The Auburn Pharmacist

Updated April 28, 2017

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Overhead shot of graduation ceremony
2017 Graduation Set for May 9
The Harrison School of Pharmacy will conduct its Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday, May 9 at 10 a.m. in Auburn Arena. HSOP is slated to award seven Doctor of Philosophy degrees, three Master's degrees, and more than 150 Doctor of Pharmacy degrees. Information on the 2017 commencement, including directions, parking, and a link for the live video feed can be found HERE.

Dr. Terry McInnis
Terry McInnis, MD, MPH, FACOEM
McInnis to Speak at Graduation, Free Webinar
Dr. Terry McInnis, president of Blue Thorn, Inc. and a nationally-recognized strategist for healthcare policy will speak at the HSOP Graduation Ceremony and will follow with a free Webinar that will offer 1 ACPE-approved hour of continuing education. The title of her program is "Transformative Healthcare: Integrating advanced clinical pharmacy services into ambulatory care. A nationwide snapshot of success." To learn more and sign up for the free Webinar, click HERE.

Drug Information Center staff with 5000 inscribed cake
Drug Information Center Completes 5,000th Request
The Harrison School of Pharmacy Drug Information Center (DIC) recently completed it’s 5,000th request since it began tracking requests on March 30, 1998. The DIC is under the direction of Dr. Bernie Olin, who joined the HSOP faculty in 2002, and Dr. Wes Lindsey, who followed in 2006. The primary mission of the DIC is to improve patient care in the state of Alabama. This is accomplished by providing on-demand consultative services, generally free of charge, to Alabama health professionals on any aspect of drugs, drug therapy, and pharmacy practice. To learn more, read the Spotlight on the Drug Information Center HERE.

Dr. Lee Evans
Dean R. Lee Evans
Dean Evans Pens 10-Year Retrospective
Ten years ago, pharmacists from around the state came together for the Alabama Pharmacy Consensus Conference with the intention being to create a blueprint for the development of pharmacy practice in the state. Now, 10 years removed from that meeting, Dean Evans wanted to take a look back to see what was discussed and how we have progressed during that time. While some advances have been made, there is still much work to do. With that in mind, he has penned an article analyzing the meeting that he hopes creates some discussion in the state as we work to further advance the profession of pharmacy. You can read the 10-Year Retrospective HERE [PDF].

Dr. Heather Whitley receives the Hargreaves bear
HSOP Ambassadors and Dean Evans with Dr. Heather Whitley
HSOP Hands Out Annual Awards
Outstanding Harrison School of Pharmacy students, staff and faculty members were recognized March 30 as part of the 57th Annual Hargreaves Awards Program. In all, 57 awards were given to more than 100 recipients with simultaneous ceremonies going on at HSOP’s campuses in Auburn and Mobile. Check out the full release HERE for a full listing of winners and photos.

Aubie plays volleyball with pharmacy students
Aubie shows his moves on the volleyball court
Check out Photos from Hargreaves Day
Photos from Hargreaves Day, held on the Auburn and Mobile campuses, are available on the HSOP Flickr page. Click HERE for Auburn pictures and HERE for Mobile pictures.

Free CE Program Offered for Pharmacists and Technicians in Assisting Medicare Patients
Through the work of Dr. Salisa Westrick, associate professor in Health Outcomes Research and Policy, and her efforts with the C.A.R.E.S. Pharmacy Network, a 1-hour ACPE-accredited CE program is being offered at no cost to introduce pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to time-saving resources for assisting Medicare patients. Pharmacists and technicians will learn about little-known resources for assisting Medicare beneficiaries with limited income to afford their prescription medications. Fast, easy, and efficient methods of identifying and referring eligible patients to local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) are discussed. To complete this introductory CE, access the website at to download the program and the post-program test.

AUInforMed: Sleep and Quarterly Update
The latest editions of the AU InforMed, a newsletter produced by the HSOP Drug Information Center, are out. Issue 289 focuses on sleep issues and medications while Issue 290 is an update on the first quarter of 2017. To read these issues of AU InforMed, click HERE.

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Anne Saunders
Anne Saunders
Saunders Selected to NCPA Leadership Council
Anne Saunders, a P2 from Montgomery, Alabama, was recently selected to the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) National Student Leadership Council. She is one of just 16 students nationwide selected for the council. The NCPA Student Leadership Council exists to represent pharmacy student members of the association. Among its purposes are to promote the profession of pharmacy, promote the role of independent community pharmacy and promote communication between NCPA Student Chapters and the NCPA Department of Student Affairs. A main goal of the SLC is to support the development of future leaders in community pharmacy and to recognize student pharmacists who have a strong interest in entrepreneurship and pursuing a career in independent pharmacy. To learn more about it, click HERE.

Justin Owensby with his poster
Justin Owensby
Owensby Places in This is Research Student Symposium
Justin Owensby, a graduate student in Health Outcomes Research and Policy who will graduate with his Ph.D. next month, took third place in the This is Research Student Symposium poster competition in Social Science and Creative Scholarship in design, Arts and Humanities. The title of the poster was “Leveraging behavioral economics-based interventions to improve medication adherence.” He was one of several HSOP graduate students and student researchers presenting at the Symposium. Check out the photo gallery HERE.

Morgan Sellars
Morgan Sellars
Sellars Appointed as HSOP’s APA Representative
Morgan Sellars, a second-year student from Montgomery, has been appointed as HSOP’s student representative to the Alabama Pharmacy Association Executive Committee. She replaces Chris Squires, who has held the position the past year. She will begin her term this summer at the APA Annual Convention.

Jenna Bloemer
Dr. Jenna Bloemer
Lindsey Hohmann
Dr. Lindsey Hohmann
Anthony Todd
Anthony Todd
Bloemer, Todd, and Hohmann Named Walmart Scholars
Three HSOP students were among 85 recently named AACP Walmart Scholars. The trio, along with their faculty advisor, will receive a stipend to attend the 2017 AACP Annual Meeting, July 15-19 in Nashville, Tennessee. Earning the honor this year were Jenna Bloemer (Dr. Pamela Stamm), Lindsey Hohmann (Dr. Jan Kavookjian), and Anthony Todd (Dr. Nicole Slater). The goal of this scholarship program is to strengthen the recipient’s skills and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy through participation in programming and activities at the 2017 AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars.

Graduate Students Win Awards
Tessa Hastings and Heba Aref, both graduate students focusing on Health Outcomes Research and Policy, were recently notified of awards from the Auburn University Graduate School. Hastings received a Harry Merriwether Fellowship, which includes a $2,000 award. Only four are given each year and she is the first HSOP graduate student to earn one of the awards. Aref was recognized as being one of Auburn’s Outstanding Master’s Students. Ten students are recognized with the award each year and she is the third HSOP master’s student to be recognized since 2009. Hastings and Aref will each receive their awards at the Graduate Students’ Awards Brunch on April 25.

Setti Earns AFPE Fellowship
Sharay Setti, a graduate student working under Dr. Miranda Reed, was recently recognized with an American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Sciences for Underrepresented Minorities. The primary goal of the AFPE Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship program is to positively impact patient and public health by supporting high performing students who possess the skill and aptitude to become outstanding scientists and leaders in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and the government/nonprofit sectors.

Frankie Hoffman
Frankie Hoffman
Madeleine King
Madeleine King
Kellyn Wilson
Kellyn Wilson
Hoffman, King and Wilson to Represent HSOP in Clinical Pharmacy Challenge
SCCP recently held its local Clinical Pharmacy Challenge, a team-based competition in which teams composed of three student-pharmacists compete in a “quiz bowl” style of competition. This year’s winners are Frankie Hoffman, Madeleine King, and Kellyn Wilson. The trio will represent HSOP in August in the online ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge. Rachel Howorth and Jenna Lee will serve as alternates. Following August’s online rounds, the top eight teams will advance to the national finals at the 2017 ACCP Annual Meeting, Oct. 7-9 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Winning students with Rite Aid representatives
Team AU HSOP DILRC with Dr. Kavookjian and Rite Aid representatives.
Winners Announced from 9th Annual Rite Aid Marketing Plan Competition
Students recently competed in the 9th Annual Rite Aid Marketing Plan Competition as part of the management class. Teams take a project and present a marketing plan to a panel of judges that include executives from Rite Aid. Teams competed in two categories: Most Creative and Best All-Around/Most Feasible. Winning Best All-Around/Most Feasible this year was Team AU HSOP DILRC (Haden Bunn, Gladys Heard, Sainath Kamath, Elizabeth Lindley, Walter Minger, Marcelo Ramirez, Jamie Tillman, and Christopher Whitman). Taking second place was SeniorxMed MTM and Delivery Service (Rachel Allgood, Elizabeth Bowen, Shelby Griffin, Mary Nelson, Carra Powell, and Tanvi Singh) while third place was Heading Home Healthy Transitions of Care Service (Christian Bottcher, Stephen Caton, Alyssa Osmonson, Anne Saunders, Morgan Sellars, Kaci Shuman, Rebecca Teal, and Taylor Wetzel).
In the Most Creative category, it was Tex Rx Veterinary Compounding (Tyrome Brown, Megan Coole, Lexi Burkard, Patrick Morris, Jr., Gary Byars, and Morgan Raven) taking the top honor. Second place was LYV: Live Your Vaccinations (Emily Borsarge, Kelli Caddell, Alyssa Guillot, Adam Mack, Hayley Rowe, Lauren Spearman, Paige Trawick, and Colton Weaver) while third place was Beyond Counting (Sadie Dillard, Cindy Doan, Katelyn Hale, Grace Hoffman, Tiffany Simpson, and Courtney Wood).

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Dr. Salisa Westrick
Dr. Salisa Westrick
Westrick Named Acting HORP Department Head
Dr. Salisa Westrick, associate professor in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, has agreed to serve as Acting Department Head. She will assume the role on May 15, when current department head Dr. Richard Hansen begins his tenure as Dean, and will fill the role until a new department head has been identified.
Westrick Honored With Graduate Mentor Award
Dr. Salisa Westrick, associate professor in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, was recently honored with the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award. Selected by the Graduate Student Council, she was one of just five award winners from across campus. The award recognizes faculty who go above and beyond for students, both inside and outside the classroom.

Dr. Lea Eiland
Dr. Lea Eiland
Dr. Amber Hutchison
Dr. Amber Hutchison
Drs. Eiland and Hutchison Win 2017 Scholarship in Teaching Award
The Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Advocacy Committee recently announced that Dr. Lea Eiland and Dr. Amber Hutchison have won the Scholarship in Teaching Award for their work incorporating pediatric-related concepts into a pharmacy skills laboratory course sequence. The Award will be presented during the 26th Annual PPAG Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 5, 2017. Read more about their work on the PPAG blog HERE.

Dr. Angela Calderon
Dr. Angela Calderon
Calderon Lab Receives Research Gift
Dr. Angela I Calderon recently received a gift of $40,000 from Santalis Pharmaceuticals, a botanical dietary supplement company. The gift is meant to support her research on quality assessment of botanical dietary supplements through the development of LC-MS based chemical fingerprinting and profiling methods for East Indian Sandal oil (EISO).
Calderon Lab Student Receives Award
Da Sol Jung, a student researcher in the lab of Dr. Angela Calderon, was recently recognized with an International Student Award. She is pursuing research with Dr. Calderon under the Auburn University Undergraduate Fellowship and is working toward a degree in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Dr. Heather Whitley
Dr. Heather Whitley
Whitley Published in Annals of Family Medicine
Systematic diabetes screening using HbA1c point-of-care testing effectively identified patients unknowingly living with hyperglycemia, according to a recent prospective longitudinal study published in Annals of Family Medicine. Titled “Systematic Diabetes Screening Using Point-of-Care HbA1c Testing Facilitates Identification of Prediabetes,” the primary author was Dr. Heather Whitley from the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Check out the full text of the article HERE.

Last Updated: July 1, 2017