The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Opioid Prescriber Training Program successfully trained more than 38,000 licensed prescribers, nearly 40 percent of licensed prescribers in New York State.
The program was a collaboration between the pharmacy school’s Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education, faculty from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB, and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).
Donald Mager, BS '91, PharmD '00 & PhD '02, professor, pharmaceutical sciences, has been named a fellow of three prominent academic societies: the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and the International Society of Pharmacometrics (ISoP). Mager also received the 2017 ISoP Innovation Award. Both the award and fellowship acknowledge individuals whose scientific and innovative contributions have advanced the field of pharmacometrics.
The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has formed new collaborative agreements with Erie Community College, SUNY Adirondack, Columbia Greene Community College, SUNY Broome, Nassau Community College, Rockland Community College, Tompkins Cortland Community College and Dutchess Community College. The 2+4 agreements allow students to complete two years of undergraduate study at community colleges in an associate’s degree program and then apply to UB’s PharmD program.
Our students, alumni and friends enjoyed a networking reception during the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Meeting in Orlando, FL.
Students from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences made a big impact at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) 2017 Annual Meeting.
Laurie Plewinski, '21, was elected Regional Member-at-large, and Stephanie Lanza, ’20, was elected Midyear Regional Meeting Coordinator for Region 1 of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP).
As Regional Member-at-large, Plewinski will serve as moderator for sessions at the APhA-ASP Midyear Regional Meeting, APhA Annual Meeting and APhA-ASP Summer Leadership Institute.
As Midyear Regional Meeting Coordinator, Lanza is responsible for assisting APhA staff in planning, promoting, and executing the APhA-ASP Midyear Regional Meeting.
On October 28, over 65 University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students participated in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which offers a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.
Syed Samad, '19, was recently featured on the Pharmacy Leaders Podcast, where he discussed his passion for community and global outreach.
Hosted by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and sponsored by the UB Office of Interprofessional Education, “Confronting Opioid Dependence: An Interprofessional Strategy” gave UB’s health professions students in 10 different programs of study an opportunity to work together on an urgent public health problem.
The winners of the UB Local 2017-2018 Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition are:
The team will represent the school in the 2018 MEDISCA National Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition in Aventura, FL, March 17-18.
This annual event provides an educational experience for student pharmacists and offer exposure to the pharmaceutical compounding industry. By participating, students and faculty members benefit from the unique opportunity to learn the key elements of a high quality compounding pharmacy practice, network with esteemed industry professionals, and develop essential skills in pharmaceutical compounding to meet the growing needs of the patient population.
A student career networking event and interview day was held on Dec. 9. The event gives students the opportunity to network with potential employers and obtain information about career and employment options.
Companies and organizations participating included:
Student Career Interview Day is coordinated by the school's Office of Postgraduate Professional Education and Office of Student, Professional and Community Affairs.
The UB chapter of the Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO) hosted the Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program with guest speakers Dr. Peter Fendt, PharmD/MBA '16, Rutgers fellow at Celgene, and Dr. Lilly Jiang, Rutgers fellow at Johnson and Johnson. Fendt also hosted IPhO eBoard members at Healthcare Professionals Day at Celgene.
Walter Ludwig, BS '81, has been named CEO of Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Ludwig joined the hospital eight years ago, just after James Millard became CEO. The two worked side by side to manage hospital operations, with Ludwig taking the hospital through a multi-year campus reconfiguration that included a new emergency department, a knee and hip center and an ambulatory surgery unit.
The following alumni were recognized for 10 years of service as a Dean's Alumni Ambassador. Dean's Alumni Ambassadors interact with prospective students through activities including mentoring pre-pharmacy students, reviewing applications and interviewing, and representing the school at graduate fairs.
At the 2017 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting in San Diego, a memorial reception was held in Dr. Gerhard Levy’s honor and memory. Over 100 former colleagues, students and friends attended, several of whom made poignant remarks about Levy’s impact on them both personally and professionally.
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Robert Wahler, PharmD ’00, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). This recognition honors Wahler’s excellence in pharmacy leadership, practice, and education as demonstrated by his sustained involvement with and contributions to ASCP on a state and national level, the ASCP Foundation and the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP).
Assistant Dean of External Affairs Rebecca H. Brierley, EdM, has been elected chair-elect for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Administrative Services Section. The AACP Administrative Section fosters the development of excellence, innovation and leadership in all professional endeavors including administration, practice, scholarship and service within the organization, the larger academic community, and the healthcare professions.
Gina Prescott, clinical associate professor, pharmacy practice, gave a lecture entitled “Pharmacy Without Borders: Experiences Around the Globe,” as part of the University at Buffalo’s International Education Week. The lecture explored how the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is promoting and improving global health education.
The Department of Pharmacy Practice recognized the following individuals for their contributions over the course of the past year during the department’s annual December holiday event:
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Pearl Street Brewery
This annual dance and charity gala is organized by the P2 Class early in the spring semester. The purpose of the event is to socialize with other students, faculty, and staff and to raise money for a select charity as voted by the P2 class.
More information on the Halfway Gala
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Center for Tomorrow, UB North Campus
Recognizing outstanding faculty, staff, students, and alumni who, over the past year, have contributed significantly to the school's mission, the profession of pharmacy and scholarly achievements.
Thursday, May 18, 2018
Pearl Street Grill and Brewery
We welcome graduating students and their guests to join faculty and staff for a final evening of celebration before commencement.
Thank you for reading our Winter 2018 edition of Buffalo Pharmacy eNotes. Please stay in touch! Send us updates on your own personal and professional accomplishments by filling out our alumni update form.
Look for our next edition of eNotes this spring.
James M. O’Donnell, PhD
Dean and Professor