The Auburn Pharmacist

Updated February 28, 2017

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Dr. Richard Hansen
Richard Hansen Named Dean of the Harrison School of Pharmacy
Dr. Richard Hansen, current professor and department head of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, has been selected as the sixth Dean in HSOP’s history. He will assume his new role on May 15, 2017. Congratulations Dr. Hansen! Read the full announcement HERE.

HSOP Open House
HSOP Holding Open House April 8
The Harrison School of Pharmacy will hold an Open House on Saturday, April 8 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., prior to Auburn’s A-Day football game. All students, faculty, staff, alumni and families are invited to come by as Dean R. Lee Evans introduces Dr. Richard Hansen, who will move into his new position on May 15. Snacks and refreshments will also be available in the building atrium.

Learn more about the Auburn Pharmacy Camp
HSOP to Offer Pharmacy Camp
Do you know a high school student that would be interested in pharmacy camp? Check out this new offering from Auburn University Youth Programs and the Harrison School of Pharmacy. This new camp opportunity is for rising high school 11th and 12th grade students who are interested in pharmacy and would like to explore the profession through classes, hands-on learning and other activities. Find out more HERE.

Mission Accomplished: Tiger Giving Day
Fully Funded: Tiger Giving Day
Thank you to everyone that supported the Pharmacy Summer Camp on Tiger Giving Day. On Tiger Giving Day, 75 donors stepped up to help the Harrison School of Pharmacy surpass its $5,000 goal to support the first-ever Pharmacy Summer Camp at Auburn. The generous support will fund scholarships for students who want to learn more about all that the pharmacy profession has to offer.

AUInforMed: New Drugs
The latest edition of the AU InforMed, a newsletter produced by the HSOP Drug Information Center, is out and focuses on new drugs approved during the 2016 calendar year. To read this issue of AU InforMed, click HERE.

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Gladys Heard
Gladys Heard
New Student Council Members Announced
HSOP Student Council positions for the 2017-18 academic year were announced in early February by current president Paul Paratore. Those taking the new positions are Gladys Tucker Heard (President), Stephen Caton (Vice President-Auburn), John Russell (Vice President-Mobile), Emily Roper (Treasurer-Auburn), and Morgan Moulton (Executive Secretary).

Morgan Fisher
Fisher Wins APhA-ASP Patient Counseling Competition
Morgan Tyus Fisher, a P3 from Peachtree City, Georgia, won the local APhA-ASP Patient Counseling Competition in early February. By virtue of winning, she will represent HSOP at the APhA Annual Meeting, March 24-27 in San Francisco, California. The goal of the APhA-ASP National Patient Counseling Competition is to encourage student pharmacists in their efforts toward becoming better patient educators. The competition is designed to reflect changes that are occurring in practice, to promote and encourage further professional development of the student pharmacist and to reinforce the role of the pharmacist as a health care provider and educator.

Frankie Hoffman
Hoffman Selected for 2017 Women of Distinction Award
Frankie Hoffman, a P3 on the Mobile campus, has been selected for the 2017 Women of Distinction Graduate student Leadership Award, given by the Auburn University Women’s Center. She will be recognized at the Women’s Leadership Conference Awards Luncheon, March 24 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. These awards honor Auburn University women who have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities, with the award categories including faculty member, administrative and professional staff member, staff member, undergraduate student, graduate student and alumna. Learn more about the Women’s Leadership Conference HERE.

Champion P3 Team with Dr. Amin
P3s Take Title at Battle of the Professionals Dodgeball Tournament
The HSOP P3 team beat out 17 other teams last Friday to take the title at the Auburn University Annual Battle of the Professionals Dodgeball Tournament benefiting Taking Care of PAWs---Sasha’s Way and Rescue k911 Animal Shelter. HSOP actually swept the top honors as teams made up of P2s took second and third place as well. Making up the P3 team were Logan McCall, Erin Weber, Cassie Curry, Alston Poellnitz, Nic Ellison, Cameron Baker, Kelsey Dobbs, and Mathew Zambo. The team was sponsored by Dr. Raj Amin.

Script Your Future
Script Your Future Runs Through March
The Script Your Future Medication Adherence Campaign begins this week and runs until March 18. The campaign is part of a national initiative to encourage people to take their medication as directed. To learn more about HSOP’s campaign, check out their Facebook page. You can also learn more at

Haley Porter
Porter Poster Highlighted by AAPS
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) recently highlighted a poster presentation by HSOP graduate student Haley Porter. Her research focuses on improving formulations of lipophilic drugs, currently available on the market. Her poster was seventh most viewed at the 2016 Annual AAPS Meeting. Learn more about her research HERE.

Group photo at the Darden Scholarship Dinner
King and Speakman Win Darden Scholarships
Madeleine King and Lauren Speakman were recognized Jan. 28 as recipients of the Darden Scholarship. The award is presented annually to outstanding students enrolled in an advanced health degree (Medicine, Advance Practice Nursing, Pharmacy, or Physical Therapy). Criteria for the award are scholarship, activities, and character. Applicants must also express a desire to meet the needs of the underserved in the East Alabama area. They were recognized at the J.W. Darden Foundation Black-Tie Legacy Gala at the Grand National Ballroom. Pictured at the Gala, from left, are Ebony Jackson, Paul Paratore, Gladys Heard, Madeleine King, Dean R. Lee Evans, Mary Claire Estess, Melissa Bradley, Dr. Kristen Helms, and Lauren Speakman. For more information on the gala and Dr. J.W. Darden, read this Opelika-Auburn News story.

Chili Cook-Off Winners
Murali Wins Chili Cook-Off
The annual HSOP Chili Cook-Off was held Feb. 8 with perennial front-runner Dr. Murali Dhanasekaran took top honors with his “Yummy in My Tummy.” P2 Addison Upton placed second with her “White Chicken Chili” while fellow P2 Hayes Turner finished third with “Chili Blanco.”

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Barry Matson speaks at the Addiction Conference
Addiction Seminar Featured on WSFA News
Led by Amanda Fowler, Sarah Hill, Dr. Brent Fox, Dr. Haley Phillippe, and Dr. Karen Marlowe, the Harrison School of Pharmacy teamed up with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to host interprofessional conferences in Huntsville and Montgomery Jan. 24-25 and Jan. 31-Feb. 1. The conferences gathered pharmacists, physicians, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, fire fighters, law enforcement and educators in the same room to discuss the growing problem of misuse of prescription and illicit drugs and how the groups can work together to combat the problem. Lean more about it HERE in this report from WSFA News in Montgomery.

Dr. Kimberly Braxton Lloyd
Dr. Kimberly Braxton-Lloyd
Westrick and Braxton Lloyd Earn Promotion
HSOP faculty members Dr. Salisa Westrick and Dr. Kimberly Braxton Lloyd were recently notified of their promotion to Professor. Braxton Lloyd has been with HSOP since 1998 and also serves as the Assistant Dean for Health Services and Director of the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center. Westrick has been a faculty member at HSOP since 2004, most recently serving as associate professor in Health Outcomes Research and Policy.
Dr. Salisa Westrick
Dr. Salisa Westrick

Dr. Marilyn Bulloch
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Bulloch Named ACCM Fellow
Dr. Marilyn Bulloch, associate clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was recently named a Fellow by the American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) at its annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. Fellowship in the American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) is meant to recognize individuals who have demonstrated significant contributions and have made an impact on the profession at a regional, state, or national level. To learn more, click HERE.

Dr. Jan Kavookjian
Dr. Jan Kavookjian Selected to Present at ADA Conference
Dr. Jan Kavookjian, associate professor in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, was recently selected to present on Motivational Interviewing at the ADA Clinical Conference for Patient Centered Care. The conference will take place May 25-28 in Orlando, Florida. The ADA Annual Clinical Conference has established itself as the premier clinical diabetes conference, targeting primary care physicians and the entire diabetes care team, including pharmacists, CDEs, psychologists and dietitians. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a patient-centered communication skills set and way of being that has been shown to help persons make and sustain decisions about health behavior changes. There is a substantial and constantly expanding evidence base for MI interventions when delivered by health care providers appropriately trained in MI; MI trained health care providers engaging in patient-centered care and communication have supported enhancement of patient self-management and/or prevention of chronic diseases and conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, cancer, COPD, asthma, AIDs, and others, and have been shown to improve target outcomes for patients, providers, and the health care system.

Dr. Jessica Starr
Dr. Jessica Starr Featured by ACCP
Dr. Jessica Starr, associate clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was recently featured by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Adult Medicine PRN. Learn more about Dr. Starr HERE.

Last Updated: February 28, 2017