Pacific Ranks Top 11 in ASHP Residency Match

Residency programs are postgraduate programs designed to enhance general and specific abilities in within a specific health care field. Residencies have been a long standing practice in medicine prior to being adopted in pharmacy. In 1948, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) developed standards for pharmacy internships in hospitals and in 1962, ASHP established an accreditation process and standards for residencies in hospital pharmacy. Fellowship programs are also postgraduate training programs, but are designed to develop research skills and are less regulated.

At Pacific, we recognize the value of pharmacy residency and fellowship programs. The School, faculty, and administration are fully invested in the success of our graduates and their goals after graduation whether it is securing a full-time position or first pursuing a residency or fellowship program.

Pacific is among the top 11 colleges nationwide with the highest number of students matched each year since 2007 in the ASHP residency match, and came in at number 8 in 2011. This is an impressive accomplishment for the School as it competed against 114 colleges for residency programs in 2011, with an ever increasing number of applicants each year for a limited number of spots.

In the past, we have seen graduates placed in prestigious residency and fellowship programs such as the Rutgers University School of Pharmacy, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Systems, University of Southern California, Scripps Mercy Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, and more. Oska Lawrence ‘12 is a great example of graduates excelling in pharmacy residencies. Some graduates like Andrew Abe ’11 go on to obtain fellowships.

There are two types of residency programs, postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residencies and specialized residencies with postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residencies. According to ASHP, residents in PGY1 residency programs are provided the opportunity to accelerate their growth beyond entry-level professional competence in patient-centered care and in pharmacy operational services, and to further the development of leadership skills that can be applied in any position and in any practice setting. Individuals with an interest in enhancing their skills in a specific area may apply for a PGY2 residency.

With the rise of new pharmacy programs in California combined with the difficulty of finding a job after graduation, there is no doubt that graduates are seeking other opportunities, making residency programs more attractive than ever.

It isn’t simply a placeholder until an individual finds a job, it also provides benefits that help develop a cutting-edge practitioner. Dr. Eric Boyce, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmacy Practice says “Residency programs open doors for the future and more opportunities in areas with direct patient-care, enhance credentials, and possibly provide long-term job satisfaction.”

So how do we prepare graduates and how do graduates prepare themselves?

As Doctor of Pharmacy candidates enter the program, they are encouraged to join student organizations such as the student chapters of ASHP, the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and the Northern California College of Clinical Pharmacy (NCCCP). Their membership in these organizations will motivate them to attend professional meetings and student events such as the annual Pacific-CSHP Residency Symposium, CSHP Residency Showcase, and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s (ACCP) Emerging from the Crowd: How to Become a Standout Residency Candidate.  Additional support for postgraduate training is provided at Pacific by Drs. Marcus and Susan Ravnan through the Residency Club and also by regional coordinators and many on-campus pharmacy faculty that provide general and individualized advice in addition to letters of recommendation for students pursuing residencies.

“Being involved will give students an early introduction to pharmacy residency programs which leads to better and more informed career decisions,” said Dr. Boyce.  “One of our goals is to continue to improve how we inform students about postgraduate programs and how we prepare them for the application process and also for the actual residency or fellowship.”

Graduates Honor Faculty with Donations to Endowed Scholarship

Rohrbach at the 2013 Pharmacy and Health Sciences Commencement Ceremony
Rohrbach at the 2013 Pharmacy and Health Sciences Commencement Ceremony

They say your college years are the best years of your life. To commemorate their time at Pacific, the National Student Speech-Hearing Language Association (NSSHLA) chapter, under the leadership of Lauren Rohrbach ‘13, donated funds to the new Pacific Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Associates Endowed Scholarship in honor of Professor Simalee Smith-Stubblefield ‘83.

The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize a speech-language pathology undergraduate student who is active in the NSSHLA Chapter or is an Alumni Association Ambassador and maintains a minimum 3.5 GPA and helps support the mission of the alumni association. Undergraduate students who are graduating can also apply for this scholarship as long as they will be returning to Pacific for the master of science in speech-language pathology program.

During an executive board meeting, the team learned about the new scholarship from Dr. Jill Duthie, Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology, who encouraged them to consider making donations. An important part of NSSHLA’s mission is to give back to the community and support current students. While they felt the scholarship was a great opportunity to support future students in pursuing their career, they also felt it would be monumental to honor Professor Smith-Stubblefield.

“We decided to honor Professor Smith-Stubblefield because she does so much for our program! She is our “mother” figure and is there whenever we need her,” said Rohrbach.

Rohrbach added that she is inspired by Professor Smith-Stubblefield because “not only is she a great mentor and a professor but she is an amazing woman.”

A gift of any kind, whether big or small is instrumental in moving the profession forward. Together, eight NSSHLA members donated a total of $180 to the scholarship. “We hope that we are leading by example and that we can inspire future generations to do the same and be involved,” she said.

Professor Smith-Stubblefield couldn’t disagree saying “I feel so honored that the students would recognize me in this way. Future students will benefit from their generosity and I want them to know how much I humbly appreciate their contribution to the Alumni Association scholarship.”

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Oska Lawrence ’12: Leading the Profession One Residency at a Time

Oska Lawrence_resizedFor many doctor of pharmacy graduates, they look forward to graduation and finally working as a pharmacists. For Oska Lawrence ‘12, he was excited to begin a postgraduate year one (PGY-1) residency at the Veterans Affairs (VA) San Diego Healthcare System in San Diego, CA.

As a member of an institution that provides services to more than 232,441 veterans in the San Diego and Imperial Valley counties, Lawrence played a critical role in providing direct patient care in practice settings such as ambulatory care and internal medicine and specialty settings such as oncology and infectious diseases. Lawrence found the competitive nature of the environment rewarding but he also ran into some challenges. “One of the most challenging aspects of conducting a residency was the transition from student to clinical practitioner. In the VA practice setting pharmacists are highly valued for their expertise and their participation during rounds and in the outpatient clinic settings provide us the opportunity to make impactful decisions,” he said.

Today, Lawrence has completed his PGY-1 residency and started his postgraduate year two (PGY-2) residency in critical care at the same institution. In his new role, he will be assisting the pulmonary/critical care team with providing in-patient services and will have the opportunity to participate in code blues (a medical emergency in which a team of medical personnel work to revive an individual in cardiac arrest) and precept both pharmacy residents and students.

Lessons he learned from his PGY-1 residency will help prepare him for his PGY-2 residency. “The hardest lesson I learned was being able to take a breath and think clearly while under pressure. No matter how critical the situation, your efforts mean nothing if you are not timely and accurate,” he said.

While preparing for his future, he also reflects on his past, explaining that his leadership roles helped prepare him for his career. At Pacific, Lawrence served as pharmacy senator on the 2010-2011 American Pharmacists Association (APhA) – Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) executive board. He was also a member of many student committees such as the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation where he was instrumental in developing Pacific as one of the strongest chapters in the nation having sent record numbers of US representatives to the organization’s annual international conferences.

“I have taken many of the skills learned and developed through ASP to work with our hospital administration in improving education for our trainees and looking at possibilities for expanding pharmacy services within the institution,” he said.

He is a member of Kappa Psi, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP), and California Pharmacists Association (CPhA). He is also a mentor to many students and encourages them to tackle opportunities where they “are the most timid or apprehensive because it means they stand to learn and grow more from it.”

“This strategy continues to work for me as I am transitioning to a PGY-2 in critical care, a field that I once thought I would never pursue. Now I look forward to this opportunity with much excitement and a desire to become a strong clinician within this growing pharmacy specialty,” said Lawrence.

In the future, Lawrence hopes to practice as a clinical pharmacist in the Intensive Care Unit or Emergency Department.

Yifeng Li ’13: Making His Mark at Pacific

Yifeng Li_resizedYifeng Li ’13 is well on his way to proving that he is among the most talented at Pacific. In May, he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society Chi Chapter which recognizes individuals in the top five percent of their class, earning degrees in the liberal arts with very high grade point average, fluency in a second language, and a breadth of study.

Li, a candidate in the four-three pre-pharmacy program , qualified by successfully completing a bachelor of science in biological sciences with outstanding academic distinction. The four-three pre-pharmacy program is part of the Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program at Pacific that offers first-time undergraduate freshmen three options that can lead to guaranteed admission into Pacific’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.

With English as his second language, Li struggled through grade school but with his innate determination he slowly built his vocabulary. “I had to use an electronic dictionary to look up the definitions for words I didn’t know, then put them together to understand the meaning of each sentence, and then repeat the same process to understand the paragraph, and so forth,” said Li. “This is something I could not dare to imagine back then. It’s a memorable milestone and gives me confidence for the future and motivates me to strive for more,” he added.

At the age of 15, Li and his family immigrated to the United States from Guangdong, China and made San Francisco their new home. During a career fair at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School Li met a pharmacist, an alumnus of the School who inspired him to study pharmacy. Later he volunteered at a local pharmacy as a clerk for a semester where he “got to observe how the pharmacist consulted patients on how to properly use medication. I enjoyed the personal interaction and application of science.”

Before coming to Pacific, Li mentioned he never thought about attending a private university since many of his relatives earned their degrees at a University of California. What also attracted him to Pacific was its student-to-faculty ratio. He was not proficient in English and he knew that if he chose Pacific he would “have closer personal interaction not only with classmates and friends but also professors.”

“The most rewarding part about my education here is that learning opportunities at Pacific are multidimensional. It has allowed me to observe, make and learn from mistakes, and more importantly learn to be a better person,” said Li.

At Pacific, Li was active outside of the classroom and held many leadership roles. He was a physics lab teaching assistant, organic chemistry workshop leader, Educational Resource Center tutor for calculus, physics, and organic chemistry, residency assistant and a member of the Rho Pi Phi pharmacy fraternity.

Li says what keeps him going is his aspiration to become a well-rounded and equipped individual who can serve the community and take care of friends and family. More importantly, he wants to take care of his parents because “they have sacrificed a lot to come to America for my education.” In August, Li will return to Pacific as a member of the doctor of pharmacy class of 2016.

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Faculty Member Receives Two Honors in One Month

sian carr-lopez-resizedIn April the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) announced the appointment of Dr. Sian Carr-Lopez ’85 as Fellow of ASHP. The ASHP Practitioner Recognition Program sought to recognize practitioners for their outstanding service to ASHP and contribution of excellence to the health-system pharmacy, including teaching, leadership, scholarly work, as well as clinical practice.

“I was so happy to learn that I was being recognized. It is extra special for me to have my contributions to the profession recognized by ASHP. In my view, this professional organization has been instrumental in moving the profession forward, and I am honored by their acknowledgment,” she said.

She attended the ASHP Summer Meeting, hosted in Minneapolis, MN, in June where she was formally recognized.

Dr. Carr-Lopez was also named the Doctor of Pharmacy class of 2013 Teacher of the Year. This marks the second year she has received this award. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2009.

Each year the graduating class is given the opportunity to vote for their top five faculty members. An overall rating is calculated to nominate five finalists which are turned over to the selection committee, which includes the dean and the most recent recipients of the Teacher of the Year and Runner-Up Teacher of the Year awards. The committee selects the winner.

“I am also grateful that they see me as a person who is doing my best for them, but may not hit the target on everything, and in those times, they are very forgiving,” said Dr. Carr-Lopez.

As an alumna and faculty member, she shares the same mission as the School which is to teach students that their first priority and purpose is to provide the best possible patient-care. “They must know, respect, and apply evidence-based medication therapy, keep up with the latest landmark clinical trials, and know that their purpose is to serve their patients and the other members of the team,” she said.

In her personal and professional development, Dr. Carr-Lopez finds inspirations from her “parents, Bill and Enid Carr, and my Pastor, Fr. Michael Downey. They truly ‘walk the talk’, love unconditionally, and they consistently remind me of my true purpose.”


William Cao ’14: Mind, Body, and Research

William Cao_resizedAs you wander the halls of the Edward and Alice Long Memorial Hall at the School, you will notice some posters with detailed graphics of stem cells and research data that are drawn to perfection. These posters are the work of William Cao ‘14.

Cao attended University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned his bachelor of science in pharmacology. He is currently in his fourth year in the Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences Graduate Program with an emphasis in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology and Toxicology.

“I was inspired to study pharmacology in high school after I read about how a drug worked. It changed the way I thought about my mind and body. Learning about a mechanism or signaling pathway is really satisfying for me,” said Cao.

His research interest in stem cells was the deciding factor for coming to Pacific. After meeting Dr. Robert Halliwell, Professor Pharmacology and Physiology, and learning about the opportunity to work with stem cells and study the electrical properties of cells and tissues, he knew he had to come here. Dr. Halliwell is also Cao’s faculty advisor. Cao considers Dr. Halliwell as a mentor saying “he is very important in guiding and supporting me.”

In July 2012, Cao received the Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association Travel Award which funded his trip to London where he attended the British Neuroscience Association 2013 Festival of Neuroscience in April. At the meeting he presented his poster titled “Predictive value of human stem cells for developmental neurotoxicity studies.” “Not only was I allowed to present my work there, it contributed to an invaluable educational experience. Additionally, I was able to meet with other researchers who helped me to design the experiments that I am currently conducting,” said Cao.

“This type of support from the program is critical to the academic success of all graduate students,” he added.

Interestingly, for Cao, cell culture is his morning meditation, he sees neurite outgrowths when he looks at deciduous trees in the winter, and finds the autoclave (an incinerator that is used to dispose of bio hazardous paraphernalia) smell oddly comforting. After completing the program, Cao hopes to obtain a post-doctoral position to gain more experience and work on publishing more of his research.


Michael Conner ’12: A Leader for Tomorrow

Michael Conner_resizedMany would agree that the predictor of the future is the past. The same can be said when identifying potential leaders. A great example of this is Michael Conner ’12. He completed his doctor of pharmacy at Pacific in 2012 and is already serving in leadership roles in the community.

Conner served as the Vice President for Student Affairs on the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) – Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) executive board from 2010-2011. During his time at Pacific, he led the students in a marketing campaign for American Pharmacists Month which ultimately earned them the APhA Chapter Policy and Legislative Award.

Currently, he serves as the President for the Fresno-Madera Pharmacists Association which is now transitioning and unifying with other local chapters to become the Central Valley Pharmacists Association. In addition, he is an Executive Team Leader – Pharmacy for Target in Clovis.

In recognition of his academic and leadership excellence, Connor received multiple scholarships and he credits this generosity that he received with helping him achieve success. Conner was the recipient of the Richard Giambruno Scholarship, Ralph L. Saroyan Endowment Scholarship, John F. “Jack” Schlegel Leadership Scholarship, Helen Rowland Memorial Scholarship for Innovative Leadership, Rick Friedmann Senior Achievement Award, and Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association Senior Award.

“This support not only aided me in my pursuit of professional and leadership development; it encouraged and inspired me to influence those around me. Without this support, I would not have had the growth I so very much needed,” he said.

Through his networks, he also built relationships at Pacific that have influenced his personal and professional life. Conner maintains a close relationship with Ralph Saroyan ‘64, Emeritus Faculty, of whom he said,“No words, no matter how eloquent, can appropriately explain the positive impact that he made in my life”. He has become a dear friend, mentor, brother, and father all-in-one.” Saroyan and Conner are brothers of Phi Delta Chi.

Another person who was instrumental in guiding Conner’s career was Dr. Donald Floriddia ‘71 who served as the faculty advisor for ASP and “fought for us (students) and encouraged us to become innovative leaders.”

As he continues to lead in his professional roles, he is also working on completing a master in business administration. “I’d like to start my own business that focuses on helping people maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit where I can prescribe exercise, nutrition therapy, and medications all in one large facility,” said Conner.


Carl Fairburn ‘10: A Passion for Higher Education

Carl Fairburn_resizedWhen Carl Fairburn ‘10 earned his doctor of physical therapy degree from Pacific, he thought he was done with school. After spending some time working in a small rural hospital in Oroville, CA, Fairburn will be moving to North Carolina to attend the CardioVascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapist Residency at Duke University.

“Resident programs offer the next step in higher education. There is always something new to learn,” Fairburn said.

The residency is one of only two cardiovascular and pulmonary residencies certified by the American Physical Therapists Association. Currently, only clinical-based residency programs are credentialed through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.

“I hope to further my education so that I may become a better practitioner. This residency will provide me with the knowledge to deliver optimal care and treatment for my patients,” said Fairburn.

What inspired Fairburn to continue his education was his passion. Throughout his career he went where his passion led him and found himself “curious and driven to learn more and provide better care for my patients.”

Fairburn was born and raised in Oregon and moved to California after high school to attend Porterville Community College. While earning his associate’s degree, he also played baseball competitively. Later he attended California State University, Chico to continue his education and collegiate baseball career. Fairburn knew he had an interest in sports but “really wasn’t sure what to do but, a counselor suggested exercise physiology” which ultimately brought him to Pacific.

At home, Fairburn loves to play the guitar, both acoustic and electric. He also enjoys riding his ’98 softail Harley Davidson and holds the Oregon state youth hunting record for bighorn sheep. In the future, he would like to return to academia and teach graduate courses.


What Makes You Smile? SLP Student Helps Fund Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeries

The Operation Smile team and Dr. Jill Duthie at the fundraising event
The Operation Smile team and Dr. Jill Duthie at the fundraising event

Speech-Language Pathology senior Rhian Hardee ’14 is president and chapter founder of University of the Pacific’s Operation Smile. Hardee and her team organized a week-long supply drive in April at The Grove on the University’s campus. Their goal was to raise enough funds to pay for one child’s cleft lip surgery — which is about $240. Hardee and her club asked students to use extra meal plan points to purchase and donate supplies to benefit Operation Smile. Operation Smile and its medical volunteers work around the world to provide safe, effective and free cleft lip and palate reconstructive surgery for children who otherwise would not have access to treatment. During the supply drive, Pacific Operation Smile members handed out informational fliers, recruited for the club, and invited people to donate. The Associated Students at the University of the Pacific (ASUOP) and Residence Hall Association(RHA) assisted by providing funds for t-shirts, table crafts, and mailing costs.

Hardee’s volunteers used a clever gimmick that attracted attention and generated interest and involvement in Operation Smile by staging a photo booth at the event where they asked students, “What makes you smile?” then instructed them to write an answer on a chalkboard. Pacific’s Operation Smile members informed students about Cleft Lip and the great work of Operation Smile. Students posed for a picture holding the chalkboard, and pictures were posted to Pacific’s Operation Smile Facebook page:!/PacificOperationSmile.

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Dr. Duthie tells us what makes her smile.

Hardee explains her inspiration to start a chapter of Operation Smile at Pacific, “I studied abroad last summer in Guatemala, and did a presentation on how cleft lip and palate affects the country because many families cannot access treatment in the form of surgery for their child. I was very inspired to help and did more research when I got back to the U.S. I worked over the summer on developing plans to get the club started, and worked closely with ASUOP and Operation Smile Student/Youth Programs HQ to get it off the ground. We tabled at ASUOP’s “Club Rush” in the fall, and had informational meetings and eventually hosted official club meetings. Last semester we hosted an awareness event with informational posters and signs outside the UC with free Starbucks coffee along the UC walkway if people could state a fun fact about Operation Smile. The supply drive is our second event.”

Hardee reported that the April drive was an overwhelming success! They collected $1,536 worth of supplies and an additional $400 worth of miscellaneous supplies that they donated to a local homeless shelter. Thanks to the generous donations from Pacific students, several children with cleft lip will receive surgeries that will help them smile!

Speech-Language Pathology Professor and Cleft Palate and Cranial Facial Syndromes instructor Dr. Jill Duthie, is the faculty advisor for Pacific’s Operation Smile. Duthie explained, “I am proud of our students extending their learning beyond the classroom for the greater good! “


Kim Stefan Ta Duc ‘14 Attends Student Leadership Symposium on Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Washington, DC

Ta Duc pose for a group picture with other Paul Ambrose Scholars.
Ta Duc pose for a group picture with other Paul Ambrose Scholars.

Kim Stefan Ta Duc ‘14 received a highly competitive scholarship to attend the 12th annual Paul Ambrose Scholars Program Symposium, held June 20-23, 2013 in Washington, DC. He joined 45 other medical, physician assistant, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy, and graduate nursing students dedicated to bringing health promotion and preventive approaches to health professions education and their communities. The students were selected from a pool of applicants from over 80 health professions schools across the country.

Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH, U.S. Public Health Service, Deputy Surgeon General, provided an inspiring second day closing that set the stage for the rest of the Symposium. Throughout the leadership development program, Ta Duc and the other participants attended presentations and lively discussions focused on perspectives on prevention, healthcare and the economy, health policy advocacy, project planning and community organizing, medicine and the underserved, public speaking and media relations, social determinants of health, and careers in public health and prevention. Public health officials, industry experts, and public health veterans led sessions. Six enthusiastic Paul Ambrose Scholar Alumni returned to participate in two panel discussions.

“What was most impactful was the encouragement they instilled in us and the belief that we are the next generation of leaders and that we have potential to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Ta Duc.

The PASP program is named for Paul Ambrose, MD, MPH a rising star in the field of prevention and public health who tragically lost his life on September 11, 2001. Through his intelligence, commitment, and heart-felt energy, Dr. Ambrose forged meaningful relationships and touched many lives by demonstrating a zest for living and passion for prevention and public health. Dr. Ambrose’s mother, Sharon Ambrose, attended this year’s symposium.

In addition to financial support awarded to travel to and participate in the symposium, Ta Duc is eligible to receive a micro-grant to implement a public health or disease prevention project focused on one of the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators on campus or in his community within the next year.

For his project, Access to Healthcare, Ta Duc will coordinate with St. Mary’s Interfaith Medical Center in Stockton, CA to provide health services to the patients. As co-chair of the Pacific PharmAssistance Committee, he hopes to enroll patients in pharmacy assistance programs to help offset their prescription medication costs, obtain free medical supplies, and more. His outreach efforts will touch approximately 20 lives per month.

“It’s an exceptional honor to have Stefan recognized for his drive to better meet public health needs. I believe that he will find a niche in the community that is not currently met and help improve healthcare of under served and under represented population,” said Dr. Rajul Patel ’01, ’06. Dr. Patel will serve as Stefan’s mentor for his Access to Healthcare project.

The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program (PASP) is planned and implemented by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR). PASP is sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

About the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)
APTR is the professional organization for the academic public health community dedicated to prevention research and interprofessional education. By bringing together individuals and institutions devoted to disease prevention and health promotion, APTR is advancing interprofessional education and research to improve the health professions workforce. APTR represents public health, medical and health professions faculty and their institutions and supports universities, schools and colleges that develop, maintain and advance graduate programs in public health, preventive medicine, social medicine and community health.

This article was adapted by Dua Her from the press release sent by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.





The Northern California College of Clinical Pharmacy Committee’s Second Annual PharmD Research Symposium

On Wednesday June 26th, the Northern California College of Clinical Pharmacy (NCCCP) Committee held their Second Annual PharmD Research Symposium. This symposium is intended to showcase the diverse research accomplished at Pacific, to demonstrate the dynamic capabilities that Pacific students have to offer, and to increase student interest and awareness of opportunities in research on the Health Sciences campus.

The response from students was overwhelmingly positive. “Even though I was nervous and anxious, to be able to present the research we have worked on these past few months, to share it was an honor. Everyone was so supportive and it was definitely an experience I won’t forget,” said Zohal Fazel Ali ’14.

A total of 20 posters were presented by students from various areas of research, including drug discovery, pharmacy practice and curriculum outcomes research. The symposium gave students a chance to practice presenting their methods, results and findings to an audience of peers and professors before presenting at national conferences. Dr. John Livesey, Associate Professor and Chair of Physiology and Pharmacology and faculty judge explains, “I was impressed with the overall effort and results and the high degree of professionalism exhibited here. It’s good to see these efforts and I’m honored to assist in supporting and recognizing the achievements of the students. Every one of these abstracts is work of which the authors can be proud.” Through this symposium, the committee hopes to showcase the diverse responsibilities, clinical expertise, and leadership that pharmacists can contribute in a multitude of settings.

Recipients of the Research Excellence Award
Recipients of the Research Excellence Award

At the end of the symposium, three awards were granted: Research Excellence, Best Poster Presentation, and Audience Favorite Awards. Renae Minnema ’14 and Radha Changela ’14 received the award for Outstanding Poster Presentation. Aaron Tran ’14, Lana Nguyen ’14, Susan Deng ’14, Kelly Chen ’14, and Jodi Ott ’13 received the Research Excellence Award. Lastly, Lauren Epperson ’14, Janine Lastimosa ’14, Tien Tran ’14, Vittoria Ledesma ’14, Jerline Hsin ’12 received the Audience Favorite Award.

The NCCCP Committee hopes to continue to host the PharmD Research Symposium annually and broaden the event to include physical therapy, speech-language pathology and dentistry student research.

The event wouldn’t have been a success without the support and guidance of NCCCP’s advisor, Dr. William Kehoe ’95, and Dr. Rajul Patel ’01, ’06, whose Medicare Part D student researchers composed a large part of the presenters. Both of these faculty members have demonstrated throughout their involvement that leadership is not simply a title, but is shown through example and going above and beyond what is expected. Furthermore, the event wouldn’t have been possible without the help and unwavering support of our judges, research faculty, and University staff.