UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF PHARMACY I FALL 2010
Helen & David Bean Campus
of the University of Florida
College of Pharmacy, Orlando
TUF UNIVERSITY of
The University of Florida Research and Academic Center at Lake Nona
is produced by the University of Florida College of
Pharmacy Office of Development 8 Alumni Affairs
for its alumni, faculty and friends.
Development & Alumni Affairs
Kelly Markey, Senior Director
Linda Homewood, APR
Director, News 8 Communication
UF HSC News Editors
Julie Esbjorn, JS Design Studio
UF HSC Photographers
Ray Carson, UF News Bureau
OFFICE OF THE DEAN
William H. Riffee, Ph.D.
Executive Associate Dean
William J. Millard, Ph.D.
Sr. Associate Dean for
Michael W. McKenzie, Ph.D.
Sr. Associate Dean for
Finance b Administration
Michael Brodeur, MPA, CCBM
Associate Dean for
Accreditation & Assessment
Diane Beck, Pharm.D.
Associate Dean for Experiential Education
Randell Doty, Pharm.D.
Associate Dean for Distance,
Continuing and Executive Education
Sven A. Normann, Pharm.D.
Assistant Deans & Campus Directors:
Jacksonville: Carol Motycka, Pharm.D.
Orlando: Erin St. Onge, Pharm.D.
St. Petersburg: Jennifer Williams, Pharm.D.
Dear Alumni & Friends,
It has been a great year for the College of Pharmacy thanks to our hard-working faculty staff,
students, preceptors, mentors and friends.
Our research activities have grown to more than $10 million for this past fiscal year and the ,. II..
continues to be productive in all areas of pharmaceutical discovery and development. Our students
score well above the state and national averages on the NAPLEX exam, and are finding good
Our ,. -11... -' expertise in distance education is proving successful with the growth of student access to
our educational activities. UF President Bernie Machen has cited growth in distance education as the
"future of the University of Florida." We are pleased to have been an early leader in this educational
In this issue of the GATORx magazine, I am proud to share with you some of our achievements this
year in research, education and innovation, including these highlights:
* The UF Medication Therapy Management Call Center contracted with WellCare, Inc. to provide
medication management service to its qualified patients. Located in the new University Office
Complex in East Gainesville, the UF MTM Call Center has already grown into a team of five faculty,
one Fellow, two Residents and 12 students. We are very excited about the educational experience
our students are receiving and the strides we are making in improving the medication therapy of
the patients under our care. We are also initiating an MTM Certificate Program to aid pharmacists
in acquiring new skills, and in January 2011, we are launching an MTM Master's program (online
with blended face-to-face meetings).
* The UF Research and Academic I ,i i-,. Lake Nona, Fla. officially broke ground this fall. The
state-of-the-art education and research facility will become the new home to our Orlando campus
and will house some of the most innovative pharmaceutical and medical science projects of the UF
Health Sciences Center. Located adjacent to the Sanford-Burnham Research Institute, the new UF
facility also neighbors the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Nemours Children's
Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the largest Veterans Hospital and Research Center in
the Southeast. What a great opportunity for our Orlando Pharm.D. students, and our research
faculty and graduate students!
* Our new ,. II ... website, under reconstruction, will feature an easy-to-navigate, new look for
visitors seeking educational and research opportunities at our lII... Designed in a content
management system platform, the new site provides a workable environment ,l II '', trained
"authors" from each department or unit to manage their area's content and updates. Our web team
is also sharing their knowledge by serving on the UF&Shands strategic web committees as the rest
of the university also begins looking at ways to similarly improve its web platform.
As this year draws to a close with foundations laid for many successful endeavors in 2011, I'd like to
extend my personal thanks to all of you in our "pharmacy family" who contribute, and support our
. II ..o.'.- goals.
William Riffee, Ph.D.
Dean, UF College of Pharmacy
GATOP COLLEGE OF PHARMACY I FALL 2010
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Partnerships & training clinicians, and
leading national pharmacy associations
UF Medication Therapy
Management team makes house calls
8 Annual Report
Recognition, facts & figures
Faces of Change
Spotlight on student pharmacists
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Our growing circle of friends
Distinctions in education and research
26 Alumni News
Alumni are building a
Gator Pharmacy Nation
ON THE COVER: David Bean and Dean William
Riffee join UF administrators, educators and
Florida leaders on Oct. 5, in a .... II .. ,II I,-
ceremony for the new UF Research and Academic
Center at Lake Nona new campus home for UF
student pharmacists in Orlando. Photo by Ray
Carson / UF News Bureau
will learn from talented
faculty members at -
complex to prepare
for the challenges
and opportunities they
will face during their
careers and lifetimes.
-William H. Riffee, Ph.D.
Top: David Bean tosses the dirt at
i, ,i Middle: David Bean and
DeanBill- 'i surrounded by Orlando-based
UF pharmacy students. Bottom: David and
Millie Bean got a preview of the Lake Nona
plans as shown in artist's renderings.
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$1.2 MILLION GIFT HELPS BRING UF PHARMACY CAMPUS TO
NEW ORLANDO-BASED RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC CENTER
Retired Orlando community pharmacist who donat-
ed $1.2 million to establish a University of Florida
College of Pharmacy campus in Orlando realized
his dream in early October with the groundbreaking of the
new UF Research and Academic Center in Lake Nona.
David L. Bean graduated from the UF College of Phar-
macy in 1952, and made a pledge 50 years laterto support
his alma mater's efforts to teach pharmacy students in
Orlando. In recognition of his gift, the pharmacy campus
- located within the new Lake Nona facility -will be
named the Helen and David Bean Campus of the University
of Florida College of Pharmacy, Orlando.
In 2002, the UF College of Pharmacy established three
Florida campuses in Orlando, St. Petersburg and Jack-
sonville -to educate and train more student pharmacists
in the state. The Orlando campus, currently housed at the
UF IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in
Apopka, supports more than 200 UF doctor of pharmacy
students and more than 20 faculty and staff.
"At the UF Research and Academic Center, student
pharmacists will learn from talented faculty members at
a state-of-the-art complex to prepare for the challenges
and opportunities they will face during their careers and
lifetimes," said William H. Riffee, Ph.D., dean of the UF
College of Pharmacy.
At the Orlando facility, the college is keeping its com-
mitment to the state of Florida by furthering its three-prong
mission of teaching, research and service. In addition to
teaching pharmacy students in Orlando, the college also
will advance its translational research in drug discovery
and development, and its medication therapy manage-
ment service to patients receiving Medicare prescription
benefits, Riffee said.
The UF pharmacy programs in the UF Research and
Academic Center will join an emerging biomedical re-
search community in Lake Nona with institutions including
the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, Nemours Children's Hospital,
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the University of Central Florida College of
Medicine and Health Sciences.
The Research and Academic Center also will unite researchers from the UF
colleges of Pharmacy, Medicine, and Liberal Arts and Sciences with colleagues
atthe Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona. The collabora-
tive efforts hope to identify, optimize and develop new therapies for the most
devastating human diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, brain
disorders and aging.
The seed of Bean's philanthropy to support UF pharmacy education nearly
60 years later grew from humble beginnings and a $10 commercial account.
"I worked for 14 years in Orlando pharmacies, saving my money for a
day when I could buy my own pharmacy," Bean said. "In 1966, I bought the
Altamonte Pharmacy for $11,000, including the previous owner's commercial
After 11 years in Altamonte, Bean moved his business to the Longwood
Professional Center at Palm Springs Drive and State Road 434. He operated
under the new Palm Springs Pharmacy for 19 more years.
Bean said he relied on his faith in God, help from friends and the hard work of
his late wife, Helen, who kept his accounts in order as he expanded his business
to aid doctors' practices. He expanded his business through the development
of compounding pharmacy, a technique in mixing chemical compounds to cre-
ate liquids, ointments or capsules to fill prescriptions tailored to patient needs.
Through the course of his 30 years in business, the Beans had acquired a
five-acre parcel in Osceola County from a customer in payment of prescription
bills. After his wife died in 2000, Bean initiated steps to donate the land located
near Osceola Parkway and International Drive South to the University of Florida.
In 2007, the sale of this parcel brought a $1.2 million gift to the UF College of
Pharmacy to begin searching for a new campus home for its Orlando students
Bean, who plans to attend the groundbreaking along with his wife, Millie,
expressed his honor in having the UF College of Pharmacy Orlando campus at
Lake Nona bear the names of Helen and David Bean.
"My education from the University of Florida gave me a great opportunity to
pursue a business I loved," Bean said. "There comes a time to give backto the
university, which has been so influential in my life."
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with UF's new Senior V.P. for Health Affairs
by Karen Dooley
In his role as UF's senior vice president for health affairs and
president of the UF&Shands Health System since July 2009, Dr.
David S. Guzick has made great strides in integrating patient care
and academics at UE
Guzicks plan to develop a shared vision for UF's Health Science
Center and Shands HealthCare has led to a $580 million, five-year
vision for the future. His plan emphasizes close collaboration among
the health system and the six health sciences .. II..c.-. (pharmacy,
medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine, dentistry and public health
and health professions) to ensure highest-quality and safest patient
care. It also calls for renewed engagement with the community and
expansion of the research and educational missions.
"Now is the perfect time for
J the University of Florida to move
forward and build on its place
as one of the country's lead-
ing academic health centers,"
Guzick said. "To do that, we
must establish an integrated
system that brings together the
SII.-I. -. that comprise the HSC
with Shands HealthCare under
Sa unified vision. The synergies
of an integrated academic health
center can only be fully realized
if we work together."
ada The plan, titled "Forward
Together," was unveiled in May
Sand outlines shared values -
excellence, trust, accountability,
innovation, teamwork, integrity and diversity and a series of one-
and five-year goals. It grew out of a nine-month process spearheaded
by a 25-member cabinet of university and hospital leaders who met
monthly, including C II.. '. of Pharmacy Dean William H. Riffee, Ph.D.
Guzick, who also is chairman of the board for the Shands at UF
Teaching Hospital and Clinics Inc., is a reproductive endocrinologist
and internationally recognized expert on women's health epidemiol-
ogy and on the development and management of endometriosis,
infertility and polycystic ovary syndrome. Among his many honors,
he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
of Science in 2008.
"An accomplished researcher, physician and administrator, Dr.
Guzick possesses the set of skills necessary to guide our Health Science
Center and Shands HealthCare into the future," said UF President
Bernie Machen. "He's thoughtful, deliberate and forward-thinking.
For detailed information on the UF Health Science Center and
Shands HealthCare strategic plan, please visit :.~i I i 11, Ii i.l
At the college's 2010 spring
commencement ceremony, these four
leaders were recognized for their
outstanding achievements in pharmacy.
Paul A. Robell, Laurie DuBow and William it
Lawrence DuBow I UF Distinguished
Lawrence "Laurie" DuBow, a UF College of
Pharmacy National Advisory Board member, received
a special honor as the recipient of the University of
Florida Distinguished Achievement Award. Paul A.
Robell, M.A., UF vice president for development
and alumni affairs, presented the award to DuBow in
recognition of his many contributions to the university,
the C II. .. of Pharmacy, the pharmacy profession, and
to his community
A 1953 graduate of the University of Illinois
C II. -.. of Pharmacy, DuBow was actively engaged for
more than forty years in the wholesale pharmaceuti-
cal sales and marketing industry Today he serves as
Chairman of HMS Sales and Marketing and a member
of the Healthcare and Bioscience Council of Northeast
Florida. As a devoted "friend" and supporter of UF
pharmacy for more than 20 years, he also serves on
the III... -' National Advisory board.
DuBow is involved with many community
non-profit agencies, and has served: the Super Bowl
XXXIX Host Committee; Habijax; Board of Trustees of
WJCT; Secretary/Treasurer of the .I II.. Jaguars
Foundation, and a partner in the .I 1IIl.. Jaguars,
Ltd. He is a founding member of the Nonprofit Center
of Northeast Florida and a former chairman of the
Through the DuBow Family Foundation, he
supports graduate education at the UF C II.... of
Pharmacy, and engages in charity and philanthropy in
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& Recognition Spring Commencement
James Powers I Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Service Award
The Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Service Award is presented each year to an alumnus who has made
significant contributions to the pharmacy profession. James Powers, class of 1953, was honored this year. He began
his pharmacy education at UF after completing his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, He was a member of Kappa Psi
Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Rho Chi Pharmaceutical Honor Society and Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemical Fraternity
Powers later served as a state narcotic agent with the Florida State Board of Health, and other programs in
the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. He also served as a member of the Accreditation Council
on Pharmaceutical Education and as a member of the Florida Board of Pharmacy.
In 1969, Powers was appointed as the Executive Secretary of the Florida Pharmacy Association and served as
the Executive Vice President for twenty-one years. He was also the editor of the Florida Pharmacy Journal. Some
achievements during his tenure included the passage of laws such as the 'Generic Drug Law' He was also instrumental in establishing the
first Political Action Committee for the association and the Recovering Pharmacists Network of Florida.
Jeffrey Schmidt I Outstanding Pharmacy
The Outstanding Pharmacy Service Award is presented
each year to a non-alumnus who has made significant
contributions to the UF C II.... of Pharmacy and to the
profession. Jeffrey Schmidt, chosen this year, earned
his bachelor of science in pharmacy degree from Ohio
Northern University's Raabe C II..1.. of Pharmacy.
Schmidt participated in the
southern expansion of Hannaford
Brothers grocery chain by opening
and managing a Hannaford Brothers
pharmacy in Charlotte, North Caro-
lina. There he served as pharmacist
scheduler and corporate trainer.
In 2000, Schmidt began his
career with Target Corporation as
a pharmacy manager and was soon
promoted to a pharmacy supervisor
responsible for the operation of 40 Target pharmacies located
in the Tampa and Miami markets. Later he became Manager
of New Business Development at Target headquarters
where he developed the corporation's pharmacy acquisi-
tion strategy In 2006, he secured $150,000 Leadership
Grant from Target Corporation that provided leadership
enrichment opportunities for UF student pharmacists over
three years. The Target grant also provided more than 40
Karen L. Rascati I Outstanding Pharmacy
Alumnus Award & Commencement Speaker
Karen L. Rascati, R.Ph., Ph.D., the 2010 Commencement
Speaker, was also chosen as this year's Outstanding Pharmacy
Alumnus. This award recognizes an alumnus
whose lifetime contributions have been
extraordinary with lasting benefits to the
profession. Rascati is the Eckerd/Turley
Centennial Endowed Professor of Pharmacy
Administration and a faculty member of the
Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies at
the University of Texas C II.. .. of Pharmacy.
She received her pharmacy degree from UF
and returned to earn her Ph.D. in Phar-
macy Administration, with a concentration
in health care policy and economics.
Rascati has been elected to numerous offices within the American
Pharmacists Association Science Section and was recognized as
a 1999 APhA Fellow She also has served on various committees
within the American Association of C I I..g. -. of Pharmacy. She is a
charter member of ISPOR, where she has served as a board member,
education committee chair, and member of the Vision 2010 task
Rascati has conducted more than 35 funded research projects
and has served on various grant review panels. A reviewer for many
research journals she has also authored or co-authored more than
90 publications and presentations. Her textbook, Essentials of
Pharmacoeconomics was published in 2008, and was translated
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Teacher of the Year
Michael J. Meldrum, Ph.D., an associate professor of pharmacodynamics, was honored as 2010 Teacher
of the Year at the UF C II. '. of Pharmacy May commencement ceremony His goal is to ensure his
students understand concepts presented as a basis to gain further knowledge, rather than memorizing
facts, Meldrum said. Also a 2006 award recipient, he has been nominated six times, :.. II.. .1 the con-
sistent respect and admiration he receives from his students for his dedication to excellence in teach-
ing. He is chairman of the ,. II.. -. Curriculum Committee and serving for the second time as a faculty
Senator. Meldrum has taught a summer Auditory l1i, 11 1- 1 : class to Audiologists since 2001, and
provides lectures in pharmacy and graduate student courses.
MTM Call Center Helps Patients
Manage their Prescriptions
by Monica Vigo
The UF call center
who have three
or more chronic
diseases and take
eight or more
exceed $3,000 in
total costs annually.
After spending 30-60 minutes with each patient
and developing a medication action plan, the call center
team sends a copy of the plan to the patient and a list
of potential drug related issues with possible solutions
and references to their physician.
Besides patient care, the call center brings
academic and research opportunities to the ,. II....
Teresa Roane, Heather Hardin and Anna Hall, all
Pharm.D., and clinical assistant professors in UF's
C II..1'. of Pharmacy, supervise the 12 student phar-
Imagine sitting in your den, chatting with your
pharmacist over a cup of coffee. For one uninterrupted
hour it's just you, your prescription medications and
your pharmacist answering your questions.
In a partnership with national health plan
company WellCare Health Plans Inc. the UF C II....
of Pharmacy is receiving $2.5 million to establish a
medication therapy management call center. The call
center satisfies a government requirement for health-
plan providers of the Medicare prescription drug
benefit to provide once a year comprehensive
medication review with quarterly: II -ups,
called Medication Therapy Management.
The importance of the MTM center is to
see if patients II their medication plans
and to identify any non-prescribed drugs
the patient could take that may affect other
medications, said David Angaran, M.S. a
clinical professor at the ,. II.. and director
of the center.
A pharmacist would have a difficult
time having a 30-minute uninterrupted
conversation with even one patient a day,
Angaran said. Utilizing new MTM patient
management software developed by Gold
Standard/Elsevier the call center can better
reach thousands of patients to discover
details that the patients' health-care provid- Direct
ers may not know. cinica
"When you go to a pharmacy you get Hardi
this sense that everyone's rushing. You're
standing, and you have no privacy," Angaran
said. "Our belief is that the patients open up more
because they are in the comfort of their homes."
Of WellCares 800,000 members, the UF call center
contacts patients who have three or more chronic diseases
and take eight or more medications that exceed $3,000
in total c -- ,i 1,111, WellCare provides the center with
records of the patients' medications and diseases.
Qualified patients are sent a letter informing them
that they are automatically included for the service but
may opt-out. An appointment call time is scheduled
when the patient can have their medications in front
of them. Before placing the call, the team reviews the
patient's pharmacy records to identify their prescrip-
S tions, potential drug interactions, compliance, and cost
issues to assist in the medication review.
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or David Angaran j. trainer Michele Lawson (left) and
I assistant professors Teresa Roane (center) and Heather
i (right) supervise student pharmacists and gather research
Sthe call center
macists and gather data to publish research findings
about the effectiveness of the center's efforts.
"The students work really well with the technol-
ogy," Hardin said. "Because the center is so new, this is a
learning process for all of us and they are instrumental
in the development of the MTM protocols."
Michele Lawson, an MTM trainer, teaches the
students how to be empathetic pharmacy-care consul-
tants, encourages the call center student interns to put
their patient-skills to work with this advice:
"You can hear a smile through the phone, so
always smile," she said. "When you're on the phone
you should feel like you're holding their hand."
Abraham Hartzema is a
Sentinel for Safe Drugs
As new drugs emerge into the marketplace and become
widely used, patients rely on the government to ensure their
safety. Abraham Hartzema, Ph.D., a professor in Pharmaceuti-
cal Outcomes and Policy at the UF C II..1.. of Pharmacy in
fall 2008, began a one-year sabbatical at the Food and Drug
Administration in Rockville, MD. He is
continuing to lend his expertise toward
a national effort to more closely monitor
Congress mandated the FDA to
have a new "active" system in place,
protecting 10 million patients by July
2010. Now in effect, the new Sentinel
System takes a big step forward over the
previous voluntary reporting systems
that agencies relied on. By 2012, 100
million patients will benefit from the
new active drug safety ... .I -..
The Initiative is designed to : II new
drugs approved for marketing when
little safety information is available and works to provide
the missing information.
Hartzema, the Perry A. Foote Eminent Scholar, now
serves as one of three principal investigators and consultant
to the Observational Medical Outcomes Partners Project.
A two-year project funded by PhRMA for $24 million,
created the new public-private partnership between the
government, academia and the industry
"When fully implemented, the Sentinel System will
provide the FDA the capacity to recognize safety signals
earlier in the drug's lifecycle," Hartzema said.
The FDA 2007 Amendments Act
called for adoption of -... .d i-... and
monitoring using outside data sources.
If a safety issue arises, the FDA using its
regulatory mandate may examine medical
records, and require the drug company to
conduct additional safety studies.
The systems in place are only as good
as the II, ,-,-.. -. of a patient or drug
provider to make the effort of reporting
issues with the drug, which is part of the
reason why it takes so long to recognize
adverse affects in drugs, said Richard
Segal, Ph.D., a professor and chair of
pharmaceutical outcomes and policy in
the UF C II..4. of Pharmacy.
"Hartzema's work with the FDA and the Sentinel
Initiative will improve these existing models by expanding
on information already provided for some drugs and taking
advantage of the software already being used by the FDA,
UF College of Pharmacy
FY 2009-10 Annual Report in Brief
Publications Et Invited Presentations
Department Refereed Non-refereed Books Abstracts In Press Presentations
Medicinal Chemistry 19 1 2 23 1 6
Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy 29 26 1 25 12 23
Pharmaceutics 19 0 2 2 10 29
Pharmacodynamics 25 7 3 27 10 5
Pharmacotherapy 8 Translational Research 54 20 17 26 15 92
TOTAL 146 54 25 103 48 155
RHONDA COOPER-DEHOFF, PHARM.D.
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JASON FRAZIER. PH.D.
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Cooper-Dehoff Frazier Professors
JULIE A. JOHNSON, PHARM.D.
Therapeutic Frontiers Award Lecture, American College of
Clinical Pharmacy, Oct. 2009
1Fellow, American Heart Association; Functional Genomics
and Translational Biology Council, Nov. 2009
Johnson Meldrum Odedina Julius Koch Memorial Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh,
College of Pharmacy, March 2010
Louis C. Littlefield Research Excellence Day Plenary
Speaker, University of Texas at Austin, April 2010
MICHAEL MELDRUM, PH.D.
2009-10 UF College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year
Whalen Winterstein FOLAKEMI ODEDINA, PH.D.
Inaugural award: American Society of Health-Systems
Pharmacy/Association of Black Health-System Pharmacists
Leadership Award for Health Disparities, Jan. 2010
KAREN WHALEN, PHARM.D.
2009 National Community Pharmacists Association
Pharmacy Leadership Award
ALMUT WINTERSTEIN, PH.D.
University of Florida Research Foundation Research
Professor Award 2010-12
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How is UF Preparing Student Pharmacists?
University of Florida student pharmacists describe unique ways they are learning
0 and practicing communication skills. By educating patients in their local community,
S- raising awareness :i1, ,11,, and honing their skills, these students believe they
can be the faces of change in pharmacy practice.
Lisa Horkan, Jacksonville
"The ,. II.. is preparing me for the future by making me aware of the different
opportunities and obligations I have as a future pharmacist to be active in local,
state and national organizations. We not only need to be advocates for our
profession in the workplace but also in the political arena."
Joshua Pullo, Orlando
"The C II.c?. of Pharmacy has offered me different positions in leadership to drive change -
.I .. 11, in my role as president of student council. The small campus setting has also ,II .. L
me opportunities to expand and become excited about growing as a campus. Being a part of the
II.... has 11 .. I me to see change in action by going to different conferences like APhA. One
of the great things about UF is that they have student funding for these opportunities."
W... Class Giving View from the Hill
CHALLENGE ASHP Summer Internship
-e- After four years of paying tuition to the I Each summer, a wave of ....students
students are ... II ready to take a break from Each summer, a wave of ,. ii... students
2010 graduate writing checks. However, the class of 2010 made a special commit- seeking congressional internships descends on
2010 graduate- 6 the nation's capitol
David Leonard from ment to support students II i,, in their footsteps. The students the nation's capitol,
the St. Petersburg made pledges to give back to the C II.. .. of Pharmacy, and at April's but one University of
campus presents a graduation ceremony they presented a check to Dean Riffee for F lorida s student went
check to Dean 11t $37,535. Students were given options in their pledge amount and the there to learn about
at graduation. The initial pledge payment is deferred for one year. Every donation helps pharmacy legislation.
check represents the and it was proven by the total dollar amount raised. Several students The mercan
total dollars pledged opted to donate $5,000 spread over five years. The dollars raised all Society of Health-
to the .. by the go into the Academy for Excellence, which is used to support students -- Systems Pharmacists
graduating class. when other funds cannot be used. The Academy for Excellence helpsses two interns
fund student organizations travel to events such as FPA and FSHP, each year to gain
and ceremonial events. The 4PD Giving C I. I... .. began in 2006 and was growing each year, valuable experience
but this year was a breakthrough. In 2009, just over $8,000 had been pledged compared to in association activi-
this year's total of more than $37,000. We want to thank all of the students who contributed. ties and governmen-
SI iii -, 11II_ we would like to recognize the Class Representatives who helped encouraged tal affairs at the ASHP
their peers to give back to the.. II... Nicolette Mathey Grazia .... .II., Nathan Unger, headquarters in Bethesda, Md. UF student
Shannon Zandy Starr Bedy Kristin McNeil and Samantha Lewis. And, thank you again to the pharmacist Jesni Mathew, 3PD, one of only two
(former) students who made pledges, we appreciate your continued support of the ,. I I.. -. pharmacy students :i ., .l, was awarded a
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Erica Fernandez, Gainesville
"The ,. II..'.. has really prepared me for being a leader in pharmacy. I came up with an idea
to go to high schools about prescription drug abuse and present as a peer to them feeling
they would be more in touch with what we say. The deans were very supportive. It showed
us that pharmacist-led initiatives can be very beneficial to the public. It also showed us we
S as pharmacists though our entire career should look at ways to go about improving public
health and not just with patient safety but by going out into the community"
Sarah Jackson, St. Petersburg .-
"Our communications courses gave us the skills to council and engage patients
to have them learn to take control of their own health care. I think that helps
lead change in pharmacy and will help me lead change by being a patient
advocate and helping patients to take control of their own health care."
competitive ten-week training program in
national association management.
"It was certainly worthwhile to step out
of my clinical practice education and training
to learn from an organization whose work
ultimately directs the progression of the
pharmacy profession as a whole," Mathew said.
Mathew's 10-week summer internship
focused on the ASHP Pharmacy Technician
Initiative. She worked to advocate ASHP
requirements for accreditation, training,
certification and registration of pharmacy
technicians nationwide. All while tweeting
and blogging about her experience.
"The fact that I was just a student did not
mean I was less responsible for the projects
I was assigned to I was held accountable
just like any other staff member," Mathew
said. "That's really what ultimately made the
internship so valuable."
After completing an internship at Shands
Health Care in Gainesville, Mathew became
interested in health-systems pharmacy and said
she hoped to focus on a specific area of practice
to investigate for future career opportunities
through the ASHP internship.
"But it had the opposite effect," she said.
"I was exposed to several areas of pharmacy
practice, which 11 .. I me to gain a broader
sense of what I can do as a pharmacist."
She knew ASHP served as a 'collective
voice' for health-system pharmacists, more-
over, she learned how ASHP does its work,
and why it's important to future pharmacists,
In addition to Mathew's advocacy work
on the PTI initiative and with affiliate affairs
for ASHP she also learned about professional
communication and etiquette such as how to
write inter-office memos and business e-mails.
Mathew said this helped her to strengthen
communication skills that will be beneficial
during her clinical rotations next year.
"It was an experience that I doubt I
would have gotten elsewhere in my pharmacy
training," she said. "I am more motivated than
ever before to stay involved with a professional
organization throughout my career."
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Student Honors & Awards
Nerissa Alday, received a Student Leadership Award from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The award
recognizes students who have an interest in pharmacy practice in health-systems and have demonstrated leadership ability. ASHP
offers up to twelve awards nationally each year to student members who represent the best attributes and accomplishments. The
award includes a commemorative plaque, an ASHP drug information reference library, and a $2,500 cash award provided by the
ASHP Research and Education Foundation through the Walter Jones Memorial Pharmacy Student Financial Aid Fund.
Kristina Chen Yin was one of six students selected nationally for the Zada M. Cooper Scholarship from the Kappa
Epsilon Foundation. She follows in the steps of our faculty member, Karen Whalen and joins 16 UF College of
Pharmacy students, who in the past have been recognized for this award dating back to 1988.
Starr Bedy (left) and Harmony Schneider placed among the top 10 finalists among 102 college
teams in American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' National Clinical Skills Competition.
Students demonstrated their skills in areas such as assessing patient information, identifying drug
therapy problems and recommending a pharmacist's care plan. The competition took place in
December 2009 at the ASHP 44th Midyear Clinical meeting in Las Vegas.
UF APhA-ASP, the UF Academy of Student Pharmacists, student chapter of the
American Pharmacists Association was awarded the Operation Diabetes award for Region 3,
last March at the APhA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Megan Kloet, APhA-ASP chapter president, gave special thanks to the APhA-ASP faculty
advisors, Tom Munyer, Sven Normann, Lisa Clayville, Karen Whalen, and Carol Motycka,
for their support and dedication to the student chapter.
In addition to Operation Diabetes, the UF ASP student organization also supports Operation
Immunization, Heartburn Awareness Challenge, Tobacco Awareness, Geriatrics Awareness, Alcohol
Awareness, and APhA-ASP's newest nationally recognized patient care project, Operation Heart.
Megan Kloet, Katie Wharfield, Nicole Maltese, Nicole Kitts and Abbey Plummer
show off the UF award at the APhA Gator Reception in Washington, D.C.
e Kids with Diabetes get a Prescription for FUN
There's no trick kids with diabetes were in for a treat mid-October as the Jacksonville campus of the UF College
S of Pharmacy teamed up with the American Diabetes Association to host the eighth annual October Bash.
UF members of the American Pharmacy Association's Academy of Student Pharmacists volunteered to help kids
with diabetes enjoy the Halloween holiday fun. Each year, more than 15,000 American children are affected with type
1 diabetes, while the incidence of type 2 diabetes continues to rise with the incidence of childhood obesity.
"Halloween is a difficult time for parents of children with diabetes. Our hope is to try to take the focus away from
candy while making the holiday still enjoyable for the children," said Carol Motycka, Pharm.D., assistant dean and
Jacksonville campus director with the UF College of Pharmacy.
The free event each year helps ensure a happy and safe Halloween celebration for children and teens with diabetes
and their families. This year's activities included a Halloween costume contest, roller skating, carnival and arcade
games with the UF College of Pharmacy students.
Michael Eljera, AKA "Mario," a second-year pharmacy student at the Jacksonville campus, helped organize the event.
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2010 Student Scholarships
Oscar Araujo Alumni Scholarship
Financial need, first professional year: Julie Anne Billedo,
Douglas Brown, Katherine Perez-Moreta, Jennifer
Steber, Bryan Allen, Brenda Breslin-Assarello, Wei Li
Biotechnology Education Scholarship
Supports students interested in Biotechnology; taken
PHA5172 in prior year or currently; GPA 3.0 or higher;
essay; demonstrated financial need:
Kerry-Ann Chamberlain, Sana Rokadia, Jenna
Algozinne, Laura DeMonarco, Erica Shannon, Justin
Wasko, Isaak Smith, Rosemary Akachukwu, Linh Phan,
Katherine Bass, Kristen Tasca, Stephen Smith, Kelly
Anderson, Andrea Floras
Russ E Carol Blaser Memorial
Married with children, GPA 3.4 or higher, most financial
need: Kelly Wiesen, Jennifer Martinez
Valerie Calkin Griffith Scholarship
Supports pharmacy student: Eleanor Lazarovitz
Dolph Cone-Sandy Prickett Scholarship
Supports scholarships to pharmacy students who
graduated from a Florida public educational
institution. Dhoha Zerki
3PD/4PD, good academic standing and a career interest in
communitypharmacypractice: Natacha Khawly, Shirley
Elisburn, Tara Williamson, Amanda Marciano
Laura and Philip Dean Scholarship
Good academic standing; married student: Allison
Two students in final two years, good academic standing
and financial need: Lana Kravarusic Nerissa Alday
Elizabeth Eaton Award
Recognizes excellence in searching, evaluating and
applying evidence in clinical decision making and quality
improvement. Andrew Tan
Institute for Pharmacy
Awarded to a 3PD or 4PD who has an interest in
ownership: Haesuk Heagney, Misty Johnson
Jack and Betty Jones Scholarship
Pharmacy students active in Christian Pharmacy
Fellowship, ASP/APhA orASHP GPA>3.0, financial need;
with preference for non-traditional aged student:
Kazarian Family Scholarship
Good academic standing; financial need: Jonathan Lewis
Robert Littler Scholarship
Used to support scholarship awards to students in the
College of Pharmacy so long as they maintain the requisite
GPA to be determined by the college: Meghan Patel,
Hieu Pham, Phuoc Bui, Ryan Milton, Lauren Rios, Ali
Rouhani, Katty Wallis
4PD in good academic standing: Kerry-Ann Chambedain,
Sana Rokadia, Jenna Algozinne, Laura DeMonarco,
Erica Shannon, Justin Wasko, Isaak Smith, Rosemary
Akachukwu, Linh Phan, Katherine Bass, Kristen Tasca,
Stephen Smith, Kelly Anderson, Andrea Floras
Al and Belle Meyerson Scholarship
Broward County resident, academic performance, financial
need: Bigi Balacheryil
Victor Micolucci Scholarship
Financial need, academic standing and lack of parental
financial support: Kristen Chen Yin, Robert Bushey
William T. and Jackie C. Reid
Scholarship in Pharmacy
Financial need and academic excellence: Jessica Bovio
Jeanne Scheibler Scholarship
Supports scholarships for needy students in the College
of Pharmacy; to be used for tuition, books, room, and
board for students in need of financial assistance and who
demonstrate the academic ability and determination to
earn a Pharmacy degree.$3,000: Michelle Barta; $2,000:
Safiye Nuhi; $1,500: Kristina Chen Yin, Danielle Perini,
Megha Patel, Robert Bushey; $1,000: Douglas Brown,
Julie Anne Billedo, Jennifer Steber, Barbara Swift,
Teresa Vo, Milena Wong, Liem Phan
Target Leadership Scholarship
2PD/3PD/4PD; Applicant must be in good academic
standing and have experience or an interest in a career
in retail pharmacypractice; Demonstrated leadership
qualities; Students who are active in professional and
community organizations. $2,000 each: Alexia Leal,
Nicole Williams, Jenna Rhoades, Liem Phan, Natacha
Khawly, Danielle Honein; Executive Leadership Award
for $5,000: Brandon Huang
Francene Trainor Memorial Fund
Reward outstanding student leader with professional
development funds to attend a meeting patient counseling
related: Michelle Roberts
Walgreens Company Scholarship
Essay and academic performance in pharmacy
administration coursework: Natalie Wilson, Wei Lei,
Student, 3 or 4PD with high scholastic standing, financial
need, strong leadership qualities, desire to enter
community pharmacy practice and has experience in
community pharmacy. Applicant must submit a letter
describing his/her experience in a community pharmacy
setting: Natalie Wilson, Wei Lei, Nicole Williams
Yachbes Family Scholarship
3 or 4PD student with high scholastic standing,financial
need, strong leadership qualities; desire to enter
community pharmacy practice, experience in community
pharmacy: Ngoc Luu
Akerman Senterfitt Law Department
Rebecca Rosenwasser $500
Derrick Benton $500
Danielle Pierini $500
Jacqueline Tower $500
Recovering Pharmacists of Florida
Sponsored by HealthCare Consultants
Badanh Trace $1,000
Robert Bushey $1,500
KE Woman Pharmacist of the Year
Judith M. Riffee, R.Ph., a development coordinator in the UF Office of Interdisciplinary Education, was honored by Kappa
Epsilon as its Woman Pharmacist of the Year. KE is a national fraternity that promotes the profession of pharmacy, especially
women in pharmacy. Candidates for this award are chosen and voted on by active KE members.
Riffee received the honor for her dedication as a faculty advisor to UF Health Science Center students who travelled last
spring to Ayuda Nicaragua on a health outreach trip. Riffee taught pharmacy students about international health issues and how
to counsel patients, said KE member Lauren Ritenbaugh, a UF student pharmacist who nominated her mentor.
"Inspiring us all to become great pharmacists, Mrs. Riffee is the epitome of the superb role model," Ritenbaugh said.
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This export lellects donations made
July 1 2009- June 30 20 10.
The Dean's Circle recognizes aluni
and friends like you l11hr support the college w~IN h
an annual gift of S50I1 ocr more to the Academy
for E .cellence This fund provides lihe college the
fle..ibilay to provide leadership opportunities Ior
Students and faculty and to develop newN educa-
nonal initiatives \our continued support allciws us
to compete for trip rankings and strive to become
the No 1 college of pharmacy
Levels and Benefits
> Comnmemorative brick in Pharmacy Courtyard
> E.-.clusive college lapel pin
> Invitation to the Dean's reception
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c contact Kelly Markey at 352.273.6605
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UF Pharmacy Education to
The University of Florida C II. -.. of Pharmacy received a
five-year commitment from AmerisourceBergen for $100,000
to establish the Community Pharmacy Business and Entre-
preneurial Endowment to support pharmacy ownership and
business and entrepreneurial practices in pharmacy. As part of
the program, the II.. .. is developing a summer internship for
students to gain experience and knowledge from independent
pharmacy owners in the community. Besides in-store work
experience, the pharmacist will mentor the student in local
health-care networks, so that the student understands the
impact an independent pharmacist has in their community
Joseph J. Brecko, VP Distribution Center Manager at
AmerisourceBergen, presented Bill Riffee, dean of the .- II,. ',
with a check in September at the ,. II..,. ., fall National
Advisory Board meeting.
Brecko, a member of the advisory board, has worked
in the Florida, NewJersey and California corporate markets
for 47 years. His company, committed to national support
of community pharmacy, encourages students to consider
pharmacy ownership and entrepreneurship. Dave Yost, CEO
and president of AmerisourceBergen, agrees.
"Community-based pharmacists are critical members of
the evolving U.S. health care system and the most accessible
professional of the patients healthcare team," Yost said. "We are
pleased to continue this tradition of supportive health care."
AmerisourceBergen and its network program for
community pharmacy, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, have
supported university pharmacy programs across the country,
funding several educational programs and scholarships for
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U F University of Florida
U F Research & Academic Center at Lake Nona
The University of Florida Research and Academic Center
at Lake Nona is designed to promote collaboration among
researchers at UF and the adjacent Sanford-Burnham Institute
for Medical Research. Together, these two leading national
institutions are working to make fundamental medical
research in cancer, diabetes and other diseases available to
patients in clinical settings.
UF is moving forward with plans for a 100,000-square-
foot building at a construction cost of more than $40 million,
including $26 million in appropriations from the Florida
Legislature. The university is seeking additional private
funding to complete the project, which is scheduled for
completion by summer 2012.
A Medical Research Community in Florida
Lake Nona is a multi-faceted, 7,000-acre master planned
community in the city of Orlando. Its centerpiece is a
600-acre health-and-life-science cluster known as Lake Nona
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Medical City. UFs Academic and Research C. .,..i. 11
give the university a strong presence in the growing ......
medical complex at Lake Nona that also includes the
University of Central Florida's C II.. .. of Medicine and
Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, the Nemours
Children's Hospital, the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medi-
cal Center and the M.D. Anderson Center Research
Institute. More than $1.5 billion in biomedical-related
construction is complete, under way or funded on
a parcel of less than one square mile.
Center in Pharmacometrics and
Pharmacometrics is an emerging science that seeks
to quantify drug, disease and trial information to aid in
the most efficient drug design process and regulatory
decisions. UF C II.... of Pharmacy Professors Hartmut
Derendorf, Ph.D. and Gunther Hochhaus, Ph.D., will
help establish the Center for Pharmacometrics and
Systems li-, 1 1 1 I at UFs Research and Academic
Center at Lake Nona. The ,... I.., 11 include a labora-
tory for processing biological samples and state-of-the
art data analysis systems. Graduate research students
in UFs pharmaceutics program at the center will
receive training and benefit from industry collaboration in the drug discovery and
The UF Academic and Research Center at Lake Nona facility also will include
academic, office, conference, support and research space to enable UF and Sanford-
Burnham scientists to work sy:.. -i 11 on diabetes, aging, genetics, cancer and
other areas, including these programs.
* The UF Institute of Therapeutic Innovation, which will unite researchers
from the ,. II.. -. of Medicine, Pharmacy and Liberal Arts and Sciences and
,. II'. "-. -' at the Sanford-Burnham Institute to identify, optimize and develop
new therapies for the most devastating human diseases, including cancer,
cardiovascular disease and brain disorders
A clinical research unit from UF's Institute on Aging
The Orlando Campus of the C II..;.. of Pharmacy's first-professional degree
program, which will house 200 students seeking the Doctor of Pharmacy degree
Economic Impact in Florida
As a whole, the Lake Nona medical complex a collection of talent, research
and investment is expected to generate $5.2 billion in economic activity by 2017.
A recent economic impact study also projected that by that year the Lake Nona
Medical City will have created 16,200 jobs worth $1.5 billion in wages and will be
producing $245.5 million in annual tax revenue.
"Within less than two decades, the institutions at Medical City, coupled with
the existing photonics and simulation businesses and research capacity in central
Florida, should give Florida the business dynamo that it has always yearned for a
scientific research and commercial complex that can begin to play in the same league
as areas like the Route 128 corridor around Boston and Research Triangle in North
Carolina," noted Florida Trend magazine in its October 2009 issue.
At the Lake Nona facility, the -. .11... is keeping its commitment to the state
of Florida by furthering its three-prong mission of teaching, research and service.
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In addition to teaching pharmacy
students, the ,. II. -.. will also
advance its translational research
in drug discovery and develop-
ment, and its Medication Therapy
Management service to patients
receiving Medicare prescription
"At the UF Research and
Academic Center, student phar-
macists will learn from talented
faculty at a state-of-the-art
complex to prepare for the chal-
lenges and opportunities they
will face during their careers and
lifetimes," said William H. Riffee,
Ph.D., dean of the UF C I.... of
The University of Florida
Research and Academic Center
at Lake Nona will help trans-
form research and patient care.
Researchers and scientists at the
center will develop measures to
address some of the greatest health issues of our
time. Students will learn from talented faculty
members at a state-of-the-art complex so that
they, too, will be prepared for the .I11... -. and
opportunities they will face during their careers
With the right resources today, the II.
can expand its impact to affect more lives in more
places, with a greater depth of solutions, while
educating and preparing our students for tomorrow.
Partnership with former students, industry and
friends is vital for the II.. .. to continue training
future scientists to solve tomorrow's problems.
Private philanthropy will ultimately provide
the margin of excellence to support UF's faculty
and the promise our students hold. The University
and the C II.. .. of Pharmacy have been commit-
ted to its threefold mission of teaching, research
and service. The University of Florida Academic
and Research Center at Lake Nona is among UF's
boldest endeavors to accomplish those aspirations
in order to better serve the people of Florida and,
indeed, the world. Your financial support for the
University of Florida Academic Research Center at
Lake Nona will help ensure that researchers have
the tools and resources they need to help this and
future generations live healthier lives.
Contact Kelly Markey 352.273.6605 or
markey@c i II .. 1'
Dan Devine Constructed His Own Path
to Create the Dean's Endowment
Entrepreneur and University of Florida alumnus, DanielJ. Devine, CEO of Compass
Knowledge Group, a provider of distance learning services in Orlando, Fla. constructed
a career path from engineering to education. Dan has created endowments totaling
$1.3 million in support of the UF C II... -. of Pharmacy and Public Health and Health
Nearly $1 million of this support was used to create the William Riffee Dean's
Endowment to support academic programs, research and technology in the UF C II. .
Dan received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of
Florida in 1985, and returned 10 years later with a vision of a partnership that would
aid the university in becoming a leader in distance education. Working with the .- II. ...
of Pharmacy and Public Health and Health Professions, Dan developed marketing and
student retention plans for the .. II.. ..' distance learning programs.
The C II.... of Pharmacy's Working Professional Pharm.D. (WPPD) program has
grown from 20 students in 1994 to more than 600 students nationally today, and has
enabled more than 1,500 working pharmacists living in cities across the United States
to advance their bachelor's degree to a UF doctor of pharmacy degree.
As an alumnus, Devine sees the importance of giving back to UF and found his
passion in the development of distance learning services in partnership with the ,. II. -..
under the leadership of Dean William Riffee, Ph.D. He wanted his gift to recognize
the visionary leadership and difficult work
Riffee initiated and had built on for more
than 10 years.
"Its remarkable to see the educational
opportunities that developed in the C II. .
of Pharmacy in the time he has been dean,
and I am proud to have been associated with
the II.. '. during these extraordinary times,"
After serving on the UF C II..,.. of
Pharmacy National Advisory Board for
more than 10 years, in 2008, the ,. II...
honored him with its Outstanding Pharmacy
A winner of the Florida Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur of the Year Award this year,
Devine was recognized as a company
leader who balances the roles of entrepreneur,
client relationship builder, role-model, Daniel Devine 2010 Florida Ernst & Yong
Daniel Devine, 2010 Florida Ernst & Young
community and family man, with commit- Entrepreneur of the Year
ment and compassion.
After graduating from UF Devine worked as an engineer for Harris Corporation
for seven years. He was among a handful of employees selected each year from Harris'
workforce of 30,000 to participate in the WINGS Executive Development Program. The
first year, he focused on management/leadership classes. The second year, he was sent
to Washington, D.C. to work with lobbyists, to Texas to work in the field, and to more
cities for intensive specialized training in all aspects of the company
The eldest of five children, Devine grew up in C II.. Park, Fla., where he helped
his parents in business ventures. The experiences in his family's business helped him
develop an entrepreneurial interest that lasted through his ,. II.. -. years, Devine said.
F II 11', his father's lead, he created a successful o,:i, 11 I,1,-,.. II Byapplying
the high standards and focused determination he had always relied on, Devine built
more than a business, he has helped strengthen the ,. II..-'. through endowment, and
has promoted the UF educational reach across the nation.
Fall 2010 GATORx | 17
'Raises the Bar'
on SOAP Notes
by April Frawley Birdwell
They couldn't write notes. It was a problem Ann Snyder,
Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor of pharmacy, noticed in
almost all her students. Upon admission to the UF C II..,.. of
Medicine Master Educator F.. II -I,,I Program two years ago,
she saw a much-needed educational opportunity.
The notes Snyder is talking about aren't the kind students
take in a lecture hall. Rather, many health sciences students -
not just hers struggled in writing a Subjective, Objective,
Assessment, Plan, known as a "SOAP" note. Found in patient
charts and records, health professionals worldwide write the
one-page briefs to communicate to each other about patient
care and concerns. It's a universal language for health-care
providers, she said.
"Everyone struggles with it," said Snyder, coordinator of
the C II... of Pharmacy's Working Professionals Pharm.D.
Clinical Practice Assessment program. "Effective note writing
is really important because it leads to better communication
among the health-care team and improves patient care."
Geared toward helping clinicians become better
teachers, the C II.. of Medicine's education :.. II -It
encourages faculty to identify and choose a project relevant
to their students or curriculum. Snyder, the only pharmacy
educator in the program, took on SOAP-note writing as her project.
She first surveyed faculty and students to assess their needs. Next, she
developed a rubric chart of criteria and standards, used as a teaching
strategy for learning assessment and feedback. Working with pharmacy
faculty at UF and other universities, Snyder wanted to develop student
pharmacist progress in note-writing throughout their II. -.. curriculum.
Her ,.. II.. ,-.... at Midwestern University -Glendale in Arizona and the
University of Washington in Seattle welcomed the opportunity for their
students to participate and benefit from the exercise.
Her objective was to help students understand what is pertinent and
what is not based on medications and medical conditions when writing
the patient notes, she said.
Inspiring projects like these is one of the goals of the C II.. .. of
Medicine's Master Educator F.. II I-I program. Started in 2001, the
program aims to improve education by enhancing clinicians' teaching
skills and to help faculty advance in their own careers, says Kyle Rarey,
Ph.D., a C II.... of Medicine professor who co-pioneered the program.
As part of the program, faculty members meet twice a month for 18
months and work on individual research projects.
During their training as teachers, clinicians keep their focus on
learning to provide the best care to patients, says Felipe Urdaneta, M.D.,
a clinical associate professor of anesthesiology and director of the MEF
F.. II learn how to use new technology as tools in their teaching
and also have sessions with UF leaders to hear about impending changes
in educational policy. But perhaps most importantly, .. II get to learn
from each other and establish a network across disciplines, Urdaneta says.
Although program participants primarily come from the C II.. .. of
Medicine, four faculty members from other ,. I.... have participated,
"Part of our educational mission is to promote interdisciplinary team
learning," Rarey said.
A graduate of the :.. II I-I fifth class last May, Snyder feels that
the program has made her a better teacher and, in turn, a better clinical
"What the value :.. 11I for me is knowing that I'm not alone,"
Snyder said. "It helped me to see how other residency programs work
and how others make decisions."
But that is not the end of the story for this Master Educator. This fall,
Snyder accepted a very special invitation to join nine of her MEF cohorts
as the founding class of OnMED, a two-year online master's program in
medical education. The collaborative program builds on the knowledge
and skills they learned as previous classmates.
Members of the Botanicals Expert Committee met last year at the United States Pharmacopeia headquarters in Washington,
D.C. Veronika Butterweck, Ph.D., an associate professor of natural products at the UF College of Pharmacy was one of them.
Butterweck, a co-director for the UF Center of Food-Drug Interaction Research and Education is one of only nine experts
- and the only woman to serve on the committee, which reappoints new members every five years. The Botanicals
Expert Committee is a part of the United Stated Pharmacopeia and is made up of volunteers who have been elected by
USP's council of experts. There are 19 other USP expert committees. The organization sets the public standard for all
prescription and over-the-counter medicines and health care products sold in America. Its standards are used by more
than 130 countries around the world. According to its mission statement, USP seeks to improve the quality and safety of
medicines and foods sold in the United States.
18 1 Fall 2010 GATORx
Double Recognition in Drug Development
by Linda Homewood
The process of bringing one new drug
to market can take a decade and hundreds
of millions of dollars. Hartmut Derendorf, a
distinguished professor in the UF C II.. .. of
Pharmacy, is finding ways to tighten expenses
and shorten timelines while balancing patient
variability, drug safety and effectiveness against
all possible risks.
His work was recognized by two national
pharmacy organizations this year.
In July he received the 2010 Volwiler
Research Achievement Award from the
American Association of C II.. of Pharmacy
at its annual meeting in Seattle.
"Dr. Derendorf is an exceptional leader
and teacher. He is not only known for his
incredible contributions to pharmaceutical B
education, but for his leadership and mentor-
ship to advance research that is vital to the
academic community," said Lucinda L. Maine,
Ph.D., R.Ph., AACP executive vice president -
and CEO, when she presented the award.
In September. he was honored again when he received
the American C II. -. of Clinical 1i- 11, -. I 2010 Distin-
guished Investigator Award. This prestigious annual award
recognizes superior scientific expertise and accomplishments
by a senior investigator, in a distinct area of research in basic
or clinical pharmacology for which the individual is interna-
tionally known. He was recognized at the ACCP 39th Annual
Meeting in Baltimore for his outstanding research on the
pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of corticosteroids,
analgesics, antibiotics and also drug interactions.
Derendorf, the CVS Pharmacy Endowed Professor and
chairman of the .. II.c. -, pharmaceutics department, has
developed a series of laboratory analyses and mathematical
models of drug concentrations to predict which drugs show
the best promise for patients, and at which dose.
"This can mean two to three years of savings compared
with the traditional trial-and-error approach and expense of
clinical trials," Derendorf said.
The basis of drug development is in PK/PD modeling. PK, short for
Pharmacokinetics, examines what happens to the drug-how the body
metabolizes it. PD, or pharmacodynamics, describes the effects, good or
bad, the drug has on the body
"The FI ,- II I of Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacodynamic Model-
ing," authored by Derendorf and his .. II.. ,,.'. Gunther Hochhaus and
published in 1995, was the first textbook overview of this process.
Today, his PK/PD methodology integrates preclinical and clinical science
to streamline drug development and optimize dosing strategies for new
Using microdialysis, a patented drug monitoring method, he can
measure drug concentrations at the treatment site rather than in the
Derendorf received his doctorate in pharmacy, summa cum laude,
from the University of Munster, Germany Hisjourney in academic research
comes full circle from 1981, when he first joined UF as the postdoctoral
:. II of Edward R. Garrett. Likewise, in 1980, his mentor received the
AACP's Volwiler award.
Derendorf believes that costs of new drug development are too high
for any one country, and should be an international effort. In 1997, he
established the Symposium on New Developments in Clinical Pharmacy
and Clinical .li- 1,,, -,. I The collaborative meeting of postdoctoral
and graduate students, and international I. II.. ..., is co-hosted by a
European university III I11
"It is rewarding to see so many of our former students being success-
ful in their careers in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and the
regulatory agencies around the world," Derendorf said. "They all are great
ambassadors of the Gator spirit."
This year, the Pharmaceutics dept is hosting two scientific meet-
ings in Graz, Austria. The 2011 Global Gator meeting and the 8th
Retrometabolism-based Drug Design & Targeting Conference are both
planned for June 2-4, 2011. Visit the pharmaceutics research department
on the ,. II..o. website ww' I .II I, for details on presenting or
attending either meeting.
Fall 2009 GATORx | 19
Should You Go?
Surprising Findings on
: Blood Pressure with Diabetes
& Heart Disease
Sby Linda Homewood
For patients with diabetes and heart disease, less isn't
always more at least when it comes to blood pressure.
New data show an increased risk of heart attack, stroke
or death for patients having blood pressure deemed too
high or too low, according to Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff,
Pharm.D., an associate professor of pharmacy and medicine
at UE She reported her findings in March at the American
C II.... of Cardiology's 59th annual scientific session in
Atlanta. She recommends raising the systolic bar above 120
for blood pressure in patients with diabetes and coronary
artery disease, saying that levels between 130 and 140 appear
to be the most healthful.
Based on hypertension treatment guidelines, health-
care practitioners have assumed that with regard to blood
pressure, "the lower, the better," Cooper-DeHoff said. But,
her International Verapamil SR-Trandolapril study, known
as INVEST, suggests that the range considered normal for
healthy Americans may actually be risky for those with a
combined diagnosis of diabetes and coronary artery disease.
"Our data suggest that in patients with both diabetes and
coronary artery disease, there is a blood pressure threshold
belowwhich cardiovascular risk increases," Cooper-DeHoff said.
As many as two out of three adults with diabetes have
high blood pressure. Normal blood pressure as defined by
the American Heart Association is less than 120 systolic and
less than 80 diastolic. Cooper-DeHoff's findings show that
for diabetics with coronary artery disease, systoll.
pressure greater than 140 poses a nearly 50
percent increase in cardiovascular risk, but i
below 130 did not appear to offer any "
additional benefit. /
Cooper-DeHoffs study, which was funded by Abbott
Laboratories with support from the National Institutes of
Health, reveals for the first time that this group of patients
also had a similar increase in risk when their blood pressure
was controlled to lower than 115 systolic the range
recommended as normal by the American Heart Association.
Stephan Brietzke, M.D., a doctor of endocrinology who
did not participate in the research, was intrigued by the
findings, saying that they ,1 II.. I recent studies looking at
blood sugar control, which suggest a U-shaped curve with
higher cardiovascular risks at both "too high" and "too
Brietzke, an associate professor of clinical medicine
at the University of Missouri-Columbia since 2002, led
a multidisciplinary team that developed Veterans Health
Administration and Department of Defense .. II ,I , i Je
guidelines for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. He sees this as
an important study for doctors treating patients with diabetes
and cardiovascular disease.
I I. .I I,- ; thresholds of when to initiate treatment,
and when to say, "good enough," is extremely important not
only to optimize patient outcomes, but also to help reduce
unnecessary costs of care," Brietzke said.
The AHA reports that heart disease or stroke is the top
cause of death for people with diabetes, Ii. .I -, more than
60 percent of patients. High blood pressure, common in
. 1 diabetes, doubles the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The INVEST study is the first to evalu-
ate the blood pressure-lowering effects
Sof diabetic patients diagnosed with
\ coronary artery disease.
20 1 Fall 2010 GATORx
Making Medicine Personal
by Linda Homewood
Humans are about 99.9 percent genetically identical. It's
that remaining 0.1 percent that might explain differences in our
disease risk or response to medications. There is a national effort
to use genetic data to more effectively pinpoint what medications
and treatments are best for individual patients, and a University
of Florida C II..1.. of Pharmacy researcher has received $10.6
million to be a part of it.
Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D., chair of pharmacotherapy and
translational research in the ,. II..,;., is one of 14 researchers
who received a five-year award as part of the National Institute
of Health's Pharmacogenomics Research Network.
Looking to the future of personalized medicine, the NIHs
National Institute of General Medical Sciences has invested
more than $160 million in these genetics investigators to study
responses to medicines for cancer, heart disease, asthma and
nicotine addiction, among other areas.
"Through these studies, we are moving closer to the goal
of using genetic information to help prescribe the safest, most
effective medicine for each patient," said NIH Director Francis
S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Johnson the V Ravi Chandran Professor in pharmaceutical
sciences, and director of the UF Center for Pharmacogenomics,
said the large award makes it possible to continue her ongoing
work to discover the genes that result in different responses to
blood pressure medications.
About 75 million people in the United States and about 1
billion in the world have high blood pressure, making it the most
common chronic disease in the world. Another 75 million people
have borderline high blood pressure, so they are at a very high
risk for developing high blood pressure during the next 10 years.
Many people lose patience with having to change blood
pressure prescriptions until they find the best one, Johnson said.
She believes that matching the right drug early in the diagnosis,
based on a person's genetic information, will increase the number
of people who maintain their medication regimen.
"Our goal is to find the best medicine for a person from the
beginning," said Johnson, who is also a member of the UF Genet-
ics Institute. "Evidence shows that the sooner blood pressure is
controlled, the less risk there is for other diseases such as heart
attack, stroke and kidney failure."
Johnson is looking at long-term implications of blood
pressure drugs by using the genetic markers coupled with a
specific drug that leads to lower risk of heart attack and stroke,
as well as adverse affects of some medications. For example, in
a small portion of the population, certain blood pressure drugs
can increase the risk of developing diabetes. By finding the
genetic markers, doctors will be able to avoid those drugs and
Johnson's work in cardiovascular drug pharmacogenomics
has been funded by the National Institutes of Health or the
American Heart Association since 1990. She noted that the
NIGMS researchers network is a critical resource.
"One person can't do it all," Johnson said. "This award
will benefit a large ,. II 1I i, Je effort of investigators from UF
and from other institutions, whose combined expertise and
backgrounds make this research possible."
The first two-and-a half years of the five-year funding will
help support clinical trials at three universities: Emory University
in Atlanta, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and UF at four UF
Family Medicine sites in Gainesville. The remaining time will be
devoted to laboratory analysis and statistical work to process the
great volume of data generated.
Fall 2010 GATORx | 21
A Network of Equal Partnerships
to Solve Inequality of Risks
by Helen Goh
The global burden of prostate cancer in men of African descent
is the focus of a landmark ,. II I, i, i e conference organized by
Folakemi Odedina, Ph.D., a professor in pharmaceutical outcomes
and policy, and University of Florida Health Science Center
researchers. Leaders from the C II. -. of Medicine, the C II. -.. of
Pharmacy, Prostate Net and the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville,
Inc. joined together in August to host the first "The Science of
Global Prostate Cancer Disparities in Black Men" conference in
Prostate cancer is the most significant cancer to dispropor-
tionately affect black men in the United States and Jamaica. In the
United States, the average annual prostate cancer incidence rate was
59 percent higher and the mortality rate was 2.4 times higher for
black men than white men between 2001 and 2005, organizers say.
"We must find a way to end the disparity," Odedina said.
"Today, being a black male is one of the three primary, non-
modifiable risk factors confirmed for prostate cancer. We, as
scientists and researchers, owe it to the community to find answers
and therefore solutions."
The conference, made possible by a grant awarded by the
National Cancer Institute, is expected to become a biennial event.
The inaugural theme, I ,, I,,-,, Gaps through Research, Educa-
tion, and Outreach Worldwide," will feature delegates from North
America, South America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, who
will share their latest findings in the cause, prevention, intervention
and survival of prostate cancer.
Director of community outreach at the UF Prostate
Disease Center, Odedina is an expert in prostate cancer
and tireless in efforts to promote prevention and early
detection behaviors among black men. She also is
committed to the idea of equal partnership between
communities and academic institutions to eliminate
prostate cancer disparities.
"The problem of health inequality for prostate
cancer is a situation that no physician should be
satisfied with," said Johannes W Vieweg, M.D., FACS,
chair of the UF department of urology. "In Florida,
we have established a Prostate Disease Center with
a vision of building a collaborative network of
programs that leverage the tremendous advances of
biomedical research for the improvement of prostate
cancer care, research and education."
Levi H. McIntosh Jr., Ed.D, vice president of
operations for 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc.,
saw the conference as an opportunity for exchange
-- the scientific community will share its research
and findings, and the general 1,,i,,,,1 II share its
Collective experiences, thoughts and feelings.
"Both sides have enormous information to offer,
and I am confident that together, we can fight this
disease and the disparity as one," McIntosh said.
Odedina and her team continue their fight to find solutions.
She is wrapping up a new study that breaks down the prostate
cancer risk factors among black men born in the United States
and those born in African nations or the Caribbean who now live
in the United States. She presented early findings on Oct 1 at the
Third American Association for Cancer Research Conference on
the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities
and the Medically Underserved.
22 1 Fall 2010 GATORx
A chemicalcompound n I.. 1, i- I .1.. 1 I I. 1
in the Florida Keys has show II.. . I.i. I, il ,-, I i ..
in preclinical experiments.
The compound -knowii,,- 1 I. I I ,
near Key Largo inhibits c I -. .. I I ,- ,
class of enzymes involved in tlh. 1 I . .. II I
Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D., an ass I. Ii .I. I I .I-.i,
in the UF C II... of Pharmac
More study is needed, bt .r i hi I i. I II
lead to new treatments for tl.. i, i i i
colorectal cancer each year in i. I i. i Iil. I .
Luesch and his research t.. i .. I- i I ... 1 1
one big 1, 11., -. in develop -i, i ii I i I ii i li -
therapies. They have been al I, i-, i11 i ..I I-,.
chemical compound extracted I, I-. I .i. .. i. I I
"W e have solved what ,-..- i iI 1 i I I I I I i.-- I
largazole because it has a reli. I I I... .i I. ..- .l I
"This has made it easy to reproduce in the lab."
The Luesch lab published early findings on largazoles mode of
action in 2008. Through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvest-
ment Act stimulus funding from the National Cancer Institute, he
has since completed his initial preclinical studies that demonstrated
largazoles effectiveness in inhibiting the growth of more than one
type of colon cancer cell.
Known as cyanobacteria, the microbes have evolved to fend off
predators or cope with harsh conditions in a marine environment,
employing toxins to aid their own survival. The toxins are the
h, 1,. ,, 1 1 I I h I I .1 .
ing than other natural products as an ellective cancer-fighting drug,
Luesch said availability of supply, knowing its mode of action, and
the fact t I is I I I I' ,. is already a proven anticancer target known
to result in the necessary selectivity for cancer cells over normal cells.
Luesch presented his findings in September at the Marine Drug
Discovery Symposium in Pohang, South Korea, and in October at
I 1 I I,,lI I ,II ..I .,, -.
1 I ,, ,, 111 1. 1 ,, ,,2 1 11, I,. I,. .11 1 ,. 1 .
research, first published online in August, is being featured on the
cover of November's Journal of i- -. i 1 and Experimental
Fall 2010 GATORx | 23
2010 ASHP Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award
Charles D Hepler, Ph.D., a professor,
author, and researcher who helped develop
the idea of pharmaceutical care, was
awarded the American Society of Health-
System Pharmacists 2010 Harvey A.K.
Whitney Lecture Award last June.
A distinguished professor emeritus
in pharmaceutical outcomes and policy
in the UF C II.. .. of Pharmacy. Authoring
more than 40 professional articles and
numerous presentations at state, national,
and international pharmacy meetings,
Heplers work, laid a foundation for change
in the pharmaceutical approach to patient care. His research includes
automated bedside dispensing and medication errors, job satisfaction
of hospital pharmacists, and the effect of clinical pharmacy on patient
perceptions of health care quality
As a professor at the ,. II..... of pharmacy at the University
of Iowa, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of
Florida, where he retired in 2004, Hepler mentored hundreds of
pharmacy students and researchers, who expanded on his work.
Hepler also has been actively involved in several pharmacy
organizations, including service on the ASHP Commission on Goals,
the American Association of C II..1.. of Pharmacy's Commission on
Implementing Change in Pharmaceutical Education, and an expert
member of the International Pharmaceutical Federation's Board of
After earning a bachelor of science from the University of
Connecticut School of Pharmacy, he went on to receive a Master of
Science and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Iowa. He is
the recipient of several honors and awards, including the American
Pharmacists Association Remington Medal and the ASHP Research and
Education Foundation's Award for his contributions to pharmaceutical
Harvey A. K. Whitney, ASHP's first president, was an editor,
author, educator, practitioner, and leader in hospital pharmacy. The
Harvey A. K. Whitney Lecture Award, established in 1950 by the
Southeastern Michigan Society of Hospital Pharmacists, has been
administered by ASHP since 1963. Nominations for the award are
made by past recipients and ASHP members. The winner is selected
by a majority vote of past honorees.
Outstanding Leader in Distance Education
As the University of Florida Forensic Science master's program
reached its 10th year, its director was recognized for his leadership
in advancing distance learning through online technology in higher
Ian Tebbett, Ph.D., a UF professor of toxicology in the UF C II...
of Pharmacy, in May received an award for Outstanding Leadership by
an Individual in the Field of Distance Learning from the U. S. Distance
The USDLA 2010 International Distance Learning Awards,
presented at a national conference in St. Louis, honored Tebbett among
four educators in the higher education category who were chosen for
their outstanding leadership :,i.i i.., i, 11, I
"The online forensic science program, established in fall 2000
with two courses and 20 students, has now grown into five master's
degrees with more than 900 ,: -l .II --''i.-''-, making the program the
largest of its kind in the world," said UF C II..1.. of Pharmacy Dean
William Riffee, Ph.D.
The USDLA, a nonprofit association founded in 1987, describes
distance learning as lifelong learning that utilizes technologies to help
students acquire knowledge and skills through mediated instruction.
"Through distance learning, education and training we can
provide access to the world's best award-winning opportunities
for school children, connect
higher education students
R i 1II1 and transform the
lives and careers of working
adults," said Reggie Smith III,
In 2006, Tebbett and
Riffee traveled to Washington,
D.C., to accept the highest
national honor offered from
the American Distance Educa-
tion Consortium. ADEC,
whose membership is made
up from 65 state universi-
ties and land-grant II..
also presented the .. II..-. an
Award of Excellence in Distance Education for the forensic program.
Tebbett, who founded the ,. II.. -. online master's program,
is proud that through distance education he has been able to teach
students from every state, and from 39 other countries.
"It goes to show The Gator Nation is truly everywhere,"
24 1 Fall 2010 GATORx
Antibacterial Agent vs. Pregnancy
by April Frawley Birdwell
A chemical found in everyday products from antibacterial
soaps and lotions to socks may disrupt an enzyme that plays an
important role in pregnancy, University of Florida researchers say.
Thought to be harmless, triclosan gives many soaps and
lotions their antibacterial oomph and is found in hundreds of
popular products. But a team of UF researchers led by Margaret
O. James, Ph.D., a professor in the UF C II..1.. of Pharmacy,
has discovered that the chemical hinders an enzyme linked
to the metabolism of estrogen. The researchers' findings are
reported in the November print issue of the journal Environment
In pregnancy, this enzyme, called estrogen sulfotransferase,
helps metabolize estrogen and move it through the placenta into
the developing fetus. There, the estrogen plays a crucial role in
brain development and the regulation of genes.
The researchers suspect that if enough of the triclosan gets
through to the placenta to affect the enzyme, it may cause prob-
lems in pregnancy, said James, who also serves as chairwoman of
medicinal chemistry in the UF C II..1.. of Pharmacy.
"We know for sure it is a very potent inhibitor," James said.
"What we don't know, is the kinds of levels you would have to
be exposed to to see a negative effect."
In pregnancy, the placenta .. .11 serves as a developing
baby's in-womb survival kit. Almost everything the fetus gets from
its mother namely food and oxygen comes through the
placenta. It also creates important hormones, such as progesterone
Aside from the role it plays in the fetus, estrogen also affects
how much oxygen the baby gets from the mother, said Charles
Wood, Ph.D., a professor and chairman of physiology and func-
tional genomics in the UF C II.. .. of Medicine and a co-author
of the study All of the oxygen a baby gets from its mother flows
through the mother's uterine artery Without enough estrogen,
this artery can constrict, decreasing blood flow.
"If you don't make enough estrogen you can, we think, starve
the baby of enough oxygen," Wood said.
Estrogen is also involved in signaling the uterus to contract
during labor. But maintaining the right levels of the hormone
during pregnancy is a delicate balance, Wood says. Too much
estrogen could send the mother's body into premature labor. Too
little could hinder the flow of oxygen. Both instances could affect
how the baby's brain develops.
This is one of the reasons scientists are concerned about the
pregnancy-related effects of chemicals such as triclosan.
In April 2010, the Food and Drug Administration decided
to take a closer look at triclosan after several studies found links
to problems with hormone regulation and other possible negative
health effects. Other studies have shown that the chemical, which
cannot be broken down by bacteria, stays in the environment
long after it is used.
"More studies are needed before researchers can conclude
what effects triclosan really has on human health," James said.
"At this point we don't know if the levels people are exposed to
are high enough to cause an adverse effect."
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Dear Pharmacy Alumni,
kWhenever I write to you
our about the activities
of the .. II..l .., I try to
take into account the
each of you may have
had based on your degree. Whether you
graduated with a bachelors, pharm.D., Ph.D.,
or master's degree, you are part of a renowned
alumni association that reflects more than 86
years of tradition and excellence.
With the growth of our non-traditional
opportunities in pharmacy education the
Working Professional Pharm.D. program and
our online master's programs -we are grow-
ing the pharmacy Gator Nation to reach more
people in more places. The constant thread
that links each degree and each alumnus
is the quality of knowledge and the people
who share that knowledge. The UF C II. -..
of Pharmacy is blessed to have talented and
dedicated faculty, who collectively have
trained and mentored more than 9,000
alumni to reach beyond their potential to
become an even better pharmacist or scientist
than they may have envisioned.
As you read the Gatorx magazine, I hope you
think about the professor who asked you the
hard questions and made you reach farther.
You might be surprised at how often I hear
the faculty talk about how proud they are of
their former students. I hope that you, too,
feel a sense of pride and connection to your
alma mater that helped you develop into a
caring and competent health-care provider.
I wish you and your family, and all of our
many friends of the ,. II.. .., a wonderful
holiday season. Please remember to keep in
touch with your "pharmacy family" in the
coming New Year. If you check our upcom-
ing Events Calendar, you'll see we have lots
of adventures ahead!
Senior Director of Development &
The Face of Pharmacy
UF Alumnus featured in national news
Last January, UF College of Pharmacy alumnus Charley John, Pharm.D. ('02)
became a national "Face of Pharmacy" for practicing pharmacists, when he was
featured in a lengthy article in The Washington Post. Sandra G. Boodman, in her Special,
which appeared in the newspaper on January 12, 2010, documented a typical day in
the life of a pharmacist. Her feature, "Pharmacists dispense pills, counsel patients,
screen for illness, give vaccines," began like this:
"When Charley John tells people he's a
pharmacist, he knows what many of them
think: that he spends his workdays sequestered
behind a counter .i li g out pills, dropping
them into little plastic vials and i ., i..o them
That may have been an accurate job
description for a retail druggist circa 1978 -
the year John was born but it bears little
resemblance to the multi-tasking the job requires
these days. Pharmacists, particularly those .
who, likeJohn, work for large national chains,
are moving into areas that have long been
the exclusive province of doctors and nurses:
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HINI influenza, screening for chronic health
conditions such as diabetes, ...... .. ....W --
about the increasing panoply of medications
they are prescribed and, in a sour economy with
i,... i... o access to health insurance and primary care, oi. ...'. basic medical advice. Health-care
reform legislation would probably increase pharmacists' involvement in patient care by
reimbursement for certain kinds of medication ...-. ...
John is the pharmacy manager for Walgreens in Alexandria, VA. After graduation from
UF he began his career with Walgreens in Florida and was transferred first to Cincinnati, and
now has been in Alexandria for three years. Being in the Washington, D.C. area has given
him more access to the law and policy aspects of pharmacy, John said.
Pharmacists are realizing the impact to healthcare they can offer to their patients.
"Our versatile expertise is II11 1, us to come to the forefront of healthcare," John
said. "We're now an integral part in initiating and maintaining healthy living in the patients
of our communities."
John engages with his patients at the pharmacy, always ready to offer consultation,
or help them to find an over-the-counter product. His pharmacy is very active in giving
H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines. Diabetes is one patient treatment area of interest to John
in which he has gained experience. Pharmacy professors John Gums, Leslie Hendeles, and
Paul Doering, were among the faculty who made an impression on him at UF he said.
26 1 Fall 2010 GATORx
Oscar Araujo, Ph.D., beloved professor emeritus and
friend of the UF C II..1.. of Pharmacy, passed away Feb.
20, 2010. He was a great teacher and man, whose legacy
will continue through the many lives he touched with his
knowledge, humor and kindness.
Araujo was born June 2, 1927 in Porto Alegre, Brazil
and spent his childhood in Rio de Janeiro. He came to the
United States in 1946 to attend Purdue University, where
he obtained a Ph.D. in 1957. He taught for five years at
Ohio Northern University before accepting a position at
the UF C II.. .. of Pharmacy in 1962. He retired after 38
years of service and was named Professor Emeritus of
Pharmacy Practice and Dermatology.
With a love of teaching, Araujo had a special relation-
ship with his students, learning all of their names and
keeping in touch with many of them after graduation
as they developed careers in pharmacy. He was selected
C II..,.. of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year three times
during his career and was the recipient of the C II...
Distinguished Pharmacy Service Award in 2000. He was
a member of the Florida Pharmacy Association and the
Alachua County Association of Pharmacists.
His family has established the Oscar Araujo Alumni
Scholarship Fund at the. II.... Donations can be made
online at wwwuff.ufl.edu/OnlineGiving, or by check,
please put 'OSCAR ARAUJO' in the memo line, make
it out to the 'UF foundation', and mail to University of
Florida C Ill.. I I i- ,, PO Box 103570, Gainesville,
In remembrance of friends
James C. Berelsman ('63)
John W. Brandon ('54)
Ralph N. Brown ('51)
Aurelian H. Cooledge, Jr. ('39)
Ellen J. Curtis
Robert L. Curtis
Donald E. Davis ('61)
Felix F. Donatelli '51)
Pearl M. Dufresne
Joseph Dunayer ('54)
Daniel J. Fleischer ('86)
Goette 0. Fussell, Jr. ('50)
Ruth M. Gray ('67)
Cora L. Green-Scott
Bette R. Jones ('58)
Mark R. Knowles
Peter J. Kovi ('73)
Archie N. Lin ('50)
David L. Luikart, Sr. ('48)
Hilda B. Massey
William S. Mayhall ('57)
Glenn M. McCall ('53)
Patrick S. Nanna ('90)
Natalie A. Norwood ('92)
Foster A. Olroyd ('57)
Pete Pardo (McKesson)
Christine S. Randall
Lydia G. Ross ('01)
Calvert M. Scott ('85)
Marcus E. Spector ('64)
Lorenzo T. Stewart ('62)
Elsie F. Voss
Clara B. Williams
H. L. Worsham ('54)
Arthur G. Zupko ('42)
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24th Annual Alumni Reunion
The 24th Annual Alumni Reunion weekend
events, Oct 15-16, started off Friday afternoon in
a very special way as friends and family gathered
at the college to honor and remember Oscar
Araujo. A beloved professor at the College of
Pharmacy for 38 years, he remained close to many
of his students. The memorial was hosted by UF
College of Pharmacy professors, Paul Doering and
Larry Lopez, who were former students, friends
and colleagues of Araujo over the years. They i i
presented a photo slide show with fond memories i
from many others.
The reunion weekend continued Friday
evening with the Dean's Welcome Reception. While
the college welcomed all alumni and friends, a ,
special welcome was extended to graduates from
class-years ending in a five or a zero.
Alumni President JoAnn Nuccio ('78) raised the
challenge for the Oscar Araujo Scholarship Fund by
offering custom-made Gator skirts to all donations
of $1,000 to the fund. At reunion alone, $8,000
was raised in honor of the scholarship. -
"Anyone can join the Gator Pharmacy Skirt
Club and show their pride for the Gators, while
supporting Oscar's legacy in pharmacy education,"
Topping the fun-filled weekend was the reunion
barbecue before the game. Professors were
"pie'd," and the dean was "dosed" with water
balloons all for a good cause. Professors Paul
Doering, Michael Meldrum, Cary Mobley and Larry
Lopez were in the running for Kappa Epsilon's
"Pie in the Face of a Professor," but Lopez was
the lucky winner. This year's fundraiser proceeds
benefits the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Fund.
Dean Riffee, winner of KE's pie last year, was
dosed this year with water balloons to benefit the
International Health Outreach trip to Nicaragua.
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* Career Days
January 21...St. Petersburg
* Graduate Research Showcase
February 17 Gainesville
* Multicultural Dinner
February 19 Gainesville
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m Professional Coating Ceremony
March 19 Gainesville
* APhA Dean's Night Out
March 26 (tentative) Seattle
* Outreach Event
April 7 (tentative) Philadelphia
* Orange f Blue game
April 9 Gainesville
* Dean's Advisory Board
April 14-15- St. Petersburg, FL
m GlobalGator Meeting /
June 2-4 Graz, Austria
* FPA Gator Reception
June 22 26 (TBA) Naples, FL
July 9-13 (TBA) San Antonio, TX
m FSHP Gator Reception
August 4-7 (TBA) Orlando
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College of Pharmacy
P.O. Box 103570
Gainesville, FL 32610
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