Carolina’s Collaborative Culture

August 19, 2019

Lindsey Ingerman James ’10 (Ph.D.) was on the front lawn of Beard Hall with other Carolina professors when the largest gift from an individual in University history, and the largest ever made to a U.S. pharmacy school, was announced. “It was clear that this gift was unprecedented, that we as a school of pharmacy were extremely fortunate and that the Eshelman Institute for Innovation would be quite impactful,” James says. “But what I didn’t grasp at the time was how this gift was going to directly impact my research program and career.” It wasn’t until 2018, when James received her … Continued


Pharm.D. students recognized at 2019 Student National Pharmaceutical Association convention

August 14, 2019

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) was well-represented at the organization’s 2019 national conference. SNPhA is a national Pharm.D. student association whose goal is to improve access to healthcare among historically underserved populations. Each chapter plans and executes local disease awareness and prevention initiatives with oversight from the national organization. Each national initiative focuses on a different health-related topic, including diabetes, mental health and chronic kidney disease. The SNPhA 2019 annual convention took place July 26-29 in Houston. The event included case competitions, scholarship announcements and the election of the national board, … Continued


The Tools To Change The World

August 1, 2019

Sam Lai, Ph.D., grew up in a privileged setting and thought the best way to show his appreciation was to become a doctor – until it wasn’t. “I’ve always felt that the two pillars in any society are health and education, but during my teenage years I came to realize I didn’t want to be a doctor, but instead someone who provides a doctor with the necessary tools to treat patients,” Lai says. Lai works as an associate professor and director of the Pharmacoengineering Program at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, where he runs the Lai Lab. “I hope … Continued


What are Pharm.D. students up to this summer?

July 31, 2019

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy curriculum focuses on combining classroom learning with patient-based care experiences. Whether it’s through a rotation or internship, students in all stages of the Pharm.D. track are utilizing their skills in a wide range of healthcare environments this summer. Fourth-year students start their year of advanced patient care experiences in May, and generally spend a month in each position.   Paige Cawley: Juneau, Alaska Fourth-year student Paige Cawley took her interest and experience in geriatric pharmacy to Juneau, Alaska this summer, where she completed a rotation with the Indian Health Service (IHS). With the IHS, … Continued


Pharm.D. students excel in dual-degree MBA, MPH programs

July 26, 2019

Through the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s dual-degree programs with the Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Pharm.D. students can expand their career goals beyond the traditional pharmacy curriculum. For both the MBA and MPH dual-degree programs, students generally apply the first semester of their PY2 year. Once a student has been accepted into the dual degree program, they earn a Pharm.D. and a master’s of business administration or a Pharm.D. and a master’s of public health within five years. Each year, an average of five students pursue a dual-degree track.   Pharm.D. – MBA … Continued


Employee Forum gains three representatives from UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

July 25, 2019

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Employee Forum gained three representatives from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy who will serve a one-year term. Those individuals include Katie Musgrove, program administrator for Kuo-Hsiung Lee’s Natural Products Research Laboratories; Kevin Robinson, director of photography within the School’s MEDIA group; and Clinton Miller, simulation educator at the School. Musgrove has been named Vice Chair of the Employee Forum, while Miller will serve as the Division 7 technical representative, and Robinson as a Division 1 representative. The Employee Forum is a group of SHRA and EHRA non-faculty employees elected by their … Continued


Chinese student immersion program kicks off its second year

July 22, 2019

Undergraduate students from eight Chinese universities arrived July 14 at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy for the Innovations and Transformations in Pharmaceutical Sciences program. During the four-week experience, the visiting students live on UNC’s campus and learn more about pharmacy school in the United States, as well as various career options in the pharmaceutical field. The schedule includes faculty lectures from all five of the School’s Divisions, with topics from drug discovery to mental health pharmacotherapy. By the end of the program, students will have completed a short-term research project. Michael Jarstfer, Ph.D., one of the ITPS coordinators, said … Continued


1 in 4 older adults fall each year; UNC, CDC want to change that

July 8, 2019

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded (CDC) program in collaboration with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and UNC School of Medicine will provide community pharmacists with the resources to help prevent falls in older adults. The STEADI-Rx (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries) initiative aims to reduce the risk of falls by allowing more collaboration between pharmacists and other healthcare providers. Stefanie Ferreri from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Practical Advancement and Clinical Education and Susan Blalock from the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy are the principal investigators for the grant. It is … Continued


Postdoc finds passion in geriatric care, educating community pharmacists

July 8, 2019

Jessica Robinson, Pharm.D., is a Community Pharmacy Practice Research Fellow at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is also a 2019 graduate of UNC School of Medicine’s fourth cohort of the Interprofessional (IPE) Geriatrics Fellowship, a one-year program supported by the Carolina Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (CGWEP). This month, we spoke to Robinson about her experience in the program, interest in geriatrics and future goals. Q: Tell me more about your work as an IPE Geriatrics Fellow through the UNC School of Medicine. A: The IPE Geriatrics Fellowship through the School of Medicine is part of the Carolina Geriatric … Continued


Brian Lawson named UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy inaugural Global Executive in Residence

July 2, 2019

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has selected Brian Lawson, Pharm.D., Senior Director of Professional Affairs and International Engagement with the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS), as the first Global Executive in Residence with its Office of Global Engagement through June 30, 2020. As the Executive in Residence, Lawson will continue his work with BPS while sharing his talents with UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy faculty, staff, students and residents. He will also be engaging in learning objectives and development opportunities to advance pharmacy practice and education, as well as board certification in the U.S and the broader global community. … Continued