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Eckel Receives Duke’s Skolaut Leadership Award

July 2, 2018

Stephen F. Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A., received the Milton W. Skolaut Leadership Award from the Duke University Department of Pharmacy on June 29. The award is given annually to a past resident of the Duke University Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program in recognition of outstanding leadership and contributions to the profession of pharmacy. The Duke residency program has graduated 240 residents as of 2018. Eckel is the interim chair of the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education and the associate dean for global engagement at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He is a 1998 Duke pharmacy residency graduate. He was … Continued


Seven 2018 Residents Begin PGY1 Independent Pharmacy Ownership Residency

June 28, 2018

The PGY1 Independent Pharmacy Ownership Residency at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy welcomed its third class of residents for 2018–19. The program trains Doctor of Pharmacy graduates to be owners of independent community pharmacies. The residents receive a practical business education to complement their pharmacy education. Seven pharmacy residents will participate in the program, up from four a year ago. The residents will work for a year in an independently owned pharmacy with multiple preceptors.     2018-19 Independent Pharmacy Ownership Residents Joel Arceo, Pharm.D., is a graduate of the Chapman University School of Pharmacy in Irvine, California. As … Continued


GPS Program Brings London Student to UNC for Research Experience

June 4, 2018

Li Xian Ng, a student at the University College London School of Pharmacy, came to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy for a three-month research rotation as part of the School’s Global Pharmacy Scholars program. The exchange program allows students from UCL to travel to North Carolina to work with professors at the School and sends UNC pharmacy students to London for research there. Ng worked in the lab of Gauri Rao, Pharm.D., M.S., studying pharmacokinetic modeling and antibiotic dose optimization. Rao is an assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics. “Dr. Rao was a great help … Continued


Olivia Dong Honored with P.E.O. Scholar Award

May 16, 2018

Olivia Dong, a doctoral candidate in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, is the recipient of a $15,000 Scholar Award from the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood for the 2018-19 academic year. Dong is one of the 100 recipients out of 741 nominees selected to receive a P.E.O Scholar Award, which provides merit-based funding for women in the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral-level degree at an accredited college or university. Chapter CN of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, sponsored her. Under the guidance of her research adviser, Tim … Continued


AMCP Chapter Wins Second Straight National P&T Competition

May 15, 2018

For the second consecutive year, students in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy won first place in the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Foundation’s National Student Pharmacist Pharmacy and Therapeutics Competition. Members of the UNC chapter of AMCP took home the top prize in a field of 46 pharmacy schools, topping seven other teams in the finals in Boston on April 26. UNC Pharm.D. students Jesse Martin, Kristen Tripicchio, Kristen Wines and Katie Woodworth represented the School at the competition, accompanied by chapter adviser Ben Urick, Pharm.D., Ph.D. The team won a $4,000 scholarship for the School. “Our heartfelt congratulations … Continued


Pharmacy Administration Master’s Residents Receive ASHP Grants

May 14, 2018

Pharmacy residents from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy received two of three national grants awarded by the ASHP Foundation. Stephanie Jean, Pharm.D., and Charlotte Wells, Pharm.D., two UNC Medical Center pharmacy administration residents in the School’s master’s degree program, both won the ASHP Foundation Master’s Resident Practice-Based Research Grant for separate research projects. The ASHP grant is awarded to support pharmacy researchers in programs that combine the completion of a residency and a master’s degree. The two-year UNC program combines a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Science and a health-system pharmacy administration residency program at the UNC Medical Center. … Continued


PY4 Students Celebrate Post Clerkship Day

May 8, 2018

PY4 students returned to campus for Post Clerkship Day on May 4 to celebrate the completion of their rotations and prepare for commencement. PY4 President Stephanie Salch presented the School with the Class of 2018 gift, The GROW Fund, which will promote Guidance, Resilience, Open-Mindedness and Wellness among student pharmacists as part of the School’s initiative to foster student, faculty and staff wellness. Post Clerkship Day festivities included addresses by Interim Dean Dhiren Thakker, Ph.D., and Associate Dean for Clinical Education Wendy Cox, Pharm.D. The fourth-years honored their award-winning classmates and faculty members and enjoyed the Class of 2018 video … Continued


Ashley Henson McKnight Wins Burrus Family Award for Service

May 4, 2018

Ashley McKnight is the 2018 recipient of the Samuel B. Burrus Family Award for Community Service, presented to a student who exhibits outstanding and unselfish civic, community or church volunteer service outside the scope of regular pharmacy practice. McKnight studied at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Asheville satellite campus and will graduate from the School in May with highest distinction. She is a Rural Health Scholar, a founding member of the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship at the Asheville campus and has worked as a teaching assistant and Rho Chi tutor at the School. Interim Dean Dhiren Thakker, Ph.D., presented the … Continued


Students Select 2018 Best Instructors, Williams Wins Top Award

May 3, 2018

The Doctor of Pharmacy classes at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy selected their favorite instructors of 2017–2018. The winners were presented with an instructor of the year award at the 2018 annual Awards Ceremony held April 21 at the Rizzo Center. Overall Instructor of the Year Award: Dennis Williams, Pharm.D. PY3 Instructor of the Year Award: Ashley Marx, Pharm.D. PY2 Instructor of the Year Award: Jo Ellen Rodgers, Pharm.D. PY1 Instructor of the Year Award: Michael Jarstfer, Ph.D.   Dennis Williams Dennis Williams is an associate professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics and the division’s vice chair … Continued


Top Students, Faculty Honored at 2018 Awards Ceremony

April 23, 2018

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy held its annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 21, at the Rizzo Center. Professor emeritus Hal Kohn, Ph.D., received the School’s Distinguished Service Award, presented each year for distinguished service and support for the School’s service and outreach initiatives and for accomplishments that advance the profession of pharmacy. Ashley Henson McKnight was the winner of the Samuel Burrus Award for Community Service. This award is presented to a student currently enrolled in the School who exhibits outstanding and unselfish civic, community or church volunteer service provided outside the scope of regular pharmacy practice. Associate … Continued