June 2015

Dear Alumni & Friends,

As you’ll see from this issue of The Pharmily Connection, we have much to celebrate at the College of Pharmacy with many alumni, faculty and student accomplishments.

Most excitedly, we had the privilege of celebrating Commencement with the Class of 2015. We are excited for our newest alumni as they begin their careers as Gator Pharmacists!

We are also preparing for the upcoming annual meetings for FPA and FSHP. FPA will be held in St. Augustine June 24-28 with our Gator reception on Friday, June 26. FSHP will be held August 7-9 in Orlando, and we will host our Gator alumni and friends at a reception on Friday, August 7. The College of Pharmacy will have a booth at both events, so be sure to stop by.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Go Gators!

Elizabeth Zipper
Director of Development and Alumni Affairs

Development and Alumni Affairs Updates

2015 Pharmacy Alumni Committee

Comprised of individuals from different areas of the Pharmacy profession and a myriad of graduating class years, the Pharmacy Alumni Committee plays a vital role in the success and future of the college. During their two-year terms, members provide support and advice to the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs by advocating for the college, attending annual face-to-face meetings and phone conference calls, as well as making an annual gift. 

Thank you to the members of the 2015 Pharmacy Alumni Committee:

• Mike Ball '10 

• Lynn Bennett '78 

• Katelyn Dervay '05 

• Toni Harrison '81

• Juan Hincapie Castillo '13 

• Pat Kipp '78

• Ruth Mulder '08 

• JoAnn Nuccio '78 

• Bill Ratner '98 

• Bob Renna '68 

• Michael Schneider '73 

• Mike Stamitoles '68 

• Anita Thompson '54 

• Theresa Tolle '88

If you are interested in becoming more involved with the College of Pharmacy or serving on the Pharmacy Alumni Committee, please contact Brynn Huysman at bhuysman@cop.ufl.edu or (352) 273-6605.

Career Coaches for Pharm.D. Students

In many professions, employers are hiring employees not based solely on their degree or academic performance, but additionally on the development of a candidate's professional values and interpersonal skills. This shift is noticeable within the pharmacy profession and is a focus of the College of Pharmacy. Because we want our students to be competitive for the best jobs and residencies, opportunities to be a "Career Coach" are open to faculty, staff, and alumni. Career Coaches meet with students currently enrolled in the Pharm.D. program twice a year. The role of a Career Coach is to help students develop core professional ideals such as communication, professionalism, leadership, lifelong learning and entrepreneurship.  

If you are interested in becoming a Career Coach or would like to know more about the program, please contact Gailine McCaslin at gmccaslin@cop.ufl.edu or (352) 273-8203.

Welcome Meghan Daves

Meghan joins the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs as the Alumni Affairs Coordinator. Meghan previously worked with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charlotte, NC and served two years as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Children's Home Society of Florida before joining UF. As a native South Carolinian, Meghan received her bachelor's degree from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC and has promised to cheer on the Gators, notably when they play the South Carolina Gamecocks!

College News 

University of Florida pharmacy school Dean Julie Johnson wins Distinguished Scientist Award

University of Florida pharmacy school Dean Julie Johnson wins Distinguished Scientist Award

Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., Dean of the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy, has won the 2015 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Southeastern Universities Research Association.


American Pharmacists Association: Student & Faculty Awards

During the APhA-ASP Annual meeting, the UF chapter of APhA-ASP won numerous awards, including:

• 1st Place: Back the Pac fundraising award (4th time in a row!)

• 2013-14 Professionalism Award

• 1st runner-up for Generation Rx

• 1st runner-up for Operation Heart

• 1st runner-up for 2014-15 Policy Postcard Challenge with 393 postcards to legislators! 

And congratulations to:

• Danielle Bley for earning the APhA Student Leadership Award

• Amy Kiskaddon for being recognized as Vice Chair of the National Awards Committee

• Joe Haley for being recognized as serving on the APhA-ASP National Education Committee 

Karen Whalen, Pharm.D., a clinical associate professor and assistant dean for clinical education and WIlliam H. Riffee, Ph.D., UF College of Pharmacy dean emeritus, were each named 2015 Fellows of the American Pharmacists Association, receiving the APhA Fellow Award. Both were formally inducted at the 2015 APhA Annual Meeting March 27-30 in San Diego, CA.

Continuing Pharmacy Education

Don’t forget 2015 is a renewal year for pharmacists licensed in the state of Florida. Pharmacists must complete no less than 30 hours of approved courses within the 24-month period prior to the expiration date of the license. Ten of these hours must be live. Pharmacists seeking renewal must complete a two-hour course approved by the Board on medication errors.

University of Florida College of Pharmacy Division of Continuing Education is happy to help you meet your CE needs. Visit our Continuing Pharmacy Education Live Event Schedule for relevant courses all year to help you stay current and achieve renewal.

Seating is limited for these live seminars, reserve your spot by registering early!

Earn up to 7 hours of ACPE credit at no charge.

On behalf of the Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education and the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, you are invited to participate in a study which aims to determine if continuing professional development (CPD) is more effective than a traditional continuing education (CE) program in changing pharmacist practice behavior.

If you are a pharmacist that has direct interaction with female patients, you qualify to participate.

Should you choose to participate, you will be eligible to earn up to 7 hours of ACPE credit with content related to women’s health in later years. Topics include menopause and bioidentical hormone therapy, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular health.

Click here to register by the deadline, June 24th. The study and access to all course materials will begin July 1, 2015.

For more information, please contact Megan Murphy-Menezes, Pharm.D., MSCR at 352-273-6275 or mmenezes@cop.ufl.edu.

Honors and Awards


2015 Outstanding Young Alumni also receives Gator100 Award

Dr. Benjamin Epstein was presented with the Outstanding Young Alumni award for 2015 on Saturday, April 11 at a ceremony hosted by the UF Alumni Association. 

Benjamin graduated from UF with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2003, where he also completed his Residency and Fellowship. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy, with a joint appointment in the College of Medicine. While at UF, he established the University of Florida Internal Medicine Pharmacotherapy Clinic. He has co-founded and worked as Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director of the East Coast Institute for Research (ECIR), and serves as President and Chief Scientific Officer of ECIR Medical Communications.  This year, ECIR was recognized by UF as #22 among the 2015 inaugural Gator100 fastest growing Gator-led companies.  Ben currently serves as co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Medimix Specialty Pharmacy in Jacksonville.

Alumna receives Kappa Epsilon/Merck Vanguard Leadership Award

The Kappa Epsilon Fraternity recently announced that UF College of Pharmacy alumna Petra T. Schultz, Pharm.D., has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Kappa Epsilon / Merck Vanguard Leadership Award.

The award recognizes members who have made exemplary contributions in their area of practice, demonstrated leadership qualities of service beyond self and professional achievements that have influenced others serving as a role model to young practitioners.

Currently, Schultz is Director of Product Management in the Provider Business of Truven Health Analytics.

Mark Hobbs Alumni Award

Mark Hobbs receives College of Pharmacy Outstanding Alumnus Award

Mark Hobbs was honored with the 2015 University of Florida College of Pharmacy’s Outstanding Alumnus Award


Student News

Global Health Outreach

During spring break, UF College of Pharmacy students once again participated in the annual Global Health Outreach Program. Eight multidisciplinary teams in five countries (Mexico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ecuador and Nicaragua) involved 46 pharmacy students and nine preceptors. Pharmacy students worked side-by-side with students from the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health and Health Professions (Audiology). Collectively, an estimated 6,577 men, women and children were seen in clinics over a five-day period, with an estimated 3.5 medications provided per patient.

Professional White Coating Ceremony

First-year pharmacy students took their Pledge of Professionalism and donned their new white coats at the Annual College of Pharmacy Professional Coating Ceremony on March 14 at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Dean Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D., introduced the keynote speaker Jeenu Philip, R.Ph., Florida Board of Pharmacy member and Walgreens Corporation pharmacy supervisor. Amy Kiskaddon was the senior student pharmacist speaker. Students Brent Lovato (Gainesville), Kelly Ohman (Jacksonville), Lemar Lewis (Orlando) and Sarah Legg (St. Petersburg) all read the Pledge of Professionalism.

The ceremony this year had a new twist, with students receiving the name of the donor who purchased their coat as part of the White Coat Project. Those who donated the equivalent of 10 coats were invited to join the stage party and assist in "coating" the students.

4PD Giving Challenge

The Class of 2015 has rallied together and generously pledged to provide support for the college over the next five years. Across all four campuses, a total of $57,865 was pledged! The money raised from the challenge will be used to support student professional development, student events and individual campus needs. There were a total of eight class representatives that led their classmates to participate in the challenge. They had the honor of presenting Dean Julie Johnson with a check at Commencement.

Kappa Psi Accepting Registration for 2015 Continuing Education Program

Kappa Psi is holding the second Continuing Education Program on July 25-26. This program is a live ten CE hour program that includes two hours of Medication Errors. It is a knowledge based activity, and includes topics such as precisiion medicine, erythropoietic stimulating agent (ESA) therapy, and diuretic strategies.  

For more information or to register for the program, click here.

Mark Your Calendar

June 26 FPA Gator Reception at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine, FL

August 7  FSHP Gator Reception at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL

November 7  29th Annual Alumni BBQ Reunion in Gainesville, FL

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