Students from all Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy’s (NSU COP) programs united to help bring joy and knowledge to close to 4,000 children and their families. The 19th Annual “A Day for Children” took place outside the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus’ Alvin Sherman Library on Sunday, October 21st.
Members of more than 10 different COP student organizations manned 12 tables, each with a different game that taught attendees valuable health lessons. Some of the most popular areas of the COP tent were “Exer-Dice” in which students rolled a dice to determine which exercise they would do to earn a prize. They also had a “Sugar Toss” game which encouraged participants to toss out sugar while learning important nutritional information and just for fun, there was slime making and rubber band bracelet-making stations.
Dr. Robert Speth, who helped organize the COP students participating, said, “It was important to us that there be a range of activities for attendees from nutritional information to learning about the value of proper skincare.” He continues, “The event provides disadvantaged and/or handicapped children and their families the opportunity to learn about resources and allows COP students to devote time and effort promoting healthy habits while applying the skills they are learning in class.”
In addition to students, faculty and staff, Interim Dean, Michelle A. Clark, Ph.D, has been a great supporter of this event, being the only dean in attendance—which may have something to do with COP having the most students in attendance out of all the colleges. “A Day for Children has afforded me the opportunity to combine my passion for service, mentoring and serving my community—especially children, who are a vulnerable population and deserve our focus and protection,” says Dr. Clark. She continues, “I am proud to be a Shark and hope this event will continue to be a signature NSU event for years to come.”
The event has been a staple at Nova Southeastern University since 2002 when creator, Ronnie Oller started the event—hosting 2 events per year and helping over 100,000 attendees gain insight into resources since its inception. While other organizations participate, NSU is threaded throughout the entire event. Ms. Oller said of this year’s NSU COP students, “This is the best medical tent we have ever had. I have nothing but praise for the students and faculty who participated.”
Next year, “A Day for Children” will be celebrating its 20th installment on September 15th and Ms. Oller has already tagged NSU COP’s students to be an integral part of the event.
By: Yuleika De Castro
Women are making an impact in the profession of pharmacy with over 75% of all pharmacy graduates being women. The contribution of women has now been recognized via an official proclamation by the Senate of Puerto Rico making October 12th “Women Pharmacist Day”. The event took place at Cardinal Health with the participation of Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy’s Assistant Dean, Dr. Blanca Ortiz (’03) and Director of Experiential Education, Dr. Julie Marin (’07), who shared insight to work done in the pharmacy academic setting.
“It’s a culture shift. Traditionally, the medical field was more masculine and now, with so many women in the pharmacy profession, we are changing the way the medical field sees us,” says Dr. Marin. She continues, “Pharmacists are now being called on as an integral part of a multidisciplinary team that provides a comprehensive approach to the continuum of care for patients, which is more than just counting tablets or dispensing medications. It’s about really listening to the patient and having the heart to serve.”
Women pharmacists from different practice areas, such as the Puerto Rican Pharmacists Association, Community Pharmacy, hospitals and entrepreneurs, were recognized at the lunch meeting and P4 student, Ms. Keyla Rodriguez was also present at the event.
Members of our COP Pharmily attended the 79th Annual International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Glasgow, Scotland in September. The event drew close to 4,000 attendees throughout the four-day event representing more than 100 countries across the globe.
Faculty members from the sociobehavioral and administrative pharmacy department present included Manuel Carvajal, Ph.D., Albert Wertheimer, Ph.D. and Barry Bleidt, Ph.D. who attended lectures and presentations centered around four main topics: From bench to bedside: Advancing pharmaceutical care, Partners in health, Empowered for health and Targeting special interests.
According to Wertheimer, participating in this event provides an avenue to share solutions, ideas, aspirations and progress. He said, “I return with fresh ideas to try out and with new contacts; new friends and colleagues I can contact if I might need assistance. And the others found a new colleague in me.” He brings his learnings back to the classroom with new techniques such as, methodologies to contain drug costs, preparation and certification of technicians, how drug formulary decisions are made, and how different schemes are used to establish co-payment amounts.
The college’s participation in this event furthers our commitment to promoting global health care while promoting the College, recruiting students and sharing trends and issues in global health care.
Brian Stonebraker, M.S., international program coordinator, manned the booth and spoke to close to 800 attendees and prospects about opportunities available in our programs. Stonebraker noted that the PharmaBridge Program, aims to aide developing countries in learning about clinical pharmacy. This conference is making a difference in the way countries are educating their pharmacists. He continues, “Nigeria, Ghana and India are moving from a B.Pharm requirement to a Pharm.D. and this is in part due to this type of event.” In Spring 2018, NSU COP hosted two pharmacists from Nigeria as part of the PharmaBridge program.
Next year’s congress, “New horizons for pharmacy-Navigating the winds of change”, takes place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in September 2019.
Karen Sando, Pharm.D., BCACP, BC-ADM, assistant dean of accreditation and assessment, was elected as a member of the board of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP) on August 23, 2018. Sando will serve a 3-year term which starts this year as board-elect member followed by 2 years as a full board member.
Sando has been involved with FSHP since she was a pharmacy student and last year served as chair of the FSHP’s legal and regulatory affairs council. This was the catalyst to applying to be part of the Board of Directors, as a way to provide her experiences to the organization as a whole. Her background and experience as an ambulatory care pharmacist and in academia allows her to bring a unique voice to the board, representing these areas in the organization’s strategic initiatives.
“Being selected as a FSHP Board Member is very meaningful to me,” said Sando, adding “it means that the membership entrusts me to lead FSHP and our profession in the right direction. I can think of no higher honor than serving health-system pharmacists, our college, and our students in this capacity.”
Faculty involvement in state organizations is key to staying “in the know” of what is going on statewide, within the profession and in the legislative arena advocating for the profession.
In this position, Sando, along with the other members of the board, will be responsible for management of the affairs of FSHP. This includes approving the annual budget and overseeing financial operations, establishing long-term objectives and priorities of the organization and overseeing the activities of councils and committees.
Congratulations to Dr. Sando on her willingness to lead on a statewide level, elevating NSU College of Pharmacy, and preparing our students to dominate when they graduate.