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In February, St. Louis College of Pharmacy P2 students Sai Dodda and Abbey Jin presented original research at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 48th Critical Care Congress in San Diego.

In advance of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27, faculty and students from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and DEA representatives visited senior living communities across the city of St. Louis to help residents clear out their medicine cabinets.

On Saturday, May 11, family, friends, and members of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy community celebrated the class of 2019 at the College’s 151st Commencement.

On Oct. 18, more than 260 students, scholarship sponsors, faculty and staff gathered on campus to honor the scholarship recipients of the 2018-19 academic year at the annual St. Louis College of Pharmacy Scholarship Awards Dinner.

In today’s digital age, industries are embracing data analysis as a tool for success. This has become especially evident in health system pharmacy, where the integration of comprehensive pharmacy analytics is helping organizations improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.

Blanca Perez del Palomar, visiting scholar at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has received the National End-of-Career University Education Award from the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Spain.

The College sets the pace for pharmacy residency program collaboration in the St. Louis area.

P3 student Carrie Reilly shares her firsthand experience working with Habitat for Humanity in Guatemala and Romania as part of the College’s international service learning course.

This October, Kami Hancock, Ph.D., director of the College’s Norton Writing Center, will conduct a panel discussion on the role of writing centers in promoting social justice at the 2018 International Writing Centers Association Conference in Atlanta.

Community pharmacists are a patient’s most accessible health care provider, and as medication experts, they are critical to maintaining and improving patients’ health. While this truth has long been understood by pharmacists and the patients who rely on them, the larger health care industry has been slow to fully leverage community pharmacists as the invaluable resource they are.

Jason Wang, Pharm.D. '11, is dedicated to making the world a better place one project and person at a time. Through his commitment to community service, he impacts the lives of patients and students with each interaction.

P3 student Suzie Chen was awarded the United States Public Health Service Health Pharmacy Award for her dedication to serving underserved patient populations.

Laura Challen, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, BCACP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacist at the Mercy JFK Clinic at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, was recently named Preceptor of the Year by the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

The Alumni Association hosted an industry career panel in March and welcomed back to campus three alumni to showcase different roles in the pharmaceutical industry.

According to the World Health Organization, 5 percent of the world’s population has disabling hearing loss. At St. Louis College of Pharmacy, this population has not gone unnoticed by the Student National Pharmaceutical Association.

Each year at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, advanced pharmacy practice experiences give students hands-on learning opportunities in a variety of practice settings locally and around the world.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy recently welcomed Lucinda Maine, Ph.D., executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) to campus for a thought-provoking presentation on the future of pharmacy education.

As part of a memorandum agreement between St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Trinity College Dublin, Melanie VanDyke, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, was selected as the College’s first visiting scholar to travel to Ireland.

The BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute was selected as a “What’s Right with the Region” honoree for 2018. The program is included among 20 individuals, organizations and initiatives that are being recognized for their impact and service to the St. Louis community.

Some residency programs offer a one-size-fits-all model, but at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, residents have the opportunity to diversify their skills while practicing at various sites across the St. Louis area.

During her final year at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Katie Helm, Pharm.D. ’18, had the chance to turn her dream job into a pharmacy residency opportunity.

In spring 2017, the Center for Clinical Pharmacology announced the appointment of its first two faculty researchers. Just over a year later, the center is flourishing with the addition of seven new faculty and more than 25 postdoctoral research associates, graduate and undergraduate researchers and technical staff members currently working in its labs.

On Nov. 11, 1864, St. Louis College of Pharmacy was officially founded in the hall of the St. Louis Medical College. In recent years, Founders Day has become one of the College’s most important traditions, as the campus community unites to reflect on all those who have contributed to the College’s legacy.

As she works to make the most of her year on rotations, P4 student Jamie Voigtmann recently participated in an independent pharmacy experience that made a lasting impression on her, her preceptor and the patients she served.

Carol Hotze Hermann, B.S. ’91, is proof that one person can make a difference. Through her participation in medical mission trips, she is making an international impact as part of a collaborative, interprofessional health care team.

The College is dedicated to its students and believes these four new programs, tailored to the demands of the health professions market, will provide future students with the ability to find themselves within the context of health care.

Students learn about the moral responsibilities that accompany a career in health care and how to help mitigate disparities in St. Louis.

How a health sciences foundation enriched by liberal arts experiences is helping students explore their passions.

Jeff Pasucal, Pharm.D. ’17, engages in life-changing conversations through his PGY1 community-based residency.

Katie Tellor, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, along with coauthors Abigail Yancey, B.S. ’02, Pharm.D. ’03, FCCP, BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice, Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, Steffany Nguygen, Pharm.D. ’17, Amanda Bultas, Pharm.D. ’17, and P4 student Nicholas Greenwald received the 2017 Virtual Poster Symposium Best Poster Award for their abstract and presentation “Evaluation of Warfarin Requirements in Hospitalized, Obese Patients Admitted with a Therapeutic INR.”

P2 student Mathew Koebel recently traveled to Portugal along with six other St. Louis College of Pharmacy students to serve others in need through Habitat for Humanity.

In an effort to expand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs to serve high school students in St. Louis City and north St. Louis County, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals has generously supported St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s STEM Health Science Academy.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been named a 2017 “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education (The Chronicle), a leading publication for colleges and universities.

Whether the subject is history, English or social science — educators know that an interdisciplinary approach to core subjects is foundational for professional students. At St. Louis College of Pharmacy, faculty have reviewed undergraduate curricula through an interdisciplinary lens to ensure that students receive a well-rounded education with real-world applications.

David Norman ’67, R.Ph., was certain of three things growing up—he was not going to work in his family’s pharmacy, he was never moving back to Ava, Missouri, and he was not going to be a pharmacist. Young Norman could not have been more wrong about his future.

On May 12 and 13, members of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy community as well as friends and parents came together to celebrate the class of 2017 during the College’s 149th Commencement.

In August 2015, St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis joined forces to find better, safer and more effective ways to use prescription medications to improve health. Researchers from the two institutions collaborated to create the Center for Clinical Pharmacology.

In the week leading up to National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, St. Louis College of Pharmacy students participated in door-to-door drug take-back events at several senior living facilities around the city of St. Louis.

One in three American adults are at risk for kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Often associated with other disease states like hypertension and diabetes, kidney disease can often go unseen and undiagnosed. However, during the month of March, the importance of kidney health will be spotlighted.

All year long, students pulled on their white coats, sharpened their pencils and strapped on their safety goggles to work on research projects ranging from antibiotic therapy efficacy and compliance to gathering Rhodotorula fungal samples. All of that hard work will be showcased during the Eighth Annual Student Research Symposium on Saturday, April 8.

As part of the Liberal Arts Convocation series and Black History Month programming, award-winning author, Rita Williams-Garcia, visited the College to discuss the evolution of her writing perspectives and the power of self-reflection.

To help support students through their academic journey, staff in the Student Success Center have designed a speaker series, EutecTALKs. With student-focused topics, the series allows students to learn from one another and grow personally and professionally.

Sister Mary Louise Degenhart ’60 receives the prestigious Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award.

From the latest flu guidelines, to a new vaccination for a potentially deadly infection, Associate Professor Golden Peters, Pharm.D., BCPS, shares important information about vaccines.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy plans extensive public health campaign to educate families about important health issue.

We asked current students what advice they would give to the incoming freshman class.

Yvonne Burnett, Pharm.D., receives a grant from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists to analyze pharmacist-led dosing and monitoring of vancomycin in an OPAT program setting.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy collaboration brings advanced patient care to unserved area.

Families, friends, faculty, staff, students and alumni recently gathered at St. Louis College of Pharmacy to celebrate this year’s White Coat Ceremony.

STLCOP hosted the 14th Annual Family Weekend on Oct. 16-18, 2015. More than 40 families attended the event.

New partnership with Washington University School of Medicine seeks better, safer medicine.

For STLCOP students, community service and outreach are a way of life.

In the first study of its kind, College faculty members looked to evaluate the faculty perception of team-based learning.

Pharmacist Shares 5 Important Points for Patients About OxyContin

Middle school students enrolled in the IMSA Fusion program learn about careers in pharmacy.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy students were showing love to the planet on Earth Day.

An historic year for St. Louis College of Pharmacy was capped off by the largest graduating class in the College’s history. The Class of 2015 will hold a special place as the College celebrated its 150th birthday year.

How does the College continue to ensure our graduates are prepared to lead the profession of pharmacy? By having them work in real-world situations while still in school.

On April 10, the last theater performance was held in Whelpley Auditorium. The production, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, poked fun at ancient Rome.

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