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SWOSU College of Pharmacy Update Spring 2019


Faculty/Staff News

  • Yount, with Southwestern Oklahoma State University COP Rural Health Center, leads a quarterly Diabetes Support Group on Monday evenings, 5 – 6:15 p.m., at Weatherford Food Resource Center.
  • Nina Morris retired in February after 43 years of service to the COP.
  • In October, Dr. Krista Brooks passed the Board of Pharmacy Specialties exam in Pharmacotherapy. She can now use the designation BCPS (board certified pharmacotherapy specialist).
  • Melanie Claborn’s practice site at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic Pharmacy won two national awards this spring. The first was awarded in March at the APhA meeting and the second was awarded in May. Dr. Claborn and her COP students contributed to the immunizations given.
    • American Pharmacists Association (APhA) 2019 Immunization Champion Award National Winner for Corporation/Institution
    • National winner recipient of the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) – "Immunization Neighborhood" Adult Immunization Champion award

Student Related News

  • Kappa Epsilon offered child care services on Valentine's Day. The majority of all the funds received were donated to Relay for Life.
  • Second-year pharmacy students Brianna Hassett, Raven Hayworth and Kayla Woods competed as a team in the 2019 ACCP National Clinical Research Challenge! They are one of 20 teams nationally that were chosen to advance to Round Three of the competition. Winners will be announced in early June.
  • APhA-ASP's Operation Diabetes Event, Walk in My Shoes, was held the week of February 18 – 22. Walk in My Shoes is an opportunity to "live with diabetes" for five days.
  • Twenty-six COP students participated in Legislative Day on March 5th.
  • Fellowship of Christian Pharmacists hosted a Bible drive for the Agape Clinic from March 6 – April 18. Their goal with this drive is to have every patient receive a Bible with their prescription.
  • Pharmacy students Chloe Williams, Sierra Mullen and Caroline O’Hare worked together on a Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) White Paper last summer which resulted in three abstracts poster presentations and won two ribbon awards. These posters were presented in Baltimore, MD, on May 16th at the PQA19 Annual Meeting. These students are part of the Center of Excellence in Pharmacy Leadership, Innovation, and Quality Outcomes. The faculty mentor for this project is Dr. Tami Moser.
  • Lead Author: Chloe WilliamsDeveloping Quality Metrics Regarding the Concomitant Use of Opioids and Benzodiazepines and Benzodiazepine-Like Hypnotics, was presented as a poster and also won the PQA General Poster Session Gold Ribbon in Quality Improvement for her abstract.
  • Lead Author: Sierra MullenEvaluating and Developing Quality Metrics Regarding the Concomitant Use of Opioids and Gabapentinoids, was presented as a poster, and also won a PQA General Poster Session Silver Ribbon in Quality Improvement for her abstract.
  • Lead Author: Caroline O'HareEvaluating the need for creation of quality metrics regarding concomitant use of antifungals and opioids, was presented as a poster. 
  • Twenty-two COP students/recent graduates were successful in the 2019 ASHP Residency Match program:
    • Fifteen students matched with a PGY1 program
    • Seven recent graduates matched with a PGY2 program... a record number!
  • On March 9, 13 SWOSU COP students and four faculty members participated in Integris Southwest Medical Center’s first Community Health Fair. Students checked patient’s blood glucose and total cholesterol and also administered a few influenza vaccines. 
  • COP students participated in Research Day at SWOSU on March 8th.
  • Friday, February 22, P3.2 pharmacy students Saleena Brownell and Kayley Humann, with the assistance of Dr. Krista Brooks, educated and trained Clinton Indian Health Service staff on the life-saving opioid reversal drug naloxone and how to properly administer it. 
  • The brothers of Kappa Psi volunteered their time on February 16th to help raise money for the Special Olympics of Oklahoma at the Polar Plunge event, which was hosted at the Best Western Plus in Weatherford.
  • Debra Billingsley, the Executive Director of Oklahoma Pharmacists Association (OPhA), met with the SWOSU College of Pharmacy students on Wednesday, Jan. 30. She presented a legislative update on how OPhA is advocating for the profession of pharmacy. This event was co-hosted by the SWOSU student chapters of NCPA, OSHP, and APhA-ASP/OPhA.
  • The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) of SWOSU College of Pharmacy led a community-wide service project for the Food & Resource Center in Weatherford.
  • Thursday, February 7 pharmacy interns Saleena Brownell, Kayley Humann and Carla Williams assisted Dr. Tom Davis in educating and training SWOSU New Student Orientation Leaders on the opioid reversal drug naloxone and how to properly administer it.
  • Merrill Norton from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy presented “Intro to Addictive Disorders: Implications for Health Professionals” at the 5th Annual Chemical Dependency Seminar on February 11th. This event was hosted by SWOSU COP Phi Lambda Sigma and sponsored by Oklahoma Pharmacists Helping Pharmacists.
  • Guest speaker, Clark Bishop, a community Oklahoma pharmacist spoke to COP students about mental health first aid.
  • Eyere Obi Vera, a second-year Pharmacy Student at Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy, was hired to work as a Summer Regulatory Affairs Intern at Horizon Pharma. Horizon Pharma is a biopharmaceutical company that is focused on creating medicines for rare diseases, rheumatology, and primary care medicines.

Profile of Spring 2019 Class

From the 40 qualified applicants, 29 were selected. The spring 2019 class is 41 percent (12) male and 59 percent (17) female. The mean age is 22.37 years old. The spring 2019 class has a mean GPA of 3.36, a mean ACT of 23.10, and an average composite PCAT of 46.

Research News/Publications

  • Gildon BL, Condren M, Hughes CC. Impact of electronic health record systems on prescribing errors in pediatric clinics. Healthcare 2019: 7 (57); 1-10. doi: 10.3390/healthcare7020057.
  • James BJ, Gales MA, Gales BJ. Bumetanide for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children: A Review of Randomized Trials. Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2019;53(5):537-544.
  • Thompson DF.  Publication Records and Bibliometric Indices of Pharmacy Deans. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2019;83(2): Article 6513
  • Vo QT, Thompson DF. A Review and Assessment of Drug-Induced Thrombocytosis. Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2019;53(5):523-536.   
  • Thompson DF. Publication Records and Bibliometric Indices of Canadian and U.S. Pharmacy Deans. Pharmacy Education.  2019;19(1):133-137.

Program News

  • The Professionalism Dinner was held on January 29th. Dorothy Gourley, Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy Interim Executive Director, was the guest speaker.
  • The Apollo manikin is now assembled and being utilized to help teach students.
  • Both SWOSU-affiliated residency programs matched with students/graduates this spring.
  1. SWOSU-Walgreens PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program matched with Ms. Nika Hakim from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in Amarillo, TX.
  2. OSU Medical Center-SWOSU PGY2 Internal Medicine Residency matched with Dr. Laura Holliday, a 2018 SWOSU graduate who is currently completing her PGY1 residency at OSU Medical Center.
  • Our current OSU Medical Center-SWOSU PGY2 Internal Medicine Resident and SWOSU alumnus, Bryan Bozell, presented his research poster at Oklahoma Research Day at SWOSU on March 8th.
  • Southwestern Pharmacy Alumni Foundation sponsored a raffle as a fundraiser for the Panama Medical Mission trip in May 2019. The prize was a 2018 Honda Recon TRX250TEJ. The winner was HUNTER GEORGE.

Spring 2019 Calendar of Events

  • January 1  Campus closed
  • January 7  Spring 2019 semester begins
  • January 29  Professionalism Dinner
  • January 21  Campus closed
  • March 18 – 22  Campus closed for spring break
  • April 5  White Coat Ceremony
  • May 3  COP Hooding/Convocation
  • May 10 – 16  Panama Medical Mission Trip