November 2014 

Dear “Pharmily” - Our Pharmacy Family,

It has been a busy and exciting fall in the college, including two recent news announcements from the Institute of Medicine that we are very pleased to share with you in this issue. As a college, we are making great progress in our upward journey. The ACPE accreditation site team was on campus last week for a final review. It was clear to Dean Johnson and others who met with them, that they are very pleased with the direction of our college. We are looking forward to receiving our final report after the new year.

The University of Florida also has named its next president, who was approved by the Board of Governors late last week. Dr. Kent Fuchs (pronounced fox) will begin his presidential term on January 1, 2015, coming to us from Cornell University, where he has been serving as the provost for the last six years. We feel confident that UF will be in exceptional hands for the coming years. He plans to meet with each dean between now and his start date. President Machen has brought UF to an amazing place, particularly in the last two years, with designation as a preeminent university in Florida, and with the substantial new funds coming to the university to raise us to national preeminence.

Go Gator Pharmacy!

Elizabeth Zipper
Director of Development and Alumni Affairs

College News 

University of Florida pharmacy dean elected to Institute of Medicine

University of Florida pharmacy dean elected to Institute of Medicine

Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D., dean of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. At its 44th annual meeting today (Oct. 20) at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., the IOM announced 70 new members, including Johnson, who is also a distinguished professor of pharmacy and medicine …


UF clinical pharmacy faculty named IOM Anniversary Fellow in Pharmacy

UF clinical pharmacy faculty named IOM Anniversary Fellow in Pharmacy

Steven M. Smith, Pharm.D., M.P.H., a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy and medicine at the University of Florida, has been selected as the 2014-16 Institute of Medicine Anniversary Fellow in Pharmacy. Anniversary fellows in pharmacy, internal medicine and osteopathic medicine were announced Oct. 20 at the IOM 44th annual meeting at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., which …


Honors and Awards

Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D., received double distinctions in Oct. He was chosen for the 2014 University of Florida Foundation Preeminence Term Professorship. The program, created in 2013, supports UF’s Preeminence goals. Each fall, the Foundation awards two $25,000 term professorships to eligible faculty members with substantial research assignments and outstanding records of accomplishment.

Last year, Luesch was named the Debbie and Sylvia DeSantis Chair in Natural Products, Drug Discovery and Development. This year, he received his "official chair" at the Oct. 8 Celebrating Distinction UF HSC installment ceremony.

Katie Vogel Anderson, Pharm.D., discusses patient medication protocols with her summer research intern Kyle Carlisle, a UF Pharm.D. student.

Katie Vogel Anderson wins vote for FSHP President Elect for 2014-2015

The Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists Officers and Board of Directors in Sept. announced that Katie Vogel Anderson, Pharm.D., a clinical assistant professor in Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research, as the 2014-15 FSHP President Elect. Personal statement for nomination: "Dear FSHP Colleagues: Thank you for the humbling nomination for FSHP President Elect. Serving two terms as NCFSHP president, …



AAHHE Graduate Student Fellow

Congratulations to our alumnus, Juan Hincapie Castillo, Pharm.D., a graduate student in pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, who was selected by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education as a 2015 Graduate Student Fellow. Created in 2005, He is the second Florida student, and first from UF to receive the fellowship. He will attend the AAHHE Graduate Student Fellows Program at its 2015 national conference "The Decade Ahead: Inquire, Innovate, Impact." In March 2015, in Dallas.

Development and Alumni Affairs Updates

The 28th Annual College of Pharmacy Reunion on October 17-18, gave Gator Pharmacy alumni, faculty and friends got the chance to reconnect during UF Homecoming weekend. Attendees had the opportunity to attend the Dean’s welcome reception on Friday evening, honoring classes of ’64, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99 and ’04, hosted by Dean Julie Johnson. Saturday’s tailgate in the HPNP Courtyard included delicious BBQ, activities for the kids and a photo booth for attendees to dress up and take fun pictures with classmates and friends. Gator mascots Albert and Alberta helped us kick off the event and spent time enjoying the Gator Pharmacy atmosphere with our guests. Thank you to more than 300 alumni and friends who made our weekend a great success!

White Coat Project: Give the Gift of Professionalism

We are happy to let you know that the White Coat Project has really taken off and shown tremendous success!  To date, more than 600 coats have been purchased for rising second-year Pharm.D. students. Our coating day is symbolic of their progression through the rigorous academic and professional program at the completion of their first year.

All supporters will be extended an invitation to the coating ceremony on March 14, 2015. Those who purchase 10 or more coats will be invited to personally join our students & faculty on stage to participate in the coating.

Thank you to all those who have participated and donated coats! If you haven’t yet given the gift of professionalism, but would like to, please visit to give.

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Upcoming CE Opportunities

Florida consultant pharmacists have a Dec 31st deadline to complete their 24 hours of Board-approved consultant CE. UF Continuing Pharmacy Education provide courses to meet these needs. See their complete list of Consultant Pharmacist Courses.

Mark Your Calendar

November 11  Veterans Day - we will be thinking of our many Gator Pharmacist veterans on this day. Thank you for your service!

November 20-22  Grand Guard 50th Reunion. Learn more about our College of Pharmacy luncheon.