Pacific Made Top 8 Finalists in P&T Competition

Congratulations to our Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Student Pharmacist who was named as one of the top 8 finalist teams and presented their research at the AMCP National Competition held in Tampa, FL in April. Jason Kurian ’15, Alexander Luong ’15, Amy Pham ’15 and Joanna Quach ’15 represented Pacific in the competition.

Pacific team with Dr. Allen Shek, faculty advisor.
Pacific team with Dr. Allen Shek, faculty advisor.

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.





Student Pharmacists Win National Competition

In May, the National Consumers League (NCL) and its partners announced the award winners for the Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge naming University of the Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as one of the four recipients. Pacific took home the National Target Market Challenge Award.

This month-long competition engaged health profession students and faculty in developing creative ideas for raising awareness about medication adherence as a critical public health issue. The Medication Adherence Team Challenge is part of the Script Your Future public awareness campaign launched in 2011 by NCL. The campaign includes more than 130 public and private stakeholder organizations, including the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation, the American Medical Association (AMA), and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

The Pacific Team under the direction of Dr. Allen Shek, Vice Chair and Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Program, included Kristen Ward ’14 (student lead), Andy Pang ’14, Alexander Fung ’14, Robert Lee ’14 and Katherine Fong ’14.

Pacific's Script Your Future Team was formally recognized last week in Washington, DC.
Pacific’s Script Your Future Team was formally recognized last week in Washington, DC.

“The focus of our campaign was to address the issue of medication non-adherence to the diverse and underserved populations in the Stockton and Sacramento area,” said Dr. Shek.

To tackle the challenge, the students dedicated their campaign to translating material into other languages, participating in health events that target underserved populations, and creating a social media page and radio show in hopes of educating people about the importance of adhering to their medication regimen.

Furthermore, Pacific students established a partnership with UC Davis medical students to expand the campaign outreach through student-run clinics to foster inter-professional collaboration.

“This not only served as affirmation that we are making a difference in our community but also, gave us further encouragement to continue to push the profession of pharmacy forward,” said Fong who attended the Script Your Future Sacramento Coalition meeting and Healthcare Stakeholder Roundtable with Dr. Shek on June 11. Fong and her team attended the award ceremony in Washington, DC on July 10, 2013.

This year’s Script Your Future contest included 1,700 future health care professionals, 200 events in 35 states, 12,000 medication adherence consultations, and reached more than three million consumers nationwide. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) saw this as such a unique effort that it awarded the NCL a $200,000 grant over the next two years to further expand the campaign.

To learn more about Script Your Future, visit


Nicholaus Brock ’12 and fellow SLP students win Pacific’s 2012 Student Philanthropy Video

Congratulations to Nicholaus Brock ’12 and fellow SLP students for winning Pacific’s 2012 Student Philanthropy Video contest for “Fan Favorite”.  Pacific Fund launched the Student Philanthropy Video Contest looking for original videos, created by students, thanking our donors for their financial support to Pacific.  Nick and fellow SLP students created a video on their experience at the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association and how your support has contributed to their educational experience and success.  Join us in congratulation Nick and the students!


AMCP-Pacific Makes Top 15

Robert Chirk ’12, Tong Lee ‘12, Lamont Vuong ‘13, and Kristen Ward ’14 took home first place at the local AMCP Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Competition in January and went on to represent Pacific at the national competition.  Although the team did not make the top eight finalist, they made it in the top 15 semifinalist, out of 29 teams who competed.  Join us in congratulating our students for a job well done.

The 2012 AMCP-Pacific P&T Competition winning team (from left to right): Lamont Vuong ’13, Robert Chirk ’12, Tong Lee ’12, and Kristen Ward ’14.

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.

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.