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Pharmacy faculty member publishes book chapter

KinninghamSmallAssociate Dean of the College of Pharmacy Dr. Kelley Kiningham recently published a chapter titled, “Manganese Superoxide Dismutase” in the book “Manganese in Health and Disease.” Kiningham’s chapter summarizes studies from the last 30 years on the antioxidant.

The mitochondrial enzyme is one of three superoxide dismutases in humans; however, it is the only one that is essential for life.  The enzyme has been shown to be protective in in vivo models of adriamycin, methamphetamine and taxol toxicity.  In addition various researchers, including Dr. Kiningham, have shown that expression of manganese superoxide dismutase is a tumor suppressor.

Clinical trials based on the work of Kiningham and other researchers in the field have lead to the development of synthetic drugs based on the MnSOD enzyme and are currently being tested in a variety of conditions where oxidative stress is known to occur.


Pharmacy Professors published in American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

HobsonSmallSpinelliSmallJohnstonSmall2Professors in the College of Pharmacy Drs. Eric Hobson and Alisa Spinelli and Dean of the College of Pharmacy Dr. Philip Johnston were published in The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education with their article, “Staging a Reflective Capstone Course to Transition PharmD Graduates to Professional Life.” The article is the scholarly findings from a case study of a Belmont capstone class.

The objective was to develop and implement a course that would allow students to reflect on their development as a professional, assess and share achievement of the college’s outcomes, complete a professional portfolio, establish a continuing professional development plan and prepare to enter the pharmacy profession.

Findings concluded that the course provided an opportunity for student-based summative evaluation, direct observation of student skills and documentation of outcome completion as a means of evaluating readiness to enter the profession.

To read the full journal article, click here.


Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame Opens Nominations for Inaugural Class

fountain-2014-105-300x199With a mission to honor men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to the health and health care industry, The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame seeks to recognize and honor the pioneers and current leaders who have formed Tennessee’s health and health care community and encourage future generations of health care professionals.

The nominations process began on February 20 and will continue until April 10 at Created by Belmont University and the McWhorter Society, The Hall of Fame is supported by the Nashville Health Care Council, a Hall of Fame Founding Partner. The inaugural class will be announced at the McWhorter Society’s May 5 luncheon.

In addition to recognizing Tennessee’s most influential health and health care leaders, The Hall of Fame will serve as an on-going educational resource to document the rich history that has contributed to Tennessee’s position as a leader for national health care initiatives.

Chair of the McWhorter Society and Chairman of Medcare Investment Funds Dr. Harry Jacobson said, “The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame will play a unique role in educating, honoring and celebrating the state’s premier health and health care status. The individual leaders honored through its creation are those who have made significant contributions to shaping Tennessee’s healthcare industry into one of the world’s leading health care capitals, and we look forward to bringing well-deserved recognition to the inaugural class.”

Belmont’s President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “It is widely recognized that Tennessee is a central hub for health care in the United States, and with Nashville at the helm, our community has seen many individual men, women and organizations who have taken significant strides to shape and advance the industry. Meanwhile, Belmont University has taken a significant role in undergraduate, graduate and executive health care education. The creation of The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame will help us inspire the next generation of health care leaders while also further promoting Tennessee’s booming success as the nation’s premiere healthcare hub.”

A Selection Committee, comprised of health and health care leaders from across the state, will evaluate nominees for The Hall of Fame.

Nominees can be practitioners, executives, entrepreneurs, mentors, teachers, scientists, researchers, innovators or any person with a connection to the health or health care field. Potential inductees must have:

  • Been born, lived or have worked in Tennessee
  • Made a significant impact and lasting contribution to health care at the local, state, national or international level
  • Exhibit the highest ethical and professional character
  • Serve as an outstanding role model in their community

President of the Nashville Health Care Council Caroline Young said, “The Nashville Health Care Council is honored to be a Founding Partner of The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame. As we move toward the induction of the inaugural class, we look forward to recognizing the significant talent that has come through our state and inspiring future innovators who will drive Tennessee’s heath care success to new levels.”


Kiningham Establishes Pharmaceutical Endowed Scholarship for College of Pharmacy

KinninghamSmallAssociate Dean and Professor of the College of Pharmacy Dr. Kelley Kiningham has served the College since 2009 and since then has acquired a number of accolades including the Presidential Faculty Achievement Award in 2013 and the Most Influential Faculty Member designation by the class of 2013.

Most recently, Dr. Kiningham continued her direct contribution to student success by establishing the Warren E. Angel Pharmaceutical Education Endowed Scholarship, named in honor of her late grandfather who significantly contributed to Dr. Kiningham’s life. The scholarship has been designed to support student pharmacists in good academic standing who attended Middle Tennessee State University, Dr. Kiningham’s alma mater.

Dr. Kiningham said because her career was made possible through the generosity of her grandparents and others, she has always dreamed of establishing a scholarship to provide assistance for students. “It is my hope that this award will help the recruiting efforts of Belmont College of Pharmacy and give students peace of mind while helping them to achieve their professional goals. My grandfather, Warren E. Angel, lived a life of service and was very influential in encouraging me to help others, as well as teaching me to work hard to achieve my dreams.  This scholarship is humbly created in his memory with the hope of helping others in a lasting way,” Kiningham said.

Professor and Dean of the College of Pharmacy Phil Johnston said, “Dr. Kiningham has been an inspiration to everyone she has worked with at Belmont, exemplifying the skills and demeanor it takes to balance responsibilities in the classroom, service to the College and University, research and community service.  Faculty find her to be a trustworthy colleague and a champion for students. Dr. Kiningham has been a model for us all.”


Fourth year Pharmacy student serves on medical mission to Haiti

Belmont-300x184Fourth year pharmacy student Meghan Duquette and Assistant Professor of the College of Pharmacy Ashton Beggs recently returned from a week-long medical mission trip to Gobert, Haiti. Duquette was selected for this Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience last spring and was the second student in participate in the annual opportunity.

Under Beggs’s supervision, Duquette was involved in all medication-related aspects of the trip planning, which began summer 2014. The duo was responsible for choosing the medications they would take on the trip, all purchased from Blessings International. Medication labeling was developed by Duquette in both English and Creole, the native language of Haiti. While in Gobert, Duquette and Beggs were in charge of aiding the providers in selecting drug therapy, dispensing medications and counseling patients on each prescription.

Additional pharmacy students were involved in trip preparations including counting, packaging and labeling the medications prior to shipment. “It was great to see pharmacy students from all years come together to prepare the medications,” Duquette said. “Caring for patients in a third-world country is eye-opening. This experience has undoubtedly shaped my pharmacy path.”


Pharmacy faculty members published

SpinelliSmall FrameSmallTwo faculty members in the College of Pharmacy have been published recently in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, a professional journal for pharmacy education.

Dr.  Alisa Spinelli, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, had a manuscript published earlier this year entitled, “Assessing the Value of a Pharmacy Student First Aid Volunteer Experience at a Large Venue Sporting Event”.  The article was written with co-authors, Dr. Randell Doty and Dr. Melonie Stanton from the University of Florida.  Their research assessed the perceived value to pharmacy students in volunteering at first aid stations during University of Florida home football games.   The study concluded that the volunteer opportunity significantly improved the confidence of pharmacy student participants in providing patient care activities and recognizing patients who were experiencing a medical emergency.

In November, Dr. Tracy Frame, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, published an article entitled, “Student perceptions of a Self-Care course taught exclusively by team-based learning and utilizing Twitter”, which was co-written with Dr. Kelly Wright and Dr. Melody Hartzler from Cedarville University in Ohio.  The objective of their research was to assess student perceptions of the use of team-based learning (TBL) and Twitter in an Introduction to Self-Care course.  Overall, their study revealed TBL use in the course as favorable, but course improvements were needed, such as increasing the course to three credit hours and reshaping the use of social media to better engage students in discussion beyond the classroom.


Pharmacy professor featured in health information technology textbook

BlashSmall2Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Dr. Anthony Blash was recently selected as one of 13 professionals featured in the 2014 publication of Careers in Health Information Technology, a health information technology (HIT) textbook by Brian T. Malec.

The text describes the depth and breadth of job opportunities and careers currently available in HIT and helps readers enter and advance within the expanding field. Blash is featured in the chapter, “HIT Careers in the Education and Training Sector.”


Pharmacy Professor Serves As Featured Scholar at International Expedition


L to R: Julio Cezar Parreira Durte (Caceres secretary for tourism,) Dr. Domingos Savio Da Cunha Garcia & Acir Montecchi (UNEMAT professors of history) and Dr. Eric Hobson (Belmont University College of Pharmacy professor)

Dr. Eric Hobson, professor in Belmont’s College of Pharmacy, was the featured scholar at the “Colόquio Internacional: Matto Grosso Expedition (1931)” recently held in Cáceres, Brazil by the Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso (UNEMAT).

His seminar, “Why Descalvados? Mato Grosso Expeditions Between the Wars,” helped to fill gaps in the Brazilian historical record about non-Brazilian scientific exploration activity along Brazil’s western frontier in the early twentieth century.

Dr. Hobson joined UNEMAT history faculty and graduate students on a two-day research trip down the Paraguay River to Fazenda Descalvados — the largest ranch in the western hemisphere during the early 1900s — which served as base camp for many exploration/scientific teams from the United States, including the Theodore Roosevelt/Colonel Rondon Expedition of 1914.



College of Pharmacy Dean Named to Nashville Health Care Council’s 2015 Fellows Class

JohnstonSmall2Professor and Dean of the College of Pharmacy Phil Johnston was recently named as one of Nashville Health Council’s 2015 Fellows, the third class of its kind. The class is made up of leaders from all aspects of Nashville’s health care field including bankers, lawmakers, health care providers and management professionals.

One of the class’s 36 participants, Johnston will be part of the Council’s largest class to date. In 2013, the inaugural class graduated 33 participants and in 2014, the class graduated 32 participants.

“The 2015 Fellows include some of the industry’s best and brightest leaders with experience and industry focus spanning all sectors of health care,” said U.S. Senate Majority Bill Frist, who co-directs the initiative with Larry Van Horn, a leading expert in health care management and economics, and professor at Vanderbilt University. “These individuals have a challenging task ahead, and I look forward to the meaningful discussion and debate on our nation’s health care that will come from our rigorous curriculum.”

For more information on this program and the Nashville Health Care Council, click here.