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General News

Do you have your team ready? The 18th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament is just around the corner. Contact Olivia Tintea today in Development and Alumni Affairs to lock up your spot today! For more information, check out the website or brochure.
October is American Pharmacists Month. This year’s theme is “Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medicine.” Learn more about the program and how you can get involved here.

Faculty News

Dr. Richard Hansen is the recipient of a grant subaward from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to further research in medication management in the mental health population. The grant furthers research in Hansen’s project entitled “Rapid Secondary Analysis to Optimize Care for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions.” The project is designed to study the continuity of medication management in Medicaid patients. To learn more, check out the full release here.
Dean Lee Evans and Dr. Salisa Westrick presented a poster in early September at the 74th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences entitled "Implementation and Evaluation of Community-based Pharmacy Practice Experience Courses in Alabama, USA." The research was done along with Dr. Margaret Williamson and Dr. Lynn Stevenson. Dean Evans and Dr. Westrick have been in Thailand visiting other pharmacy schools and participating in the conference. For more information on FIP Congress, check out the website.
Dr. Vishnu Suppiramaniam, associate professor and interim department head in Drug Discovery and Development, has been selected for one of five research grants from the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC). Based out of Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the program is funding the grants to six investigators through its Seed Grant program. Each grant is for one year and up to $20,000. Read the full release here.
HORP faculty Dr. Salisa Westrick received $7,500 from the Alabama Department of Senior Services to coordinate her Medicare outreach program, a collaborative program between Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy and State Health Insurance and Assistance Program (SHIP). This program was launched in Fall 2013. In this program, HSOP student pharmacists assist Medicare beneficiaries in selecting Medicare prescription drug plans. Read more about her program here.
Drs. Dana Carroll, Kelly Hester and Kristi Kelley were awarded the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy’s inaugural “Excellence in Teaching Award” as a part of a teaching team. All were recognized as “Teachers of the Year” at the 2014 AACP Annual Meeting.
Dr. Raj Amin has been awarded an SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant for the 2014-15 year. The one-time award was given through the SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program. The SEC award will support travel by Prof. Amin to the University of Georgia, where Prof. Amin is forming a team to study the mechanisms by which doxorubicin and other anthracyclines cause cardiotoxicity in patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy. According to Prof. Amin, “This travel award will enable investigators at Auburn, LSU, and Georgia to collaborate on new strategies for combating the debilitating, and many times fatal, side effects of these cancer drugs.” For more information on the program, access the Provost’s website.

HORP faculty Dr. Jan Kavookjian served as a consultant for Motivational Interviewing Training and Assessment on an HRSA grant funded for the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. This is a $1.49 million dollar, interdisciplinary project to intervene with diabetes patients in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Kavookjian presented a poster entitled “Obesity and clinical/quality of life outcomes in a pilot study of culturally tailored diabetes education in a rural Alabama Black Belt community” at the Second Annual SEC Symposium for Obesity Prevention on Sept. 21 in Atlanta, Georgia. Her coauthors were Hardin A (EAMC) and HOPR PhD student Thanasak Lertpichitkul. This presentation was the only poster presented at this meeting from a school of pharmacy faculty member.

Dr. Kavookjian published a paper “Interventions for adherence with oral chemotherapy in hematological malignancies: A systematic review” in Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy Her coauthor was HOPR doctoral candidate Saranrat Wittayanukorn. Read more about the paper here.

Dr. Marilyn Bulloch had an article published in the September-October issue of Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, entitled “Instruments for evaluating medication use and prescribing in older adults.” The full article can be accessed here.

Dr. Amber Hutchison, assistant clinical professor, has been named chair-elect of AACP’s Geriatric Pharmacy Special Interest Group.


Dr. Kristi Kelley received her certification as a Board Certified Advanced Diabetes Manager (BC-ADM) in July 2014.


Student News

Elise Aucoin is a P3, Student Council President and a Louisiana native that went to school in a French immersion program. Get to know September’s Student-Pharmacist of the Month.

Erin McCreary, a fourth-year student, has been appointed secretary for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy National Student Network Advisory Committee. She will assume the position at the ACCP Annual Meeting, Oct. 12-15 in Austin, Texas. Learn more about the position here.

McCreary received a travel award from the ACCP’s Infectious Diseases Practice and Research Network to attend the ACCP meeting in Austin, Texas in October. She received the award for research she has worked on with Dr. Kurt Wargo. The research compares vancomycin monotherapy to vancomycin combined with clindamycin to treat skin and soft tissue infections.


Students from HSOP participated in the Equal Access Birmingham Heart and Sole 5K in Birmingham on Sept. 6, raising more than $3,000 for the clinic. HSOP students volunteer monthly at the Equal Access Birmingham Student Run Clinic. Students work alongside students from UAB Medical School and Samford Pharmacy students. Students ran in the race and had a table representing HSOP that provided blood glucose screening, blood pressure screening, immunization information, smoking cessation and poison prevention.


HORP doctoral candidate Benjamin Teeter (advisor – Dr. Salisa Westrick) published a research paper entitled “Factors associated with herpes zoster vaccination status and acceptance of vaccine recommendation in community pharmacies” in the journal Vaccine. This study identified patient characteristics, awareness and knowledge associated with herpes zoster (HZ) vaccination status and self-reported reasons for not receiving Zostavax(®), as well as assessed the impact of a patient education program by measuring post-intervention interest in obtaining the Zostavax(®) vaccine across reasons for being unvaccinated. Coauthors include Drs. Kimberly B. Garza (HORP), Lynn Stevenson (PP), Margaret A. Williamson (PP), Salisa C. Westrick (HORP) and student pharmacist Megan L. Zeek (P4). Read the full paper here.

Teeter also has another publication “Telephone-based motivational interviewing for medication adherence: A systematic review” at the journal Translational Behavioral Research (coauthor – HORP faculty Dr. Jan Kavookjian). Learn more about this article here.


Staff News

Amber Thomas has joined the Harrison School of Pharmacy Family as she was recently hired as the Administrative Support Associate in Health Outcomes Research and Policy. A Montgomery native, she earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from Auburn-Montgomery in 2009. Previously, she has worked in accounts receivable for Colorado Heights University (2013-14) and as a staff accountant with Creek Casino Wetumpka (2009-12). In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping, running, traveling and spending time with family.

School News

Check out the latest editions of Pharmacy Phacts, put together by Pharm.D. students working in the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center. This month the Auburn University Nutrition Team put together information on National Fruits and Vegetables Month while Katelyn Parrish provided information on Lyme Disease. Bryant Minor also put together information on prostate health.
The latest edition of AU Informed, an electronic bulletin of drug and health-related news highlights - a service of the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy Drug Information Center is out. September’s topic is Head Lice Awareness. Click here for the PDF.

More than $250,000 in scholarships were given out at the Annual Scholarship Recognition Program and Rho Chi Induction Ceremony on Sept. 9. Check out a full listing of the recipients and inductees here and check out photos from the event here.


Alumni News

SAVE THE DATE! Oct. 24 - 26, the Harrison School of Pharmacy will host War Eagle Weekend! A full weekend, including golf, tailgating and even a little classroom time. Please like and share as we would like to see as much of our HSOP Family as possible. Check out all the details here.
The Auburn Alumni Association now has three ways to book away-game travel. Go to the website for overnight packages along with game day travel, including motor coach and charter bus trip options. Among the options offered is the BIG GAME BUS, a round-trip charter bus service from Atlanta and Birmingham that was started by HSOP alum Patrick Greene (Class of 2013). A trip from Auburn to Starkville for the Mississippi State game has also recently been added. For more information and rates, check out
Congratulations to HSOP's own David and Laura Darby, owners of Darby's Village Pharmacy in Andalusia, Alabama on earning the bronze award in the 2014 Alabama Retailers of the Year Awards. Read more about it here.
It's a busy time around the Walker Building. Applications for the Class of 2019 are coming in and interviews are under way. Do you know of a potential student-pharmacist that may be interested in Auburn? If so, send a note to our recruiter Dr. Charles Woosley at
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