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Monash University students research with CIPhER

July 5, 2023

Five pharmacy students from Monash University in Australia, a PharmAlliance partner, recently completed their eight-week visiting scholars program with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education and Research (CIPhER).  Each visiting scholar is a fourth-year honor student in Monash’s Master of Pharmacy program. They will complete the master’s course after their upcoming fifth-year internship. Mohmmed Almosawy, Yuko Ito-Kay, Rimsha Kalia, Yannee Liu and Alexandra Steel unanimously agreed that this experience enhanced their pharmacy education—particularly all the research tools and skills they learned.   “This was my very first experience in research. Coming into this was very daunting, but … Read more

Study finds female authorship is underrepresented across drug delivery journals

June 28, 2023

Female authorship in drug delivery related journals should increase to better represent the work of female senior authors according to a study done by UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Professor Kristy Ainslie, Ph.D. and Associate Professor Jacqui McLaughlin, Ph.D.  First and last authorship on publications is an important metric of productivity and scholarly success for trainees and professors. McLaughlin and Ainslie found that, based on 11 drug delivery related journals in 2021, scholarly papers were about one and a half times more likely to have a male first author and three times more likely to have a male last author. … Read more

School volunteers at Conetoe Family Life Center Summer Camp

June 26, 2023

Every year, Conetoe Family Life Center hosts a summer camp for their community’s children to teach them about chronic disease states, medication management, nutrition through the camp garden and how to build conscious awareness about their health and their family’s health. The project was started by Rev. Richard Joyner, who was a CNN Hometown Hero finalist.  The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, with the help of student organizations Asheville Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students (ACAPS), Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students (CAPS) and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), partnered with Area L Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and the Conetoe … Read more

School ranks No. 2 in nation in research funding with over $75 million

June 21, 2023

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy ranks No. 2 among the nation’s pharmacy schools in total research funding according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.   The School received over $75 million in research grants during the federal fiscal year, October 2021-September 2022 (FY22), nearly doubling the $39 million research total from 2019. There were 84 funded investigators who received $75,082,027 in awards from all funding sources. Of those awards, nearly $60 million was secured in National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards by 59 investigators.  “This ranking reflects our faculty, staff and students’ dedication and commitment to advancing … Read more

School receives grant to help launch rural pharmacy hubs

June 21, 2023

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy was recently awarded $815,000 over three years from The Duke Endowment to launch rural pharmacy hubs as part of the School’s Rural Pharmacy Health Initiative. This grant, led by principal investigator Betsy Sleath, Ph.D., enables the School to extend its reach into underserved communities across North Carolina to improve access to care in these areas while creating new, sustainable models for rural health care.  The Duke Endowment grant will support two pharmacy hubs that will launch over the next three years across Eastern North Carolina. The hubs will create the infrastructure needed to build … Read more

Student-led patient care impacts underserved communities

June 19, 2023

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy students are helping improve health outcomes for underserved members of North Carolina communities through the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), which gives students the opportunity to provide care for vulnerable, underinsured, uninsured, as well as homeless patients.   SHAC is an award-winning organization that previously won the national Student Community Engaged Service Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). For the past 50 years, SHAC has served as a health care resource for the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham communities. It is the premier interprofessional student-run free health care organization and has inspired … Read more

Students put knowledge to practice while serving the community

June 14, 2023

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Beyond Clinic Walls (BCW) offers Asheville-based students hands-on experience in supporting community members and their overall well-being.  BCW connects students from medicine, nursing, pharmacy and social work to individuals in underserved populations. Clients may have limitations or barriers to care such as disabilities, social isolation, low health literacy and socioeconomic disadvantages. BCW helps students learn how social determinants of health impact a patient’s overall health, treatment management, care and quality of life.  This Asheville-based interdisciplinary program is led by students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Western Carolina University in partnership … Read more

AACP Distinguished Preceptor Recognition Program selects Pete Koval

June 7, 2023

Associate Professor Pete Koval, Pharm.D., BCPS, CPP, has been chosen for the 2023 AACP Distinguished Preceptor Recognition Program, which recognizes individuals for their sustained commitment to excellence in experiential education and professional practice.   He is Director of Pharmacy Education with the Piedmont Area Health Education Center in Greensboro and a Clinical Pharmacist with Cone Health Family Medicine.   Koval has precepted more than 700 months of pharmacy students/residents and has mentored 50 ambulatory care-focused pharmacy residents. In his collaborative practice, he strives to have pharmacy students and residents effectively participate in pharmacist-led direct patient care.  “I continue to enjoy being involved … Read more

Faculty receives AACP Emerging Teaching Scholar Award

June 5, 2023

Assistant Professor Jackie Zeeman, Pharm.D., has received the 2023 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Emerging Teaching Scholar Award. This award recognizes excellence in academic pharmacy faculty engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning.   Her research focuses on the assessment of student learning in informal learning environments, including interprofessional education and co-curricular activities, and strategies to use assessment data to inform curricular initiatives.  “My expertise resides in the scholarship of education, with a focus on assessing experiences that impact student learning and utilizing findings to guide data-driven decision making in curriculum and program development,” Zeeman said.  She shares … Read more

Serving our State through the Tar Heel Bus Tour

May 30, 2023

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy received two Tar Heel Bus Tour grants that support research projects addressing some of the health care needs of North Carolinians.  The purpose of the grants is to foster collaborative research stemming from ideas or conversations that occurred as a result of the 2019 and 2022 Tar Heel Bus Tours.   One grant will help educate underserved youth in rural communities about various health issues, and the other will help develop training for pharmacists to help reduce opioid overdose deaths.   After a 10-year break, Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz brought the bus tour back in 2019. … Read more