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Updated August 14, 2018

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Class of 2022 On Campus

The Harrison School of Pharmacy Class of 2022 began orientation on Aug. 13. The class includes 154 total students with 128 on the Auburn campus and 26 on the Mobile campus. The class represents 13 different states and Puerto Rico and includes representatives from 40 different colleges and universities.

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HSOP Applications Are available

Do you know someone interested in making a difference in people's lives? The Harrison School of Pharmacy is educating the Practice Ready Graduate, using an innovative approach to pharmacy education to prepare pharmacists to improve the health outcomes of their patients. Take the next step and learn how to start your application today. You can also learn more about HSOP in our new video.

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HSOP Researchers Involved in Groundbreaking Research

Auburn research teams are tackling local and global challenges ranging from housing affordability to advanced manufacturing of medical implants, thanks to a new $5 million investment in 11 groundbreaking projects designed to deliver practical, life-changing solutions. Of the 11 teams, HSOP investigators are involved in five of them, including:

  • The establishment of a Neuroscience Center
  • Using 3D Printing for next-generation implants and orthotics
  • A treatment for liver disease
  • Using extra-virgin olive oil as a therapy for Alzheimer's
  • Discovery of a potentially- life-saving antibiotic
Learn more about the life-chaning projects.

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Auburn University to Establish Interprofessional Clinic in Auburn

Having access to health care can be life-changing. Auburn University has partnered with the City of Auburn to establish the Auburn University Health Care Clinic and Education Center at the Boykin Community Center. Pharmacy students and faculty will partner with peers from other health care disciplines to provide care for the uninsured and underinsured in an interprofessional setting. Learn more about the new interprofessional clinic.

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HSOP Holds Second-Annual Pharmacy Camp

The Harrison School of Pharmacy held its second-annual Pharmacy Camp in June. The hands-on experience allowed rising 11th and 12th grade students, along with rising college freshmen, to explore the profession through various learning experiences such as skills and compounding labs, while also exposing them to the various career options through visits to local pharmacies and healthcare facilities. Thanks to Auburn Youth Programs for its support and Walgreens and Dalton Pharmacy for sponsoring this year's camp. If you know someone who may be interested in participating in the 2019 Pharmacy Camp, email

Auburn Has Big Showing at APA Awards

The Harrison School of Pharmacy was well-represented with nine major award winners at the 2018 Alabama Pharmacy Association 137th Annual Convention held at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear, Alabama. Ronda Lacey (Class of 1995) won the Bowl of Hygeia, while Susan L. Boyles (’87) won the Mitchel C. Rothholz President’s Award. Jim Davis (’78) won the NCPA Leadership Award with Darrell Craven (’82) taking the J. Wayne Staggs Distinguished Service Award. Jessica Jackson (’11) received the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award while HSOP faculty members Paul Jungnickel and Kimberly Braxton Lloyd won the APA Faculty Member of the Year Award and Cardinal Health Generation Rx Award, respectively. Rising fourth-year students Anne Saunders and Morgan Sellars rounded out the group by earning the R. Lee Evans Student Professionalism Award. Read more about the award winners.

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Auburn Hosts Southern Pharmacy Administration Conference

The Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy (HORP) hosted the Southern Pharmacy Administration Conference (SPAC) in June. SPAC served as a forum for researchers interested in social, behavioral and economics of pharmacy to share and disseminate their ideas. Learn more about the SPAC conference.

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We Want to Hear from You

One of our favorite things around the Harrison School of Pharmacy is when we hear from our alumni and friends. We would love to hear from you with updates on your practice, career, or life in general. Please send any updates or news items you have to

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Lucinda Maine: Her Path from The Plains to National Leadership

What started as a trip to the APhA national meeting as a student has turned into a career as a national leader in the pharmacy profession. A 1980 graduate of HSOP, Lucinda Maine is now the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Learn more about her path from The Plains to CEO.

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Three Selected to APA Hall of Fame

Harrison School of Pharmacy alums Clemont Carpenter and Danny Johnson, along with former faculty member George Hargreaves, were inducted into the Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame at the Alabama Pharmacy Association’s (APA) 137th Annual Convention. Carpenter graduated from Auburn in 1954 while Johnson graduated in 1972. Hargreaves served as a faculty member with HSOP from 1926-73. Learn more about the newest members of the APA Hall of Fame.

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Whitworth Named APAA Distinguished Alumnus

Tommy Whitworth, a member of the HSOP Class of 1980, was named the Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association (APAA) Distinguished Alumnus of the Year at the APAA annual breakfast. Whitworth owned and operated Corley’s Drugs, an independent pharmacy in LaGrange, Georgia, for more than 20 years. He has worked in the community pharmacy profession all of his career and is now the pharmacist at the third location of The Medicine Cabinet in LaGrange. He is a member of the Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Council and served as the 2015-16 president of the Georgia Pharmacy Association. He and his wife, who is also an Auburn Pharmacy graduate, support Auburn University and the Harrison School of Pharmacy through a named endowed scholarship. Whitworth is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association and Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association. He and his wife are members of the Foy Society, 1856 Society, and Prescription Club, and are also very active in the West Georgia Auburn Club.

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Jones Receives APAA Distinguished Service Award

Louise Jones, executive director of the Alabama Pharmacy Association, was named the Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association (APAA) Distinguished Service Award at the APAA annual breakfast. The Distinguished Service Award is given to someone who has gone above and beyond to assist APAA and its mission to support HSOP Alumni, students and faculty. Jones graduated with a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Auburn in 1988. She has devoted her career to serving the health care industry in various roles, and most recently has been dedicated to advocating for the pharmacy profession in the state of Alabama. She has been awarded an honorary pharmacist license by the State Board of Pharmacy.

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Liles Selected for AACP Position

Dr. Anne Marie Liles, a member of the HSOP Class of 2005, was selected as the Chair-Elect for the AACP Pharmacy Practice Section. Following a residency year, Liles returned to HSOP and served on the faculty from 2006-14. She is currently Director of Clinical Services at the Student Health Pharmacy and Associate Clinical Professor at Ole Miss.

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Stringberg Wins Residency Award

Ali Stringberg, a member of the HSOP Class of 2017, recently was awarded the “Best Residency Project Award” by the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation in May. The title of the project was “Implementation of a Pharmacist Facilitated Discharge Medication Review.” Stringberg is completing her PGY-1 residency with University of Missouri Health Care. She has accepted a PGY-2 internal medicine residency also with University of Missouri Health Care.

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HSOP Students Use Schweitzer Fellowship to Reach Underserved in Alabama

Third-year pharmacy students Adam Archer and Carl Okerberg are recipients of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. The duo is teaming up to help those in need in Lee County. Archer and Okerberg have initiated a program to increase vaccination rates and address barriers to medication access and adherence through the Mercy Medical Clinic. Learn more about their project.

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NCPA Chaper Named Chapter of the Year

The HSOP chapter of National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) was selected as the 2017-18 National Chapter of the Year. The chapter finished second runner-up last year, but rebounded to take the top honor, beating out more than 150 chapters from around the country. Along with a monetary award, the chapter will be recognized at the 120th Annual Convention and Trade Show Oct. 6-9 in Boston, Massachusetts. The chapter was evaluated on activities such as program originality, innovation, number of chapter members involved, impact on the community, the benefit to student chapter members, and collaboration with independent pharmacies and healthcare organizations.

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Team Places in NCPA Business Plan Competition

The Auburns student chapter of NCPA placed among the top 10 finalists for the 2018 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. There were 193 total submissions in the competition, the goal of which is to motivate student pharmacists to create a feasible business model for buying an existing independent community pharmacy or opening a new pharmacy. The submissions were judged by more than 50 NCPA members, Good Neighbor Pharmacy Business Coaching consultants, and various business leaders from across the country. The Business Plan Team, led by rising P3 William Medawar, will be recognized at the annual convention in October.

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HORP Graduate Students Place at ISPOR

Several graduate students in the Health Outcomes Research and Policy sequence presented at the 2018 International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Meeting in Baltimore. Lindsey Hohmann (pictured) was a semifinalist in the ISPOR student poster awards while Dr. Edward Chou, associate professor, moderated a session on cost studies. Additionally, Dr. Surachat Ngorsuraches, who joined HSOP as a faculty member in July, presented in a new session titled "Career Advice Across the Globe: Eff ectively Communicating & Presenting Your Research."

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Hastings Named to APhA Position

Tessa Hastings, a doctoral student in Health Outcomes Research and Policy, was selected as the Postgraduate Officer for the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science. Her term will run from 2019-21, beginning with the 2019 APhA Meeting in Seattle. Hastings' research interest as a graduate student has been focused on improving health care safety and effectiveness through the adoption of innovations in community pharmacies.

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Wood Receives NCPA Presidential Scholarship

Morgan Wood, a member of the HSOP Class of 2020, was recently recognized with a Presidential Scholarship for Academic and Leadership excellence from the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation. Along with her scholarship, she will also receive a stipend to attend the 2018 NCPA Annual Convention in October. Scholarship recipients were evaluated by the NCPA Foundation Scholarship Committee on the basis of leadership qualities and accomplishments with a demonstrated interest in independent pharmacy, as well as involvement in extracurricular activities. Recipients were also evaluated on the basis of their academic achievement.

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Prince Earns Pharmacists Mutual Scholarships

Andrew Prince, a member of the HSOP Class of 2020, was selected as a recipient of a Pharmacists Mutual Community Pharmacy Scholarship. The scholarship is given to just 20 recipients nationwide each year. To be eligible, students must plan to practice in an independent or small chain, community pharmacy, or in an underserved geographic area. Student pharmacists must complete the scholarship application and essay by the scholarship deadline to be considered for the PMC Scholarship Program.

P4s Co-Author Pharmacy Times Article

Rachel Allgood, Allison Bachtle and Kaci Shuman, all members of the HSOP Class of 2019, recently co-authored an article with dr. Marilyn Bulloch for Pharmacy Times titled "How Oxycodone Has Contributed to the Opioid Epidemic." Read more on the Pharmacy Times website.

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Chris Wren Participates in UAB Study

Chris Wren, a member of the HSOP Class of 2019, participated in a peer-reviewed study originating in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The study is titled “The use of a standardized order set reduces systemic corticosteroid dose and length of stay for individuals hospitalized with acute exacerbations of COPD: a cohort study.” Learn more about the study in the Dove Medical Press.

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Kavookjian Named to AADE Board of Directors

Dr. Jan Kavookjian, associate professor in Health Outcomes Research and Policy, recently joined the Board of Directors for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through innovative education, management, and support. The organization has more than 14,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise specialists, and others. Dr. Kavookjian has been heavily involved with AADE for more than ten years as her research has a primary focus in diabetes. She is also serving her second invited term on the Research Committee, and was just invited to co-lead a social/behavioral focused initiative that will inform AADE directions and annual meeting programming. Additionally, she is also currently serving as the invited lead and corresponding author for an interdisciplinary research group conducting a large systematic review endeavor looking at diabetes education effects on hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) risk mitigation.

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Clark Honored by Alma Maters

Dr. Randall Clark, Sandra Kent Gilliland and David Louie Gilliland Endowed Professor in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, has been recognized by both of his alma maters this summer. A 1967 graduate of Berry College with degrees in biology and chemistry, he was awarded the 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award for his outstanding work in medicinal and forensic chemistry. Dr. Clark went on to receive his Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Mississippi in 1973. Ole Miss has named him the 2018 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Award winner. As part of the honor, he will give the Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Lecture on Friday, Aug. 17. The lecture is titled “Forensic Chemistry of New Psychoactive Substances: Regioisomer Differentiation in Cannabinoid, Cathinone and N-BOMe Drugs.”

Posters Sweep AACP Category

Three Harrison School of Pharmacy posters swept the top awards in the Social Administrative Sciences category at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) annual meeting in July. HORP graduate student Heba Aref was the lead author/presenter for “Effects of online video and text educational material on knowledge, perceptions, and intention of Men B vaccination among college students.” Dr. Justin Owensby, a double HSOP graduate, was the lead on “Defining and exploring the role of social incentives for health behavior change including medication adherence: Focus groups.” Rounding out the group was Dr. Kimberly Garza, the lead author/presenter on “Preparing practice-ready graduates: An integrated approach to health systems sciences.”

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Faculty Attend CIPhER Institute

Four HSOP faculty members spent a week in May in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at the 2018 CIPhER Summer Institute in Evidence-based Teaching and Course Design. Drs. Brad Wright, Lea Eiland, Nicole Slater, and Murali Dhanasekaran spent the week in the institute put on by the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education & Research (CIPhER). The course worked with faculty to develop/refine individual or team projects to improve key aspects of teaching, assessment, and/or course design at institutions; learn powerful, evidence- and research-based strategies and techniques; develop transferable skills and knowledge to share and disseminate; gain strategies for doing research/scholarship and publishing projects; enhance effectiveness as a leader/facilitator of academic innovation; and extend and enrich professional networks.

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Garza Selected to AACP Position, Published in JAPhA

Dr. Kimberly Garza, assistant professor in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, was selected as the chair-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Graduate Education Special Interest Group.

The association of obesity with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, and metabolic syndrome, provides an important target for pharmacist intervention. Community pharmacists’ accessibility makes them well-positioned to provide patient education and obesity management. Read more in Dr. Garza's article in JAPhA.

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Bulloch Selected to Critical Care Committee, Published in Pharmacy Times

Dr. Marilyn Bulloch, associate clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, has been selected to the program committee for the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). SCCM is the largest non-profit medical organization dedicated to promoting excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care. With members in more than 100 countries, SCCM is the only organization that represents all professional components of the critical care team. The Society offers a variety of activities that ensures excellence in patient care, education, research and advocacy.

The opioid epidemic is a national emergency and the use of Prescription drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) have been key in trying to restrict abusers access to opioids. Dr. Bulloch takes a look at the evolution of PDMPs in this article from Pharmacy Times.

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Calderon Published in Planta Medica

Dr. Angela Calderon, associate professor in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, recently had two articles published in a special “Women in Natural Products” issue of Planta Medica, one of the leading international journals in natural products. The first is titled “Therapeutic Perspectives on Chia Seed and Its Oil: A Review,” while the other is “A Review of the Toxicity of Compounds Found in Herbal Dietary Supplements.” To read more, click the link above, or check out the full issue of Planta Medica.

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Faculty and Staff Attend Assessment Institute

HSOP faculty and staff participated in the Meta-Assessment Rater Institute in July. Participants included Channing Ford, Julaine Fowlin, Kim Garza, Lindsey Moseley, and Sylvia Rogers. The Meta-Assessment Institute is an opportunity for the Office of Academic Assessment to collaborate with faculty and staff to write formative feedback and provide constructive recommendations to all academic degree programs on the quality of their assessment practices. By doing so, meta-assessment can help provide programs with a clear definition of quality assessment that allows for systematic feedback. We have a meta-assessment at Auburn because it clearly communicates assessment expectations, enables programs to receive systematic feedback on the quality of their assessment practice, allows assessment offices to target professional development opportunities to what faculty need most, and allows assessment offices to capture an institutional snapshot of assessment and track assessment improvements over time.

During the summer of 2018, selected faculty raters from across the university experienced assessment training and evaluated assessment reports. The feedback generated during this experience will be compiled into Assessment Feedback Reports that are disseminated to each academic degree program in the Fall semester. In addition to providing a valuable service to Auburn University, this experience is the most intensive assessment training offered by Auburn currently.

Last Updated: August 15, 2018