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    Woster research an awardee in Sickle Cell Disease/Advancing Cures funding; fast-track research focused on developing a new gene-modifying sickle cell disease treatment at MUSC could lead to human clinical trials in as few as three years.

  • MUSC Team Takes Tops Prize in KPIC Business Plan Competition

    The MUSC team Fins Pharmacy won first place in the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center 6th Annual Business Plan Competition, winning a prize of $6,000. Team members include Philip Tampis, Patrick Holloway, Aaron Smith and Andrew Swanner.
     
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    The College of Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina provides a premier pharmacy education leveraging the innovative inter-professional learning opportunities offered at South Carolina’s only comprehensive academic health center with a full range of programs in the biomedical sciences.


  • Pharmacy Students Hone Skills at Compounding Boot Camp

    MUSC pharmacy students immersed themselves in compounding during a special boot camp on campus February 23-24. Twenty-seven students participated in the Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) Boot Camp, an intensive two-day session that furthered their compounding training.

     

  • Alumni Ambassador Program Helps Expand Recruiting Outreach

    The MUSC College of Pharmacy Alumni Ambassador Program was a big part of the fall recruiting campaign, in which the College was represented at formal recruitment events at Clemson, UGA, Furman, USC, North Carolina State, the Atlanta University Center and many more. Contact Abby Grady for information.   

  • Compounding Team Qualifies for National Competition

    The 2018 Medisca Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition winners are Meghan White, Zach Posey and Ryan Rosenblatt. The team will go on to represent MUSC in the eighth annual national competition, held March 17-18, which includes a practical lab, a Q-and-A, a presentation and a compounding challenge.


News & Accolades

MUSC College of Pharmacy preceptors and alumni Lynn and Walt Uber

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Pharmacy alumnus and adjunct faculty member Walt Uber was named a Master Preceptor, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) announced in the April 12 E-lert.

Uber ’88, R’89 was one of just three recipients nationwide in the 2018 class of the AACP Master Preceptor Recognition Program (MPRP), which recognizes preceptors who are not full-time employees of a school/college of pharmacy for their sustained commitment to excellence in experiential education and professional practice.

A clinical specialist in the adult and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery/heart and lung transplant program at MUSC, Uber has been a mentor/advisor to students in the College of Pharmacy for 30 years.

“He’s been a tremendous asset to the experiential education program at MUSC,” said Philip Hall, dean of the MUSC College of Pharmacy. “Walt’s cardiothoracic surgery rotation is one of the toughest a student will face, but it is always in great demand and students love it. They like learning from the best.”

Uber was awarded the Clinical Faculty of the Year award in 1989, the Professor of the Year award in 1993, and Preceptor of the Year in 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2006.  He also received the Orville C. Baxter Professional Practice Award from The University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni Association for an outstanding practicing pharmacist who demonstrates high ideals for professionalism and whose practice of pharmacy demonstrates genuine concern for patients. In 2009, Uber and his critical care colleagues won the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Best Practices Award in Health Systems Pharmacy for a safety and efficacy analysis of an inpatient collaborative drug therapy management service for direct thrombin inhibitors.

Uber is the second MUSC College of Pharmacy preceptor to be recognized as Master Preceptor since the program’s inception. Tom Worrall was part of the MPRP inaugural class in 2014, when AACP launched the program following recommendations from the 2012 AACP Professional Affairs Committee Report .

“The AACP Master Preceptor Recognition Program recognizes the exemplary preceptors in the Academy who support our institutional members and future practitioners,” said Lucinda L. Maine, executive vice president and CEO of AACP, when announcing the program’s first class. “AACP introduced the Master Preceptor program to offer our members another tool for recognizing and rewarding our best preceptors who contribute so much to our students' learning.”

MUSC pharmacy finished with the highest Phase I post-graduate year one (PGY1) match rate in the country, according to data released March 20 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Pharmacy students on the MUSC campus of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy had a match rate of 88.2%, against a reported national average of 64.2%. MUSC pharmacy students matched at programs all across the country, from Florida to California to Wisconsin to New York.

Results from Phase II, in which unmatched or new applicants match with unfilled or new positions, will be announced on April 12. In Phase I this year, 6,505 applicants enrolled in the match, 5,236 participated, and 3,361 successfully matched, leaving 1,875 unmatched applicants and 286 unfilled positions.

“We’re very proud of our students and of the MUSC pharmacy family that prepared them,” said Philip D. Hall, dean of the MUSC College of Pharmacy and interim SCCP co-executive dean. “We’ll continue to work closely with any of our students still looking for a match throughout the process. Ultimately, our goal is a match rate of 100 percent.”  

Pharmacy student Dea Lasic, Match Day success

Healthcare students across the country participate in March Madness and it has nothing to do with basketball.

March 20 is pharmacy residency Match Day, where students hoping to land residencies find out if they matched with a post-graduate program. MUSC pharmacy students can share the good news by posting their matches on the MUSC College of Pharmacy Facebook page and MUSC College of Pharmacy Instagram with hashtag #matchmadness2018.

Match Day has two phases and today's Phase I match results showed MUSC students with a match rate of 88.2% against a national Phase I match rate of 64.2%.

One student who got the good news this morning is Dea Lasic '18, who kicks off the College's "18-from-18" campaign featuring 18 students from the Class of 2018.

Lasic matched at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, N.C. Lasic decided her senior year of high school to be a pharmacist and started working at Palmetto Health Richland, where she was mentored by pharmacist Adisa Muminovic. Lasic went on to attend the University of South Carolina for her pre-pharmacy work.

Born in Croatia and raised in California (Pasadena and Covena), she moved to Charlotte, N.C. at age nine.

"My parents raised me and my sister to be forward-thinking and ambitious women," said Lasic, who served as the MUSC pharmacy Student Government Association president her P3 year. "I'm excited the residency is focued in amubulatory care in the first year where you get the clinical experience of working with both in patient and out patient. I'm very excited to be in the VA because they have such progressive roles for pharmacists."

Match Day is a high-stress tradition for healthcare students. Students interested in residencies interview with potential programs and rank their preferences while the programs rank theirs. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) runs a matching program in which an algorithm matches interested residencies with student-preferred placements.  

In 2017, 6,035 applicants entered enrolled in the post-graduate year one (PGY1) match program and 4,913 applicants entered the match (with approximately 3,100 positions available for PGY1).

Last year, MUSC pharmacy students posted a stellar match rate of 89 percent against a national average of about 67 percent. Graduating students matched at prestigious institutions including MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, University of North Carolina Medical Center, Oregon State Hospital, University of Utah, Ohio State University, Wake Forest, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and many others.

MUSC pharmacy celebrates Women’s History Month in March 2018!

One of the most historic breakthroughs women have had is in the workplace, and the profession of pharmacy has drawn particular benefit. In 1985, women reached a slight majority, becoming just fewer than 52 percent of pharmacy school graduates according to research from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. That percentage had grown to around 60 percent by 2015-16.

“Pharmacy is an appealing profession for women because it allows us to care for our communities as we simultaneously care for our families in a way that is unique to each of us,” said Shea Manigo ’07, who earned her bachelor’s at the University of Florida before coming to MUSC.

Manigo also earned an MBA from The Citadel in 2007 and has served as a district pharmacy manager at Target and healthcare market leader with CVS Health. Earlier this year, she was named regional director R59 for CVS Health.

“The professional diversity within the field of pharmacy affords women the opportunity to seek personal, familial and professional fulfillment in a variety of settings,” she said.

Jessica Cope '11, a clinical specialist in medical intensive care at UF Health Shands Hospital and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, has also found fulfillment in the pharmacy profession.

"My role as a clinical specialist in a high tech, fast paced Medical ICU environment is both demanding and rewarding," she said. "As a member of an intensely collaborative clinical team, I provide vital information that allow for timely therapeutic interventions. My clinical pharmacy role provides me the opportunity to improve health outcomes for individual patients as well as the broader impact on patient care that results from the research undertaken and published by our ICU team. Knowing I make a difference is meaningful and fulfilling."

You can read about a few other MUSC pharmacy women in the stories available below, which are illustrative of the many highly-talented women in the MUSC pharmacy program.

Jane Davis ’82

Shannon Drayton

Connie Thompson ’47

Lyndsay Zotian ’11

Pharmacy faculty member David Shirley, PCCA Boot Camp Instructors

MUSC pharmacy students immersed themselves in compounding during a special boot camp on the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) campus February 23-24.

Twenty-seven students participated in the Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) Boot Camp, an intensive two-day session that furthered their compounding training, earned them elective credit and made them eligible to complete more advanced training with PCCA.

“Our partnership with PCCA has created excellent opportunities for our students to explore compounding in more depth and give them a leg up if they decide to make compounding a significant part of their careers,” said David Shirley ’02, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences at MUSC  and practicing compounding pharmacist. “The boot camp provides great experience and can open the way for them to apply for a fourth-year rotation at PCCA as well.”

In 2009, MUSC pharmacy students Lisa Murphy ’12 and Margarita Taburyanskaya ’12 secured enough student commitments to persuade PCCA to offer the popular boot camp program in Charleston rather than at the PCCA Institute in Houston. Today, the on-site boot camp continues to draw MUSC pharmacy students looking to distinguish their skills and experiences in the job market.

PCCA instructors Jessica Messa and Beau Harger (pictured on a boat tour of Charleston skippered by Shirley) ran the introductory compounding boot camp, which offers hands-on training and a review of dosage forms and compounding techniques. Students pursuing additional training may take advanced and veterinary compounding courses.

“Compounding was the backbone of the profession for most of its history,” Shirley said. “The most visible identification of pharmacy for most people is the mortar and pestle, which are compounding tools. Modern technology and the ability to customize medicine mean compounding will be a big part of the profession’s future, too.”

 

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