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WINTER, 2020   facebook   linkedin   twitter   youtube   instagram
Dean's Message
Dr. Michelle A. Clark, Interim Dean.

I welcome 2020 with great enthusiasm for exciting events, opportunities and possibilities that await us.  As the rest of the world looks towards a 20/20 Vision, we, at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), have already begun to move forward.  We are now in the process of implementing our 20/25 Vision.  The College of Pharmacy (COP) prides itself on keeping a sharp focus on the future of pharmacy while taking the time to understand what is happening today.

To end 2019, NSU College of Pharmacy students, and faculty and staff members hosted and participated in an array of events ranging from health fairs to traveling to conferences. The end of the year was also immersed with fun on-campus activities for students, staff and faculty members.  We are especially proud of some of the professional accomplishments of Albert Wertheimer, Ph.D., Georgina Silva-Suarez, Ph.D., and the appointment of Ana Maria Castejon, Ph.D. as associate dean, graduate programs. We are particularly delighted that many of our students attended professional conferences. Most importantly, many have showcased their research at conferences such as the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Mid-year meeting, and the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) annual meeting.

Our alumni are a source of SharkPride as they dominate in their chosen professions while volunteering, mentoring, and becoming preceptors thus making an impact in the lives of current students and in the community.  I encourage all alumni to send us updates at so that we may showcase your accomplishments.

My vision for the College of Pharmacy for 2020 and beyond is infused with student-centered innovative education, centered on academic excellence, and research-driven success.  Our faculty and staff, and administrators are central to execution of this vision. These integral stakeholders will drive programs/opportunities for our students that will ignite their passion for the profession of pharmacy and/or other selected career pathways.

We invite you to join us on the journey to realizing our 20/25 Vision; together we will dominate!

Go Sharks!
Michelle A. Clark, Ph.D.
Faculty Pride

Wertheimer Award

Wertheimer Award

This past December, Albert Wertheimer, Ph.D., professor and interim chair, sociobehavioral and administrative pharmacy, accepted a previously announced award presented by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). He was awarded the Donald E. Franke Medal which was established in 1971 to honor individuals who have made significant international contributions to advance pharmacy practice.

Wertheimer exemplifies the key attributes of a Franke Medal recipient. Having served four terms as President of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Academic Section, among various other positions, his commitment to international pharmacy education is evident. Serving as adjunct professor at colleges of pharmacy in many countries including Slovenia, China, Malta, and Turkey, as well as an external Ph.D. dissertation reviewer for students in Qatar and New Zealand, he has vast and diverse international education experiences.

His body of work also includes speaking engagements in over 60 countries, authoring or editing 43 books, and either authoring or co-authoring over 400 articles in professional and scientific journals. We are proud to call Wertheimer one of our own and his experiences are another NSU Edge our students are able to benefit from as they learn from well-rounded, world-class faculty members at the NSU College of Pharmacy.

Silva-Suarez Leads Research in Puerto Rico

Dr. Silva-Suarez Silva

The accolades continue in Puerto Rico with Georgina Silva-Suarez, Ph.D., assistant professor sociobehavioral and administrative pharmacy, who launched a new research project titled, “Optimizing antiretroviral adherence among a group of women living with HIV in Puerto Rico: A pilot study.” The project aims to develop a pharmacist-led intervention targeted to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and to decrease viral load among a group of non-adherent women living with HIV in Puerto Rico.

“If our intervention proves to be effective in improving adherence to ART in our sample population, it can later be tested in other populations living with HIV,” said Silva. Silva received a grant and support from Mentoring Research Institute of HIV and Mental Health. The research, in which NSU College of Pharmacy student pharmacists have been integral, has received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval and is in the recruitment phase.The NSU College of Pharmacy students have been integral to this project, working in the development of the intervention instruments, helping with the IRB submission process, and the students are now immersed in the patient recruitment and implementation phase. Silva said, “My goal is to provide students the most complete research experience they could have while studying at NSU.”

Silva is also involved with other projects and provides NSU College of Pharmacy students opportunities to participate. She is working as a co-investigator in other federally funded research projects at the Maternal Infant Studies Center in Puerto Rico and at NSU; these studies include 1) Message Dissemination and Adaptation: Educational Intervention to Stakeholders, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, 2) Self-Testing for HIV: Feasibility Study in San Juan, Puerto Rico, funded by the National Institute of Mental, and 3) Hurricane-related maternal stress, infant outcomes and resilience factors, funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She also has another HPD Grant focused on students’ lives experiences after Hurricane Maria. Student pharmacist experiences and campus response in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria: A mixed-method approach. Silva is a shining example of the diverse research opportunities NSU College of Pharmacy faculty members offer its students throughout their time at NSU.

President’s Distinguished Professor Award

Dr. Rey

Congratulations are in order for Jose Rey, Pharm.D., professor and director, PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Residency. He received the 2018-2019 President’s Distinguished Professor Award of Excellence! Rey has been an integral faculty member of NSU College of Pharmacy since joining the faculty in 1992. Since that time, he has made noteworthy and sustained contributions in teaching, service, and scholarship to the college and profession.

The contributions Rey has made to NSU College of Pharmacy, its students, and the health professions have been innumerable. He has dedicated over 25 years of full-time academic service to NSU as a faculty member and continues to pursue excellence in his accomplishments. His efforts exemplify professional achievement and dedication through significant contributions to scholarship and exceptional instruction to various learners in various stages of their education. He is a valued researcher, teacher, and mentor and a deserving recipient of the 2018-2019 College of Pharmacy President’s Distinguished Professor Award of Excellence.

Student Pride

Student Shadow Program

ShadowRX program

In October, we welcomed the first participant in our Sha(Rx)K for a Day shadow program, Paulina Morelund. The program which is open to high school juniors, seniors and college students, aims to connect interested students with current faculty members and students. Throughout the one-day shadow program, Morelund engaged in various activities with current COP students. During her visit, Morelund spent the day with current students, Kyrsten Chaplin and Akilah Fuller, previewing a day in the life of an NSU College of Pharmacy student.

Morelund states, “It was an amazing opportunity to sit with actual P3 students and get my fin in the water to see the lectures, the labs and see how everyone interacts with everyone.” Another highlight for Morelund was the opportunity to meet the Dean and meet future professors. She concludes, “I am so grateful for this opportunity at NSU.” Prospective students are required to complete an online application to participate in this program.

Students Participate in National Conferences


NSU College of Pharmacy is proud of the work our students do at our NSU campuses and the community to bring forward our mission to transform the profession of pharmacy and improve global health. As such, NSU College of Pharmacy students have represented us and our college with excellence by participating in conferences throughout the country. Twenty-nine of our students presented their posters at the 2019 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting where over 2,300 students from around the country participated. Presenting a poster at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting is a noteworthy accomplishment and we commend our students who were accepted to present. Students also presented posters at the AMCP Nexus 2019 Conference along with Tricia Gangoo-Dookhan, Pharm.D. (’00), on Transitions of Care. Future pharmacists, Balsam Elajouz and Akilah Fuller represented NSU with lots of SharkPride! Fuller says, “The experience was very educational, and allowed me to use the knowledge gained about pharmacy led medication therapy management services.” She goes on, “It was a wonderful networking experience, and showed me the many avenues and up and coming topics within the field of Managed Care.”

End of the Year Fun


Student Services brought some fun to end the year by hosting a Halloween Contest and an Ugly Sweater Contest. Participating students were photographed, and the pictures were then posted on our Facebook page (@NSUCOP) for everyone to vote. The students with the most votes at the end of the determined timeframe for each contest received a gift card.

Students of the Month

Students of the Month

Our students not only excel academically, they are also well-rounded individuals who hold leadership positions as well as lead and participate in many activities throughout the semester. Every month, a COP student is selected to highlight their achievements. Please join us in congratulating Students of the Month for November, December, and January.

College Pride

Futures Summit


This year’s Futures Summit was bigger and better than ever. NSU College of Pharmacy, under the direction of Scott Kjelson, Pharm.D. (’14), director of student transitions, hosted the event in November and welcomed other health profession division (HPD) colleges to participate. Students from NSU College of Pharmacy along with Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing were able to mingle, network and learn about a variety of health professions and health related organizations. Due to the overwhelming demand from organizations wishing to attend, this year’s Futures Summit limited the number of participating organizations to 100 companies, thus ensuring the highest quality for the close to one-thousand attendees.

In addition to the company showcase, the event also featured a VIP Networking event during which company executives, sponsors and NSU College of Pharmacy Ambassadors were able to engage in more intimate conversations. Simultaneously, a student presentation featuring Wael Barsoum, MD, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, Brad Tice, Pharm.D., president of APhA, and Jorge Garcia, Pharm.D. (‘2010), assistant vice-president at MCI Baptist Health South Florida. Introduced this year was Taste of the Town @Futures Summit (ToT@FS). This event within the event, allowed local restaurants to showcase their food in our VIP area as well as in the Student Presentation Area. Putting together students, health-related organizations and our local community is part of the success of Futures Summit, and it continues to be the place to network. Futures Summit 2020 will take place in November, be sure to experience it for yourself! To watch the recap video, please click here.

Holiday Health Fair in Puerto Rico

Holiday Health Fair in Puerto Rico

Our students dominate in the community and are responsible for NSU maintaining its Carnegie designation as a Community Engaged institution. Our pharmacy students in Puerto Rico, lead this effort and on a yearly basis hold a holiday health fair for the Puerto Rico community. NSU College of Pharmacy celebrated a Holiday Health Fair at Plaza Publica in Maunabo, Puerto Rico. This event was coordinated by the Office of Experiential Education and the student organization National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). Working across campuses, the COP Student Government Association assisted with logistics and procedures to achieve Regional PanSGA funding. The event focused on providing service to communities that were heavily impacted by Hurricane Maria. NSU College of Pharmacy and several sponsors offered different screenings including blood pressure and glucose test. More than 300 patients were impacted at the activity. Food, supplies, and entertainment were provided to all who attended. In addition, gifts were given to children by Santa Claus and the Three Wise Men (Tres Reyes Magos).

COP Offers Services at New Veterans Access Clinic

Veterans Clinic
Veterans Clinic

NSU College of Pharmacy is proud to be part of the team who will care for our nation’s heroes, our veterans, at the newly opened Veterans Access Clinic. The clinic is designed as a centralized hub to serve the needs of veterans and their immediate family members. Through funding received from the Florida Legislator and governor, NSU is well positioned to provide services through our dental, optometry, medical health sciences and psychology clinics as well as from our in-house pharmacy among others. Further, if the services needed by our veterans and their immediate family members are not offered at NSU, they will be able to take advantage of our network of community providers which our staff will help identify and provide referrals. The goal is to allow veterans, whether or not they are NSU students, access to the care they need. This integrated approach will help facilitate a coordinated method to care for our veteran’s mental and physical well-being without them having to call multiple offices. With over 1,000 student veterans, NSU and NSU College of Pharmacy are committed to honoring their sacrifice, giving them the tools to dominate long after they graduate. Additional support was provided through the generosity of the Florida Department of Health. Further, partnering with the VA, United Way’s Mission United, and other organizations, we will provide help for veterans who don’t currently have access.

Click here for additional information on Veterans Access Clinic.

CVS Preceptor Development Workshop

In January, NSU College of Pharmacy hosted a Preceptor Development workshop where close to 30 preceptors from CVS Health were treated to an informative development activity which included presentations from Jesus Sanchez, Ph.D. and associate professor, sociobehavioral and administrative pharmacy and Kimmi Stultz, Pharm.D., (’07) director of preceptor development. The event, made possible through a CVS Health gift, is another example of how NSU College of Pharmacy strives to provide our students with the highest quality education by ensuring our preceptors have access to experts in the field of pharmacy.

Palm Beach High Schools Students Experience a Day in the Life

A Day in the Life of a Pharmacist

NSU College of Pharmacy-Palm Beach Campus hosted “A Day in the Life of a Pharmacist”, designed for high school students from the School District of Palm Beach County who have identified an interest in the pharmacy profession. The program provided participants with foundational knowledge and an understanding of the evolving profession of pharmacy. The day comprised of mini lectures in pharmacy practice career pathways, an interactive activity focused on compounding medications, and a tour of a local pharmacy practice site to observe what pharmacists do daily. Eighteen students and their teachers from five schools across the county attended the event. “We are excited to partner with the School District of Palm Beach County and bring local high school students to our campus to increase their knowledge about the many career opportunities for pharmacists, as well as, the tremendous impact pharmacists can have on their patients’ lives.” said Rochelle Nappi, Ed.D., assistant dean of the college in the Palm Beach.

Stress Management Program Offered for Puerto Rico Students

Managing Stress Session

In response to the January 2020 Earthquakes in Puerto Rico, the NSUCOP-PR coordinated Counseling sessions for students with Henderson Student Counseling Services. Two sessions were held at different times to give students multiple opportunities to benefit from the event which aimed to provide the necessary tools to overcome stress, anxiety, and panic attacks. Ms. Mayra Reimer, director of community support at Henderson Behavioral Health provided an informative presentation entitled “Disaster Response Processing and Recovering”.


Year End

We captured some of our proudest and most fun moments of 2019 in the Year-In-Review. Please take a few minutes to enjoy a few of the things that made 2019 a great year and one in which NSU College of Pharmacy students and faculty were not just another fish in the sea, they were SHARKS!

Alumni Pride

20/25 Alumni Reunion


In November, NSU College of Pharmacy was pleased to host the 20 Year Reunion for the Class of ’99 and the 25 Year Reunion for the Class of 1994. The night was filled with laughter, food and music and gave alumni the opportunity to reconnect with classmates and professors.

Alumni Spotlight

Bryan Ciervo

Bryan Ciervo, Pharm.D, (‘02), supervisor of pharmacy operations, for United Healthcare/Optum Mail Order Facility, recently welcomed fellow alumna, Stacey Maravent, Pharm.D. (’02), director of experiential education, advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE). It is a new mail order facility that opened July 2019, currently filling 20,000 prescriptions per day.

As NSU College of Pharmacy is continuously looking to provide our students access to innovative opportunities within the pharmacy profession, Maravent is working toward an agreement to make this facility a new site for our students to gain experience in the field. This facility is only back end production, so the pharmacists do not verify prescriptions, call MDs, or call patients. An APPE rotation at this site would give students exposure to mail order fulfillment, CQI, drug procurement, engineering aspects of a production facility, staffing, packaging, ordering/returns, waste, etc. Additional opportunities would include projects, in-services, and manager meetings. Lastly, there is an infusion clinic onsite and students would be able to spend time with nurses in this clinic if interested in this and specialty pharmacy.

Thank you for your support

We would like to thank the following alumni for staying active with the NSU College of Pharmacy Pharmily by visiting, presenting to and mentoring our current students. Also thank you to our faculty alumni for your continued support:

Jose Garcia ('12), Patricia Delgado ('17), Sonia Munoz ('17), Mabila Valles ('17), Hoda Masmouei ('14), Parvathy Varma ('19), Aaron Isaac ('06), Krista Riveron ('19), Daniela Valencia ('16), Oren Elharar ('14), Venessa Price Goodnow ('98), Chloe Tamargo ('17), Alexander Jones ('11), Veronica Tomor ('98), Irina Gonzalez ('12), Christina Delgado Martell ('07), Anthony Kennedy ('16), Stacey Maravent ('02), Sanna Siddiqui ('17), Magaly Alvarez ('07), Princy Mathew, Suzan Fouad, Phanna Chhuor ('12), Jose Thomas ('04), Maria Gil-Flores ('14), Cristina Medina ('14), Kimmi Stultz ('07), Scott Kjelson ('14), Dorinda Segovia ('92), Patricia Acosta ('93), Dianeysis Avendano ('04), Licet Martell ('08), Ruben Santiago ('11), Gina Riggi ('11), Manisha De ('12), Tina Fregeolle ('12), Katerine Dumais ('15), Luis Hernandez ('15), Daniel Diaz ('16), Michelle Henninger ('17), Damien Alpizar ('17), Vanessa Perez ('17), Chloe Tamargo ('17), Lorenzo Porras Jr. ('18), Damaal Walker ('18).

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