PROVIDER STATUSTom Gossel and Dick Wuest: Pioneers of Continuing
Alison Steinbrunner: Distance-Running Record Breaker
Message from the Dean
Features p. 4-16Jenelle Sobotkas Provider Status, the Game
Tom Gossel and Dick Wuest: Pioneers of Continuing Education
Alison Steinbrunner: Distance-Running Record Breaker
Knowledge Gained, Knowledge Shared
Pharmacy Outreach Corner
Public Health Conscious: Natalie DiPietro
Pharmacy News and Activities p. 17
Student Focus p. 20
Advisory Board p. 23
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PROVIDER STATUSTom Gossel and Dick Wuest: Pioneers of Continuing
Alison Steinbrunner: Track & Field National Times Record
Pioneers in Continuing Education
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From the Dean
When we look into the crystal ball of pharmacy practice and
education, we see numerous opportunities and potential changes,
such as accountable care organizations (ACO), medication-therapy
management (MTM), transition-in-care teams, patient-centered
medical homes, pharmacogenetics, etc. From a didactic perspective,
the faculty in the Raabe College of Pharmacy work hard to make sure
we continue to be at the forefront of the future of pharmacy
In December, a White House We the People petition was started to
recognize pharmacists as health care providers. Within weeks, the
petition surpassed the 25,000-signature threshold required to
trigger an official review and response by the Obama
administration. As pharmacists, we need to be aware of the efforts
and progress being made in regards to obtaining provider status for
our profession. In this issue of The Ampul, we examine these
Our working relationship with Kwame Nkrumah University of
Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana continues to flourish and
provide learning opportunities for our students and faculty. During
this academic year, four sixth-year pharmacy students completed
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) throughout Ghana.
Additionally, three faculty from the Raabe College of Pharmacy
spent time teaching pharmacy students at KNUST. This allowed the
ONU faculty to demonstrate our integrated method of teaching
pathophysiology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and
therapeutics. I hope you will enjoy reading about some of their
experiences in this issue of The Ampul.
Our students continue to impress and challenge us as faculty.
The implementation of our colleges mission to be the
teacher-scholars of pharmacy education can be ostensibly linked to
the proliferation of awards and recognitions our students and
faculty have received. In this issue of The Ampul, we have provided
you with some of these stories.
We always welcome the opportunity to catch up with alumni and
friends of the college. Alumni give back to the Raabe College of
Pharmacy in so many ways. I am truly appreciative and grateful for
all your support!
Dr. Jon E. SpragueProfessor of Pharmacology and DeanRaabe
College of Pharmacy
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We must continue to be guided by what our patients need, and our
patients need a game change in how they experience care from
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Jenelle Sobotkas term as president of the American Pharmacists
Association ended in March, but her desire to serve is stronger
than ever. Sobotka, professor and Endowed Chair of Pharmacy
Practice at ONU, reflects on her presidential year and the game
changer that she and pharmacists across the country are pushing for
in order to transform the practice of pharmacy.
WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR LEGACY TO BE AS THE 2012-13 PRESIDENT OF
THE AMERICAN PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION?Wow, legacy is a tall order!
But I do hope pharmacists will look back on this year as the year
that aligned the
profession for achieving provider status. In fact, the theme of
my keynote address at the 2013 APhA National Conference in Los
Angeles in March was A Game-Changing Year: Building Teams and Game
Plans for our Future. We worked hard to develop strategic plans
to build relationships with other national pharmacy
associations, health care professional groups and other
stakeholders. APhA will be taking specific action steps this coming
year, in collaboration with other national organizations, to pursue
Photo provided by APhA/Robb D. Cohen
WHY DID APHA DECIDE TO CHAMPION THE PROVIDER STATUS
MOVEMENT?Weve reached a tipping point, plain and simple. Our
profession needs to move toward a practice model built around
medication management rather than dispensing of products. In my
keynote address, I mentioned five reasons why the time is right for
pursuing provider status. First, the public has seen pharmacists
become more involved in patient care in recent years, with services
such as administering vaccinations and providing health screenings,
and this is changing their perceptions and expectations. Second,
health care is moving toward a team-based approach, and health care
professionals are beginning to recognize that pharmacists can be
key members of the team. Third, our country has agreed that health
care delivery-system reform is needed. Fourth, health care reform
emphasizes quality and decreased costs, and pharmacists can help
deliver in both of these areas. And finally, the pharmacist
shortage is ending, allowing pharmacists to fill new roles in the
health care delivery system.
HOW DID YOUR CONNECTION WITH ONU INFORM YOUR EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE
PROVIDER STATUS?I received inspiration and encouragement from ONU
and other student pharmacists across the country. They are the
future of our profession, and they are the biggest reason why Ive
devoted so much energy toward this cause. We need to achieve
provider status so todays student pharmacists can fulfill their
potential and step into the roles for which our pharmacy schools
have prepared them. The public deserves access to the patient care
services they can provide!
The Raabe College of Pharmacy, for example, is teaching students
to practice pharmacy on the cutting edge. The curriculum covers the
latest in therapeutics, pharmacogenomics, patient care services,
medication therapy management and documentation with electronic
records. Through the ONU Healthwise Clinic for University
employees, students receive real experience in managing patient
health needs, including counseling patients, taking blood pressure
and glucose readings, and administering immunizations. ONU students
graduate fully prepared for the new model of practice.
It is our choice whether this game change in the health care
system engages our talents in medication management or ejects us
from the game for other players and technology that they believe
can play our position better or at lower costs.
During her keynote address, Sobotka displays the special-edition
made by the Wilson Football Factory in Ada, Ohio, which was
to benefit the APhA Foundation. Photo provided by APhA/Robb D.
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The students also are inspirational with their commitment to be
involved and actively improve our world. This past year, right
after Christmas, a student pharmacist from St. Johns University in
New York started a White House We the People petition to recognize
pharmacists as health care providers. Early in the new year, the
petition went viral, flashing through mass email communications at
national and state pharmacy associations and through schools of
pharmacy. Many ONU student pharmacists signed the petition. On Jan.
9, the petition exceeded the 25,000 required signatures for a White
House response. As just one example, I think this grassroots
movement shows the momentum and excitement especially among young
people surrounding the issue of achieving provider status.
WHAT PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE TOWARD ACHIEVING THE GOAL? During my
presidential year, APhA committed to spending $1.5 million to
support the initiative to achieve provider status. Were fighting to
remove regulatory limitations, advance professional education, and
gain ground on the integration of pharmacists services within new
patient care payment models. In addition, weve held discussions
with stakeholders in pharmacy, medicine, managed care, health
systems and government to drive the positive recognition our
profession deserves. We proactively reached out to physician
groups, including the American Medical Association, the American
Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics
and the American College of Physicians. The year culminated in a
national forum at the 2013 APhA Annual Meeting titled Provider
Status: Creating a National Action Plan with more than 200 pharmacy
stakeholders in attendance, including ONUs pharmacy dean, Dr. Jon
WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS?Legislative action is
needed to change the language in the Social Security Act to include
pharmacists as health care providers. To reach this goal, we will
need not only national pharmacy organizations working together, but
also individual pharmacists to step up to the plate. Our profession
has historically had a limited voice and influence in politics, and
this will need to change. I was thrilled by the overwhelming
response to the We the People petition. But its easy, with just a
click, to sign a petition from your home computer. It will take all
those pharmacists who signed the petition, and many more, to
educate legislators, donate to political action committees, and
activate patients to support the provider status legislation and
access to our pharmacist clinical services.
HOW SHOULD THE PROFESSION PREPARE FOR THE CHANGES AHEAD?We need
to take a lot of steps in preparation. First, we need to remove
more regulatory barriers to provision of patient care. For example,
here in Ohio, the Ohio Pharmacists Association is supporting
legislation to improve the pharmacists ability to provide access to
immunizations. Second, we need to implement models that ensure
consistent and predictable practice by pharmacists from simple to
complex management of patients. To achieve this, our profession
will have to grow the areas of credentialing (Board of Pharmacy
Specialties), residencies and accreditation. Third, well need to
continue to innovate in patient care models, like pharmacogenomics
and patient accessibility. Finally, well need to make sure that
pharmacists are included in the new models of health care delivery,
such as accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical
WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR LEADERSHIP ROLE THIS YEAR?The
people, of course! I worked with some incredible people and made
new friends, from other APhA board members and staff, to
pharmacists and pharmacy educators across the country. I never
tired of the meetings to discuss opportunities to advance our
professions role in patient care.
WHAT CHALLENGES DID YOU FACE AS PRESIDENT?The intensity and
volume of emails, phone calls and travel were incredible. I did my
best to stay on top of information and meet as many members at
meetings as possible. I traveled across the country with stops in
California, South Carolina, Texas, Minnesota and others. I even
represented the APhA at the International Pharmaceutical Federation
in Amsterdam. These travels away from home and work would not have
been possible without lots of help from my family, friends, and
faculty colleagues at ONU. They made this year possible for me with
their unwavering support and understanding.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU?I will finish my last year of nine years of
service on the APhA Board as immediate past president. Ill be sad
when my APhA Board service ends, because its been extremely
rewarding to sit at the table and help contribute to efforts to
advance our profession. However, Im looking forward to focusing on
my responsibilities at ONU for teaching and leadership development.
Of course, I will also continue my professional involvement with
APhA and OPA and perhaps increase my involvement with the
International Pharmaceutical Federation. My presidential term may
be over, but Ill always look for ways that I can serve our
Our goal is to make a difference in medication outcomes by
making sure patients have access to the services pharmacists can
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Pharmacists never stop learning because theres always something
new to learn, from the latest drug therapies to the most recent FDA
regulations. And every lesson including those geared toward
practicing pharmacists requires a teacher, someone committed to
providing relevant, accurate and insightful information.
For the past 40 years, Dr. Tom Gossel, BSPh 63, ACIT 89, ACIT
97, has been that knowledgeable and dedicated teacher, producing
more continuing education (CE) lessons for pharmacists than perhaps
anyone else in the country.
From Ohio to Florida, Maine to California, thousands of
pharmacists have stayed current in their profession because of CE
courses developed by Gossel, who taught pharmacology and toxicology
at Ohio Northern for 30 years and served as dean of the Raabe
College of Pharmacy from 1993 to 1999. Gossel developed many of the
lessons in collaboration with his friend and colleague, Dr. J.
Richard Dick Wuest, professor emeritus of pharmacy practice at the
University of Cincinnati.
Pioneers in Continuing Education
Dr. J. Richard Wuest, Dr. Suzanne Eastman Wuest, BSPh 74, Hon.D.
Phyllis (Black) Gossel, BSEd 63, and Dr. Tom Gossel BSPh 63,
ACIT 89, ACIT 97.
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Once hailed as Americas faculty by a leading pharmaceutical
company, Gossel and Wuest traversed the nations byways, often
together and sometimes alone, delivering CE seminars. They also
co-authored hundreds of home-study lessons that were shared with
every state pharmacy association in the U.S.
Gossel and Wuest first teamed up in the early 1970s, when boards
of pharmacy began implementing CE requirements for license renewal.
The deans at Ohios four schools of pharmacy devised a plan to make
it easy for Ohio pharmacists to obtain their CE hours. Each
school designated two professors to travel to cities and towns
throughout Ohio to deliver CE seminars. Gossel and Wuest were both
selected by their college deans for the task.
The two met in a hotel lobby before an event at which they were
scheduled to speak. They were both frantically scribbling notes and
shuffling papers. It was love at first sight jokes Wuest, when the
two busy professors and family men noticed they shared something
besides pharmacy in common last-minute preparation. Gossel and
Wuest began to work together pooling their time and intellectual
talent to develop first-rate CE courses. They made a perfect team,
informing and entertaining their CE students. Wuest claims he was
the jokester and Gossel the perfect straight man. Their success in
Ohio prompted a national
pharmacy chain to invite them to deliver CE seminars in other
states during their school breaks and summer vacations.
Gossels records show he delivered 1,327 seminars in 47 different
states as well as Europe and the Caribbean between 1973 and 1993.
He met thousands of practicing pharmacists, often driving or flying
to every major city in a state within a few days. He learned some
valuable lessons in his travels. For example, the word party means
two completely different things depending on if youre in Las Vegas
or Fargo, and its never wise to joke about the Civil War in South
Carolina. Most importantly, he says, he learned that pharmacists,
no matter where they practice, share one thing in common they are
all eager to learn about new developments in their field.
Those were busy years, Gossel reflects. But if I didnt think I
was doing something beneficial, I wouldnt have continued. Gossel,
whose home office overflows with research papers, journals and the
latest industry news, is a role model for lifelong learning. He
believes CE requirements play a major role in advancing the
pharmacy profession and keeping pharmacists up-to-date in a rapidly
changing field. CE courses also have the added benefit of bringing
pharmacists together for networking, he adds. In addition to
seminars, Gossel has written more than 700 CE home-study lessons
for the Ohio Pharmacist journal and other publications. He wrote
many of the lessons in collaboration with Wuest. For some articles,
he worked with ONU student pharmacists who appreciated the
opportunity to add a published article to their rsums. Tom is one
of the most prolific writers I ever came across, says Wuest. He was
the workhorse in putting the materials together.
For many years, the Ohio Pharmacist editor shared Gossels CE
lessons with every state pharmacy association in the U.S. Today,
the journal editor distributes his articles to 11 state
associations. Most of Gossels CE articles provide background
information on new drugs. But hes also written about
over-the-counter medications, patient counseling and FDA
regulations. Toms CE lessons are extremely well received by
pharmacists all over the country, because the lessons are practical
and current and can be applied to a variety of pharmacy settings,
says Amy Bennett, R.Ph., assistant executive director of the Ohio
Pharmacists Association. Pharmacists appreciate receiving
information about the drugs from someone other than the
manufacturer. He conveys objective information about how the new
drug fits into current therapy, advantages and disadvantages,
patient counseling tips, and more. While Wuest ended his CE
involvement after his retirement, Gossel only slowed down. Retired
from ONU for 11 years, he continues to write three to four highly
informative and thoroughly researched CE articles each year. The
topics just come naturally, he says. I have files galore with
background information. Bennett, whos been Gossels editor for the
past 33 years, hopes he never puts down the pen and that he
continues to enlighten and inform pharmacists on the topics that
matter. Tom is an asset to the profession of pharmacy, she says.
There is no question hes influenced the continuing education of
pharmacists all over the country.
Pharmacists appreciate receiving information about the drugs
from someone other than the manufacturer. He conveys objective
information about how the new drug fits into current therapy,
advantages and disadvantages, patient counseling tips, and more.
Amy Bennett, R.Ph., assistant executive director of the Ohio
In a sport where the primary focus is getting there first,
Alison Steinbrunner was late getting started.
Whereas 5-year-olds across the nation are now running cross
country competitively in organized leagues, Steinbrunner didnt
begin until the eighth grade. Even then, it was something she did
as a laugh. It was a social activity almost.
This is amazing when you consider how good she is.
My friends got me started; it was just an easy thing to do, I
guess, she says. Everyone was like, Oh, just run after school. Its
easy. Its fun.
So, in the fall of eighth grade, she ran cross country for the
We went to small meets, because our cross country program wasnt
really big. I think I won a couple of the small meets. It wasnt a
big accomplishment to win the meet by any means, but after winning
one, I thought, Oh, I think maybe I could be good at this.
She didnt run track in the spring, but became nervous that her
fellow eighth-graders would all become faster than her.
I knew my friends were all running every day in the spring. And
I didnt want to come back to cross country and not be able to run
with them. I got nervous and started running a little bit around my
neighborhood in the spring and summer. And I think thats probably
what made me kind of decent at cross country.
Kind of decent gave way to very good, as Steinbrunner continued
running throughout high school.
As a freshman, she became one of the first freshmen in Tecumseh
High School history to qualify for state.
She dominated as a high school senior, winning seven races and
helping Tecumseh win the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail
Division for the first time in school history. The school also
advanced to the state meet for the first time in school history.
She was named the 2008 Springfield News-Sun All-Area Girls Cross
Country Runner of the Year and finished seventh in the state in
When it came time to consider colleges, Steinbrunners search for
academic quality superseded her desire to run for a Division I
It was pharmacy first. I did look at Division II and Division I
schools, so I could have gotten scholarships to run, but Ohio
Northern pharmacy is just the best. Then I met the coaches and came
to ONU. But yeah, it was pharmacy first, then running.
It probably didnt hurt that her mother, Lori Ann (Hinegardner),
BSEE 86, and grandfather, William D. Hinegardner, BSME 62, are both
Still, she has few regrets over her decision. Today, the
fourth-year pharmacy major from New Carlisle, Ohio, runs cross
country and both indoor and outdoor track for ONU.
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I think because ONU is D3, we all just want to run, she
explains. I feel like if I were at a school where kids were getting
scholarships, they might be there just for the scholarships. And
there would be more pressure. Here, if I have to miss practice for
an exam or something, its fine. And everyone on the team wants to
be here. So I feel like the atmosphere at ONU is better.
This ONU atmosphere has produced what many might consider to be
the Universitys finest distance runner.
During the 2012-13 cross country season alone, Steinbrunner won
the OAC championship in the 5,000-meter run with an OAC record time
of 17:39.21. In indoor track, she broke her own school record in
the 5,000-meter run, broke records in the 1-mile run and
3,000-meter run, and was part of the record-breaking distance
medley relay team.
In outdoor track, she holds University records in the
5,000-meter run and the 10,000-meter run.
She was named a 2012 Division III Womens Cross Country
All-Academic honoree by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross
Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), too.
So how does she balance the rigors of a Northern pharmacy
education with the intense training necessary to run at such a
Anyone in pharmacy knows that you have to do a lot of studying,
so its about time management, she says. If were on the bus to an
away meet, were studying on the bus if we need to. Its hard to
explain because Ive just always done it. I guess I dont know what
people who arent in athletics do. But some days, I dont do anything
besides study and go to practice. So there are a lot of
Somehow, she manages to squeeze in a few additional
extracurricular activities into her already busy schedule. Im in a
couple things, she says.
Those couple things include writing for The Pharmacy and
Wellness Review, a student-created pharmacy research journal. Shes
a chemistry teaching assistant and a member of Kappa Epsilon, the
womens professional pharmacy sorority; Rho Chi, the national
pharmacy honor society; and Omicron Delta Kappa, the national
Steinbrunners successes have been tempered with her share of
setbacks, as well. She missed time during both her sophomore and
junior years of high school with injuries. In college, a bout with
mononucleosis forced her to sit out the entire outdoor track season
as a second-year student.
But a silver lining can be found in missing that outdoor track
season: As a fifth-year pharmacy student next year, shell have one
year of eligibility left. Steinbrunner fully expects to participate
in the outdoor track season in 2014, despite the long layoff that
shell have to endure.
Thats going to be so weird. When I race again next year, I wont
have raced for a whole year.
As for her future career plans, or how shell choose to use her
pharmacy degree, Steinbrunner is unsure. I dont know yet. Thats the
big question! I guess well find out after rotations. I have no
But for now, Steinbrunner will simply keep running. The 2013
outdoor track season is currently winding down. After that, she
looks ahead to her remaining season of eligibility a year from
Until then, its one practice at a time, one race at a time, one
meet at a time. Shell be ready, and shell do what she can to be
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The average Ghanaian doesnt discover that he or she has cancer
until its too late. There are few cancer wards in the hospitals,
and screening for cancer is not practiced to the degree that it is
in the U.S., says Dr. David Kinder, ONU professor of medicinal
chemistry. The folks who develop cancer are not likely to be seen
until their cancer is advanced and, typically, untreatable. Despite
the lack of advanced oncology care in their country, pharmacy
students and professors at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science
and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana were eager to learn about oncology
drug therapies.As part of the ongoing partnership
between ONU and KNUST, three ONU pharmacy professors traveled to
Ghana in March and spent two weeks teaching an oncology module.
Their overall purpose was to demonstrate an integrated style of
teaching for the KNUST faculty members as they work to develop a
PharmD program at their university.
Kinder, a medicinal chemist, Dr. Mark Olah, a pharmacologist,
and Dr. Jeff Allison, BSPh 71, PharmD 95, a clinical pharmacist,
each taught part of the oncology module similar to how they teach
it at ONU. The ability to monitor some adverse reactions to cancer
medications through objective means is difficult in Ghana, but we
could teach observable
subjective data to help monitor these adverse reactions, says
Allison. KNUSTs faculty requested the oncology module for the first
demonstration, says Kinder. The subject was one that they felt they
lacked depth in their faculty to teach, he explains. So, it made
sense that we would be invited to teach something they were
attempting to build up.
Kinder, Olah and Allison enjoyed their interactions with KNUST
students and professors. We were very well received, says Allison.
It is very difficult to commit to an integrated style of teaching
and very fearful for a faculty member to give up a traditional way
of teaching. We wanted them to see how this could be done and
answer any questions they may have had. KNUST students were bright
and inquisitive, adds Kinder. They frequently asked probing
questions in terms of clinical aspects of what we presented that
reflected personal experience, where they wanted to know more of
what they had seen, but not understood clinically. We delighted in
answering their questions. Allison says the trip reminded him that
people all over the world share similar aspirations and desires to
help their fellow man. The sharing of ideas and listening to their
concerns of providing health care was very meaningful to me, he
ONU-Ghana Partnership Followup
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Thank You Preceptors!Enhancing patient care and expanding
Thanks to the time, dedication, energy and commitment of ONUs
preceptors and alumni, the Raabe College of Pharmacy continues to
meet the high standards of pharmaceutical education through the
experiential program. Encompassing approximately one-third of the
students total curriculum, the experiential component allows for
expansion and direct application of knowledge for students in both
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and Advanced
Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs).
Through partnerships with preceptors, many of whom are alumni,
ONU students gain invaluable access to the finest available
professionals and facilities. The College of Pharmacy is thankful
for the unique real-world perspective that the collaboration gives
to its students as well as for the connections made while educating
these future pharmacists.
To see a complete listing of ONUs preceptor partners or to
become a new site, visit onu.edu/pharmacy and click on Experiential
Knowledge Gained, Knowledge SharedOn March 26, the Raabe College
of Pharmacy held its annual Mentorship Dinner for current
third-year students. Since its inception 12 years ago, the
continued success of the colleges mentorship program owes many
thanks to the participation of alumni who give ONU pharmacy
students first-hand insight into the real-world profession of
Through this program, alumni mentors are paired with current
students for a night of networking. Oftentimes, this dinner acts as
a springboard to a continuing relationship in which mentors assist
students in expanding their knowledge of the profession and various
This dinner can produce enduring relationships, like the one
between Sarah Aldrich, fourth-year pharmacy student from Fremont,
Ind., and her mentor, Kelly (Ward) Balyeat, PharmD 09, or the one
between Maggie Sant, fourth-year pharmacy student from West
Chester, Ohio, and her mentor Janell (Johns) Claudy, BSPh 80.
I first met Kelly during my community IPPE hours. Kelly was my
preceptor and the pharmacy manager at the Walgreens in my hometown.
After my IPPE hours, she allowed me to intern in her store for the
rest of the summer. She also has helped me make other contacts
within Walgreens so that I can pick up extra hours at other stores.
Finally, she is helping me shadow and possibly intern at a hospital
in the near future so that I can broaden my scope past retail
pharmacy. Kelly has become my good friend throughout the past year,
and I look to her as a role model. I feel comfortable asking her
anything, and I know I can trust her advice. Sarah Aldrich
I wanted to be a resource for students with questions and to
help guide them along their path the way I was guided as a student.
I first met Sarah in the summer of 2012 while she was completing
her IPPE hours. I have enjoyed getting to know her and her family
better. I have helped Sarah find opportunities for shadowing with
my personal and professional contacts in the community at numerous
sites beyond her required experiential hours. I really enjoy having
students and taking the time to slow down in my busy day to educate
others. Kelly (Ward) Balyeat, PharmD 09
Sarah Aldrich Maggie Sant
I attended the mentorship dinner last year at ONU. I thoroughly
enjoyed visiting with the students and hearing about their goals in
pharmacy. We got to talk about how pharmacy and ONU have changed
over the years. I only corresponded with the three girls at my
table once after the dinner but extended an invitation for them to
visit my pharmacy sometime or rotate through our site. Last March,
Maggie asked if she could come for a site visit to learn more about
our 340B pharmacy, how we operate to serve the underserved
population and our extensive patient assistance program. She spent
part of a day with me, and we discussed at length the value of
excellent pharmacy services and how our department serves our
patient population in helping them achieve their health care
Janell (Johns) Claudy, BSPh 80
Like most pharmacy students, I am trying to figure out where I
would like to practice after graduation. I recalled that Janell
talked about her pharmacy being a 340B pharmacy, so I contacted her
and set up a shadowing experience. When I arrived, she showed me
all of the facilities and how the pharmacy functions within the
grand scheme of a family health practice. She is a great role
model, and I feel like I can ask her anything and she will give me
an honest answer. I also know that I am welcome back to her
pharmacy at any time. I did not expect to gain so much from
attending a dinner, and I am so glad that I attended. Maggie
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Pharmacy Outreach CornerMental Health Outreach at a Community
Behavior Health Center
Major depressive disorder (MDD) con-tinues to rise as a common
diagnosis in the United States. Its reported that nearly 27 percent
of the United States population will carry a diagnosis of MDD at
some point during their lifetime, and, furthermore, only slightly
more than half of those patients will receive treatment. It is
estimated that only one-third of mental health cases seen in the
primary-care environment receive minimally adequate care, so
clearly there is need for pharma-cists to assist such providers in
the care of depressed patients.
This outreach project was started fall se-mester 2012 and was
conducted at three locations in Lima, Ohio: Coleman Behavior
Health, Changing Seasons at the YMCA, and the National Alliance on
Mental Illness (NAMI) Ohio location. Student pharmacists attended
Coleman Behavior Health twice and the other locations once for a
total of four group sessions.
Coleman Behavioral Health is an out-patient center that sees
indigent, adult patients and provides services such as mental
health, alcohol and drug, and crisis interventions. Coleman also
provides com-munity support groups, supportive hous-ing, criminal
justice service and outreach programs. Onsite psychiatrists, nurse
practitioners and pharmacists provide care to these patients of
Changing Seasons is an outreach program that operates in the
basement of the local YMCA Annex that helps those with chronic
mental illness and those who are unemployed with support and social
networking. The YMCA Annex also serves as a shelter for homeless,
single men and a collaborative center for many other non-profit
organizations, including Crossroads Crisis Center and Youth Life
NAMI Ohio offers classes, support and education to consumers of
mental health services and their families. Classes are taught by
both licensed health care providers and trained family members of
individuals suffering from mental illness and cover topics such as
medication use, coping skills, brain basics and advocacy.
ONUs Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) chapter
was respon-sible for the creation and implementation of this
program for various community settings of Allen County. Students
from this organization, as well as Drs. Micah and Kristen Sobota,
were present at all sessions. The overall program included a free
healthy dinner, gift bags to each participant, and education on
mental health in general that included depression, medication use
and lifestyle behaviors.
Eighty-two individuals participated in some aspect of all four
programs. We feel that, through this outreach program, pharmacists
and student pharmacists had a positive impact in the mental health
field throughout various community settings.
Participation in patient care projects at various community
sites, such as health care clinics and support groups, allows
pharmacy students to be exposed to a more diverse patient
population and their family members. With the low availability of
mental health services available in the United States, pharmacists
and student pharmacists play a vital role in education and
medication management in this area. ONUs SNPhA chapter hopes to
continue collaboration with these community sites in the future for
mental health as well as other disease state topics.
From the left: Joshua Blackwell, a fourth-year pharmacy student
from Bedford, Ohio, Elizabeth Roediger, a fifth-year pharmacy
student from Sidney, Ohio, Brittany Dye, a fifth-year pharmacy
student from Tiro, Ohio, and Kanika Kapoor, a fifth-year pharmacy
student from Ada, Ohio.
Public health consciousNATALIE DIPIETRO
As a student at Northern, Natalie DiPietro, PharmD 01, was
somewhat undecided about her post-graduation plans.
At Northern, I did research in toxicology, and I completed a
summer internship in New York City in molecular pharmacology. After
that, I realized I needed to find a new direction for myself
Returning to her studies in the fall, she began working with
Karen (Hillegass) Kier, BSPh 82, professor of clinical pharmacy, on
a project about folic acid. This got me so interested in public
health and took me in a whole new direction, DiPietro says.
After graduating in 2001, she began a one-year visiting
scientist fellowship program at the Eli Lilly and Companys Lilly
Centre for Womens Health in Indianapolis.
After spending this year focusing on womens health issues,
DiPietro stayed at the company for an additional five years working
in clinical drug development and drug safety. Along the way, she
also earned a masters degree in public health from Indiana
She returned to Northern in 2007 as an assistant professor of
pharmacy practice. Today, DiPietro teaches pharmacy administration,
epidemiology, public health, preventive medicine, womens health,
global health, and pharmacy professionalism.
DiPietro concentrates her research on the subject of womens
health and, specifically, preconception care. Basically,
preconception care includes activities that all women of
child-bearing potential can do in order to be healthy for
themselves and, in the case of an eventual
pregnancy, ensure hopefully better outcomes for their child, she
Ive done a lot of study with folic acid, which is a vitamin that
women can take before their pregnancy that can help reduce the risk
of certain types of birth defects, she continues. Ive done a lot of
survey research in that area: What do women know about it? How can
we increase their knowledge? What do professionals know about it?
What do students know about it?
In addition, DiPietro studies the roles of pharmacists and
pharmacy students in public health. On this subject, shes written a
book chapter and several journal articles.
One such journal article describes the Assessment, Development,
Assurance: Pharmacists Tool (ADAPT), a system that DiPietro and her
research partners developed to help ensure quality implementation
of health promotion programs.
We saw that, when pharmacists and pharmacy students were doing
public health programs in the community, sometimes they would be
doing incomplete presentations. They might not cover all of the
information, or still use medical jargon, or fail to tell people
how to follow up or close the loop.
So, DiPietro and her colleagues created ADAPT to systematically
help pharmacists and pharmacy students create health promotion
programs and evaluate existing ones.
Its really a checklist that they can go through to see if their
program meets the requirements of what we consider to be a
high-quality health promotion program, she says.
DiPietro and her
partners are currently
examining ADAPT a bit more closely. Were
taking it to more preceptors and asking them to use this
when working with students during introductory or advance
pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs or APPEs). Were collecting
additional feedback on it.
DiPietro also is taking a closer look at the way the different
health-related disciplines interact on Northerns campus. As chair
of ONUs first Interprofessional Education Committee, DiPietro
coordinates a group of faculty representatives from pharmacy,
nursing, exercise physiology and clinical laboratory sciences.
With everything thats going on with health care health care
reform, patient-centered medical homes, accountable care
organizations, different ways were going to be structuring and
organizing health care delivery it only helps if students can have
a good understanding of ways to work in teams with these other
health care professionals, she says.
As the group is still in its infancy (it formed last fall),
DiPietro sees lots of potential. Right now as a committee, were
trying to identify opportunities. Its blue sky. We could do a lot,
such as new classes or electives. To start, we have developed a new
activity in which students from each of these four disciplines will
collaborate on patient cases. We are excited to implement this
exercise in the upcoming fall semester.
So, while DiPietro describes preconception care as her No. 1
research interest, a close second is the public health aspect of
pharmacy, and the two interests are closely related.
To me, preconception care is a big public health message. So it
all comes together.
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GUEST SPEAKERS ATTEND PERSONALIZED MEDICINE COALITION
OHIO NORTHERN PHARMACY ALUMNI RECOGNIZED AT OPA CONFERENCEAlumni
from Ohio Northern Universitys College of Pharmacy received two
awards and several appointments during the 135th Ohio Pharmacists
Association (OPA) Annual Conference and Trade Show in Columbus,
Ohio, from April 12-14.
Paul White, BSPh 66, received the 2013 Pharmacist Public
Relations Award, which is presented annually to honor a pharmacist
for continuous service to the community in educating the public on
pharmacy-related issues and safe medicine use. White is the owner
of the Medicine Center Pharmacies in the Canton, Ohio, area. White
is committed to patient care and educating the public about the
vital role pharmacists play in keeping them healthy. He hosts an
hour-long, health-related talk show on a local radio station during
which he welcomes health care professionals from different
specialties as guest speakers. The public is invited to submit
questions in advance, or call in and talk with these professionals
about their area of expertise.
Cathy (Palk) Kuhn, PharmD 06, received the 2013 Distinguished
Young Pharmacist Award. Additionally, Kuhn was installed as
executive committee member-at-large. Sponsored by Pharmacists
Mutual Insurance Company, the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award
recognizes a pharmacist who has graduated in the last 10 years and
has made significant contributions to the profession of
pharmacy. Kuhn currently serves on the American Pharmacists
Associations (APhA) Editorial Advisory Board of the Pharmacy Today
publication, and she is a new practitioner officer for APhAs
Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, for which she is a
member of the Education Committee. In 2011, she was awarded the
APhA Distinguished New Practitioner Award. As an assistant
professor at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, she
implemented a community pharmacy residency program and a medication
therapy management (MTM) elective course. Kuhn is the MTM
coordinator for the Kroger Patient Care Center, Columbus
Jeff Bartone, PharmD 08, was installed as OPA vice president.
Bartone practices at Hocks Pharmacy in Tipp City, Ohio. He also has
practiced at Walgreens Pharmacy in Dayton and Hocks Pharmacy in
Vandalia, Ohio. An OPA member since 2007, Bartone has been an
active member of the OPA Independent Special Interest Group for
several years and has shown a keen interest in issues impacting
independent pharmacy practice. He also has volunteered on the OPA
Finance Committee, Long Range Plan Committee, and Member Services
& Development Committee. As a member of the OPA Executive
Committee the last two years, Bartone worked to increase membership
and increase communication between the board and the
Craig Kimble, PharmD 98, was installed as a trustee representing
District 7 in southeast Ohio. Kimble is corporate director of
pharmacy for Fruth Corporation, overseeing the pharmacy operations
of 25 stores in southern Ohio and West Virginia. Kimble has been an
active member of professional pharmacy organizations, including
various committees of OPA.
Kevin Fuschetto, PharmD 07, was installed as a trustee
representing District 14. Fuschetto is clinical pharmacist for
Giant Eagle Pharmacy in Salem, Ohio, coordinating medication
therapy management services for patients. He is a member of OPAs
Disease State Management Task Force. In 2011, Fuschetto received
OPAs Upsher-Smith Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award.
Ben Holter, PharmD 08, was installed as a trustee representing
District 8. Holter is the pharmacy manager/pharmacist in charge at
The Drugstore at OBleness Memorial Hospital in Athens.
Established in 1879, OPA represents more than 4,000 pharmacists,
pharmacy educators and pharmacy students throughout the state. OPAs
mission is to unite the profession of pharmacy and encourage
interprofessional relations while promoting public health through
education, discussion and legislation.
Diana Smith, BS 07, a certified genetic counselor for the
Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Center, was the guest speaker at the
Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC) student chapter meeting in
November 2012. Smith spoke on the genetic counselors role with
pharmacists in advancing patient education in genetics and
pharmacogenetics. Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Science in
molecular biology from Ohio Northern University in 2007 and
received her masters degree in genetic counseling from the
University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2009.
Kristine Ashcraft, chief operating officer of Genelex Corp. in
Seattle, Wash., shared her experiences with the students in
October. Genelex is a privately
held corporation providing comprehensive DNA testing services
designed to enhance the health and safety of society. Originally
founded as a paternity and forensics lab, Genelex started providing
pharmacogenetic testing in 2000. The company provides decision
support tools (YouScript) for health care providers. YouScript
includes testing, patented software and clinical pharmacist support
to provide a turnkey solution for health care providers seeking
safer and more effective medication management for their
The Raabe College of Pharmacy was the first college of pharmacy
in the country to belong to the PMC.Diana Smith
Pharmacy News & Activities
ONU CONDUCTS DRUG TAKE BACK DAYOhio Northern Universitys chapter
of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student
Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) conducted Medication Disposal Day, a Drug
Enforcement Agency (DEA) Drug Take Back Day in April.
Working in conjunction with the Hardin County Sheriffs Office,
North Central Ohio Solid Waste District and Hardin Memorial
Hospital, Medication Disposal Day served as a way for citizens to
safely dispose of old or unneeded prescription and over-the-counter
medications. The event is aimed toward students, staff and the
surrounding communities to spread both awareness of proper
medication disposal and the growing problem of prescription
The event was sponsored by the DEA and was an operation of
APhA-ASPs Generation Rx initiative. The Generation Rx Initiative,
developed by the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and
funded by the Cardinal Health Foundation, is an educational program
that increases public awareness of prescription medication abuse
and encourages health care providers, community leaders, parents,
teens and college students to actively work to prevent abuse.
OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY, WALMART ESTABLISH ENDOWED LEADERSHIP
SCHOLARSHIPOhio Northern University has established the Walmart and
Sams Club Endowed Leadership Scholarship Fund for the Rudolph H.
Raabe College of Pharmacy. The scholarship will be awarded to
academically eligible ONU pharmacy students entering their fourth,
fifth or sixth year of pharmacy studies who have demonstrated
leadership in pharmacy or to an ONU student organization and have
shown interest in community pharmacy.
Were very appreciative of our partnership with the Walmart team,
said Jon Sprague, dean of the college. Walmarts endowed scholarship
will provide much-needed support to current and future pharmacy
students focused on community pharmacy. The scholarship also will
provide great reinforcement for our mutual message to students on
the importance of developing their leadership skills in impacting
their current educational experience to serve as the future leaders
in community pharmacy.
The newly established scholarship will be awarded during the
2013-14 academic school year.
Ami Bhatt, Walmarts director of talent acquisitions and
professional relations for health and wellness, said, Ohio Northern
has a long tradition of excellence in preparing students to serve
the profession in community pharmacy, and we welcome the
opportunity provide support for their educational endeavors and
TURNER NAMED ADAS DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN OF THE YEARJames E.
Turner, BSPh 63, ACIT 00, former Ohio Northern University professor
and former owner of Gardners Pharmacy in Ada, was named Adas
Distinguished Citizen of the Year at the 47th annual Town and Gown
Banquet at Ohio Northern University in November 2012.
Jim embodies what we think about when the phrase town and gown
is spoken, said Bob McCurdy, BSPh 65, Hon. D. 96, special
to the dean of ONUs College of Pharmacy and longtime friend
of Turner. Jim Turner was our local pharmacist, but he is so
much more than that: a community leader, by example; a
distinguished faculty member at ONU; a role model for future
pharmacists; a friend to all. He exemplifies family values,
commitment and integrity. He is the perfect combination of a
Bulldog and a Polar Bear.
Turner came to study pharmacy at ONU in 1959 and was a member of
Kappa Psi fraternity and Rho Chi, participated with The Northern
yearbook, and played basketball and baseball. After graduating in
1963, Turner practiced pharmacy in his hometown of Newark, Ohio,
before joining Eli Lilly as a sales representative. When the
opportunity to purchase Gardners Drugstore in Ada, Ohio, presented
itself, Turner and his late wife, Mary Ann Gardner Turner, BSPh 63,
purchased the store and returned to Ada.
Soon after returning to Ada, Turner joined the faculty at the
Raabe College of Pharmacy in 1977 as the pharmacist for the model
pharmacy. In developing the colleges externship program, he visited
hundreds of pharmacy students at various pharmacies around the
state. He served as advisor for Phi Lambda Sigma and Kappa Psi. In
addition, Turner served as treasurer for the Ohio Pharmacists
Association as well as a member and president of the Ohio State
Board of Pharmacy. Further, Turners community service included the
Hardin County Health Board, the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, and
the Liberty Bancshares Board. Turner also was the voice of Ada home
football games for many years. He retired from ONU in 2001.
The Town and Gown Association was established in 1957 by a group
of townspeople and University personnel whose primary interest was
to develop and maintain a strong and positive relationship between
the village and the University.
James E. Turner, BSPh 63, ACIT 00, and his wife, Pamela R. Smith
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ONU RECEIVES NACDS FOUNDATION GRANT TO CONDUCT HEALTH FAIRSThe
College of Pharmacy was awarded a grant from the National
Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation in conjunction
with the Million Hearts initiative to conduct area health fairs in
March as part of the Heart to Heart Community Health Fairs
campaign. The grant, in the amount of $1,000, provided funding for
ONU pharmacy students to carry out health fairs in Hardin and Allen
Health Fairs took place at the ReStore in Ada, Ohio, and at Rays
Market in Lima, Ohio. At the fairs, ONU pharmacy students performed
free cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose/diabetes checks
and provided information on immunizations, nutrition and
The NACDS Foundation and the Million Hearts initiative aim to
prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. over the
next five years. The Million Hearts campaign was launched in
September 2011 to help improve health across communities and help
Americans live longer, more productive lives.
PROFESSORS AUTHOR PERSONALIZED MEDICINE TEXTBOOK
SEBOK PHARMACY LECTURE FEATURES TOP
CARDIOVASCULARPHARMACOGENOMICS EXPERTJulie A. Johnson, V. Ravi
Chandran professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of
Florida Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine as well as director of
the University of Florida Center for Pharmacogenomics, spoke at the
fourth annual Sebok Pharmacy Lecture in January. Johnsons research
focuses on cardiovascular pharmacogenomics. She leads a research
group in the NIH-supported Pharmacogenomics Research Network, with
a project focused on pharmacogenomics of antihypertensive
Pharmacogenomics is the study of how an individuals genetic
inheritance (his/her genome) affects the bodys response to drugs,
and it holds the promise that drugs might one day be tailor-made
for individuals and adapted to each persons own genetic makeup.
Environment, diet, age, lifestyle and state of health all can
influence a persons response to medicines, but understanding an
individuals genetic makeup is thought to be the key to creating
personalized drugs with greater efficacy and safety.
View comments from her visit at www.onu.edu/pharmacy
Three members of the Ohio Northern University Raabe College of
Pharmacy, along with a member of the Purdue University faculty,
have collaborated to author a textbook, Pharmacogenetics, Kinetics,
and Dynamics for Personalized Medicine.
Ohio Northerns David F. Kisor, professor of pharmacokinetics,
Jon E. Sprague, dean and professor of pharmacology, and Jeffrey N.
Talbot, associate professor of pharmacology, along with Michael D.
Kane, associate professor of bioinformatics and genomics at Purdue,
contributed to the textbook, which will be used by pharmacy
students and pharmacists.
Pharmacogenetics, Kinetics, and Dynamics for Personalized
Medicine provides a primer for understanding pharmacogenetics (the
study of genetic factors that influence how people respond to drug
therapy) in the applied context of pharmacokinetics (how the body
handles a drug) and pharmacodynamics (the effects of a drug on the
body). This valuable foundation illuminates how these principles
and scientific advances can create optimal individual patient care,
i.e., personalized medicine.
The book is important because it is translational in nature,
meaning that it connects the basic science to clinical application,
Kisor says. We believe this book is the most clinically applicable
textbook. There are some very good reference and introductory
textbooks available, but our book is not intended to be a reference
book. It is aimed at bringing the science to the clinical setting
in a very practical way.
Through specific drug examples, the textbook explores how the
genetic constitution of an individual may lead to the need for an
altered dose or, in some cases, alternative drug therapy.
Real-world cases highlight the specific relationships between
genetics, drug action and the bodys response as well as adverse
drug reactions, altered metabolism and drug efficacy.
SEN. HITE SPEAKS AT NATIONAL COMMUNITY PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION
RECEPTIONState Sen. Cliff Hite was the guest speaker at the
National Community Pharmacists Associations (NCPA) annual
legislative reception and shared his views on entrepreneurship and
independent pharmacies, current legislation affecting health care,
and the importance and opportunities for student involvement in
Hite was first appointed to the state Senate in 2011 to fill the
unexpired term of state Sen. Steve Buehrer. Prior to his
appointment, Hite was elected three times to the Ohio House of
Representatives. During his first term as representative of the
76th Ohio House district, Hite was appointed vice chair of the
State Government and Elections Committee. Hite also served on the
Agriculture and Natural Resources, Finance and Appropriations,
Agriculture and Development Subcommittee of Finance and
Appropriations (for which he served as vice chair), and Financial
Institutions, Real Estate and Securities Committees.
ONU alumni and friends have a unique perspective that can help
us connect with the countrys most talented students.
Ways to get involved:
Refer students to ONU
Join the Alumni B.E.A.R.S. program
Share your ONU experiences and accomplishments on Facebook
Talk at your local high schools career fair
Attend a college fair on behalf of ONU
Invite a student to tour campus
ONU Summer Open House
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CONSULTING PHARMACISTS PRESENTS THERAPY DOG
HANDLERThe Ohio Northern University chapter of the American Society
of Consulting Pharmacists (ASCP) hosted a presentation on
animal-assisted therapy led by Kim Bullock, a licensed social
worker from Lima Memorial Hospital. In recent years, health care
professionals have noticed the therapeutic effect of animal
companionship: relieving stress, lowering blood pressure, raising
spirits and making contact with people who have become withdrawn.
The most important feature of a therapy dog is a good temperament.
Patience, gentleness, friendliness, confidence and ease with
strangers are all essential qualities in a therapy dog.
NCPA BUSINESS PLAN TEAM WINS COMPETITIONOhio Northern
Universitys National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)
Business Plan Team won the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) third
annual Innovative Student Business Plan competition at the 135th
OPA Annual Conference and Trade Show.
Bethany Cuiksa, a fourth-year pharmacy student from Terre Haute,
Ind.; Holly Kearney, a fifth-year from Lucasville, Ohio; Ross
Robison, a fifth-year from Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Nicole Sivak, a
fifth-year from Cleveland, Ohio, presented their hypothetical
business plan, Fresh Air Pharmacy featuring Breathe Easy Services,
in a head-to-head competition against Ohio State University and the
University of Cincinnati in front of approximately 200 conference
The plan was created as part of an independent study course
under the supervision of Deirdre (Mozdy) Myers, BSPh 83, ONU
pharmacy and laboratory instructor in pharmacy practice. The
course is designed to give students insight into the
entrepreneurial skills of ownership and requires that the students
create a hypothetical pharmacy. The pharmacy should be feasible and
realistic, with a business plan and loan request to be submitted
for competition at both OPA and NCPA.
In January, the four submitted a 60-page business plan to OPA
for judging. The plan included items such as a complete market
analysis, legal and management structures, and more than 12 pages
of financial documentation. A panel of judges evaluated the written
submission on marketing, structure, financials, feasibility,
creativity and professionalism. In March, the students received
word that they placed in the top three in the state of Ohio and
would give a 20-minute verbal presentation at OPA to a panel of
judges acting as loan officers.
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COLLEGE OF PHARMACY HONORED AT NCPA NATIONAL CONVENTION
PHARMACY STUDENT RECEIVES APHA SCHOLARSHIPVictoria Pennington, a
fourth-year pharmacy student from Groveport, Ohio, was awarded the
Gloria Francke Scholarship as part of the 2013 American Pharmacists
Association Foundation Student Scholarship Program.
Currently serving as president of the ONU chapter of the
APhA-ASP, Pennington has held the position of legislative chair of
APhA-ASP and was a student member of the Ohio Pharmacists
Association Board of Trustees in 2011-12. During 2012-13, she
served as president-elect and headed up several initiatives, such
as fundraising for APhAs national PAC (Political Action Committee),
raising awareness for American Pharmacists Month last October, and
promoting the Medication Adherence Challenge.
The scholarships recognize those students who invested their
time through active involvement in their schools APhA-ASP chapter.
These exceptional students help shape the future of the pharmacy
profession while managing the demands of a full-time
STUDENT PHARMACISTS PARTICIPATE IN MEDICATION ADHERENCE
CHALLENGEThe American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student
Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) scheduled a number of events as part of the
Medication Adherence Challenge, a national effort to raise public
awareness of the importance of taking medications as
The ONU APhA-ASP chapter teamed with students and faculty from
the ONU nursing program to consult and distribute information
concerning medication adherence during the ONU Health Fair. The
chapter also held events at the Lima Rescue Mission and Rays
Pharmacy in Lima and distributed information at the Rite Aid in
This nationwide project, sponsored by the American Association
of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), is inspiring students to spread
word to their communities in as many ways as possible. The ONU
chapter is focused on improving medication adherence at Allen
County Health Partners in Lima through education, counseling, pill
boxes, timers, refrigerator magnet reminders, calendar stickers,
handouts, phone calls and text messages.
The student chapter of the National Community Pharmacists
Association (NCPA) was honored with a trio of chapter awards at the
114th annual NCPA Convention and Trade Exposition in San Diego in
October. Two ONU pharmacy scholarship recipients also were
recognized at the event.
ONUs NCPA student chapter won the 2012 Legislative Advocacy
Award for the top chapter in the nation in legislative and advocacy
activities. The award comes with a $1,000 travel stipend for
students to attend the NCPA Legislative Conference in May 2013. The
NCPA Legislative Advocacy Challenge challenges pharmacy student
members to plan and execute events, activities and legislative
education. ONUs NCPA members led many activities this year,
including a legislative reception on campus with Ohio Sen. Dave
Burke, a letter-writing campaign, visits to the Ohio State House
for a Legislative Day, and a visit to Washington, D.C., in May to
meet with members of the U.S. Senate and Congress.
In addition to the legislative award, the ONU NCPA student
chapter was named the 2012 Chapter of the Year second runner-up,
which acknowledges overall excellence in chapter activities and
accomplishments during the 2011-12 academic year. Award criteria
included commitment to community service, recruiting new members,
promoting independent community pharmacy and advocating legislative
Finally, the ONU NCPA student chapters Business Plan Team was
selected in July 2012 as one of the top 10 teams in the nation for
its business plan, Northern Rx in the 2012 Annual Good Neighbor
Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. The
final winner was chosen after a live competition in October at the
In individual accolades, Courtney Phillips, a sixth-year
pharmacy student from Rittman, Ohio, was chosen as an NCPA
Foundation Partners in Pharmacy Scholarship winner. The scholarship
recognizes pharmacy students for their exemplary academic
performance, community service and a demonstrated interest in
independent community pharmacy.
Elizabeth Crandall, a fifth-year pharmacy student from
Cattaraugus, N.Y., was chosen as an NCPA Foundation Presidential
Scholarship winner. Scholarship winners are selected on the basis
of academic achievement, leadership qualities, interest in
independent community pharmacy and extracurricular
Philanthropy means a lot to me. Without the support of our
generous donors, I would not have been able to afford to go to ONU.
When I graduate, I hope to support students like myself.
Allie Fay, a third-year pharmacy major from Canton, Ohio
The Northern Fund for the Rudolph H. Raabe College of
The Northern Fund helps fund the Universitys highest priorities.
Through your annual support of The Northern Fund, the College of
Pharmacy provides pharmacy students like Allie with an affordable
education of the highest quality.
Advisory BoardDr. Bruce Bouts BSPh 82 General InternistBlanchard
Valley Medical Associates Inc.Findlay, Ohio
Col. (Ret.) Mark Butler BSPh 79 Commander, 59th Clinical Support
GroupLackland AFB, Texas
Adrienne (Wood) Donaldson BSPh 99Professional Services
ConsultantMcKesson Foundation Inc.Moon Township, Pa.
Dr. Shawn Eaton PharmD 01District ManagerCVS CaremarkTallmadge,
George Hill BA 69, BSPh 74 Director, Pharmacy ServicesCatholic
Health InitiativesUnion, Ky.
Kathy Karas BA, BSPh 75Atwater, Ohio
Richard KeyesBSPh 92 Executive Vice President of Supply Chain
Operations and Mfg.Meijer Inc.Grand Rapids, Mich.
Paul T. KocisBSPh 88, PharmD 03 Clinical Pharmacist,
Anticoagulation ClinicMilton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State
Phillip Lettrich BSPh 85Director of Professional RelationsEmdeon
Business ServicesTwinsburg, Ohio
Jay Meyer BSPh 82FounderEagle Launch ConsultingCovington,
Theresa Tip Parker BSPh 74 Director of Trade Relations &
Pharmacy OperationsAbbott PPDAbbott Park, Ill.
Robert Bob ParsonsBSPh 71 Executive Vice PresidentOhio Society
of Health-System PharmacistsMarietta, Ohio
Nichole (Pearson) Penny BSPh 98 District Pharmacy
SupervisorWalgreens-Grand Rapids East District Kentwood, Mich.
Dr. Ervin Pierstorf 53, Hon. D. 78Chairman of the Board and CEO,
RetiredFairview Photo ServicesRocky River, Ohio, and Pinellas Park,
Tom WiechartBSPh 81PharmacistRite AidLima, Ohio
Suzanne Eastman Wuest BSPh 74Executive Director for Clinical
ServicesCatalina Health ResourceCincinnati, Ohio
Meet an Advisory Board Member
Robert Bob ParsonsExecutive vice presidentOhio Society of
Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP)Marietta, Ohio
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Bob Parsons, BSPh 71, has worked at OSHP for 14 years. When OSHP
was an all-volunteer organization, he served in a number of
leadership positions as a volunteer, including the office of
Hes also served in leadership positions at the Ohio Pharmacists
Association. Parsons is active in his church and with his local
board of the American Cancer Society. He and his wife, Robin, have
been married for 21 years and have two adult daughters. Parsons
enjoys researching his family history and studying the early
history of rock n roll. Hes also a credentialed
Q: Tell us about your work.A: I am responsible for coordinating
OSHPs educational and operational events, handling member relations
and relations with our 14 local chapters, maintaining relationships
with other state and national professional organizations,
monitoring legislation and regulations, providing material for our
publication and website, and serving as secretary to our Board of
Directors and House of Delegates, among other duties. For me
personally, the most rewarding part of my work is working with our
431 student members. Because my work brings me to ONU routinely, I
am probably better acquainted with the students than most other
advisory board members. Id like to think that this helps to make me
an effective board member.
Q: What are the keys to your success in your career? A:
Professional organization work appealed to me even as a student.
Foremost, I strive to be highly organized, excel at customer
relations, and always look out for the needs of our members. I also
advocate for the pharmacy profession to other health professions
and to the public.
Q: What trends have you noticed in the pharmacy field? A: The
trends in hospital and health-system practice are the most obvious
to me because I serve this area of our profession. For what seems
like decades, pharmacists have been trying to make the case to the
rest of the health care world that if we were able to get closer to
the patient, we could improve lives and reduce health care costs.
This is now starting to happen. Pharmacists are becoming integral,
valued contributors to multi-disciplinary care, and patient care is
improving because of it.
Q: What do you believe are the biggest strengths of the College
of Pharmacy? A: Its hard to name just a few. What strikes me first,
being personally acquainted with so many of the students, is their
degree of talent and dedication to their chosen profession. Its
really unsurpassed. Equally striking is the dedication of the
faculty and staff. I dont particularly like the phrase about having
the right people on the bus, but for lack of better wording, thats
what I see at the college. The faculty and staff take a personal
interest in the success of their students, and thats inspiring.
Q: What do you think are the most exciting things happening at
the college right now?A: ONU Healthwise. This program could be the
poster child for pharmacist-based wellness programs. Also, the
partnership with the Pharmacy Council of Ghana and Ghanas KNUST
College of Pharmacy offers an exciting opportunity to make a
difference in pharmacy education in that country and impact
patients lives there.
University Advancement525 South Main StreetAda, OH
10 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast10:30-11:30 a.m.
Pharmacy CE11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Luncheon and driving range12:30-5
p.m. Shotgun scramble5 p.m. Reception and steak dinner
Friday, Aug. 16Colonial Golfers ClubHarrod, Ohio
More than $100,000 has been raised through this pharmacy
fundraiser thanks to the many alumni and friends who generously
Golf DayPharmacySAVE THE DATE
Cost: $100 per golferContact: Scott Wills at [email protected]