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Three SmartState Endowed Chairs are among the research faculty who teach in the PharmD program and Ph.D. programs. Research focuses on identifying new drug targets, drug delivery systems and disease therapeutics.
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.
Registration for MUSC College of Pharmacy Welcome Home Weekend is now live! Festivities include the Vincent T. Peng Endowed Lectureship (CE), lunch with the dean, a day-in-the-life panel with current students and the traditional Lowcountry Oyster Roast. Visit the Welcome Home website for information.
The 2017 White Coat Ceremony featured as keynote speaker Nancy G. Mikell, who was also presented with the Honorary Alumnus of the Year Award. Mikell's address was the highlight of a week of 2017 Orientation activities capped by the ceremony at Baruch Auditorium August 17.
Classes resume at the MUSC College of Pharmacy and the MUSC campus of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy on Wednesday, Sept. 13, after closure due to Hurricane Irma.
The department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences provides education and training related to professional practice including application of the pharmaceutical sciences to patient care. The promotion of critical thinking skills is the hallmark of the Department’s courses. Additionally, faculty members in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences are engaged in various areas of scholarship that impact clinical therapeutics, professional practice, evaluation of drug health policies, and pharmacy education.
Faculty members act as a positive force within the profession of pharmacy through active participation and leadership in professional and scientific organizations. We strive to create an environment that produces appropriate and innovative coursework to prepare practitioners for contemporary and future practice roles, and fosters the academic growth and success of the faculty.
MUSC Educator-Lecturer of the Year: Shannon Drayton has been named the 2015 MUSC Educator-Lecturer of the Year. It is the second straight year a faculty member from the College has the won his university-wide honor: Kristy Brittain won the Educator-Lecturer Award in 2014.
Drayton is an associate professor in the College of Pharmacy. According to students and colleagues, she has built an excellent rapport with her students. Many pharmacy instructors ask students how they may improve their lectures, but Drayton goes above and beyond in this respect, devoting entire classes to course improvement and taking her students’ feedback into consideration.
She feels it is important to empower students by letting them know their feedback matters. “I respect my students and feel their voice makes me a better educator,” Drayton said.
“Dr. Drayton actively encourages feedback in a way that allows students to see that she truly cares about improving our education and helping us develop into professionals,” said Lindsay Avery and Alyssa Rabon, College of Pharmacy students who nominated Drayton for the Teaching Excellence Award.
Marissa Beck, PharmD, one of Drayton’s former students, called her teaching style “absolutely riveting.” Taking her class, Beck said, “was one of the best decisions of my life. She was such a fantastic and passionate teacher with an infectious, positive attitude.”
MUSC Foundation 2015 Outstanding Clinician: Don Wiest won the 2015 MUSC Outstanding Clinician Award. The associate professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences was one of just three faculty university-wide honored. The award honors outstanding contributions to patient care.
Those who have learned from or worked with Wiest over the years know that, if he is anything, he is a model of consistency. And that consistency in his chosen endeavor of pharmacy means putting the patient and the patient’s family above other factors. In his role as clinical pharmacist, he provided direct care for almost all patient care services in the Children’s Hospital. Operating the pediatric on–call clinical pharmacist service, he took calls from every patient care service with the exception of pediatric surgery, which had its own dedicated clinician.
In 1988, Wiest became director of the pharmacy residency program and led it to its first accreditation by the American Society of Health–System Pharmacists the same year. In fact, his five–year tenure as residency program director laid the foundation for protocols and procedures that remained in place long after he stepped down from that position. “He challenges conventional wisdom,” said an attending physician who has worked with Wiest for more than 20 years. “He is a warehouse of old literature forgotten but that retains clinical relevance to this day.”
ACCP 2015 Education Award: Kelly Ragucci has been named the winner of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) 2015 Education Award, presented as part of the opening general session at ACCP’s 2015 Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy, in San Francisco on October 18.
ACCP’s Education Award recognizes a member who has shown excellence in the classroom or clinical training site, conducted innovative research in clinical pharmacy education, demonstrated exceptional dedication to continuous professional development, or shown leadership in the development of clinical pharmacy education programs.
Ragucci, professor and chair of the Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences Department, was cited for her “sustained work and leadership in clinical pharmacy education,” which ACCP Executive Director Michael Maddox called “truly commendable and has set a high standard for other educators nationally to emulate.”
Often selected as a professor of the year by students in the pharmacy college, Ragucci has also been honored with University-wide accolades such as being named winner of the MUSC Teaching Excellence Award as Educator-Lecturer (2012) and MUSC Outstanding Clinician Award (2011). She was a finalist for the 2013 Governor’s Professor of the Year Award and has won numerous other awards.
SCSHP Schwerin Mentor Award: Jean Nappi, professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences was named the co-winner of the 2015 George D. Schwerin Mentor Award, along with colleague Christina Cox from the University of South Carolina. The South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists award is presented to an individual in recognition of contributions to the professional community by inspiring, growing, educating and challenging the pharmacists of the future; and in appreciation of their role as a mentor, advisor, and teacher.
SCSHP Flinchum Distinguished Service Award: Wayne Weart, a pharmacy faculty member and residency graduate at MUSC was presented with the 2015 Kenneth Flinchum Distinguished Service Award by the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists. This award is presented to an individual who has made exceptional and sustained contributions to SCSHP and the practice of pharmacy. The recipient must have provided at least five years of “extraordinary” service to SCSHP, meaning his or her activities have been critical in helping SCSHP achieve its mission, and have resulted in unusually successful and /or high quality SCSHP programs, programs, projects or services for its members.
Brittain Honored with Two Awards: Kristy Brittain, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences, was presented with the South Carolina Pharmacy Association 2015 Generation Rx Champion Award, which recognizes outstanding efforts within the pharmacy community to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse; she also was honored with the MUSC Health Pharmacy Excellence Quarterly Award in 2015.
SCPhA Couch Distinguished Mentor Award: Cathy Worrall was presented with the South Carolina Pharmacy Association 2015 Ken Couch Distinguished Mentor Award for significantly contributing to promoting leadership in others. The assistant dean and professor was cited as an individual who has promoted and encouraged students or pharmacists to attain leadership positions within pharmacy through example as a role model, mentor or preceptor.
AHEC Excellence in Family Medicine Award: For his work with the Trident Health/MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program, Scott Bragg was presented with the Sixth Annual South Carolina AHEC Excellence in Family Medicine Education Award. Since 2013, Bragg served as assistant professor for the South Carolina College of Pharmacy Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences as well as the MUSC Department of Family Medicine. Bragg is involved with the I3 Collaborative, a collaboration of residency programs across South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida.
Lapointe Named Teacher of the Year: Marc Lapointe, associate professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences, was named the South Carolina College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year, along with MUSC colleague Ed Soltis of the Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences. This College-wide honor is bestowed by joint vote of the students on both USC and MUSC campuses.
SSHP Chapter Award at ASHP: Kathy Chessman was honored at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists with the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists Chapter Award. She is the advisor for the ASHP-SSHP chapter at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Nicole Bohm is primary investigator on a $125,850 grant awarded through an RFP for independent medical education for the novel oral anticoagulants. The grant, funded by Bristol Myers Squibb/Pfizer, supports a collaboration with MUSC’s Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles to develop a mobile application including drug selection and dosing guidance based on clinical data input with interactive educational and self-quizzing functions. Similar programming will be offered to incorporate into EPIC, MUSC’s electronic medical record system, to provide active dose guidance for prescribers.
James Sterrett awarded large HRSA grant.
James Sterrett received MUSC IPID grant entitled “Integrating Telepharmacy Precepting and Consulting to Optimize Interprofessional Collaborative Care and Education in a Nurse Practitioner Clinic Targeting the Medically Underserved”
Kelly Ragucci is co-investigator on the $390,000 Josiah Macy Foundation grant “Virtual Interprofessional (VIP) Learning.
Chris Wisniewski continues to work with the Medicaid grant for SCORxE (South Carolina Offering Prescribing Excellence), the South Carolina Medicaid Academic Detailing Program.
Kelly Ragucci is primary investigator on the Office of Interprofessional Initiatives grant Evaluation of Simulated Interprofessional Rounding Experiences.
CPOS faculty compiled 37 peer-reviewed publications in 2014-15
Cogdill BR, Ross CA, Hurst JM, Garrison KL, Drayton SJ, Wisniewski CS. Evaluation of urinalyses ordered for diagnosis of urinary tract infection at an inpatient psychiatric hospital. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 2014:47(1);17-24.
Nichols TA, Drayton SJ, Borckardt J, Taber DJ. Lithium dosing equations: are they accurate? Ann Pharmacother, 2014:48(5):596-600.
Drayton SJ, Pelic CM. Bipolar Disorder, in, Dipiro JT, Talbert RL, Yee GC, et al., eds., in, Pharmacotherapy; A pathophysiologic approach. 9th Edition, New York City, McGraw-Hill, 2014.
Wisniewski CS, Robert S, Ball S. Collaboration between a drug information center and an academic detailing program. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2014;71:128-34.
Nestor J, Huggins T, Kummerfeldt C, Wisniewski CS, Davis J, Doelken P, Sahn S. Dasatinib-induced chylous pleural effusions. Clin Pulm Med. 2014;21:42-5.
Glaholt S, Hayes GL, Wisniewski CS. Evaluation of discharge medication orders following automatic therapeutic substitution of commonly exchanged drug classes. P T. 2014;39:267-72.
Wiest DB, Chang E, Fanning D, Garner S, Cox T, Jenkins DD. Antenatal Pharmacokinetics and Placental Transfer of N-Acetylcysteine in Chorioamnionitis for Fetal Neuroprotection. J Pediatrics 2014;165(4): 672-677
Sebring EJ, Brittain KL, Kirk SE. A review of blood pressure goals for patients with diabetes mellitus. Palmetto Pharmacist 2014;54(5):24-34.
Bohm N, Makowski C, Machado M, Davie A, Seabrook N, Wheless L, Bevill B, Clark B, Kyle TR 3rd. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2014 Aug;58(8):4902-3. doi: 10.1128/AAC.03157-14. Epub 2014 May 12.
Neyens R, Bohm N, Cearley M, Andrews C, Chalela J. J Thromb Thrombolysis. 2014;37(2):80-3. doi: 10.1007/s11239-013-0933-9.
Desai KM, Bragg SW. Close-ups: Group Medical Visits for Chronic Diseases. Am Fam Physician. 2014;90(11):794.
Bragg SW, Das N. When Should Isolated Hypertriglyceridemia Be Treated With Drug Therapy? Evidence-Based Practice. 2014;17(9):9.
Bragg SW. Book Review: Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs (20th Edition). Int J Psychiatry Med. 2014;47(1):93-95.
Patel S, Nappi JN, Thompson AN. Effectiveness of pharmacy run anticoagulation clinics compared to large clinical trials of new oral anticoagulants. J Pharma Care Health Sys. 2014; 1(1):e101.
Ragucci KR. Student evaluation of a clinical assessment course and related interprofessional simulation exercises. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning 2014;6:692-698.
Ragucci KR, O’Bryant CL, Bova Campbell K, et al. The need for PGY-2 trained clinical pharmacy specialists. Pharmacotherapy 2014;34(6):e65-73.
Wiggins BS, Nappi J, Fortier CR, Taber DJ. Cardiovascular drug shortages-predominant etiologies, clinical implications and management strategies. Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2014. DOI: 10.1177/1060028014539142
Bookstaver PB, Felder TM, Quidely AM, Ragucci K, Nappi J, Draper HM. Pharmacy residents’ barriers to scholarly pursuits. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning 2015;7:40-46. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cptl.2014.09.003
Sieg A, Nappi J. Evaluation of doing practices of rivaroxaban and dabigatran. Journal of Pharmacy Technology 2015. DOI: 10.1177/8755122514567923
Cheng JWM, Colucci V, Howard PA, Nappi JM, Spinler SA. Vorapaxar in atherosclerotic disease management. Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2015. DOI: 10.1177/1060028015571410
Chessman KH, Stitt G. Multivitamin supplementation in memory loss. DiPiro J, et al. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, Chapter 118 Update: Assessment of Nutrition Status and Nutrition Requirements. AccessPharmacy Web site. http://AccessPharmacy.com. New York: McGraw-Hill, Sept 2014.
Chessman KH, Stitt G. Role of multivitamin supplementation in disease prevention. DiPiro J, et al. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, Chapter 118 Update: Assessment of Nutrition Status and Nutrition Requirements. AccessPharmacy Web site. http://AccessPharmacy.com. New York: McGraw-Hill, Sept 2014.
Ostrye J, Hailpern SM, Jones J, Egan B, Chessman K, Shatat IF. The efficacy and safety of intravenous hydralazine for the treatment of hypertension in the hospitalized child. Pediatr Nephrol 2014;29(8):1403-09. [Epub ahead of print Feb 2014: DOI 10:1007/s00467-014-2772-0].
Chessman KH, Matzke GR. Disorders of sodium and water homeostasis. Chapter 34 in DiPiro JT, Talbert RL, Yee GC, Matzke GR, Wells BG, Posey LM, eds. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 9th ed. McGraw Hill Education | Medical, New York, 2014, 745-64.
Chessman KH, Kumpf V. Assessment of nutrition status and nutrition requirements. Chapter 118 in DiPiro JT, Talbert RL, Yee GC, Matzke GR, Wells BG, Posey LM, eds. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 9th ed. McGraw Hill Education | Medical, New York, 2014, 2385-2404.
Kumpf V, Chessman KH. Enteral nutrition. Chapter 148 in DiPiro JT, Talbert RL, Yee GC, Matzke GR, Wells BG, Posey LM, eds. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 9th ed. McGraw Hill Education | Medical, New York, 2014, 2427-44.
Bosso JA. Lack of Change in Susceptibility of Psesudomonas aeruginosa in a Pediatric Hospital Despite Changes in Antibiotic Utilization. Infect Dis Ther 2014;3:55-9. (published online 5/16/14). doi: 10.1007/s40121-014-0028-8
Justo JA, Bosso JA. Adverse reactions associated with systemic polymyxin therapy. Pharmacotherapy 2015;35:28-33. Doi: 10.1002/phar.1493
Bliven K, Brittain K. Hope in a bottle for NSCLC: erlotinib. Palmetto Pharmacist. 2015;55: Number 1.
Garner SS, Cox TH, Hill EG, Irving MG, Bissinger RL, Annibale DJ. Prospective, controlled study of an intervention to reduce errors in neonatal antibiotic orders. Available 4/2/15 as a Journal of Perinatology advance online publication at: http://www.nature.com/jp/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/jp201520a.html
Basco WT, Ebeling M, Garner SS, Hulsey TC, Simpson K. Opioid prescribing and potential overdose errors among children 0-36 months. Clinical Pediatrics Available 5/13/15 online before print at: http://cpj.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/05/12/0009922815586050.full