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James Trovato

School of Pharmacy’s Trovato Named AACP Academic Leadership Fellow

James Trovato, PharmD, MBA, BCOP, FASHP, associate professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, has been accepted into the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) Academic Leadership Fellows Program. This year-long program is designed to develop the most promising individuals from the organization’s member institutions to become future leaders in pharmacy and higher education.

Trovato is one of 30 pharmacy educators who will join the program’s 2018-2019 cohort of fellows.

“Dr. Trovato embodies many of the skills, qualities, and attributes necessary to become an outstanding and impactful leader in pharmacy education,” says Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School of Pharmacy, who will serve as Trovato’s mentor during his time in the program. “He is well-positioned to both contribute to and benefit from AACP’s Academic Leadership Fellows Program, and in return, he will be able to apply the results of his experience to help further augment the school’s existing education and clinical infrastructure.”

Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow

AACP’s Academic Leadership Fellows Program supports and contributes to the development of leaders in academic pharmacy and higher education. Through his participation in the program, Trovato will have an opportunity to take part in talent and leadership development sessions, gain valuable team-building experience, and explore legislative and public policy issues critical to pharmacy and higher education.

He also will complete a personal assessment of his competencies for leadership.

“I am excited to join the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program to represent not only myself, but also my department and the School of Pharmacy as leaders in pharmacy education at the national level,” Trovato says. “I am looking forward to meeting with other educators from across the country to further hone my own leadership and team-building skills as well as learn how I can best apply these skills to help address some of the challenges facing our profession. It is truly a tremendous opportunity to take pharmacy education at the School of Pharmacy and across the state of Maryland to the next level.”

Unlocking Faculty Potential

Trovato received his Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from Purdue University and completed a pharmacy practice residency in oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He is a board-certified oncology pharmacist whose research interests include the prevention and management of complications related to chemotherapy or malignant disease in patients with cancer. He also serves as the director of the school’s PGY-2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program.

In addition, Trovato’s commitment to collaborative practice and interprofessional education has helped the School of Pharmacy expand its practice sites beyond the city of Baltimore. He not only worked to establish a relationship between the school and the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, but he also spearheaded the creation of a new collaborative oncology pharmacy practice site at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) in Glen Burnie. He is the principal investigator for the Joint Clinical and Educational Grant, a collaboration between UM BWMC and the School of Pharmacy; chair of the UM BWMC Chemotherapy Subcommittee; and a member of the UM BWMC Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee.

“In my view, a true leader is someone who is able to bring disparate parties together in a collaborative manner and set a strategic course through consensus. Dr. Trovato has demonstrated this practice in many venues,” Eddington says.

Trovato’s participation in the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program began Aug. 1 and will conclude July 31, 2019.

— Malissa Carroll

Malissa CarrollEducation, People, UMB NewsAugust 16, 20180 comments
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Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World

‘Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World’ at HS/HSL

“Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” is an exhibition created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C. This three-year exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of the devastating 1918 influenza pandemic. The exhibit, adapted for use by UMB’s Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), will be on display in the library’s Frieda O. Weise Gallery from Aug. 24 to Oct. 14.

The main message of the exhibit is “One Health,” which is derived from the understanding that human health, animal health, and environmental health are closely connected. “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary responses to stop outbreaks — and the impact those outbreaks have on communities.

“Outbreak” examines zoonotic emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and their pandemic risks in the 21st century. NMNH collaborated with public health institutions to address these questions: Why do pathogens emerge where they do? How do they “spill over” from animals to people? What causes them to amplify and spread quickly? And finally, what can individuals and communities do to prevent the next outbreak?

The “Outbreak” exhibition project is a collaborative effort between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and global partners to raise awareness of the human, animal, and environmental factors contributing to infectious disease epidemics.

The 1918 Flu Epidemic and Baltimore: 100 years later

In conjunction with the Smithsonian’s “Outbreak” exhibit, the HS/HSL has created a supplementary exhibit remembering the 1918 flu pandemic. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the pandemic that killed between 50 million and 100 million people worldwide. Baltimore and UMB were not immune to this incredible international natural disaster. This exhibit explains the spread of the disease in Baltimore and at the University while supplying a supporting story to the Smithsonian’s “connected world” message.

Upcoming Events for Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World

  • Thursday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m.: Opening reception, press welcome.
  • Thursday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Flu shots available to UMB campus employees and students in the first-floor tower of the library. Please bring your insurance information. The flu clinic is provided by Walgreens in collaboration with the School of Pharmacy and the HS/HSL. RSVP with “Flu” as the subject to aepps@hshsl.umaryland.edu.
  • Friday, Oct. 5, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.: A light lunch will be served, and Philip A. Mackowiak, MD ’70, MBA, emeritus professor of medicine and the Carolyn Frenkil and Selvin Passen History of Medicine Scholar, will present “The ‘Spanish Flu’ of 1918, What’s Past is Prologue.”

RSVP to events@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Everly BrownClinical Care, Community Service, Education, People, ResearchAugust 16, 20180 comments
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Student pharmacists

Student Pharmacists Save the Day

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

As part of the School of Pharmacy’s Experiential Learning Program (ELP), student pharmacists are required to work with pharmacy preceptors at clinical locations. These rotations vary in length and complexity depending on the time at which they occur in the four-year curriculum and provide student pharmacists an opportunity to observe the profession in action and assist in daily pharmacy activities.

Occasionally, though, these educational opportunities become much more significant for the students and their patients at these learning sites. This was the case for a group of students during one introductory pharmacy practice experience (IPPE) rotation this summer.

Lending a Second Set of Eyes

As the clinical supervisor at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., and a clinical pharmacist for ELP, I had an opportunity to create a student rotation in collaboration with the hospital that allows students to work directly with patients. It was during this rotation that third-year pharmacy students Deidre Peters, Vicky Zhu, and Rebekah Tesfaye had an opportunity to make a high-level clinical intervention that had a significant health impact on a patient being discharged from the hospital.

During the course of this rotation, these students discovered an “absolute drug-drug contraindication” — medications that, if used together, could cause serious harm — during their discharge medication reconciliation. The absolute contraindication occurred between the patient’s HIV medication and anticoagulant (blood thinner) therapy, which was initiated right before the patient’s admission to the hospital. This interaction, which was missed on admission and not caught during the patient’s stay, would have put the patient at a significantly higher risk for bleeding and possible readmission. In addition, this patient had a history of falls, with a major fall the previous day.

Protecting Patients from Harm

The students determined that this interaction would make the patient much more likely to experience a dangerous bleeding event if he were to fall again after he left the hospital. Unfortunately, by the time the students uncovered the interaction, the patient was ready to leave the hospital. The students and I decided that it simply was not safe for this patient to leave on his current medication regimen. As a team, we asked a provider at the hospital to review the patient’s medications and discuss them with us, since the patient’s regular physician was unavailable.

Together, the pharmacy students and I worked with this physician to change the patient’s anticoagulant to another medication that was appropriate for the patient’s condition but no longer carried an absolute contraindication.

Showcasing the Pharmacist’s Skills

As a result of the students’ hard work and diligence, not only was the patient able to leave the hospital on a much safer medication therapy, but the hospital’s perception of pharmacists also was strengthened. The MedStar corporate office even recognized these students for their commitment to the hospital’s patients and their profession with a corporate medication safety award known as the “Monday Good Catch.” This systemwide recognition further drew attention not only to these students and the quality of the pharmacy program at the School of Pharmacy, but also to the value of pharmacists on interdisciplinary teams.

As their preceptor, I was highly impressed by the professional commitment that Deidre, Vicky, and Rebekah displayed for their patient and his safety. These students and their actions on my rotation demonstrate the best of what we are committed to at the School of Pharmacy, as we strive to collaborate with health care teams to provide the best care for all of our patients.

— Joanna Lyon, PharmD, BCGP, clinical pharmacist and preceptor

 

Joanna LyonClinical Care, Contests, PeopleAugust 15, 20180 comments
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YouthWorks/HIRE One interns at celebration

Interns Complete Youth Works/HIRE One Summer Jobs Program

Seventeen Baltimore City youths completed the campus’ Youth Works/HIRE One Summer Jobs program, where they learned skills to help them compete and succeed in today’s workforce.

Youth Works/HIRE One is one of several UMB summer youth employment opportunities offered to Baltimore residents in partnership the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development. The program is based on job requests from several departments and offices on campus. Students between the ages of 16 to 21 are selected, interviewed, and put on UMB’s payroll.

In the five-week program, which began June 25, some students learned new skills while others expanded their job experience by working in a number of administrative roles in departments throughout the UMB campus. The positions included but were not limited to working as a camp counselor for the new Summer U program at URecFit, in the Office of the President, and in the dean’s offices at the schools of medicine, nursing and dentistry. The Office of Public Safety, Department of Epidemiology, and the offices of Accountability and Compliance and Human Resource Services are regular participants of the program.

Students not only receive hands-on experience, but they also are paired with a mentor, a UMB employee who volunteers their time and expertise to give the student an opportunity to discuss their area of interest and become familiar with the campus. Another component of HIRE One is to present information that can be beneficial to a high school or college student. Cherita Adams, career development manager, Human Resource Services, presented on résumé writing and effective interviewing skills. Patricia Scott, assistant vice president of enrollment administration, presented information regarding college loans, grants, and scholarships. Jullyenne Antues, community outreach specialist from SECU, presented financial management information, discussing the differences between a credit union and a commercial bank.

The program concluded July 27 with a ceremony for students, mentors, and supervisors. Some students can be  invited to continue to work after the program if the office or department has additional work and funding. This year, four students earned that distinction.

If you are interested in providing an opportunity for Baltimore youths via Youth Works/HIRE One for the summer of 2019, or if you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Camille Givens-Patterson at Camille.GPatterson@umaryland.edu or Kim Mathis at kmathis@umaryland.edu . It might be the fastest five weeks ever, but it could give a student a valuable opportunity — a summer job at UMB.

Camille Givens-PattersonFor B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeAugust 15, 20180 comments
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Exploring ‘Farmacia’ in Croatia

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

Since my first-year pharmacy school orientation, I’ve heard members of the American Pharmacist Association–Academy of Student Pharmacist (APhA-ASP) reflect on their summers abroad pursuing pharmacy practice internships. Upper classmen mentioned going to countries such as Thailand, Croatia, the United Kingdom, and Spain. Upon researching these experiences, I learned that APhA-ASP represents the U.S. in the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF). IPSF is a worldwide network of student pharmacists that focuses on advocacy and improving public health. The group organizes student exchange programs (SEPs) for students around the world to give them an opportunity to learn about pharmacy practice from a global perspective. Depending on the country you are interested in visiting, the pharmacy sites may offer internships in the pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical research, community pharmacy, or hospital pharmacy.

Selecting My Destination

After hearing positive feedback from a former student, and combining that with my desire to visit Europe, I chose Croatia as my No. 1 choice for a pharmacy internship placement. A few months after submitting my application, I was contacted by the Croatia Pharmacy Student Association (CPSA). It notified me that my application had been accepted and that I would be spending the summer between my second and third years in pharmacy school in their country.

Upon arriving in Croatia, I and my fellow “SEPers” received a warm welcome from the CPSA students as they showed us around Zagreb, Croatia. Tajana and Petra — student pharmacists in Zagreb — helped to ensure a smooth transition for all the students who would be completing their internships in the country. During our first weekend, we visited historical sites, tried local restaurants, and learned how to use public transit. The other students participating in my program came from the United States, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Taiwan, and the Czech Republic. We all became very close during our stay and shared some great laughs and stories about our home countries and cultures.

Day-to-Day Life in Croatia

For my internship, I was placed in a local independent chain pharmacy, also known as a “farmacia” in Croatian. My mentor, Martina, spent part of the day teaching us about Croatian pharmacies, the health care system, and the country and culture itself. We spent the rest of the day compounding medications or assisting with ordering and inventory management.

Once my colleagues and I were done for the day, we explored Zagreb or watched a World Cup match at a local restaurant. Watching Croatia move forward in the World Cup alongside Croatians made this SEP experience even more unforgettable.

On the weekends, the SEP students planned trips around Croatia, such as hiking at the Plitvice Lakes National Park or visiting the rocky beaches in the historic city of Zadar.

Community Pharmacy in Croatia

As a student pharmacist from the United States, it was interesting to experience pharmacy and health care from a global perspective, as many tasks are completed differently. In Croatia, all citizens are covered by their national health care system, so everyone has access to care. Initially, this seemed like a good idea to me, but after discussing it with my pharmacy mentor, I soon realized it could cause long wait times to see a doctor, as their schedules are often at capacity.

Additionally, prescriptions do not go through a filling process as they do in the United States. Instead, patients go to the pharmacy, where the pharmacist is able to electronically look up what medications were prescribed and then provide the patient with the medication. The medication is then billed to the national health insurance and dispensed. All medications are packaged in dose packs versus stock bottles. The national health care system has a formulary list, which includes preferred medications at low cost to the patient. Most prescribers select therapies from this list. This insurance system also allows the patient, physicians, and pharmacists to avoid billing issues related to preferred formulary items, quantity limitations, and prior authorizations.

Finally, prescriptions — electronic or hard copy — are required to include an indication for use in order to be valid. My mentor explained it is important for pharmacists to know the indication of use so they can properly counsel the patient on the safe use of their medications. These were all unique aspects of Croatian health care that stood out to me.

Reflecting on My Experience

This study abroad experience helped enrich me as a student pharmacist and an individual. I would encourage all pharmacy students to take a risk and explore similar opportunities that might be outside of their comfort zones. This experience was my first time traveling to Europe as well as my first time traveling alone. (Travel tip: If you experience long layovers like I did during my travels, you can maximize your time in a new country by venturing out of the airport for a few hours. I was able to explore Toronto and Amsterdam during my layovers!)

Lastly, I cannot conclude this post without recognizing all the friends I made, the experiences we shared, and the other folks I met along the way. All of these new connections helped create lifetime memories. And to my friends, family, and mentors at home, thank you for supporting me through this opportunity.

— Nabila Faridi, third-year student pharmacist

View a photo gallery here.

 

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UMB Champion of Excellence: Kelly Doran, PhD, MS, RN

UMB Champion of Excellence: Kelly Doran, PhD, MS, RN

The Champions of Excellence campaign is a multi-year branding campaign at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in which we highlight individuals and teams that exemplify extraordinary accomplishment and represent excellence at the University. During the next few months, The Elm will be featuring these UMB Champions, who are making Baltimore, our region, and in some cases the world a better place. (Read about all of the 2017-18 UMB Champions of Excellence.)

Today’s Champion:
Kelly Doran, PhD, MS, RN
Enriching Public Health Through Preventive Care

As a little girl playing make-believe, Kelly Doran, PhD, MS, RN, always dreamed of being a nurse. With endless ambition, she earned her Registered Nurse degree, but the dream began to change when she realized she didn’t want to treat people after they were sick. Instead, she wanted to focus on prevention.

So she pursued her master’s and doctorate in community/public health with a focus on research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), graduating in December 2011 and joining the faculty a month later as an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Her childhood dream has transformed her into both an influential researcher and community changer. When she heard about the nonprofit community care organization Paul’s Place — which has a rich 34-year connection with the University — she jumped at the chance to get more involved as part of her faculty practice.

Paul’s Place is a keystone in improving the quality of life for the people of Southwest Baltimore. Located about a mile away from the University, it provides access to high-quality health care, education, employment, and housing options, as well as other support needs for homeless and low-income individuals in the area.

Today, Doran is director of health and wellness for Paul’s Place, where she spends two days a week on-site integrating health and wellness concepts into its programming. She serves as a faculty preceptor for the UMB students who come to do service learning or clinical placements, and also runs the public health clinic that provides both basic care and programs for mental health, substance abuse, wound care, and stress.

Doran describes it as a “public health primary prevention clinic,” rather than a typical clinic or hospital. It provides a range of services from basic first aid to intensive clinical case management.

“[Paul’s Place] is absolutely amazing. One of the things that makes it unique is that it’s a one-stop shop,” she says. “Our population is often distrustful of the health care system and of social services in general, so it’s really important that we have a good and trusting relationship with them. We try to provide as many services in-house as possible so we can meet their needs on-site and continue to build relationships with them.”

Not only is working at Paul’s Place an example of how much of a champion for public health Doran really is, but it’s also the perfect place for her research.

Recently, Doran has been partnering with behavioral psychologists from the University of Maryland, College Park and researchers from universities in Michigan and Florida to study delayed discounting and executive functioning in the guests at Paul’s Place.

Delayed discounting refers to the decline in the value of a reward because of the delay to its receipt, while executive functioning refers to the parts of the brain that let us plan, organize, and complete tasks. Essentially, the research team is studying how trauma changes the way the parts of the brain work, thereby affecting perception and impulses.

When dealing with delayed discounting in combination with impulsivity, it is harder for a person to wait for a distant reward because they desire more immediate gratification.

For example, they may turn to smoking for stress relief without focusing on the possibility of contracting lung cancer 10 years from now.

Doran and the rest of the team look at how change in executive functioning after trauma impacts a person’s health behaviors, outcomes, and engagement with health services.

“We have a trial where we have an intervention group play computer games to hopefully improve their memory and impulsivity so they’re at a place to think about and prioritize future events and delay gratification, essentially working on improving their health,” she says.

Being able to see and work with the guests at Paul’s Place two days a week is not only personally rewarding, but also gives Doran a better sense of what her guests need and how to help them. Personal interaction in combination with data is the best way to create well-rounded, successful solutions in both a statistical sense and in a real community-based setting.

So what does the future look like for Doran? She plans to continue applying for new grants to study both impulse and substance abuse. She hopes to also create more in-depth programming at Paul’s Place to educate guests about substance use and misuse and mental health as well as provide the guests with more treatment options.

When not working and researching at Paul’s Place, Doran spends her work time teaching and mentoring students at the School of Nursing.

“I’m really passionate about getting students to understand and appreciate research. It’s all about helping them gain and understand concepts and apply them in the real world,” she says.

The overlap of Doran’s research, teaching, and daily work at Paul’s Place is her favorite part of the job. Yet, she knows the reward from seeing the facets of her work connect is only magnified by the support she receives from the leadership at the School of Nursing and UMB.

“We have this mission [to improve the human condition], and to complete it there is this juggling of research and teaching and practice, but everyone is very supportive of your strengths and what you can contribute. They do what they can to foster [those strengths],” she says.

As her personal and career life continue to evolve, like with the birth of her first child in 2017, Doran knows UMB is the place she wants to stay.

“I absolutely love my job,” she says. “I feel every day that I’m at Paul’s Place and with students that I’m making a difference. I love my research. I really feel like it’s going to help the community.”

Communication and Public AffairsCollaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeAugust 13, 20180 comments
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Gun violence panelists at PATIENTS Day

PATIENTS Day Empowers Communities to Take Charge of Their Health

Nearly 200 community members, health care providers, and researchers came together at the University of Maryland BioPark on July 20 to celebrate PATIENTS Day. Hosted by the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s Patient-Centered Involvement in Evaluating the Effectiveness of Treatments (PATIENTS) Program, this interactive health fair offered attendees an opportunity to learn from and teach one another how to create and sustain healthy individuals and communities in West Baltimore and nationwide.

“One of the most valuable lessons our team has learned is that health is more than physical wellness — it is a state of well-being,” says C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) and director of the PATIENTS Program at the School of Pharmacy. “PATIENTS Day takes what we have learned about building healthy communities and combines it with what we want community members to know about their health, the PATIENTS Program, and our partners.”

Understanding What Our Communities Need

The half-day event featured three panel discussions that highlighted some of the physical, mental, and social factors that impact community members’ health. There were conversations focused on the community’s perspective of research as well as steps community members can take to foster health and wellness in every area of their lives.

“We as a community want to give back,” said Daniel Frye, JD, vice president for public sector engagement strategy at Aira Tech Corp, who spoke about his experience as a blind patient participating in research. “We want to render the world in which we live a better place, and we’re happy to do it if we’re embraced and welcomed by those who are interested enough to do the work in a way that is respectful of who we are.”

Baltimore’s Ernestine Shepherd, 82, who has achieved international fame as Guinness World Records’ “World’s Oldest Performing Female Bodybuilder,” also participated in the panel discussions to share how the unexpected loss of her sister inspired her to take her fitness journey to the next level.

“We wanted to inspire others to live a healthy, happy lifestyle by exercising,” Shepherd said. “My sister asked me, ‘If something happened to me, could you continue what we’re doing?’ Little did I know that she was already sick. She had a brain aneurysm, and when she died, I knew I had to continue on, as she wanted.”

However, it was the panel discussion highlighting the impact of gun violence on the health of Baltimore’s residents and neighborhoods that elicited the most impassioned response from attendees, with panelists sharing their experiences growing up in neighborhoods affected by this tragic epidemic.

“I was 12 the first time that I was awakened by gunshots,” recalled Erricka Bridgeford, mediator and community organizer for Baltimore CeaseFire 365. “When I was younger, I assumed this must be what people like me and neighborhoods like mine deserved. You don’t realize that violence is a symptom of the oppressive systems that are happening to your neighborhood. You just think there’s something wrong with the people in your neighborhood.

“It has been a constant, intimate journey with violence and murder, but what I’m learning is that murder doesn’t get to have the last say, my resilience does.”

Providing Communities with Critical Resources

Attendees also were invited to take advantage of free blood pressure and HIV screenings as well as to learn more about other support services to empower them to take charge of their health.

“There are a lot of health disparities in Baltimore, so it was great to have this opportunity to attend PATIENTS Day and learn more about resources that we can share with our patients,” said Marquita Carroll, a community health worker at the University Health Center Clinic. “We want to get this knowledge out to the community to help our patients live healthier lives.”

The PATIENTS Program partners with patients and care providers to answer questions about the best treatment options to improve health and quality of life. Funded through a five-year infrastructure development grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the program conducts and funds patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), which aims to engage people from all communities — particularly those from underserved populations — in every step of the research process.

— Malissa Carroll

Watch a video about PATIENTS Day.

Malissa CarrollCommunity Service, For B'more, People, UMB NewsAugust 13, 20180 comments
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Ehret Elected President of College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists

Megan Ehret, PharmD, MS, BCPP, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, has been elected president of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP). She will lead the organization in continuing its mission to advance the reach and practice of psychiatric pharmacy while maintaining her faculty appointment at the school.

“Dr. Ehret’s election as president of CPNP is a testament to her unwavering commitment to advance the field of psychiatric pharmacy to better serve both patients and practicing pharmacists alike,” says Jill A. Morgan, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, professor and chair of PPS. “Our department is thrilled for her to have this opportunity to lead the field to which she has dedicated her career, and we cannot wait to see how CPNP continues to evolve under her leadership.”

Advancing the Field of Psychiatric Pharmacy

Established in 1998, CPNP is a professional pharmacy association dedicated to promoting excellence in pharmacy practice, education, and research to optimize treatment outcomes for individuals affected by psychiatric and neurologic disorders. It has a membership of more than 2,100 pharmacists and pharmacy students across the United States and strives to ensure that all individuals living with mental illness receive safe, appropriate, and effective treatment.

“Because of shortages in properly trained psychiatric health care professionals, inadequate local and national laws, as well as other limitations, there are many patients who cannot access appropriate psychiatric care,” Ehret says. “CPNP strives to ensure that all patients with a mental health concern, neurologic disorder, or substance use disorder have access to a specially trained pharmacist who can work with them and their health care team to determine the best treatment options for their unique circumstances.”

Dedication to Her Peers and Patients

Ehret received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Toledo in Ohio. She completed a residency in psychiatric pharmacotherapy at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center as well as a fellowship in psychopharmacology and pharmacogenomics at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. In 2006, she joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, where she also completed a master’s degree in clinical and translational research. Ehret later served as a behavioral health clinical pharmacy specialist with the Department of Defense in Fort Belvoir, Va., before joining the faculty in PPS in 2017, where she teaches in the PharmD program and pursues research in the areas of precision medicine, psychotropic medication adherence, and the role of the psychiatric pharmacist on the health care team.

She is the senior editor for CPNP’s Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Review Course and has experience treating patients across the spectrum of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of practicing in the field of psychiatric pharmacy is being able to help patients when they are at their most vulnerable,” Ehret says. “To help a patient understand their medications as well as their illness, and to see them experience a better quality of life as a result of my interventions, has been very meaningful to me.”

An Opportunity to Lead

Ehret assumed the role of president of CPNP on July 1. In her new role, she will chair the organization’s Board of Directors, serve as the primary representative of the organization, outline goals for the organization and its internal committees, participate in strategic planning, mentor future leaders in the profession, and foster teamwork among officers, committee chairs, and staff.

Once her term is completed, she will serve as past-president for CPNP for 2019-2020.

“It was truly humbling to learn that I had been elected president of CPNP — that my peers and colleagues put their trust in me to lead the field of psychiatric pharmacy to the next level,” Ehret says. “To be on the forefront leading our organization as the practice of pharmacy continues to evolve beyond a dispensing role to a more collaborative team approach is incredibly exciting. I’m hoping that my service will help push that envelope even further, allowing us to create more opportunities for psychiatric pharmacists that help make their scope of practice even more fulfilling.”

— Malissa Carroll

To see a video about Ehret, click here.

Malissa CarrollClinical Care, People, UMB NewsAugust 13, 20180 comments
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Practicing Community Pharmacy Across the Pond

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

My first year of pharmacy school was an invigorating experience, as I transitioned from a small undergraduate university to a larger, urban institution. Along the way, I got involved in a number of student organizations, particularly the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP). After listening to a panel of students speak about their experiences abroad at an APhA-ASP meeting, I found myself interested in pursuing the same opportunity and began an application process through the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF). IPSF is an international advocacy organization for pharmacy and pharmaceutical science students. It houses the world’s largest Student Exchange Program, and places more than 900 students in professional pharmacy internships around the world each year.

My Journey Across the Atlantic

After submitting my application, I learned that the British Pharmaceutical Students Association (BPSA) had received my application and that my placement was to be in Lincoln, England, a town two hours north of London by train. Thanks to the help of Jonathan, a student pharmacist at the University of Lincoln, my arrival to the U.K. went very smoothly — one seven-hour plane ride, a one-hour subway (or tube) ride, and two trains later, I was in Lincoln! Everyone I met was incredibly welcoming and friendly. I was placed at the Lincolnshire Coop Pharmacy for four weeks, from July 2 to July 27, and took the opportunity to travel on the weekends to other nearby cities such as Southampton, York, London, and Edinburgh.

Pharmacy Practice in the U.K.

One observation that I noted at my placement was that pharmacists in the U.K. play a very large role in medication compliance and lifestyle management of the patient. My placement site had programs focused on patient well-being, and there were many other programs offered by the National Health Services (NHS), including a 12-week weight loss program, cholesterol and blood pressure checks, and smoking cessation programs. Addiction treatment was another service offered, which involved dispensing methadone to patients battling heroin addiction in conjunction with a pharmacist-led counseling session.

In addition, I learned that the pharmacy offered other services known as Medicines Use Reviews (MURs) and New Medicines Services (NMS). These two services are among the most important for patients, as MURs help ensure that the patient reviews their understanding and administration of the medication with a pharmacist, and NMS helps pharmacists properly introduce patients to any new medications they are prescribed to help improve patient adherence. The NHS hopes to improve overall health outcomes across the U.K. by requiring pharmacies to meet a certain monthly goal for these two services.

Further adding to my knowledge of pharmacy administration, I became familiar with the Drug Tariff, which provides information on the value of individual drugs as well as the additional fees that pharmacies receive through reimbursement, and the British National Formulary, which is heavily used by pharmacists, as it contains medication names, uses, contra-indications, side-effects, costs, doses, and other medication management information.

No Insurance? No Problem

Another key observation that I noted during my placement is that the process of receiving and paying for prescriptions in the U.K. is drastically different from the U.S. Medications are not processed through insurance; instead, there is a flat rate that all patients pay. Most patients also are afforded exemptions to this flat rate, such as those living with a chronic condition like diabetes, full-time students, and pregnant women. As a result, most patients usually do not have to pay for their prescriptions as long as they provide proof of their exemption.

Reflecting on My Experience

I cannot finish this post without giving a shout-out to my pharmacy family across the pond! From understanding the small differences (e.g., learning that “OD” means “once daily” instead of “right eye” in the U.K.) to overcoming the larger ones (e.g., not needing to process prescriptions through insurance), my co-workers were there to guide me through it all. I highly recommend my placement site, as well as the town of Lincoln for any student pharmacist looking to experience pharmacy abroad in the U.K.

— Juhi Hegde, second-year student pharmacist

 

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International Conference on Electrochemistry

The fifth International Conference on Electrochemistry welcomes electrochemical professionals, electrochemists, battery developers, sensor makers, professors, researchers, research scholars, scientific communities, delegates, students, business professionals, and executives from all over the world. The  conference will be held May 27-28, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain.

The goal of the conference is to disseminate new ideas and methods of relevance to electrochemistry by gathering professionals under one roof. The conference is a tremendous global platform to contest and learn about electrochemistry, physical chemistry, photoelectrochemistry, corrosion chemistry, bioelectrochemistry, computational electrochemistry, carbon nanotubes, fullerene applied electrochemistry, and other fundamentals involved in the field of electrochemistry.

The conference gathers world-class experts from  academia and industry on a common platform at chemistry meetings and includes prompt keynote presentations, talks, poster presentations, symposiums, workshops, and exhibitions.

The conference is expecting more than 200 participants and we would like to know your interest in being a delegate, sponsor, exhibitor, or collaborator at our conference.

Click here to learn more details about the conference.

Conference highlights:

  • Theoretical and Computational Electrochemistry
  • Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry
  • Photoelectrochemistry
  • Electrochemical Energy
  • Sensors
  • Organic and Bioelectrochemistry
  • Batteries and Energy Storage
  • Corrosion Science and Technology
  • Electronic Materials and Processing
  • Carbon Nanostructures and Devices
  • Dielectric Science and Materials
  • Electrochemical Electroless Deposition
  • Electrochemical Water Treatment
  • Electrochemical Surface Science
  • Electrochemiacl Engineering
  • Environmental Electrochemistry
  • Inorganic Electrochemistry
  • Market Surveillance of Electrochemistry
  • Applied Electrochemistry
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New Group Forming: Artists’ Alliance

An affinity group for UMB professionals who are balancing their work and creative lives is being formed called Artists’ Alliance.

Are you a singer? A writer? A poet? A sculptor? An artist of any stripe? Balancing creative endeavors with working full time can be challenge. Join your colleagues for monthly brown-bag lunches as we explore ways to make time for art, fight resistance and self-doubt, hold each other accountable to our creative goals, and celebrate our artistic successes!

The Artists’ Alliance Group will meet in Room 203 of the SMC Campus Center on the first Friday of every month from September to April. If you are interested in becoming a member or would like more information, please contact Erin Hagar at ehagar@umaryland.edu or 410-706-4591.

You also can visit the UMB Council for the Arts & Culture website for more information about the University’s involvement in the arts.

Alice PowellBulletin Board, People, University LifeAugust 9, 20180 comments
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UMB Night at the Ballpark Set for Sept. 14

Join us for UMB Night at the Ballpark on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:05 p.m. Watch the Baltimore Orioles face the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards and enjoy fireworks and music after the game.

Click here to purchase tickets and check pricing and seating options.

For questions or accessible seating options, call 888-848-BIRD (2473) and ask for the Ticket Services team. Tickets posted for re-sale are subject to cancellation. This offer is not valid at the box office.

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UM Carey Law Librarians Attend and Volunteer at National Law Library Conference in Baltimore

This year, the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) held its Annual Meeting and Conference at the Baltimore Convention Center from July 13 to 16. Given the location, it was only natural that there would be a strong connection with the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law community.

Charles A. Pipins II, research and academic technology librarian, co-chaired the conference’s local arrangements committee, which was responsible for coordinating all of the conference’s on-site activities. Simon Canick, associate dean for law library and technology and law school professor, hosted several workshops on legal education and library practices at UM Carey Law. Jason Hawkins, head of research services, planned tours of several local libraries for conference attendees. Maxine Grosshans, research librarian, and LuAnn Marshall, academic coordinator, hosted a well-received tour of the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, and the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground for the visiting librarians. Several other librarians and staff at UM Carey Law also volunteered to assist with on-site registration, hospitality services, and other conference tasks. Even Dean Donald Tobin stopped by the conference to attend the keynote address.

The AALL Annual Meeting and Conference is the premier educational and networking event for legal information professionals, and was attended by more than 5,000 law librarians, vendors, and other information professionals. Local film director, artist, and provocateur John Waters was the keynote speaker.

Jason HawkinsEducation, People, University LifeAugust 8, 20180 comments
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July-August President’s Message

Check out the July-August issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on immigrants’ rights and how Maryland Carey Law is helping secure them; a Q&A with new Police Chief Alice Cary; a preview of Campus Life Services’ Welcome Month; a recap of Project SEARCH’s graduation, and a new alignment for UMB’s overall commencement; stories on UMBrella scholarships and Teaching with Technology Day; a look ahead to Dr. Perman’s Sept. 18 Q&A; and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Click here to read the full message.

Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAAugust 7, 20180 comments
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