Archive for September, 2017

Take a Guided Tour of Westminster Hall’s Burying Ground and Catacombs

On Oct. 17 from noon to 1 p.m., members of the UMB community will have an opportunity to take a free walking tour of the Westminster Hall Burying Ground and Catacombs.

Experienced tour guide Lu Ann Marshall will offer an introduction and discuss burial practices of the time, Edgar Allan Poe, Frank the Body Snatcher, and more.

Attendees will be led through the catacombs and, weather permitting, the outdoor graveyard. Photographs are permitted.

Westminster Hall, the historic building located at the intersection of Fayette and Greene streets, shares a city block with the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. The church, which was completed in 1852, was built more than 60 years after the burying ground was established. The burying ground is the final resting place of many famous people, including Poe and Generals Sam Smith and James McHenry.

Space will be limited, so reserve your spot today. The tour is sponsored by UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture.

Alice Powell Bulletin Board, For B'more, People, University LifeSeptember 29, 20170 comments
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Tour the Campus with UMB’s Parking and Public Safety Teams

To help faculty, staff, and students get better acquainted with the UMB campus, the Parking and Public Safety teams will be holding university tours on the following Wednesdays over the next month:

  • Oct. 4, 11 a.m.
  • Oct. 11, 12:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 25, 11 a.m.
  • Nov. 1, 12:30 p.m.

The tours will include tips for navigating the campus from a parking and public safety perspective and a stop at Lexington Market to see what it offers.

Registration is required.

Dana Rampolla People, University LifeSeptember 29, 20170 comments
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Applications Sought for Faculty Global Health Project Grants

The Center for Global Education Initiatives is seeking proposals for grant funding it provides for UMB faculty members to lead interprofessional global health projects overseas.

The grant seed funding is intended to promote collaboration among professions and schools. This year, the center will award up to five projects for implementation in the summer of 2018.

These grants can help advance faculty members’ global research interests and involve UMB students in your work. Once faculty projects are selected and announced, there will be a competitive application process for students to participate.

Applications are due by Oct. 16. For instructions and more details on how to apply, please visit the center’s faculty grants web page.

Heidi Fancher Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, Research, UMB NewsSeptember 29, 20170 comments
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School of Nursing Hosting ‘Coming Out Day’ Celebration

The School of Nursing (UMSON) will be hosting its inaugural National Coming Out Day celebration in support of the LGBTQ community on Oct. 9, noon to 2 p.m., in the UMSON lobby.

This event will consist of a panel discussion from noon to 1 p.m. regarding education, community, and health care issues pertaining to the LGBTQ population. From 1 to 2 p.m., there will be a “Vogue” dance performance. Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP.

Mishawn Smith Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeSeptember 28, 20170 comments
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Mentors Needed for UMB’s CURE Scholars Program

The UMB CURE Scholars Program is in need of UMB students, faculty, and staff to volunteer as mentors during the 2017-18 school year.

Consider becoming a mentor and nurturing the career of a future health care professional. Your knowledge and experience can make a huge impact on the life of a middle school student from West Baltimore, and the commitment will not require much of your time.

Mentors will be expected to:

  • Commit to at least one year of mentorship, with contact at least once a week or bi-weekly.
  • Assist their mentee with the transition from student to professional, supporting them in decisions (such as choosing the best high school or college).
  • Allow their mentee to shadow them at work or accompany them to a meeting, conference, or seminar.
  • Create goals for their own personal and professional development through participation in this program.

Those interested in becoming a mentor are invited to a Lunch & Learn on Thursday, Oct. 5, at noon in the Office of Procurement (Main Conference Room) in the Saratoga Building.

You can RSVP for The Lunch & Learn here and learn more about the CURE Scholars Program by checking out its web page.

To apply as a mentor, register here.

Do not hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns to Borndavid McCraw, UMB CURE Scholars Program mentoring coordinator,

Thank you for your support in cultivating a vibrant mentorship community!

Borndavid McCraw ABAE, BikeUMB, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, Research, University LifeSeptember 28, 20170 comments
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Donate Supplies or Money for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

The School of Pharmacy is gathering supplies to be sent to Puerto Rico next week in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The situation on the island, which is a United States territory and home to U.S. citizens, is becoming increasingly desperate, with power still out, supplies such as food, water, and gasoline dwindling, and critical infrastructure crumbling. Restoration will take a long time. The focus now is on survival.

The following items are needed:
• Antibiotic ointments
• Baby and adult pain relief medications
• First-aid kits
• Hand sanitizer
• Mosquito repellent
• Stomach and diarrhea relief medicine

Supply bins have been placed in the Dean’s Office (Room N309) in Pharmacy Hall to accept donations, which are needed by noon on Monday, Oct. 2. All items collected will be sent to Puerto Rico via JetBlue and through EMD Sales, a local company collaborating with the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration.

In addition, monetary donations can be made to United for Puerto Rico, an organization created by the territory’s first lady, Beatriz Rosselló. Funds collected will be used to provide aid and support to those affected by the hurricane.

The American Red Cross also has established relief campaigns for those affected by Hurricane Maria. To donate, go to this web page.

The School of Pharmacy thanks you for your support of our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico.

Erin Merino Community Service, EducationSeptember 28, 20170 comments
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Check Out the New Connective Issues Newsletter

The Connective Issues newsletter for September is available here. Find out about how the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) is supporting your work on the UMB campus and the expert resources and services it has to offer.

Included in this issue:

*Welcome and welcome back!
*Canvas poster printing available
*The “Library Genie” returns Oct. 1
*Meet your librarian
*HS/HSL Speaker Series
*Tips for students
*Whiteboard project wins votes
*Francine Brady gallery exhibit
*Scan with ease


Everly Brown Collaboration, Education, People, Research, TechnologySeptember 26, 20170 comments
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Student Teams to Reflect on Global Health Projects in Africa

The UMB Center for Global Education Initiatives invites you to attend a global forum  featuring presentations by student teams that participated in the center’s interprofessional global health projects this summer in Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, Botswana, and Liberia.

If you are a student interested in participating in this program in the summer of 2018, you can come to the forum to hear about the student teams’ work and listen to their reflections on the experience.

The forum will be held Oct. 11, noon to 1 p.m., in the Gladhill Boardroom (Room 505) of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library. Go here to register to attend this event.

Heidi Fancher Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, University LifeSeptember 26, 20170 comments
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HS/HSL Adds Canvas Poster Printing Option

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) now offers a canvas printing option for fabric posters that have the same great resolution and quality you’ve come to expect from its glossy paper prints.

Canvas is a great option if you need a poster you can fold up in a suitcase or want a more durable poster that can stand up to multiple exhibits and frequent moving and packing.

Compared to the library’s paper option, the lightweight canvas material has a slightly higher brightness rating, a nonshiny matte finish, and very subtle canvas texture. Samples are available for viewing in the first-floor display case at the HS/HSL.

The canvas printing option is available on the print request form for $60 per poster. Please see our poster printing guide for details, suggestions, and the submission form. The library also will provide rigid cardboard carrying tubes upon request.

Everly Brown Collaboration, Education, People, ResearchSeptember 26, 20170 comments
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Interprofessional Education

Center for Interprofessional Education To Host Debriefing Workshop

The Center for Interprofessional Education (IPE) is sponsoring a Debriefing Workshop on Dec. 14 from 1 to 5 p.m in the School of Nursing for faculty members who use simulation-based education/experiences in their programs.

The workshop will provide an introduction to Debriefing with Good Judgment, a theory-based method that was initiated in medicine but is versatile across disciplines. To facilitate discipline-specific learning, a portion of the workshop will discuss the theory’s application to the disciplines represented. An interdisciplinary team of trained debriefing educators from across the UMB campus will facilitate the workshop, which can accommodate 24 faculty members.

The workshop would like to have representation from each UMB school. Please submit one paragraph (about 200 words) explaining your interest in participating in this workshop and the type of students and courses that you teach to Patricia Danielewicz by Oct. 16.

Patricia Danielewicz Collaboration, EducationSeptember 26, 20170 comments
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Healthy People Needed for Pain Study

Are you between 21 and 44 and have no history of chronic pain? If so, you might be eligible to participate in a School of Dentistry study investigating the relationship between pain and cognitive function.

As a volunteer, you will participate in a screening session and then two sessions lasting two to three hours involving pain sensitivity testing and the performance of computerized tasks. All records will be kept strictly confidential. For participating, you can earn up to $175.

If interested, email your name and phone number to

PI: David A. Seminowicz (HP-00068647)

Mariya Prokhorenko ResearchSeptember 26, 20170 comments
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Dean Delivers State of the School of Pharmacy Address

On Sept. 11, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and officials from across the University of Maryland, Baltimore gathered in Pharmacy Hall to listen as Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, delivered her State of the School of Pharmacy Address. The address, which Eddington also presented at the Universities at Shady Grove on Sept. 6, highlighted the school’s recent accomplishments and advancements in its strategic plan areas of pharmacy education, research, practice, community engagement, and pharmapreneurship.

“Great institutions are committed to their strategic plans, and the School of Pharmacy is no exception,” Eddington said. “The latest iteration of our five-year strategic plan was implemented in 2016 and sets forth lofty goals to achieve before its conclusion in 2021. This year’s State of the School of Pharmacy Address provides an opportunity for us to reflect on those goals that we have already realized while offering a glimpse into the future at new initiatives on which we will embark in the years to come.”

Celebrating a milestone year

Eddington began her address with a recap of the School’s recent 175th anniversary celebration, which began in January 2016 and featured events attended by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the school. The 18-month celebration not only reflected on the school’s history but also highlighted its ambitions for the future, culminating in a once-in-a-lifetime event that honored nine of the school’s most extraordinary alumni as its Founding Pharmapreneurs and heralded the next era of innovation at the School – an era of pharmapreneurism.

“Our goal is to emulate and follow the example set by our nine founding pharmapreneurs, and offer our faculty, students, and staff every opportunity to be innovators of their own,” Eddington said. “Following their lead, the school will move in a direction in the years to come that no other pharmacy school in the country has conceived of – the creation of programs and initiatives focused on pharmapreneurism.”

Advancing academics

Speaking about the School’s leadership in the area of education, Eddington explained that the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program remains the largest academic program at the school, receiving an average of 1,000 applications for each class of 160 students. She also noted that the School’s two doctoral programs – the PhD in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) and the PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) – continue to attract the best and brightest students, commending the PhD in PSC program’s participation in the Meyerhoff Graduate Fellowship Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, which aims to increase diversity among students pursuing doctoral degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences. Eight graduate students currently enrolled in the program are Meyerhoff fellows.

Showcasing the expansion of the school’s academic catalog, Eddington highlighted its three online master’s degree programs – the MS in Regulatory Science, MS in Pharmacometrics, and MS in Palliative Care. Led by Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, MDE, BCPS, CPE, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice (PPS) and executive director for advanced postgraduate education in palliative care at the school, the MS in Palliative Care launched in the spring of 2017 and has enrolled 80 students, including 14 physicians, 25 nurses, 11 pharmacists, six social workers, and two veterinarians. “The diverse careers held by students in the MS in Palliative Care program illustrate the truly interprofessional nature of this field and further support the demand for advanced knowledge in the field,” she said.

Breaking new ground in research

Shifting the focus to research, Eddington spotlighted the school’s integrative approach to drug discovery and development, innovative patient care, and medication outcomes and their economic impact. She reported that faculty, postdoctoral fellows, pharmacy residents, and graduate students at the school were awarded more than $28.1 million in grants and contracts during Fiscal Year 2017 – a 5 percent increase when compared to Fiscal Year 2016.

In addition to highlighting several faculty members who recently received or renewed multimillion-dollar grants with leading funding agencies such as the National Institues of Health and the National Science Foundation, Eddington presented a number of pioneering research initiatives in which the school is involved, including its participation in the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) and a new partnership with the University of California, San Francisco to accelerate the pace of innovation in pediatric drug and device development.

She also explained how interdisciplinary efforts spanning the school’s three departments are helping to combat drug addiction across the nation, including efforts by researchers in PSC to develop a new opioid compound with no abuse liability, work by faculty in PPS to establish criteria for analyzing data from the state’s prescription drug monitoring program to help identify potentially harmful drug interactions and inappropriate prescribing, and initiatives led by researchers in PHSR to help shape state and federal policy surrounding prescription drug abuse and medication quality in long-term care and mental health.

“Nowhere is our focus as a comprehensive school of pharmacy more evident than in our approach to addiction,” she said. “This impressive body of work encompassing our education, research, practice, and community mission areas focuses on one of our nation’s top public health crises and demonstrates our commitment to playing a major role in curbing the dangerous trends of opioid addiction.”

Leading the pharmacy profession

In the area of practice, Eddington reported that faculty in PPS provided care for nearly 23,000 patients across Maryland in a variety of settings, including outpatient clinics, hospital units, and community pharmacies. She spotlighted the recent launch of the Applied Therapeutics, Research, and Instruction at the University of Maryland (ATRIUM) Cardiology Collaborative and congratulated Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA, professor in PPS and associate dean for clinical services and practice transformation, on being named the inaugural population health fellow with the University of Maryland Medical System, which helped pave the path for the school to partner with the medical system through a contract with its Quality Care Network to provide pharmacy services and case management support to about 125,000 patients.

Partnering with the local community

Underscoring the school’s commitment to engaging with the local community, Eddington spoke about how members of the Patient-Centered Involvement in Evaluating the Effectiveness of Treatments (PATIENTS) program, which empowers patients to ask questions about their health care concerns and actively participate in studies to answer those questions, hosted or participated in 350 community events throughout West Baltimore, reaching 1,500 patients and community members. She also applauded the work of the school’s numerous student organizations, which organized more than 70 events for members of the greater Baltimore community, noting that several of those initiatives were part of national campaigns, including the National Script Your Future Challenge, or recognized with national awards, such as the school’s American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists student chapter receiving the organization’s 2016 Student Chapter of the Year Award.

Major charitable giving events also were spotlighted during the presentation, including the success of the school’s inaugural online Giving Day and the creation of new scholarships as a result of endowments made by the family of Felix A. Khin-Maung-Gyi, BSP ’83, PharmD, MBA, who founded and served as chair of Chesapeake Research Review before his death in 2014, and Ellen H. Yankellow, BSP ’73, PharmD ’96, president and chief executive officer of Correct Rx Pharmacy Services.

Looking toward the future

To conclude her address, Eddington offered a look into the future at the School of Pharmacy – a future made even brighter with the recent launch of its new initiative in pharmapreneurism.

“As we move into our next 175 years, the School of Pharmacy remains committed to providing our faculty, students, and staff with the tools and resources they need to solve the perennial, long-term problems facing health care, research, and society,” Eddington said. “Exclusive to the School of Pharmacy, pharmapreneurism formalizes this commitment, allowing us to focus on building innovative pharmapreneurial programs that can be incorporated into every facet of the school.”

Malissa Carroll Clinical Care, Community Service, Education, Research, UMB NewsSeptember 26, 20170 comments
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White Coat Ceremony Welcomes Class of 2021 to Pharmacy Profession

Monday, September 25, 2017

Time-honored tradition emphasizes the importance of professionalism and celebrates the start of the Class’s journey as student pharmacists.

Family and friends joined faculty, staff, and alumni of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy on Sept. 8 to watch as the more than 160 members of the Class of 2021 donned a pharmacist’s white coat for the first time during the School’s White Coat Ceremony. A tradition in which schools of pharmacy across the country participate each year, the ceremony marks students’ entry into the profession as student pharmacists.

“The White Coat Ceremony is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and alumni at the School to welcome and congratulate you – our new first-year students – on the journey that you are beginning, and to validate your presence among us as student pharmacists and future colleagues,” said Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School of Pharmacy. “The white coat represents your past and current leadership endeavors and achievements, as well as your commitment to deliver the best care to your future patients. Wear it with pride and remember your responsibility to provide honest and accurate information to those in your care.”

One Student’s Journey

Seated in the audience, Ricardo Gaitan, a first-year student at the School’s Shady Grove campus in Rockville, Md., intently listened as Eddington addressed him and his classmates, envisioning the day when he would be able to put those words to practice.

The oldest of three children born to El Salvadoran immigrants, Gaitan grew up in Gaithersburg, Md. Because English was not his first language, he struggled throughout elementary and middle school to obtain proficiency in reading, writing, and math. With his parents often working more than 10 hours a day, six days a week to provide for their family, Gaitan knew that it was his responsibility to apply himself in the classroom to achieve academic success. He worked tirelessly completing the required assignments and developing good study habits that would help him advance in class. When Gaitan entered high school, he looked for additional opportunities to challenge himself, enrolling in all honors and advanced placement courses.

“I think a lot of the success that I have experienced in school can be attributed to the challenges that I had to overcome early on in my academic career,” says Gaitan. “It is because of those experiences that I have become the very driven, self-motivated person that I am today.”

While his parents expressed their desire for Gaitan to pursue a degree in engineering, he discovered early on that field was not for him. “From the time that I started college, I knew that I wanted to help others by pursuing a career in health care,” he says.

In 2015, Gaitan received his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Towson University. To gain a better understanding of what he could expect from a health care-related career, Gaitan spent time working as an ophthalmic technician and spoke with friends who had been accepted into pharmacy, medical, and physician assistant programs across the country. Those conversations opened his eyes to the wide range of career possibilities for individuals in the pharmacy profession.

“After speaking with friends and local pharmacists, I started researching pharmacy schools and found the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy,” says Gaitan, who recently developed a keen interest in the fields of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, which examine the movement of drugs in the body. “Although I have only begun my journey and am still navigating my role as a member of the health care team, I cannot wait for the day when I will be able to interact with patients and make a difference in their lives through the medications that they take.”

The Importance of Professionalism

The theme for this year’s White Coat Ceremony was professionalism, and Gaitan’s attention remained on Eddington as she continued her remarks, highlighting the importance of this critical concept.

“Professionalism encompasses a variety of characteristics, including altruism, duty, honor, integrity, and respect,” she said. “It is the cornerstone of who we are as pharmacists. Once you embrace professionalism, you truly become a student pharmacist.”

Amita Shukla, MBA, chief executive officer of Vitamita, LLC, and pharmapreneur-in-residence for the School of Pharmacy, served as guest speaker for the event. She provided six simple words of advice to students – fail more, question answers, and trust truth.

“The capacity to lead change is not a gift endowed to a precious few,” said Shukla. “In addition to mastering pharmacy, you are here to transform how you think – to fail more and to learn from it, to question answers in the pursuit of truth, and to trust truth whether in health or in your heart. With the white coat that you wear today, you are both taking on the mantle of your profession and inheriting the future of health care. The nation and the world will look to you and follow your lead. Your potential for impact is profound, and I hope you always remember that.”

After crossing the stage to don their white coats, Gaitan and his peers recited the School’s Pledge of Professionalism, committing themselves to building and reinforcing a professional identity founded on integrity, ethical behavior, and honor.

“While my white coat is certainly a symbol of all that I have achieved, it also represents the hard work that lies ahead over the next four years and beyond,” says Gaitan. “I thank my parents for the sacrifices that they made to allow me to focus on my schoolwork and ensure that I could take advantage of opportunities that were not available to them growing up. It is because of their efforts that I feel ready to take on this tremendous responsibility.”

Malissa Carroll Education, UMB News, University LifeSeptember 26, 20170 comments
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