The Auburn Pharmacist

Updated September 28, 2017

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Join HSOP for Auburn Football Tailgates Announced
Mark your calendars for this year's Harrison School of Pharmacy Football Tailgates. HSOP is changing things up this year, moving the tailgate location to the front of the Walker Building (Thach Concourse side) and will employ the services of Tailgate Guys for the setup that will include a TV showing games during the day. Everyone in the HSOP Family is invited to the tailgates that will start three hours prior to each game. Check out the full schedule below with available times:
  • Sept. 30 - vs. Mississippi State | Tailgate: 2 p.m., Kickoff 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 7 - vs. Ole Miss | Tailgate: 8 a.m., Kickoff 11 a.m.
  • Nov. 11 - vs. Georgia | Times TBA
  • Nov. 18 - vs. Louisiana-Monroe | Auburn Pharmily Reunion | Times TBA
  • Nov. 25 - vs. Alabama (Sponsored by CVS) | Times TBA
  • More Information

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Dr. Salisa Westrick Named Department Head in HORP
Longtime Harrison School of Pharmacy faculty member Dr. Salisa Westrick has been named the department head and Sterling Professor for the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, Dean Richard Hansen announced Friday. Westrick has served as acting department head since Hansen, the previous department head, was named dean. She has been on faculty with HSOP since 2004. Read more about it HERE.

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Health Sciences Sector Set to Foster Collaborative Learning, Research
Auburn University’s new Health Sciences Sector is bringing together its School of Nursing and the Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Research Building in one complex to support advanced innovations and collaborations. Learn more about the new facilities and these opportunities HERE.

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Auburn University Research and Economic Development Advisory Board Tours Research Building
Thank you to the members of the Auburn University Research and Economic Development Advisory Board that came by the Pharmaceutical Research Building today for a tour of our newest facility. They were able to get a comprehensive tour of the state-of-the-art facility while hearing about the research being conducted by some of our faculty members. Pictured is Dr. Miranda Reed, one of the investigators housed in the building, discussing some of her research.

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Catch up with Erin McCreary
Erin McCreary, a member of the HSOP Class of 2015, was recently hired as a clinical instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. She has served the pharmacy profession in numerous roles, including as executive board member of the ACCP ID Practice and Research Network (PRN), chair of the ACCP National Resident Advisory Committee, member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners’ Advisory Group on Pharmacy Practice Experiences, and lead mentor for the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin Adherence Competence Collaborative. She also is actively involved with the Vizient University HealthSystem Consortium research committee. McCreary was also recently profiled by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in its Member Spotlight. Check it out HERE.

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Class of 2021 Joins the Harrison School of Pharmacy
The Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Class of 2021 joined the Auburn Family on Saturday, Aug. 19 as friends and family joined the incoming student pharmacists at the 2017 White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony was the end of a week of orientation into HSOP and the school's new curriculum. Check out a video detailing the week along with some demographics of the newest class HERE.

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Mobile Student-Run Free Clinic Holds Open House
The University of South Alabama College of Medicine recently re-opened the USA Student-Run Free Clinic (SRFC) after moving to the Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama in Mobile. In the SRFC, students from the USA College of Medicine and other students from health professional programs at USA, including students from the HSOP Mobile Campus, see patients in an inter-professional working atmosphere. Learn more about the clinic and its new location HERE.

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An Experience of a Lifetime: Lauren Speakman’s Summer in Peru
With her last free summer of pharmacy school on the calendar, P3 Lauren Speakman sought out an opportunity combine her education with a fun experience. That opportunity took her to Peru where she spent five weeks working and living in a whole new world. Read more about her experience HERE.

HSOP Wins NCPA Legislative Advocacy Challenge
The HSOP chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association recently took top honors in NCPA’s Legislative advocacy Challenge. The competition was an evaluation of chapter activities is based upon the criteria of major events planned, day-to-day contact, education and creativity, and innovation. The chapter was graded on how politically active it is on a state and national level, fundraising, and legislative event planning. Day-to-day contact included contacting local legislators about PBM/Mail Order, state, and CMS issues. The chapter will receive a monetary prize, which will be presented at the NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Summit, April 11-12, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

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Students Hold Tailgate Health Fairs
HSOP student organizations have come together this fall to conduct a health fair just outside the Walker Building prior to select Auburn football games. The health fairs will run concurrent and adjacent to the football tailgates, beginning three hours before kickoff. Student organizations participating in the health fairs will conduct blood glucose screenings and offer education on the signs and symptoms of high or low blood glucose levels; conduct blood pressure checks and offer education on the signs and symptoms of high or low blood pressure; and offer patient education on diabetes, stroke, HIV awareness, and immunizations. The first health fair was on Sept. 16, prior to the Homecoming Game. The next will be on Oct. 7 at 8 a.m., prior to the Ole Miss game.

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Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight: Dr. Karen Marlowe
After four years of hard work, HSOP’s Practice Ready Curriculum Team was able to put practice to work this semester with the rollout of the new Practice-Ready Curriculum. Hear from team member Dr. Karen Marlowe as she offers some insight to HSOP’s new curriculum HERE.

New Faculty Members Join HSOP
Seven new faculty members have recently joined the Harrison School of Pharmacy, or are in the process of joining the school. In the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Dr. Brittany Bethea (Facilitator) and Dr. Lena McDowell (Assistant Clinical Professor) have joined. Health Outcomes Research and Policy had one addition in Dr. Li Chen as Assistant Professor. Drug Discovery and Development has four additions: Dr. Amal Kaddoumi (Professor), Dr. Alexei Kisselev (Associate Professor), Dr. Feng Li (Assistant Professor), and Dr. Amit Mitra (Associate Professor). Drs. Chen, Kisselev, and Mitra are all part of the Auburn University Cluster Hire Initiative. Dr. Chen and Dr. Mitra are part of the Omics/Informatics Cluster while Dr. Kisselev is part of the Pharmaceutical Engineering Cluster.

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Diabetes Management: What Pharmacists Should Know
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) updated the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes in January 2017. With this update, the ADA addressed aspects of care including lifestyle management, self-management, comorbidities, and complications with diabetes. Learn more about the updates in this slideshow by Dr. Marilyn Bulloch and P4s Madeleine King, Erinne Weber, and Octavian Barnett HERE.

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HSOP Mourns Loss of Dr. Kenneth Barker
Longtime HSOP faculty member Dr. Kenneth Barker passed away on Aug. 27, following a long illness. Dr. Barker was a highly-respected faculty member at HSOP for more than 34 years. A distinguished professor, we remember him for his untiring dedication and commitment to excellence in research, teaching and leadership in pharmacy operations, in particular, research on medication errors, healthcare facilities design, and pharmacy automation and robotics. Dr. Barker leaves behind a legacy of outstanding research, the development of faculty members and a tremendous vision of how to advance the profession of pharmacy.

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Five Staff Members Join HSOP
With the start of a new year comes new faces among the HSOP staff with five new staff members recently coming on board. Daniel Caldwell was recently hired as the school's new IT Director. The Office of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment had two staff additions over the summer with Mary McConner (Curriculum Administrator) and Sylvia Rogers (Curriculum Administrator). In Health Outcomes Research and Policy, Amanda Hanks came on as Administrative Support Specialist. And, rounding out the group is Natalie Vedder as the new Coordinator in Development & Alumni Affairs.

Last Updated: September 28, 2017