News and Publications
- Dean Appoints Student Ambassadors for 2013-2014 School Year
- Congratulations to Ms. Hoda Masmouei for Being Awarded College of Pharmacy Student of the Year
- APhA-ASP Fort Lauderdale chapter held 4th Annual Glucose Games Charity Flag Football Tournament
- NSU College of Pharmacy Students at Cleveland Clinic Florida Featured in American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Publication InterSections
- NSU Undergraduates Win Second Place in Poster Contest at the 8th Annual Latino Medical Students Association Meeting
- NSU College of Pharmacy Faculty Wins “Quality Game Ball” for Performance Improvement at South Florida State Hospital
- College of Pharmacy in the News Again: Surgeon Studies Sharks' Mouth Bacteria
- Pharmacy Alumni Dionis Malo Jr., Pharm.D. Recently Promoted to Director of Pharmacy Over a Three-Hospital System
- Pharmacy Alumni Michael Gillette Joins NSU’s College of Pharmacy
- NSU College of Pharmacy Student Chapter of FSHP Welcomed Alumni Guest Speaker, Osmel Delgado, Pharm.D. (2002) at the February, 2013 General Meeting
- NSU College of Pharmacy Phi Delta Chi Students Support Individuals with Down Syndrome Via Just Dance 2013
- NSU College of Pharmacy participates in "Habitat for Humanity"
- Dr. Nathan Unger Collects Bacteria from Sharks' Mouths to Improve the Treatment of Shark Bite Victims
- Dr. Devada Singh-Franco Named Associate Editor for Peer Reviewed Publications
- NSU College of Pharmacy Student Presents at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Annual Conference – October 14-18, 2012
- NSU College of Pharmacy Held 2012 Fall Orientation for New Ph.D. Students
- NSU College of Pharmacy Phi Delta Chi Raises over $1000 for Saint Jude’s Research Hospital
- Earlier news...
Congratulations to Ms. Hoda Masmouei for being awarded College of Pharmacy Student of the Year!
On October 27th 2012, the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Fort Lauderdale chapter held our 4th Annual Glucose Games Charity Flag Football Tournament. The event benefits a local organization called “Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth” (FLIPANY) which empowers Broward county children and their families to address health disparities through physical activity and nutrition education.
Our student-run event has grown dramatically over these past four years. This year we raised $3,000 for FLIPANY, increasing our donations by approximately 50% from last year. Donors included professors, faculty members, friends and families of the College of the Pharmacy, pharmacy corporations and local restaurants and businesses. With almost $8,000 in donations over the past four years, FLIPANY has been able to serve over 750 at-risk children in the community. Together we are working to prevent the onset of diabetes in youth.
This year’s tournament hosted over 300 participants who displayed their dedication to our cause. To accommodate the ever-growing event, the tournament was held at a community center in Davie called the Robert H. Bamford Sports Complex. At the start of the event, participants took part in a Guinness World Record-Breaking 100-meter dash for Run for the Planet and National Geographic, contributing to a collaborative effort for the most people to run 100 meters in a 24-hour time period. This was hosted in partnership with NSU’s Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) student organization and Dr. Veronica Tomor, Pharm.D, NSU AMCP Chapter Diplomat. This was a great way to add to the WeCAN! Campaign and be part of the group to break a world record, as well as serving as a warm-up for the tournament. At the field, participants also entered raffles and won giveaways and prizes, which included gift-cards to local restaurants and businesses.
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NSU College of Pharmacy Students at Cleveland Clinic Florida Featured in American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Publication InterSections
NSU College of Pharmacy (COP) faculty, Jaime Riskin, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Assistant Professor and Antonia Zapantis, MS, PharmD, BCPS, Associate Professor, as well as alumni Osmel Delgado, PharmD, BCPS, Martha Espinoza-Friedman, Pharm.D., BCPS, and Lori Milicevic, Pharm.D., BCNP were featured for the Pharmacy Practice Model Change implemented at Cleveland Clinic Florida incorporating advanced pharmacy practice students from NSU’s COP. Prior to utilizing pharmacy students as pharmacy extenders, providing all patients at the Cleveland Clinic Florida with the opportunity to interact with pharmacists as part of their care seemed like an unobtainable goal. Adding medication histories and reconciliation, as well as discharge medication counseling seemed like a herculean task. Now patients and students benefit from this learning experience.
View the story and full article in ASHP Interactions
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NSU Undergraduates Win Second Place in Poster Contest at the 8th Annual Latino Medical Students Association Meeting
Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Miami-Dade College undergraduate students Catalina Breton, Eduardo Carrera and Andrea Linares presented a poster entitled “The Importance of Neurolysin in the Renin-Angiotensin System of the Mouse Brain” at the 8th Annual National Meeting of the Latino Medical Students Association. The poster described work they are doing as student researchers in the laboratory run by faculty member, Robert C. Speth, Ph.D., Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Nova Southeastern University’s College of Pharmacy. The poster presenters included Medical Students from elite medical schools throughout the United States as well as pre-med student attendees. The poster was presented jointly with each student presenting a section of the project as smoothly as if passing a baton in a relay race. The students’ work and presentation skills were rewarded with a Second Place Award that included a $100 prize.
NSU College of Pharmacy Faculty Wins “Quality Game Ball” for Performance Improvement at South Florida State Hospital
NSU’s College of Pharmacy (COP) is the only college of pharmacy in the U.S. that operates a full institutional pharmacy service at South Florida’s State
Hospital (SFSH) besides a full service community pharmacy at the Davie Campus. On a monthly basis, the Compliance and Performance Improvement
Department of South Florida’s State Hospital awards a “Game Ball” to the person who has contributed the most to performance
improvement of the hospital. The person is usually identified by the work done directly with or for the department and also by other employees
that have contact with the candidate. This includes standards related to Department of Children and Family Services, The Joint Commission, Children’s Medical Services
as well as the community standards of practice for patient care in the chronic care psychiatric hospital setting.
The College of Pharmacy is proud to announce that COP faculty member, Todd Schmidt, Pharmacy Manager at the SFSH won this month’s “Quality Game Ball” for the excellent work he continually does to improve quality of care. Congratulations!!
NSU's College of Pharmacy faculty, Nathan Unger, Pharm.D., assistant professor, Palm Beach, pairs up with Dr. Robert Borrego from St. Mary's Medical Center to study what kind of bacteria harbor in the mouths of sharks found in local Florida waters. The research aims to pinpoint correct antibiotics for bite victims. Read more and view video on wpbf.com.
Pharmacy Alumni Dionis Malo Jr., Pharm.D. Recently Promoted to Director of Pharmacy Over a Three-Hospital System
Dionis Malo Jr., Pharm.D., class of 2010, has been recently promoted to Director of Pharmacy over a three-hospital system - St Luke's Medical Center, St. Luke's Behavioral Health, and St. Luke's Tempe - in Phoenix, Arizona. Although Malo will be located in Arizona, and will continue to stay as actively involved with NSU’s College of Pharmacy as he has been since graduationg in 2010. We look forward to seeing Malo in upcoming pharmacy conferences and NSU/COP alumni events. Congratulations, Dr. Malo.
Michael Gillette received his Pharm.D. degree from NSU College of Pharmacy in 2007. After graduation, Gillette immediately went to work as a community-based pharmacist and then joined the Department of Veterans Affairs. He subsequently completed an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited PGY-1 residency with an emphasis in hospital practice as well as a 2-year clinical research fellowship in cardiology at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.
Gillette went on to gain valuable experience providing Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services in the managed care setting before starting as an assistant professor at NSU's College of Pharmacy Program in Palm Beach. Gillette has earned a teaching certificate from the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy and is certified by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) in Pharmacotherapy and Ambulatory Care. In addition to precepting 3rd and 4th year pharmacy students, Gillette will be involved with teaching cardiology related topics in the College of Pharmacy's Pharmacotherapy 2 course and the Patient Care Management labs. His research interests lie in cardiovascular risk reduction, meta-analysis, and outcomes research. Welcome, Dr. Gillette.
NSU College of Pharmacy Student Chapter of FSHP Welcomed Alumni Guest Speaker, Osmel Delgado, Pharm.D. (2002) at the February, 2013 General Meeting
NSU College of Pharmacy Student Chapter of Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists welcomed alumni guest speaker, Osmel Delgado, Pharm.D. (2002), Director of Pharmacy at Cleveland Clinic Florida and president of Southeast Society of Health-System Pharmacists at the February, 2013 general meeting hosted by the College of Pharmacy.
Delgado spoke about the dynamic changes in the pharmacy profession. He indicated that with the current health care environment, the key is to improve quality of patient care while cutting costs. Data shows that pharmacists improve medication-use outcomes for patients when they are included in the patient-care team. Pharmacists, as medication-use experts, can play a substantial role in improving the clinical outcomes by increasing patient adherence and decreasing medication adverse events. However, despite pharmacists' key role as practitioners, they are not recognized as patient care providers under social security act yet.
Delgado addressed the pharmacy students indicating that pharmacy students are standing on a historical point for the profession of pharmacy. Pharmacists can obtain the recognition and entitlement for payment for the patient care services that pharmacists already provide if by joining efforts to convince the state and federal legislators to pass the laws granting this status for pharmacists.
Delgado inspired students to take the initiative and be proactive beyond the classrooms and realize that in a few years, there might not be as many jobs for pharmacists as we know it today. He also stressed that if student pharmacists work alongside the current pharmacy practitioners, there will be a distinguished place for pharmacists as health care providers in the future of the United States, as it serves the goals of the health care reform.
Delgado concluded his presentation by encouraging students to consider attending Tallahassee Legislative Days to further educate themselves about the Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI); Medication Therapy Management (MTM); and student pharmacist-administered immunizations as new standards of practice in the profession of pharmacy are set in motion.
NSU College of Pharmacy Phi Delta Chi Students Support Individuals with Down Syndrome Via Just Dance 2013
Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Café Iguana in Pembroke Pines, Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy’s (NSU COP) Beta Lambda Chapter of the Professional Pharmacy Fraternity Phi Delta Chi (PDC) participated in the Just Dance 2013 charity event. This fun event provided information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome. Through the efforts of organizing pharmacist Gordon Garland of Memorial Regional Hospital, pharmacy students Quyen Trinh, Alexa Vyain, Ting Wong, Sydney Kchao and Priya Sahadeo along with numerous other PDC members, were able to help advertise the occasion, raise funds prior to the event, provide flowers, greet guests, assist in running a food / beverage service, engage participants of all ages through the fun spirit of dancing, and raise money for the Broward County Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization [www.bgcdownsyndrome.org].
This is the third straight year NSU COP’s PDC chapter has participated in the event and every year continues build on the previous. Subsequent to the event this year, Garland noted in reference to the 30+ participating students: “Please extend our sincere appreciation for being a pivotal part of our success and making these special people smile.”
The brothers of PDC’s Beta Lambda Chapter are proud to support the National Down Syndrome Congress sponsored We’re More Alike Than Different public awareness campaign www.ndsccenter.org and look forward to participating in this event for years to come. The PDC students further noted their appreciation for the participation of the NSU COP chapter of the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy and presence of their faculty advisors, Sandra Benavides, Pharm.D. and Jennifer Steinberg, Pharm.D.
For more information contact Timothy P. Gauthier, PharmD, BCPS; Phi Delta Chi, Beta Lambda Faculty Advisor, College of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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On Saturday, January 26, 2013 faculty and students from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Pharmacy (COP), Palm Beach program, participated in a community service event for Habitat for Humanity in Lake Worth, Florida. The twenty-seven students who attended the event are members of the Alpha Zeta Omega (AZΩ) pharmacy fraternity and were supported by faculty members, Feroza Sircar-Ramsewak, Pharm.D., Instructor and Academic Facilitator, and Michael Gillette, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor. The students and faculty worked with the Habitat for Humanity, Lake Worth Project, painting the interiors of the houses currently under construction in Lake Worth, Florida. Click for photos.
Dr. Nathan Unger Collects Bacteria from Sharks' Mouths to Improve the Treatment of Shark Bite Victims
Nathan Unger, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor, NSU College of Pharmacy, Palm Beach in collaboration with researchers from St. Mary's Hospital, collects bacterial swab tests from sharks’ mouths to improve the treatment of shark bite victims. Please click on the links below to view the story and full article:
News from South Florida Sun-Sentinel
News from Orlando Sun-Sentinel
The article in SharkBytes
Devada Singh-Franco, R.Ph, Pharm.D., assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, has been named Associate Editor for SAGE Open Medicine and SAGE Open Medical Case Reports. SAGE Open Medicine is a new open access, rigorously peer reviewed, online-only publication and SAGE Open Medical Case Reports is a new peer reviewed open access publication.
NSU College of Pharmacy Student Presents at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Annual Conference – October 14-18, 2012
Noor Daghistani, B. Sc., Class of 2014, from the Pharm. D. Program at the College of Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University, presented a poster presentation during the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Conference that was held in Chicago between October 14 and 18, 2012. The title of her poster presentation was “Optimization of Epinephrine Nanoparticles Using Ionic Gelation Technique”.
Noor Daghistani worked in the lab of Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji, B. Pharm., Ph.D., an Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, from 2010 to 2011 as Research Assistant.
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is the largest association for the pharmaceutical scientists in US and its annual conference is well attended by pharmaceutical scientists from around the world.
Eight new Ph.D. students, one of whom is a Fulbright Scholar, were recently welcomed to the College of Pharmacy during the college’s third annual orientation for Ph.D. students. Five of the new students have chosen to focus their studies in the area of Molecular Medicine and Pharmacogenomics, while two have chosen Drug Development, and one has chosen Social and Administrative Pharmacy. The student population in the Ph.D. program is now twenty five; nine in Drug Development and eight each in the Molecular Medicine and Social and Administrative Pharmacy sequences.
The Ph.D. program in Pharmacy is expected to be an integral component of the research efforts within the College of Pharmacy at Nova Southeastern University.
To view the photo gallery of the 2012 Fall PHD Orientation event, please visit COP photo gallery
Through fundraising efforts over last few months, the collegiate brothers of the Beta Lambda Chapter of Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy have raised a substantial amount of money to support their organization including over $1,000 for Saint Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Ting Wong (Class of 2015) from the Palm Beach campus spearheaded the efforts shortly after becoming the new Fundraising Chair with the close support of Beta Lambda President, Sydney Kchao (Class of 2014), Vice President, Priya Sahadeo (International Class of 2014), Alumnus Katherine Nguyen (Class of 2012), and a committed team of 30-plus Brothers and Alumni. Hundreds of flower bouquets and many dozens of roses were sold to over 5,000 participants during each Nova Southeastern University commencement at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, FL. “I am very proud that we are supporting my hometown’s prestigious hospital in the fight to ‘Finding cures. Saving children,” Wong said. Kchao further noted this to be the most successful fundraising event in the history of the chapter. Ms. Devri Pratt and Mr. Richard Kelch of Enrollment and Student Services at NSU expressed their satisfaction with the events and philanthropic efforts, to which the brothers were grateful for the opportunity to provide the service. The Beta Lambda faculty advisor further noted, “It is very gratifying for me to see the group working together and achieving such results. To see such a great outcome is absolutely phenomenal.”