Lambda Kappa Sigma Host Women’s Health Week

LKS with Coach Greg Salgado

Every year in March, the sisters of Lambda Kappa Sigma, LKS, host Women’s Health Week and invite guest speakers to the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences campus to discuss health issues related to women. This year, we were proud to host four different events that focused on women’s health and safety.

Lambda Kappa Sigma is an international pharmacy fraternity established to promote women in the pharmacy profession.

LKS kicked off the week with a brief presentation from first year members about ovarian cancer. Along with the presentation, green tea packets were given to the audience to promote antioxidant health because research shows that with daily consumption of green tea an individual can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by 77 percent.

The University’s dietician, Alexandra Caspero, was invited to speak about calcium, iron, soy, and heart disease. Her presentation included the daily recommendations of food for a balanced diet and healthy choices for the heart. Ms. Caspero also provided healthy food options for college students on the go.

Dr. Rhoshanak Rahimian, Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, presented on cardiovascular disease among women. She discussed the statistics concerning the disease and emphasized how women are underrepresented when it comes to optimal treatment options.

“Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in both genders, but the cardiovascular mortality in females is increasing. Partly because women tend to ignore the early warning signs. Therefore awareness plays a very important role in lowering a woman’s chance of heart disease,” said Dr. Rahimian.

As per tradition, Coach Greg Salgado, who teaches taekwondo and kick boxing for the University, made an appearance and taught a self-defense class. He demonstrated multiple techniques women could implement if ever in a threatening situation.

LKS wrapped up the week with a presentation given by the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County concerning date rape prevention. They explained various statistics associated with rape, and informed the students about how women can seek shelter at their center.


Mock and Lieu Win Third Place in Open Mic Contest

Elbert Mock ’13 and Daniel Lieu ’13 were recognized as the third place winners at the Apollo Night: Open Mic Competition.  The competition is part of Pacific’s Black History Month Celebration.  Mock sang and Lieu played the guitar as they performed an acoustic version of Brian McKnight’s “Back at One”.

“Many times, I find it tough to gauge my own performance compared with the show’s number of quality acts; I really did not know how we compared to the other performers. It definitely humbled and excited me to walk away with a prize. I thoroughly enjoyed playing music with Elbert and representing the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences,” says Lieu.

As the top three performers, Mock and Lieu also performed as opening acts for this year’s Black History Month keynote speaker Hill Harper during his visit to campus on Saturday, February 26, 2011.

Pacific’s Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Hosts Pharmacy and Therapeutic Competition

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) “Pharmacy and Therapeutic” competition took place in February. Since November, five teams were given a drug dossier for prasugrel (Effient®) and asked to analyze and evaluate scientific, clinical and economic data pertaining to the drug. Due to the vigorous work involved and balancing between academics and IPPEs, only three teams participated in the competition. Each of the remaining teams prepared a 15-page monograph, 15-page report, 30-slides PowerPoint presentation and also provided their recommendations about the potential placement of the drug onto a formulary.

“Evaluating the 239-page dossier is not an easy task. Just being able to complete the analysis, put together the monograph, report and presentation is a major accomplishment. I commend all the students on their dedication to learning. I hope that through this hands-on experience, the students gain an appreciation of the unique role of Pharmacists in Managed Care and how clinical and therapeutic skills are applied in formulary management that affects thousands to millions of lives,” says Dr. Allen Shek.

AMCP would like to thank our judges: Dr. Allen Shek, faculty advisor to AMCP-Pacific, Dr. Rajul Patel ’01, ‘06, Assistant Professor in Department of Pharmacy Practice, and Drs. Johnathan Yeh and Selena Tam of Health Plan of San Joaquin.

Rho Chi Takes Talent Show to Vegas and Back

Every year in March, the Rho Chi Honor Society hosts an annual Talent Show filled with extraordinary performances put together by student pharmacists. This year’s show, themed “Las Vegas,” was held on March 16, where students, professors, and pledges from each pharmacy fraternity took to the stage to show off their talent and creativity.

With the overwhelming talent in this year’s Talent Show, it is safe to say that the entertainment was nothing short of spectacular. Besides the amazing singing and dancing performances put on by the student pharmacists, the audience was also treated to singing talents of both the Drs. Xin Guo and Timothy Smith. Later in the night, Dr. Raj Patel ’01 ’06 also showed off his hip-shaking abilities when Lani Le ’12gave him a brief Tahitian tutorial during her performance.

It truly was awe-inspiring to watch both classmates and professors command the stage. In addition to the show’s acts, the fabulous emcees, Taya Malone ‘12 and Erik Speck ‘12, provided a comedic act of their own throughout the night. Speck was even able to show the audience how to “dougie” with the help of Ricky Patel ‘13, and Malone showed off her free-styling skills.

Elbert Mock ‘13, Daniel Lieu ‘13, and Nader Toussoun ’13 won first place for their rendition of “Back at One.” As a group, Marlyn Nicolas ‘13, Elbert Mock ‘13, Lindsay Noriega ‘13, Kin Lam ‘13, Nader Toussoun ‘13, Henry Lee ‘13, Nathan Wong ‘13, In Kang ‘13, and Daniel Lieu ’13 took home second place for their “Channel R103” performance and last but not least Elizabeth Chang ’12 received third place for her vocal performance of “I Want to Love.” The Best Fraternity Performance was awarded to Rho Pi Phi Pledges for their “Subconscious Pharmacy” performance.

Although no one entered the costume contest dressed in the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, two separate groups dressed up as the “Blue Man Group” faced off for the title of “Best Costume.” After the humor and irony of the two look-alike groups competing against each other wore off, the winner was declared to be the Blue Man Group representing Rho Pi Phi.

The Talent Show was a huge success, but we could not have done it without the performers who invested such a significant amount of time and dedication into creating their acts, our sponsors Dr. Tom Bui ’93 and Walgreens, and our judges, Drs. Abood, Patel, and Guo.

Practice Makes Perfect

In preparation for the American Pharmacists Association, APhA, National Patient Counseling Competition, NPCC, Pacific’s Academy of Student Pharmacist, ASP, hosted a local Patient Counseling Competition to select the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences representative.

The NPCC encourages student pharmacists in their efforts toward becoming better patient educators. The competition is designed to reflect changes that are occurring in practice, to promote and encourage further professional development of the student pharmacist and to reinforce the role of the pharmacist as a health care provider and educator.

In early March, nearly 30 student pharmacists came out to compete in the preliminary rounds to become one of Pacific’s top 15 finalists. On March 14, 2011, the top finalists competed once more in the final round for the spot as the local winner.

The competition took place in the Speech-Language Pathology Hearing and Balance Clinics. The two way mirror between the clinic room and observation room allowed the finalist to interact with the patient in a clinic setting and the judges to observe the counseling without distracting the finalist.

Per NPCC guidelines, students were allowed five minutes in the preparation room with information on the patient profile, prescription, and medication resources. Students were given five minutes to provide medication education and consultation to the patient. Similar to national finals, the patient was asked to display one character trait to challenge the participants’ ability to convey pertinent information in a realistic situation.

The judges take notes as they listen to each student competitor.

For the local competition, each finalist counseled the patient on safe and effective drug use of Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate). Tropol XL is used to treat high blood pressure. Each finalist was judged on their counseling points, counseling session, and communication ability such as their introduction, confirming the patient’s information, explaining the purpose of the medication, and using appropriate nonverbal behaviors.

Julie Na ’12 was selected as the winner and will be representing the School at the national competition during APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in March 2012 in New Orleans.

“Patient counseling is a vital aspect of our profession. I truly believe that this competition served as a beneficial experience to all the student competitors as it enhanced their ability to communicate effectively and provide the best possible healthcare to our patients,” commented Michael Conner ’12, ASP VP of Student Affairs, who coordinated this competition.

ASP would like to thank the judges Drs. Nam Nguyen ’08, Suzanne Galal, and Marie Cottman ’97, who was the 1996 APhA NPCC winner, and Lupe Mazuka, Office of Professional Student Affairs, as the acting patient.

Another Chance at Senior Prom

On March 4, 2011 Pacific’s American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, ASCP, hosted the Inaugural Senior Prom drawing nearly 100 senior citizens from senior living and community centers throughout Stockton, touching their hearts while adding years to their lives and life to their years.

Guests were escorted into the University Center Ballroom, welcomed with hors d’oeuvres catered by Bon Appétit, and encouraged to dance the night away with music from Pacific’s Jazz Ensemble. Ladies were presented with corsages donated by local Stockton florists. Many mingled and shared nostalgic conversations over wine. Each guest also received a framed prom picture as a keepsake.

“This ‘Senior Prom’ was better than our first one – 59 years ago,” said an attendee.

The participants were inspirational; they taught the students that you are as young as you feel and that an uplifted soul transcends the physical self. “I had a conversation with a woman who came in with a walker and didn’t think she could dance. After encouragement from her friends, she got up and started to dance. It was great to see her out on the dance floor,” recalls Jarod You ’12.

During the band’s intermission, a slideshow presented pictures of various healthcare outreach events where student pharmacists interacted with seniors. Just outside the ballroom was a booth that showcased the pharmaceutical care services offered by the School.

The inception of the idea for Senior Prom was created by ASCP executive board members Kimberly Kwan ’12 and Natalie Kwan ‘12. “This event was a step outside of the box, recognizing that socializing, dancing, and happiness contribute to good health,” said Kimberly.

ASCP appreciates the support and guidance that was received throughout the development and implementation of the Senior Prom. It was wonderful to see Dean Oppenheimer and Drs. Nancy DeGuire, Joseph Woelfel ’70 ’72 ’78, Rajul Patel ’01 ’06, and Ed Shermanstep out on the dance floor and show their unwavering support for this endeavor.

ASCP Executive Board. Photographed by Diane Vu ‘12.

Special recognition is given to the Flowers Heritage Foundation for its financial support. The donations by Safeway, Arte Floral, Charter Way Florist, El Dorado Florist, J and S Flowers, and San Francisco Floral also deserve acknowledgment. Deep gratitude is conveyed to Professor Patrick Langham and the Pacific Jazz Ensemble for graciously volunteering their time to play wonderful music for the guests. Lastly, the Senior Prom would not have been as successful without the altruistic volunteerism provided by the student pharmacists.

ASCP’s goal is to encourage the senior community to be active, happy, and healthy. For an organization just four years young, ASCP is already known for their dedication to the senior population providing screenings for bone mineral density and falls prevention (osteoporosis) as well as memory decline (Alzheimer’s Disease).