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USciences American Society of Consultant Pharmacists chapter volunteered at the Star Harbor Senior Center in March to introduce the Vial of Life program, which encourages individuals to have their complete medical information ready in their home in the event that first responders and emergency medical workers are called. The information would allow them to know about the person’s medications, allergies, and illnesses.

The chapter has had a productive year, expanding opportunities on campus and off in the areas of leadership service, inter-professional education, working toward our mission for seniors’ medication safety, and networking.

In April 2016, PCP ASCP members joined a regional planning team with student and pharmacist members of Pennsylvania and Maryland ASCP chapters to plan the student track for the Mid-Atlantic ASCP Annual Conference held in August 2016.  In addition to planning, five PCP students attended this regional event in Alexandria, VA.

In the fall, the chapter raised funds for the Alzheimer’s Association and participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Citizens Bank Park.

Fall was also the kickoff for the First Annual Geriatrics Day on University of the Sciences campus.  This event took place during the National Week of Fall Prevention (coinciding with the start of Fall) and was an interactive, fun and educational event for the whole campus and local community.  ASCP students prepared baskets of questions related to both fall prevention and geriatric cognitive impairment. 

The chapter members also volunteered at the Stone Harbor Senior Center for Medication Education Day, sponsoring pharmacy bingo and providing additional activities related to medication safety, medication adherence, and immunization education.

A group of pharmacy students, led by Anika Fanlo PharmD’19, are participating in the Script Your Future Challenge. The group attended 14 events over the last two months including the MLK Day of Service Adult Health Clinic at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Sunray Drugs Pharmacy, Sayre Health Center, West Philadelphia Community Center, The Watermark Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Home, Know Your Numbers Men’s Health Initiative 2017 at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, Clark Park Farmers’ Market, and the Cooper Rowan Student Clinic

The students distributed medication list wallet cards, pill boxes, posters, and encouraged patients to sign the pledge to take their meds. They also addressed health-related questions such as OTC recommendations, identified common side effects, counseled on device use such as inhalers, discussed risk vs benefit of adherence to patient’s chronic conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and asthma.

In total, they were able to get 170 signed pledges, distributed more than 250 wallet cards, and reached about 500 patients. Even after the competition is over, the group will continue outreach efforts to fortify current relationships and build new ones. They will also measure patient impact in West Philadelphia through patient surveys and adherence assessments.

USciences’ Community and Government Affairs, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy, and the Exercise and Wellness Management Program were all involved in The Healthier You Conference 2016 held in South Philadelphia on October 8. The event attracted hundreds of adults from the region for a day of fun activities to promote healthy living.

Event founder, Kristin Motley, PCP Field Supervisor and Compliance Coordinator, started the conference two years ago to encourage adults to make small changes in their lives now so they can avoid preventable health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Nidhi Bagga set the tone for the day by leading a Morning Meditation and Yoga class. Heidi Freeman facilitated an interactive mindfulness workshop, while PCP students, Lauren Farmer, Swara Kasbekar, and Amit Gupta hosted information tables on healthy eating, stress management, and smoking cessation. Elizabeth Greene and Andrew Mina from the USciences CPR Team was on hand to give live CPR demonstrations. Allen Choi, Shon Mathew, Christopher Geraci, and Anu Kurria, pharmaceutical and healthcare business majors, were conference interns and worked with the Executive Board to plan and promote the conference. 

The 2nd annual American Society for Brewing Chemists (ASBC) LABS Workshop in Philadelphia was held on Friday, March 10th at the University of the Sciences.  The USciences Brewing Science program opened their teaching laboratories for a hands-on lab in brewing microbiology.   Participants practiced ASBC methods for microbiology by evaluating a yeast slurry for potential spoilers.  Activities included microscopy, differential media, and bacteria ID methods. Volunteer Lab Leaders from breweries and USciences instructed the attendees.

Lia Vas, professor of mathematics, was invited to give presentations at several prestigious Australian universities during her sabbatical leave at Western Sydney University.

  • Western Sydney University, Feb 9
  • The University of Wollongong, Feb 23
  • The University of Sydney, Feb 28
  • The University of New South Wales, Mar 7

Paul Halpern was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Paul Ehrenfest Best Paper for Quantum Foundations Award Ceremony at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Vienna, Austria on December 2, 2016: http://www.iqoqi-vienna.at/ehrfenfest-award/

PCP received notice from Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Continuing Education (CE) Commission that the Continuing Pharmacy Education Program was granted accreditation until January 31, 2022. 

The ASHP Foundation awarded the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy- University of the Sciences a $25,000 Pharmacy Residency Expansion Grant. This grant will support the PGY2 Critical Care Residency Program offered in conjunction with Cooper University Hospital. The goal of this grant program is to expand the number of ASHP-accredited residency positions.

Yardlee Kauffman PharmD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, was recently appointed to the PPA Editorial Board and acknowledged as an Adjunct Fellow with the Penn Center for Public Health. Kauffman also recently published an article about metabolic monitoring of second-generation antipsychotics. 

Dan Hussar PharmD spoke on the topic, “New Drugs of 2016,” at the Mid-Winter Conference of the Connecticut Pharmacists Association on February 2 in Southington, CT.  He and P4 student William Tidwell coauthored a paper, “New Drugs:  Elbasvir/grazoprevir, Velpatasvir/sofosbuvir, and Eteplirsen,” that was published in the January/February issue of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy contributions at American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) Clinical Nutrition Week (February 18-21, 2017, Orlando, FL):

    • Diana Solomon (Class of 2016) was recognized as the A.S.P.E.N. New Practitioner Award recipient for the Pharmacy Practice Section.
    • Basic Skills in Parenteral Nutrition Management: It’s All About the Acid-Base, No Trouble: Identification and Treatment of Simple Acid-Base Disorders: presentation by Angela Bingham
    • Nutrition and Metabolism Research Paper Session: Parenteral Nutrition— Metabolic complications occur more frequently in elderly patients receiving parenteral nutrition; high scoring abstract selected as one of six parenteral nutrition abstracts for oral presentation; Research team: Angela BinghamLaura Pontiggia, Laura Siemianowski, Colleen Smith, Rich Song, Jim Hollands
    • Parenteral Nutrition Appropriateness Consensus Recommendations: Monitoring Parameters to Promote Optimal Parenteral Nutrition Therapy: presentation by Angela Bingham as a representative for task force; Angela served on the Parenteral Nutrition Appropriateness Consensus Task Force for A.S.P.E.N. since 2014 with 11 multidisciplinary clinicians. This effort resulted in consensus recommendations regarding “When is Parenteral Nutrition Appropriate?” which was published online ahead of print on 2/17 and presentation at Clinical Nutrition Week. (http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0148607117695251)

Chris Dorian, P2, reported: PCPediatrics & PCP-SSHP recently collaborated to put on a Pediatric Pharmacy Roundtable event which was a huge success! Almost 100 PCP students met with 13 pharmacists in health-system pediatrics and it was a huge success!

Eric Simpson PharmD'19,  Operation Heart Patient Care Coordinator, worked with other Philadelphia College of Pharmacy student members to promote “Valentines for Heart Patients.”  This was designed to promote the American Heart Association campaign – February is Heart Month.  The volunteers set up in the STC atrium and invited students and faculty to sign a valentine card and add their personal message. 

The PCP students who volunteered are Monica Nguyen, ( NJPhA Coordinator); Anisha Benny, Telvin Mannat, Kevin Pak, Nina Vo, Bethina Escala.

Sixty cards were delivered to the Center for Advanced Heart Failure Care at Hahnemann University Hospital. Eric visited the center to hand deliver the valentines cards.

The members of the Center for Advanced Heart Failure Care dressed “red” to promote National Wear Red Day on February 3, 2017.  Grace Earl, PharmD participated in the National Wear Red Day, an American Heart Association campaign, to promote women’s health.  Dr. Earl is a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, PCP, and her practice site is at the Center for Advanced Heart Failure Care at Hahnemann University Hospital.  

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy/USciences was well represented at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas from December 5 to 9, 2016. Ninety-one students were in attendance, mostly to interview for post-graduate pharmaceutical industry fellowship positions with most others pursing PGY1 residency positions including attendance at the residency showcases. There were 30 research posters presented by 45 students with many alums and preceptors visiting the posters. Students presenting posters received a travel stipend funded by alumni donations to the PCP Student Engagement Fund.



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