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Welcome Message from Dean Taylor

Welcome to our inaugural newsletter from the System College of Pharmacy. As your Dean, I want to keep you abreast of all the great things happening in the SCP and I want to encourage ongoing communications between our students, faculty and staff. I hope you will enjoy reading about our college and the many ways we are advancing education, research, health, and service within our local communities and throughout the State of Texas.

In the News

I was reminded of the importance of immunizations during a recent commute to campus. The radio station was airing a story on NPR depicting the devastation witnessed over this record-breaking flu season. At its peak in early February, Texas was one of the epicenters for this virus with one of every ten deaths occurring at that time resulting from flu-like illness and its complications.

Immunizations are a critical part of overall health and wellness. Following the 2009 swine flu pandemic, states across America modified their laws to ensure more access to immunizations from the neighborhood pharmacist. Today, our SCP student pharmacists are educated to be front-line providers of immunizations. In fact, our student pharmacists and faculty immunized more than 1,200 UNTHSC employees and students this past Fall. NPR indicated the lost productivity associated with the flu this season in the DFW Metroplex was projected to be about $270 million. I am proud to see our students and faculty leading by our values to serve our community’s health needs.

What can we learn from a challenge such as this? It is a reminder that the world needs a much better vaccine. Research is an important investment to add new weapons to our prevention strategies. It is also a reminder that front line providers can play a broader role in treatment of flu-like illnesses. In some states (i.e. Nebraska), pharmacists are empowered by state law to perform point of care, rapid influenza diagnostic testing for individuals presenting with flu-like illness. They are then permitted to promptly provide access to treatment with antiviral medication such as Tamiflu. The care plan is provided back with the primary care team for monitoring and follow-up. This is an opportunity for us to follow our motto of “making healthcare better.” Texas has an opportunity to follow the lead of other states and modify our laws to allow our pharmacists to help our neighbors and communities live healthier, better lives.

Faculty Updates

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Killam-Worrall for being awarded the January “Valubility of the Month” award where she was recognized for her outstanding commitment to our “Service” value. Way to go Dr. Killam-Worrall – we are very proud you’re on the SCP Team!

Meet Your Pharmacotherapy Faculty

Pharmacy Faculty Photo March 2018 with Dean Charles Taylor.
Front Row L to R: Drs. Crystal Howell, Marian Gaviola, Dean Charles Taylor, Lisa Killam-Worrall and Meenakshi Ramanathan
2nd Row L to R: Drs. W. Cheng Yuet, Jennifer Fix, Annesha White, Meredith Howard, Caitlin Gibson and Emanuel George
3rd Row L to R: Drs. Michael Jann, Randy Martin, Ayyappa Chaturvedula, Adenike Atanda, Katura Bullock, Brittany Palasik, Shanada Monestim, and Hae Jin Cho
Top Row L to R: Drs. Patrick Clay, Shara Elrod, Lawrence Cohen and Scott Penzak
Absent: Drs. Jessica Gardea and Amulya Tatachar

Making a Difference

The SCP Class of 2019 worked together to raise $5,400 for the Greater Houston Community Foundation to assist with the rebuilding efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. These types of initiatives further demonstrate the kindness and compassion of our students and the impact that can be made by coming together for the greater good of the community.

Helping People Live Healthier, Better Lives

We were proud to be a part of the “Embrace Your Health” event coordinated by the Junior League of Fort Worth on March 3rd. Both SCP and TCOM students were onsite to provide blood glucose, blood pressure, BMI and total cholesterol screenings. Here’s a picture of our hard working UNTHSC Team at our booth with Mayor Betsy Price.
Embrace Health Fair UNTHSC with Price 4 3-3-2018 (1)

Alumni News

We are pleased to share that our first graduates, the System College of Pharmacy’s Class of 2017 achieved an 88% pass rate on their licensing exam. Congratulations as this is a wonderful accomplishment for the first class and sets the bar for those coming after them!

A Heartfelt Thanks

The SCP is very fortunate to have received the following generous gifts to support our students:

  • Elaine and Myron Jacobson Endowed Pharmacy Scholarship
  • Vaughn Construction Community Foundation Endowed Pharmacy Scholarship

Research Appreciation Day (RAD) is Right Around the Corner

Please join us in the celebration of RAD 2018 on Friday, April 6th.

  • 8:30am – Research Poster Sessions begin in the Library
  • 11:30am – Luncheon in the MET followed by Keynote Address and Awards

Thanks to Drs. Marian Gaviola and Dorette Ellis for their leadership in overseeing our collegiate engagement with RAD 2018.

Upcoming Events and Activities

March 28 Dean Taylor participating in a Health Care Forum at TCU on the Opioid Crisis (7:30-9am)
March 29 Class of 2021 Student Picture (Noon in Library Courtyard)
March 31 Pharmacist Roundup on UNTHSC Campus (9am-2pm)

We Want to Hear From You

If you have information, ideas, events, organization updates, etc. you would like to share in our eNewsletter, please send them to SCPCommunications@unthsc.edu. This is a communication tool for all SCP Students, Faculty and Staff so your input and feedback are very much appreciated!

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Dr. Michael R. Williams
UNTHSC President
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