College Comes to the Aid of 2019 Graduates
“Our 2019 graduates were unfortunately among the 1,400 pharmacy graduates who had their California Board exam (CPJE) invalidated when the Board of Pharmacy discovered that the exam had been compromised,” according to Dean Robinson. In response, WesternU College of Pharmacy welcomed 83 graduates from the Class of 2019 for two full-day review sessions on November 2nd and 3rd here on campus. The College contracted with RxPrep to provide the review sessions at no cost to the graduates.
Dean Robinson welcomed the students, sharing the sentiments of the President, Provost and University Deans in offering whatever support we can to our graduates, whose lives have been impacted both financially and professionally by this delay in licensure and the stress associated with retaking their qualifying exam.
WesternU is proud to announce that the college is hosting the first annual Los Angeles region Residency Showcase on Friday, September 27, 2-5 p.m. in the HPC building. Multiple residencies throughout California are participating and APPE students from the schools of pharmacy in California are expected to attend. The event is supported by the all the schools of pharmacy in the Los Angeles region.
On March 1, 2019, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy released their NAPLEX results for all schools of pharmacy 2016-2018. We are very pleased to report that our 2018 graduates had a first-time passing rate of 97.62%. This places our 2018 graduates at #3 in California (less than 1% point from the top spot) and #15 in the nation (out of 134 schools).
Congratulations to each and every member of the College of Pharmacy! Click here for the full NABP report. #WesternUProud
Discover more about the events that have transpired over the year, and the many accomplishments of our college, students and alumni. Read our latest issue of RxBound to learn more about Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy.
Essential Medical Spanish for Pharmacists Program/Consultation
The purpose of this course is to provide essential Spanish for pharmacy consultation. The course will include online modules, didactic, and interactive learning. The course will provide modules in cultural sensitivity and Spanish medical terminology. Students enrolled in this elective will facilitate workshops in Spanish consultation for beginner, intermediate, and advanced learners.
COP Faculty and Staff News
Benjamin Malcolm, PharmD participated in a discussion on the popular television talk show, “The Doctors.” As a psychiatric pharmacist specialist, he shared his perspective on medicinal use and regulation of psilocybin.
Lyna (Yun) Luo PhD and GCBS faculty Jerome J. Lacroix, PhD received over $1,250,000 in funding for their National Institute of Health (NIH) R01 grant entitled “Mechanisms of Mechanical and Chemical Gating in Mechanosensitive Piezo1 Channels”. The two goals of the research project are to identify new pharmacological compounds acting on Piezo channels and to study the gating mechanisms of Piezo channels by endogenous physical and chemical stimuli.
Hispanic Health Leadership Award
Mario A. Jimenez, PharmD, Director for Diversity Initiatives, College of Pharmacy, was selected to receive the Hispanic Health Leadership Award at the 12th Annual Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Gala which was held on November 21, 2019 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. This award is presented to outstanding individuals who have served in significant leadership roles and have helped improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved populations. Over the past few years, Dr. Jimenez has worked very closely with the National Hispanic Health Foundation to advance culturally competent quality health care and diversity in the workforce.
WesternU College of Pharmacy research scientist receives $120,000 grant for cancer research
Preshita Desai, BPharm, PhD, received the 2019 AACR-Novocure Tumor Treating Research Fellowship for her project, “Tumor Treating Fields Triggered Targeting of Nanoparticles in Cancer.”
The grant is a joint effort between Novocure and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) to recognize and encourage innovative research on Tumor Treating Fields. The fellowship grant — worth $120,000 over two years — also provides related research equipment, the InovitroTM TTFields Lab Bench System, free of charge. Only two such fellowships were awarded via a worldwide call for grant proposals. Click here to read more from Novocure.
Desai is a research scientist in the laboratory of Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy Executive Associate Dean Sunil Prabhu, BPharm, PhD. Receiving the grant marks a professional high point, she said. Click here to read the full story.
Dr. Quang Le
Dr. Quang Le is one of three national research leaders to receive a Value Assessment Research Award of $100,000 from PhRMA Foundation.
The three grants, totaling $300,000, are the latest funding to be announced in the PhRMA Foundation’s Value Assessment Initiative, which is designed to improve patient outcomes while reducing inefficiencies in health care by better assessing the value of medicines and health care services. Click here to read the full story.
AACP Walmart Scholars
The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Walmart Scholars award is conferred to individuals with interest in pursuing a career in academia. WesternU College of Pharmacy has two recipients of the 2019 AACP Walmart Scholars program. Dr. Neeloufar Fakoufar is a current PGY-1 resident with Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman. She will be co-mentored by Dr. Schwartzman and Dr. Anandi Law. Hajer G. Ibrahim is a current fourth-year COP student. Dr. Hyma Gogineni will serve as her mentor for the program.
Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy Dean Daniel Robinson, PharmD, has been inducted into the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) Hall of Fame. He joins 42 pharmacists and is one of only four deans to receive the recognition since it was first awarded in 1997.
Robinson was inducted into the Hall of Fame during the California Pharmacists Association awards ceremony at the Western Pharmacy Exchange on April 13, 2018, in San Diego. Click here to read the full story.
Western University of Health Sciences’ RxBound magazine won the CASE District VII Award of Excellence Silver Award in Special Constituency Magazines.
RxBound is a joint effort of the College of Pharmacy (COP), University Advancement and University Public Affairs, and is published biannually for alumni, faculty, students and friends of the College of Pharmacy.
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December 8-12: ASHP Midyear Meeting
December 23-January 3: Winter Break
Only nine fellowship programs in the U.S. meet the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s (ACCP) rigorous standards and guidelines for certification. Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Pharmacy has two of them.
The ACCP Board of Regents and the ACCP Research Fellowship Program Peer Review Committee re-certified the COP Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration Chair and Professor Dr. Anandi Law’s Fellowship in Health Outcomes for a full five years. This certification recognizes that her program meets ACCP Fellowship Guidelines. A full review is conducted on established fellowship programs and preceptors who have graduated two or more fellows. For the full article click here.
The Pharmacy in the Patient Care Center (PCC) at Western University of Health Sciences now has a secure dropbox to assist the local community with the disposal of unnecessary and expired non-controlled medications .