ACADEMY OF STUDENT PHARMACISTS
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER
August 27, 2007
College of Pharmacy
OUTLOOK Class of 2011 Has White Coat Ceremony
August By Mark Hamann Ceremony for a late dinner and a
• Tuesday, Aug. 28: RPSA chance to meet the faculty. The P1
meeting from Noon-1 pm This past Wednesday the class also got a chance to meet the
• Wednesday, Aug. 29: ASP newest members of UNMC’s COP’s new Dean, Dr. Courtney
Meeting from Noon-1 pm in College of Pharmacy (COP)
Witson Hall Fletcher.
were officially welcomed into
• Thursday, Aug. 30: Kappa Psi The White Coat Ceremony is a
informational meeting from
the program at the annual
Noon-1 pm White Coat Ceremony. traditional beginning to the
• Thurs, Aug. 30: ASP Social Hundreds of friends and family academic year. The attendance at
RiverBoat from 8-Midnight members gathered at the the event has increased
Durham Research Center to dramatically from the past. Parents,
• Monday, Sept. 3: Labor Day – witness the new P1 class’s husbands, wives, grandparents,
NO CLASS inauguration. The ceremony siblings, children, boy friends, girl
• Tuesday, Sept. 4: Kappa Psi introduced students to a brief friends, and others come to support
Meeting from Noon-1 pm overview of the curriculum and congratulate the students on Adam Smith, Class of 2011 after
• Wednesday, Sept. 5: KE their acceptance into the UNMC the White Coat Ceremony
Meeting from Noon-1 pm
and gave them an idea as to
• Saturday, Sept. 8: ASP what lies ahead. Pharmacy program.
philanthropy – Habitat for schedule, COP organizations,
The students, along with The Class of 2011 had first year
Humanity parking, class waivers,
• Saturday, Sept. 8: MCCP their family and friends, were orientation on Thursday and Friday
immunizations, and numerous
Sand Volleyball tournament invited back to the College of and were introduced to IPPE
• Tuesday, Sept. 11: RPSA Pharmacy after the White Coat (formerly EPE), their class
Meeting from Noon-1 pm
• Tues, Sept 11: TB express
clinic from 5:30-8 pm UNMC Students Help Less-Fortunate Patients in Nicaragua
• Tues, Sept 11: MCCP meeting
from 6-8 pm at Creighton By Mark Hamann medication and counseling the
Hixson Lied Science building This past spring a group of patients in Spanish. Carder
• Wednesday, Sept. 12: ASP UNMC students visited also assisted with physical
Meeting from Noon-1 pm in exams and helped administer
Witson Hall Nicaragua to offer free medical
help to citizens of the third vaccines to school children. In
• Thurs, Sept. 13: SIPA meeting the process, she got a chance to
at Mid-American Center poorest country in the Western
• Tuesday, Sept. 18: Kappa Psi Hemisphere. The trip was see many young children and
Meeting from Noon-1 pm organized by the Student mothers.
• Wednesday, Sept. 19: KE Alliance for Global Health “Mothers would get pap
Meeting from Noon-1 pm
(SAGH), and consisted of 12 smears and pelvic exams, as
• Saturday, Sept. 22: Omaha’s well as contraceptives,” said Katie Carder administering vaccines
Got Talent to benefit LLS at medical students, five nursing to children at a school in Nicaragua
students, and one pharmacy Carder. “Babies would be
Central High School at 7 pm
checked to see if they were
• Tuesday, Sept. 25: RPSA student. The group spent over work very hard and very long hours
Meeting from Noon-1 pm a week working at various growing properly. This was
in the warm Caribbean weather.
• Tuesday, Sept. 25: HALO 3 schools and in the barrios (the measured by weight, age, and
She feels that her experience in the
RELEASED for X-box 360 poorest neighborhoods) at head circumference. It was
third world country was both eye-
• Wednesday, Sept. 26: ASP “makeshift” clinics, which really sad because many babies
opening and rewarding.
Meeting from Noon-1 pm in
consisted of small buildings were less than the 5th percentile
Witson Hall “Everyone needs to put
with dirt floors and no on the growth chart.”
• Every Tuesday: Sharing themselves outside of their comfort
electricity. Carder and her group spent
Clinic from 5:30-9:00 pm at zone once in a while,” said Carder.
NMC Community Health Center The group’s only pharmacy most of their time in San
“You learn a lot about yourself and
• Every Tuesday: CPFI student, Katie Carder (P3), was Marcos and in the capitol city
the rest of the world by traveling to
meeting from Noon-1 pm in charge of dispensing of Managua. She had a great
the less glamorous destinations.”
trip even though they had to
PAGE 2 ASP CAPSULE VOLUME 3, ISSUE 1
UNMC Welcomes New College of Pharmacy Dean
Courtney Fletcher, Pharm Minnesota in 1982. Most nearly 15 years of academic immunocompromised patients.
D., has been selected as the recently, Dr. Fletcher has been administrative experience Much of his research has been
new dean of the UNMC working at the University of including five years as focused on HIV and AIDS patients.
College of Pharmacy. He will Colorado Health chairman of the Dr. Fletcher will continue his
begin his new position on Sciences Center Dept. of research activities at UNMC and
November 1, succeeding in Denver as a Clinical hopes to possibly bring some of his
Clarence Ueda, Pharm.D., professor, Pharmacy at laboratory staff from CU.
Ph.D., who has been with the researcher and Colorado. Dr. Fletcher is presently a
UNMC College of Pharmacy director of the Dr. Fletcher member of the NIH's AIDS
for 33 years and served as dean Antiviral has done Discovery and Development of
the past 20 years. Pharmacology extensive Therapeutics Study Section as well
Dr. Fletcher is originally Laboratory. research and as the Department of Health and
from Greybull, Wyoming and Before his career work on the Human Services' Panel on Clinical
received his Bachelor of in Colorado, Dr. clinical Practices for the Treatment of HIV.
Science degree in Pharmacy Fletcher held academic pharmacology of antiviral He is a past member of the U.S.
from the University of pharmacy positions at the agents. His research has FDA Antiviral Drug Advisory
Wyoming in 1978 and his University of Minnesota and focused on the treatment of Committee.
Doctor of Pharmacy degree *Information obtained from article posted
Drake University. He has viral infections in on UNMC’s website by Tom O’Connor
from the University of
Class of 2009 to Put on City-Wide Talent-Show for LLS
By Tess Andersen of all cancers in children; however, it causes All together, over 30 different performers
Omaha’s Got Talent is a city wide talent more cancer deaths in children than any were seen, with everything from dancing,
show undertaken by the College of other cancer. The cause of leukemia and singing, and magicians making the final cut.
Pharmacy’s Class of 2009 students to lymphoma is still not known and it is The 21 acts selected will proceed to the
benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma obvious that much more research is needed. September 22nd show held at Central High
Society (LLS). This is not an ordinary To begin planning the city wide talent School at 7 PM. The acts will be judged by
fundraiser. Students in the class of 2009 show, the Class of 2009 asked Dr. Krobot seven celebrities paired up with seven
wanted to do something more, something and John Ridgeway to be the faculty cancer survivors, including the P3’s very
big! As a class of 63, we had the advisors for the event. Our class also own Greg Schardt! The most talented act
opportunity to do a bigger-than-normal formed an executive committee comprised will receive $1000.00. Tickets are currently
philanthropy where we could really exploit of Lisa Carstensen, Jessica Chardoulias, on pre-sale for only $15. They are subject to
our resources to raise a large amount of Cara Bruckman and myself. Lisa change and are available on a first come first
money for a given organization. After Carstensen’s husband, Chad Carstensen, has serve basis. You can purchase tickets via
careful consideration and creating different been instrumental in building the website Pay-pal on the website or in the dean’s
committees, our class decided to benefit and designing fliers and banners for the office.
LLS. event. The fliers have been extremely Finally, to quote classmate Jessica
Although I would have put all of my effort beneficial in getting the word out to Chardoulias: “This event is sure to bring
and heart into any worthy cause, the choice potential donors and audition applicants. pharmacy into the public eye. We will
of benefiting LLS was a very personal one Fliers have been distributed to dance forever be seen as “pill-counters,” but my
for me. As a teenager, my father had stage studios, high schools, movie theaters, clubs, hope is that Omaha’s Got Talent will be a
IV Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. My siblings gas stations, etc. In addition, Vicky Cerino catalyst to inspire many other students and
and I were with him constantly throughout with UNMC Public Affairs and Media pharmacists to get out into their
his battle; however, the doctors were not Relations has been very helpful in setting up communities and show that we have much
optimistic about his condition. We were interviews with all four major television more to offer. We truly do want to be a part
given permission to spend his last night in networks, publishing stories in UNMC of the community and we want to play an
the hospital with him to say our good-byes. Today, and offering suggestions on a daily active role in promoting health care and
Fortunately, my father beat the odds and I basis. Our first donation was from Kohl’s healthy living. I just believe more of us
am proud to say he is still alive today, Pharmacy for $250 and our most recent need to stand up, speak louder, and become
twenty years later. His doctor still calls him donation was from the Gallup Organization more visible.”
for $1000. With the night of the event fast
a “miracle patient.” Find more information online:
My seed of motivation to help LLS find a approaching, much work still needs to be
cure runs even deeper. My brother-in-law’s done to reach our goal of $30,000. www.omahasgottalent.com
nephew, Jacob, passed away at the age of Auditions for the talent show were held
four after several long years of battling this past Saturday at Central High School.
Leukemia. Many people do not realize that The first scheduled auditions were at 9:30
leukemia is attributed to approximately 30% AM, with open auditions starting at 2 PM.
PAGE 3 ASP CAPSULE VOLUME 3, ISSUE 1
Pharmacy Cross Word Puzzle
4 Cephalexin is a ______ generation cephalosporin
5 The drug of choice when treating MRSA infections.
7 This common herbal product is used to treat peripheral
arterial disease, dementia, & other blood flow disorders.
8 If a patient over age 65 has a SCr level of 0.5, you should
assume it to be _____ when calculating GFR
10 N-______ is an antidote used for the toxins produced by
13 Zidovudine is a reverse ______ inhibitor.
1 Diazepam is a member of which drug class?
2 The mechanism of action of NSAIDs is the inhibition of
the enzyme ______
3 Amoxicillin is a beta ______ antibiotic.
4 Amphotericin B is an anti-_____ drug often used
intravenously for systemic _____ (same word) infections.
6 In Nebraska, which STD has the highest incidence rate?
9 A woman taking warfarin would most likely be switched
to what drug if she became pregnant? (Not Lovenox)
11 The best selling HMG-CoA Reductase inhibitor.
12 Atenolol is a drug belonging to the ______ blockers drug
class. * Compiled by Mark Hamann
14 Omeprazol, Lansoprazole, Esomeprazole, and
Pantoprazole belong to this drug class
Students Visit Boston for Kappa Psi Retreat An Easy Way to Get Your IPPE Meetings Done
By Sarah Cox By Lindsay R. Nissen PharmD
Boston - home of the Red Sox, a tea party, and the 53 rd Annual Midwest College of Clinical Pharmacy (MCCP) is a local
Kappa Psi Grand Council Convention (GCC). Four COP students, chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).
Anne Gerdes (P3), Monica Hanson (P3), Melissa Maiefski (P2), MCCP is a relatively new organization and is committed to the
and Jenny Nesiba (P2), represented the UNMC Gamma Epsilon advancement of clinical pharmacy practice. Up to four ACPE-
chapter. Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity is the oldest and accredited programs are offered each year, available to both
largest professional pharmaceutical fraternity and currently has over pharmacists and students who want to increase their clinical
70,000 members. knowledge. Yearly membership is $20 for licensed pharmacists
Every two years the brothers of Kappa Psi hold a national meeting and $5 for students. We have an exciting fall planned! On
to elect new executive members and vote on legislative issues. September 8, our first annual Sand Volleyball Tournament will
Over 430 people including collegiate and graduate brothers, take place at Deuces in Council Bluffs. We have lots of great
spouses, and children traveled from across the nation to attend this door prizes and an excellent silent auction. Proceeds from the
year’s GCC in Boston from Aug. 7-11. event will help us develop programming for next year. For more
The focus of the convention is to present candidates running for information, please contact Lindsay Nissen at
national offices to all the Kappa Psi brothers. Participants learned firstname.lastname@example.org or at 960-3754.
about various roles and opportunities at the national level of Kappa Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 11 at Creighton
Psi, and also had the chance to participate in provincial (regional) University School of Pharmacy, in room G4. We are pleased
caucuses and various legislative votes. Thanks to their enthusiasm that Dr. Michael Maddux, executive director of ACCP, has
and participation, the Gamma Epsilon Chapter from UNMC was agreed to speak to our chapter on “Advancing Clinical
awarded the title of eighth top collegiate chapter in the nation (out Pharmacy: ACCP's Agenda for the Future”. To RSVP, please
of 70 chapters). contact Carla Christensen at email@example.com or 398-
“We had a blast meeting other pharmacy professionals from 5746. Seating may be limited, so contact her soon.
across the nation,” said Gerdes. “It’s one of the best ways to learn We are also planning a Residency Night separate from our
about other brothers and to create professional and personal meetings this fall (date to be determined). Various aspects of
relationships that can benefit you in the future.” both the application and interview process will be discussed.
Becky Fahrenbruch UNMC
alum and former council We will invite residents from the Omaha residencies to come
member, congratulates and talk to you about their experiences and give you advice on
Gamma Epsilon. From L-R, the process. Residency Coordinators from the metro area will
Melissa, Anne, Gerdes, also be invited to give you information on their program in a
Monica, Becky, and Jenny
Nesiba. “Residency Showcase” format. More Information to come!
PAGE 4 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS VOLUME 3, ISSUE 1
ASP (Academy of Student Pharmacists) In the same way that the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. is currently the
American Pharmacists Association is “pharmacy’s first, largest” oldest and largest professional pharmaceutical fraternity in the
professional organization, our ASP chapter serves students in the College United States with 70 active Collegiate and 50 active Graduate
of Pharmacy as the first and largest organization. This year our goal will chapters. Our chapter, Gamma Epsilon, has been nationally ranked,
be to achieve 100% membership within the COP. Through ASP’s and an alum of UNMC have served on the executive committee.
committee system, many important outreach activities of the College are We are involved in many philanthropies. Our main service project
organized including philanthropic work, Healthy Heartland, Operation is hosting the Hoops for Healing Basketball tournament each spring
Immunization, Heartburn Awareness and Hope Clinic. which supports Camp Floyd Rogers, a diabetes camp for kids. We
Student-initiated leadership is one of the key purposes of our ASP also conduct an American Red Cross food and clothes drive for the
chapter, making ASP the umbrella under which new activities are homeless. Kappa Psi’s national and local service project is to
conceived, proposed and organized. P1 and P2 students should plan prepare and serve food at the Ronald McDonald House. Our social
volunteer work on ASP committees as a starting point for seeking activities include a pledge retreat and an initiation in the fall as well
leadership positions in their P2 and P3 years. ASP also prides itself in as various events throughout the year. For the upcoming school
providing students with a variety of opportunities to assist in the year our chapter is hoping to have a large attendance at Conclave,
completion of the IPPE requirements for graduation from the College of our province meeting at the University of Iowa. It should be a fun
Pharmacy. ASP meets every other Wednesday from 12:00pm-1:00pm in road trip to represent UNMC and meet with our Kappa Psi
the Witson Hall Amphitheater. We are excited to kick off another Brothers. Please attend our information meeting Aug. 30 and enjoy
successful year in ASP and can’t wait to get our committees rolling! Katie FREE LUNCH. Questions? Contact Regent Sarah Cox at
Frost – ASP President firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
RPSA The Rural Pharmacy Student Association is an organization for Kappa Epsilon is a national, professional fraternity with
students admitted through the Rural Health Opportunities Program a founding purpose of promoting women in pharmacy. The Beta
(RHOP), the Rural Pharmacy Practice Educational Initiative (RPPEI), and Chapter at the Nebraska Medical Center was one of the three
all other pharmacy students interested in learning more about rural founding chapters of Kappa Epsilon in 1921. We strive to achieve
pharmacy practice. academic excellence, foster professional awareness, and to provide
"Faces of Rural Pharmacy" is the theme for the 2007-2008 academic lasting loyalties, interests and friendships.
year. By focusing on both the professional and personal aspects of the We work hard to promote breast cancer awareness and participate
Pharmacy professionals practicing in rural Nebraska, we will in many other service and professional projects that benefit our
try capture the essence of rural Nebraska that people enjoy. In an effort to community and our college. Our new national project is
promote and encourage a positive learning atmosphere, we will be rolling PharmCORP where we educate high school students about careers
out a new program called Rural Professional Peers (RPP) which provides a in pharmacy. We also focus on promoting the Young Survival
student peer network structure designed to improve communication among Coalition and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
students. We are a small organization which offers many opportunities for
To learn more about RPSA and meet our members, please join us for leadership as well as personal and professional development.
the RPSA Information Session meeting Tuesday August 28th in the Please attend our first informational meeting to not only learn more
College of Pharmacy room 2005 at Noon. There will be food provided about Kappa Epsilon, but also to get a free lunch. This means that
with many valuable prizes to be given away. Come explore the even though our chapter currently has no male involvement, the
opportunities that rural pharmacy practice has to offer. For more gentlemen are also encouraged to come. If you have any questions
information please contact Peter Vu: 402-580-2987. email Amanda Herdzina (Mausbach) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rho Chi is a national honor society for pharmacy that recognizes and rewards academic achievement and promotes scholarly fellowship
among members. In order to be eligible for Rho Chi, students must have completed their second year of pharmacy school coursework, must rank in
the top 20 percent of their class, and have achieved a cumulative grade point average (GPA) above 3.50. Various faculty members within the COP
are also members of the Rho Chi Society. The UNMC chapter of Rho Chi, Alpha Epsilon, organizes several activities throughout the school year.
These include a silent auction, the sale of CPS pads to P2 students, and a spring banquet to honor and initiate new members.
ASP Capsule CPFI The Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International is a nondenominational
ministry made up of pharmacists throughout the world. Pharmacists in this organization
Editors: Mark Hamann (email@example.com) & are in all areas of pharmaceutical service and practice. One of CPFI's goals is to
Sarah Cox (firstname.lastname@example.org) encourage the advancement of knowledge and ethics in the practice of pharmacy. The
Special Thanks: Katie Carder, Tess Andersen, organization also promotes Christian fellowship among pharmacists while promoting
Amanda Herdzina, Peter Vu, Jessica Karas, Katie spiritual growth. Our student chapter meets every Tuesday for fellowship and fun. We
Frost, Lynnette Mullins, John Ridgway, Anne Gerdes, usually include a discussion of an ethical or religious topic. All are invited. If you
Jenny Nesiba, Al Stahlnecker, Tom O’Connor (UNMC would like more information, please contact Jessica Karas (email@example.com) or the
public affairs) & Dr. Courtney Fletcher faculty advisors Dr. Peter Gwilt and Dr. Jon Vennerstrom.
*Times & dates listed are subject to change without notice. The
calendar does not include all COP events & some events listed above
may be incorrect. If you would like your event in the ASP Capsule,
Phi Lambda Sigma is the Pharmacy Leadership Society, which works to
please email the editors with date, time and place. Opinions expressed foster and recognize leaders and support leadership commitment, especially among
represent the views of the writers and not necessarily the views of pharmacy students. Its members are chosen by peer recognition, and consist of students,
ASP, APhA, or UNMC. Signed letters to the editor are welcome. If
you have an idea for a story or if you would like to write an article,
faculty, alumni, and honorary members. The student portion is comprised of second,
please email the editor. third, and fourth year pharmacy students who possess high moral and ethical character.