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					April 2009                                                                    Volume 1, Issue 2      Mercer University
                                                                                                    College of Pharmacy
                                                                                                    and Health Sciences
                                                                                                      COS Newsletter

                                                                                                       SOAP Notes
                                                                                                  > The PA Braves game event
                                                                                                    takes place April 14th from
                                                                                                    7:05 PM

                                                                                                  > Join us for the COS picnic on
SNPhA Hosts Regional Conference                                                                     April 17th, 12 noon
Apryl Nelson
Mercer University’s Student       macy Ownership Work-           Career Panel. Throughout         > IFC Formal will be held on
National Pharmaceutical           shop hosted by Dr. Rich-       the day, three CE sessions         April 24th, 7 PM
Association (SNPhA) Chap-         ard Jackson was also held      were held for the NPhA
ter hosted the 2009 SNPhA         on Saturday morning.           member pharmacists led by
Regions I and II Conference                                      Drs. Carmita Coleman,
                                                                                                  > GSHP Banquet will be held 7
themed “The voice of the          After these events, the        Gina Ryan, and Pamela              PM on April 30th at the Brio in
                                  Corporate Sponsor Exhibi-
silent, the face of                                              Moye. The evening                  Buckhead
change…..we are SNPhA”            tion was held where Con-       wrapped up with a “Green
the weekend of March 13-15.       ference sponsor’s pro-         Light” Bridging the Gap
It was a successful event         vided informational materi-    Social at Vino Libro where       > Doctor of Pharmacy Class of
attended by over 200 SNPhA        als and spoke with atten-      the student attendees and          2010 Pinning Ceremony will be
and NPhA members from the         dees about their respec-       pharmacists participated in
East Coast. The Conference        tive companies. At the         ice breakers and had the
                                                                                                    held on May 8th at 12:30 PM in
kicked off on Friday night        Award’s Luncheon that          opportunity to build long          the Sheffield Center.
with an Opening Banquet at        followed the Exhibition,       lasting business relation-
which Dean Hewitt W. Mat-         keynote speaker and            ships with fellow SNPhA/
thews welcomed the atten-         SNPhA co-founder, Dr.          NPhA members.
dees. Dr. Jannifer Johnson        John J. Scrivens Jr. re-
of Astra Zeneca was the           called the history of          The Conference success-
keynote speaker, and she          SNPhA’s beginnings. He         fully brought together vari-
gave an inspiring speech to       encouraged current mem-        ous SNPhA Chapters
motivate students to strive       bers to continue to build      through events that allowed
for excellence both person-       upon and carry out the         for the exchange of ideas,
ally and professionally.          original ideals upon which     the development of friend-
                                  SNPhA was founded.             ships, and established the
Saturday morning began                                           groundwork for SNPhA’s
with Business Meetings            The afternoon ended with       future endeavors.
where SNPhA members               a tour of the Martin L. King
discussed potential additions     Center, Closing Business
                                  Session, and Pharmacy
                                                                                                     Nuts and Bolts
to SNPhA’s bylaws. A Phar-

COS Welcomes New Members!                                                                         Did you know…?
Lauren Riley

On behalf of the current         coming COS officers with        Secretary: Tara Tolbert          You can view all organi-
COS officers, I would like to    any concerns you may            (P1) - tara.e.tolbert
                                                                                                  zation events on the
congratulate the newly           have.                 
elected officers!                                                                                 Google calendar, which
                                 President : Lauren Riley        Treasurer: Shivani Patel         is linked to the
This group of students will      (P2) - lauren.riley             (P2) -                           MUCOPHS homepage.
be responsible for repre-             shivani.rajendra.patel
senting the student body to                            
the faculty as well as assist-   President-Elect: Carmen
ing other organizations in       Echols (P1) -                   Parliamenterian: Joseph
maintaining their integ-         carmen.d.echols                 Lamb (P2) - joseph.lamb
rity. Please feel free to   
contact the current or in-
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                    Mercer Students to Serve at Public Health Services Externships
                    Second year pharmacy           They will both be working       macists Association, and
                    students Neha Negeshrao        for the Food and Drug Ad-       the Indian Health Service.
                    and Sam Cincotta were          ministration (FDA) in the
                    recently selected for the      Center for Drug Evaluation      Sam was able to participate
                    United States Public Health    and Research (CDER), but        in the same program last
                    Service (USPHS) Junior         in different areas. Neha will   summer with the Indian
                    Commissioned Officer Stu-      work specifically with the      Health Service in Santa Fe,
                    dent Externship Program in     Study Endpoints and Label-      New Mexico and thoroughly
                    Washington DC. As JR           ing Division team under         enjoyed his experience. He
                    COSTEPs they will be full      CAPT Laurie Burke and           is definitely looking forward
                    fledged USPHS officers         Sam will be working with        to the program again this
                    wearing uniforms that are      the Substance Registration      summer and excited to
                    similar to the Navy. They      System team under CAPT          welcome Neha to the pro-
                    will also have the opportu-    William Hess. They will also    gram. Students who are
                    nity to be deployed to dis-    have the opportunity to         interested in this internship
                    aster events (hurricanes,      attend lectures from various    program for next year
                    earthquakes, etc.) any-        pharmacy organizations,         should definitely visit the
                    where in the U.S. if they      including the U.S. Pharma-      website
                    arise during their extern-     copeia, National Institutes
                    ships.                         of Health, American Phar-       for more information.

                    COPHS Students Serve on Medical Missions
                    This summer second year        performing routine assess-      others and to encourage
  “I can’t wait     pharmacy students              ments of patients and by        my fellow brothers and
                    Olukemi Alabi and Christele    assisting in the interpreta-    sisters has grown within
        to touch
                    Francois will be serving       tion of basic lab values and    me.
       people’s     communities through sum-       readings to help with medi-
      lives, not    mer mission trips. Olukemi     cation selections and dis-      My past summers were
                    is headed to Honduras, and     pensing.                        filled with days on the
         only by    Christele to Covington,                                        beach, traveling, sleeping
         helping    Kentucky.                      Through this summer mis-        in, and working entirely too
                                                   sion trip to Honduras, I am     much. However, this sum-
     them with      Olukemi, along with other      expecting God to do great       mer is going to be different
            their   college students from Geor-    things. I can’t wait to touch   because I have been
                    gia, will be serving in Hon-   people’s lives, not only by     blessed with the opportu-
         medical    duras for one week. While      helping them with their         nity to share my gifts with
   needs, but       she is there, she will work    medical needs, but also by      and serve others in the
         also by    with a local hospital and      reaching out to them spiri-     urban areas of Covington,
                    hold various health clinics    tually. Through sharing my      Kentucky. For two weeks, I
       reaching     for the people in the com-     faith, I hope that others       will embark on a spiritual
  out to them       munity and serve the           may come to know God            journey filled with service to
                    schools in the area with       and reach the fullness of       children and youth of this
  spiritually.”     health programs.               the life they can have by       area, who come from tough
                                                   experiencing Him. Thank         family backgrounds. My
                    Olukemi shared her             you to everyone who sup-        team will consist of stu-
                    thoughts about the mission     ports summer missions.          dents from a number of
                    trip, “I am really excited     Without you, little of this     Georgia schools, all who
                    about this opportunity and     would be possible.”             have the same purpose of
                    am eager to see what God                                       serving others.
                    is going to do during my       Christele Francois com-
                    time there. I am even more     ments on her upcoming           I expect to share God’s
                    anxious to put to use some     mission trip, “Everyone is      love with the people of this
                    of the skills I have learned   blessed with gifts and tal-     city that may be lost or
                    during my first two years of   ents that should be used to     without hope. As God com-
                    pharmacy school. I will be     share God’s love and glory      forted and loved me in my
                    helping nurses and physi-      with others. As I continue      times of troubles, it is time
                    cians with diagnoses by        to grow in my relationship      for me to display this same
                    taking blood pressures,        with God, the desire to         love and comfort to others.“
                                                   share my testimony with
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 Physician Assistant Program Update
 John He isle r , PA -S
 It has been a busy semester for     transitioned into the life of PA     Godsey-Matthews Student             all join together to make the
 everyone involved with the          students. This new cohort of 32      Society through the tourna-         ethical decision to care for the
 Physician Assistant (PA) Pro-       students is a diverse group with     ment.                               future of our world.”
 gram. The Class of 2010 re-         a wide variety of life experi-
 cently finished their didactic      ences. Having only been on           The class recently participated     This class also continues to
 coursework and began the            campus for a short amount of         in an interdisciplinary sympo-      cultivate the Program’s rela-
                                                                          sium on exploring the ethics of     tionship with Piedmont Health-
 clinical phase of the Program.      time, they have already made
                                                                          climate change. A summit of         care through several mentor-
 These students finished the         their mark on Mercer and will                                            assisted patient encounters
 didactic phase of their program     continue to do so. They re-          esteemed minds from institu-        that take place during the di-
 on February 12 and on the           cently elected officers for the      tions such as Harvard, Georgia      dactic year. They have also
 following Monday, ventured out      Godsey-Matthews Student              Tech, and The National Center       partnered with Mercer’s Senior
 to sites located in 14 different    Society and started preliminary      of Environmental Health, some       University to practice histories
 cities/towns around Georgia to      planning for several community       of the topics included “Climate     with the local geriatric popula-
                                                                          Change and Health Care” and         tion and with Mercer’s English
 begin their first clinical rota-    philanthropic projects including
                                                                          “The Science of Climate             Language Institute to improve
 tions. Twelve of the twenty-six     an opportunity to work with                                              their history taking skills with
 students are experiencing their     Hopewell Baptist Church to           Change.” PA Program Director
                                                                                                              non-native English speakers.
 first rotations at Piedmont         assist with health screenings. A     Brad Schwarz said, “The Care        With interviews already starting
 Healthcare sites. The class         potential partnership with Area      for Creation conference deliv-      for the Class of 2012, the future
 looks forward to the end of the     Health Education Centers to do       ered! The quality of the pre-       is exciting for the PA Program.
 rotation days to share the sto-     medical mission trips to under-      senters and the impartiality of     Congratulations to the Class of
                                                                          the views shared was thought-       2010 as they begin a new
 ries of all their “firsts”.         served regions of the South-
                                                                          ful and provocative. We are all     chapter in their journey to be-
                                     eastern United States is also in                                         coming a PA and to the Class
 The PA Class of 2011 arrived        the planning stages. The class       a part of a larger community
                                                                                                              of 2011 who has received just
 in January and quickly became       even has the current Mercer          who must care for our beloved       a brief glimpse of what the fu-
 familiar with what it takes to      Atlanta Campus Ping Pong             earth and its inhabitants. It is    ture holds.
 become a PA and survive the         Tournament champion                  my hope that this conference
 rigors of the didactic year, and    amongst them, Thao Duong,            will one day become an inter-
 they have been successfully         who raised over $180 for the         national symposium where we

AMCP In Action!
Melissa Denno

Mercer’s Academy of Managed         One of the best things about          have the opportunity to sit with    lot of students do not know
Care Pharmacy (AMCP) chap-          Mercer’s AMCP chapter is the          the president of the Academy        about managed care. But after
ter has had a lot going on this     large presence at the national        and talk to the editor of the       a few meetings and a trip to
semester! Among the events          level. AMCP is one of the             Journal of Managed Care Phar-       nationals, students have an
planned are a trip to Solvay        smaller national pharmacy or-         macy (JMCP). All of these peo-      entirely different perspective. If
Pharmaceuticals, meetings with      ganizations, and thus brings a        ple were offering to help me        you’re interested in becoming a
pharmacists with unique ca-         smaller network of profession-        out, and I could tell they really   member of AMCP, just contact
reers, and a P&T team competi-      als together at meetings. It al-      valued the students being           Lelei Burnette or third year
tion for nationals. Our chapter     lows the students to have first-      there,” second year pharmacy        pharmacy student Michelle Wil-
has also is going to joint-host a   rate experiences at the meet-         student Lelei Burnette reflected.   liams. We welcome new mem-
Leadership round table at the       ings including interaction with                                           bers!
national convention in Orlando      the leaders of the organization,      Mercer’s AMCP chapter is
April 15-18. We also have stu-      networking for future opportuni-      probably one of smallest or-
dents placed on national com-       ties (like residencies, shadow-       ganizations on campus, but it
mittees, allowing us further net-   ing, or internships), and holding     offers great opportunities that
working and knowledge beyond        positions at the national level. “I   can really change the course of
the local chapter.                  never would have thought that I       a student’s career. Prior to
                                    would go to the convention and        coming to pharmacy school, a
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         Congratulations to Pharm.D Students Awarded Residencies!
            Ruaa Al-Baldawi                           Joy Locklear
            Clinical Pharmacy Residency               Pharmacy Practice Residency
            Emory Healthcare                          WellStar Kennestone Hospital
            Atlanta, GA                               Marietta, GA

            Nadeje Aurubin                            Andrea Maxfield
            Pharmacy Practice Residency               Pharmacy Practice Residency
            Mayo Clinic                               WellStar Kennestone
            Jacksonville, FL                          Marietta, GA

            Kelly Blanchfield                         Karen Miller
            Pharmacy Practice Residency               Pharmacy Practice Residency
            St. Joseph's Hospital                     DeKalb Medical Center
            Atlanta, GA                               Decatur, GA

            Sophia Braun                              Lilian Ndehi
            Pharmacy Practice Residency               Managed Care Residency
            St. Joseph's/Candler Health System        Humana Inc.
            Savannah, GA                              Louisville, KY

            Melissa Martin Chesson                    Evan Nix
            Pharmacy Practice Residency               Pharmacy Practice Residency
            Emory Healthcare                          Columbus Regional Hospital
            Atlanta, GA                               Columbus, GA

            BC Childress                              Paige Parsons
            Drug Information Specialty Residency      Managed Care Pharmacy Residency
            Sullivan University College of Pharmacy   Veterans Affairs Healthcare System
            Louisville,KY                             Phoenix, AZ

            Jenna Cleaveland                          Sarah Phanco
            Pharmacy Practice Residency               Pharmacy Practice Residency
            Columbus Regional Hospital                Duke University Medical Center
            Columbus, GA                              Durham, NC

            Shaden Dadashnejad                        Derek Polly
            Pharmacy Practice Residency               Pharmacy Practice Residency
            St. Joseph's Hospital                     Emory Healthcare
            Atlanta, GA                               Atlanta, GA

            Amber Draper                              Carolyn Ragsdale
            Pharmacy Practice, Teaching Hospital      Pharmacy Practice Residency
            University of Alabama in Birmingham       Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
            Birmingham, AL                            Atlanta, GA

            Donna Ghazi                               Erin Spivey
            Pharmacy Practice Residency               Primary Care Pharmacy Residency
            Piedmont Hospital                         Veterans Affairs Hospital
            Atlanta, GA                               Atlanta, GA

            Rhondolyn N. Jones                        Jeremiah Taylor
            Community Pharmacy Practice Residency     Community Pharmacy Practice Residency
            University of Georgia                     The University of Tennessee/Wilson Pharmacy, Inc.
            Athens, GA                                Johnson City, TN

                                                      Miheret Tesfaye
                                                      Pharmacy Practice Residency
                                                      Northeast Georgia Health System
                                                      Gainesville, GA

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