Drug Update 2016," at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists in Dallas on November 6 and in a Grand Rounds presentation at Chambersburg Hospital on November 18.  On November 20, he spoke with members of the Delaware County Pharmacists Association on the topic, "The Future of Our Profession."

Islam Ghazi recently published two articles. “Physical compatibility of tedizolid phosphate with selected i.v. drugs during simulated Y-site administration” was published in  the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy and “Treatment of multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa with ceftolozane/tazobactam in a critically ill patient receiving continuous venovenous haemodiafiltration” was published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents.

Zein Al-Atrache PhD’17 gave a talk at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego on November 12th 2016 entitled “Expression of Amyloidogenic Secretases Implicated in Neurodegeneration is Altered in Astrocytes Following Infection with Chlamydia Pneumoniae.” Al-Atrache also presented a poster at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in July 24th of 2016. 

Several USciences students contributed paper sessions for the Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey Section of the Mathematical Association of America on November 12, 2016.

The presentations are as follows:

Mia Vega, Alyse Parker and Oberon Wackwitz presented on Fibonacci Sequences.

Stephen Seach, Patrick Reagan and Ryan D'Elia presented on The Influence of Artificial Intelligence on Chess.

Aaron Hogan, Colleen Walsh and Rebecca Colandrea presented on The Rubik's Cube.

Oleg Davydovich, Joey Harmon and Bryan Figula presented on the Mathematics of Autonomous Cars

And Ashley Cai, Nhu Truong and Judy Fang presented about Fractals.

Doctor of Pharmacy students from University of the Sciences – Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) attended the 146th Annual Meeting & Convention of the New Jersey Pharmacists Association at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  A full-day of student events were planned for Saturday, October 29th, 2016.  The PCP team came in second place in the Self-Care Competition. 

The team represented PCP in the NASPA-NMA Student Pharmacist Self-care Championship. The student competition team members were: Monica Nguyen, PharmD 2010, P1 and NJPhA student leader; Kaitlyn Harper, PharmD 2017 – P4; Aakash Gandhi, PharmD 2017 – P4, Chris Dorian, PharmD 2018- P3; Nicholas Inverso, PharmD 2017 – P4.  The competition is endowed by Procter & Gamble.  A number of student posters were presented including PCP student, Aakash Gandhi – P4, who presented “Systematic Review: Evaluating cognitive and behavior factors affecting medication adherence.”

Several USciences members were involved in the programming.  Kim Bryant, Director of the USciences Career centered delivered the session on interviewing skills.  A number of volunteers led round-table discussions, including Grace Earl, PharmD, Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy.  Dr. Earl also served as a judge in the Self-Care Competition.  Steve Zlotnic, PharmD, delivered a presentation on Biosimilars 2.0, and is an adjunct clinical professor at PCP.

Alumni from the University of the Sciences – Philadelphia College of Pharmacy were presented with awards at the convention awards ceremony.  PCP alumnus, Lt. Col. Stephen A. Brickman, RPh, Class of 1963, received the “Bowl of Hygeia Award” for an outstanding record of community service.  Stephen was also spotlighted in The New Jersey Journal of Pharmacy in the Community Pharmacist Spotlight (Fall 2015 available at http://njpharmacists.org/resources/journal).  He has been involved in disaster management in the New Jersey as a member of the Disaster Medical Assistance team.  Another alumnae member, Kristine N Cigna, PharmD, CCP, Class of 2010, received the “Pharmacist Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award.” Kristine is employed by the VNA Health Group (Visiting Nurse Association) in New Jersey.

For more information for future events, please check the website njpharmacist.org

On Thursday, December 1st, students packed into the ARC Rec Gym to speak with several organizations recruiting work-study students at the Work-study Job Fair for off campus positions. Students who qualify for work-study have the opportunity to work at places such as the VA Medical Center and be compensated $11/hr for their time! Organizations in attendance included MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance), The Food Trust, Mitchell Elementary School, and many more. Co-sponsors for the event, Alpha Delta Theta and Sigma Phi Zeta, provided stockings to be decorated, filled, and donated to the children of St. Christopher’s Hospital!

If you are interested in work-study, but aren’t sure if you qualify, contact financial aid to find out! If you would like to know more about work-study and the types of positions available, contact Melissa Satchell (m.satchell@usciences.edu).

Grace Earl passed the Board of Pharmacy Specialties examination and is now a Board Certified - Ambulatory Care Pharmacist.

Rachel Boardman and Bailey Colvin, P3 students, within the Longitudinal IPPE program with Cooper Rowan have had their oral presentation submission accepted from the Society of Student-Run Free Clinics Annual Conference in February held Anaheim, Ca. A total of six CMSRU students will also be attending and presenting at this conference a total of 3 oral presentation and 1 poster presentation (see details below). 

A general summary of what they're presenting:

1) Oral Presentation: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Navigating Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs: Rachel Boardman, Gabriela Contino, Bailey Colvin, Amanda Malik

2) Oral Presentation: The Utility of Cultural Advocates to Address Common Health Care Barriers Encountered by LEP Patients: Gabrielle Hassinger

3) Poster Presentation: Identifying and Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in an Urban Student-Run Free Clinic: Gabriela Contino and Kristina Moller

4) Oral Presentation: Benefits of Incorporating Student-Run Free Clinics into the Required Medical School Curriculum: Gabriela Contino, Timothy Crisci,  Gabrielle Hassinger, Amanda Malik, Saba Qadir

First Alternate for a Workshop: Students as Advocates: Approaches to Addressing the Patient as a Whole: Gabriela Contino, Timothy Crisci, Gabrielle Hassinger, Amanda Malik, Saba Qadir


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