Belmont University introduced the first six McWhorter Society Scholars on Dec. 4. The McWhorter Society, which was formed earlier this year, consists of members of the Nashville area community who are engaged in healthcare and the business of healthcare, and who choose to support future healthcare professionals from Belmont University.
The society is named in honor of long-time Belmont supporter Clayton McWhorter whose leadership and role in the development of healthcare industry giants HealthTrust Inc. and HCA have made a strong impression in the field of health care. In 1996, Clayton, his son Stuart and a close business friend created the venture capital firm Clayton Associates, which quickly evolved into a hub of strategic business development activities related to new firms in healthcare, technology and diversified services.
McWhorter was introduced to the newest scholars to hear their Belmont stories and how they intend to use the degrees they are pursuing at Belmont. Recipients included the following Belmont students.
Jacqueline Youde is a student in the Massey School’s Master of Business Administration program for Healthcare Professionals (HCMBA). She is board-certified audiologist who originally attended the University of Washington in Seattle, prior to graduating with her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Texas-Dallas. She previously was employed at Vanderbilt and is a full-time business student.
Roland Achenjang is also a student in the HCMBA program. As a young boy, he came to America with his parents, immigrating from Cameroon, Africa. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from North Dakota State University and is currently a pharmacist at St. Thomas-Midtown, pursuing his Belmont degree as a means of advancing his career to the next level as a healthcare administrator and leader.
Kelsey Maguire, from Nolensville, Tenn., is an undergraduate student in the College of Health Science’s School of Nursing where she plans to complete her Bachelor of Science in Nursing next spring. As the founding President of Belmont’s Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF) chapter, Maguire was instrumental in launching an event aimed at educating the campus community about the need for feminine hygiene products in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. In the spring of 2013, NCF collected over 5,000 hygiene items and Maguire traveled to Africa to personally deliver these products and work directly with the women and girls who would benefit from the gifts.
Lauren Moss is a member of the inaugural class in the School of Nursing’s new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. She is a board certified Women’s Health and Adult Health Nurse Practitioner and currently practices in a local urban internal medicine and pain management clinic. She is a member of the Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing. Moss’ capstone project for her DNP focuses on adults with hypercholesterolemia and determining whether nurse-led telephone reminder calls increase patient adherence to a prescribed medication regimen.
Jessica Brinkley is a third-year student in the College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. Brinkley has served as president of Belmont’s student chapters of Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and has been actively involved through these student organizations with Barren Plains Ministry, Habitat for Humanity and Live Beyond, in addition to organizing a toy drive for children in Haiti.. As a result of her work with Habitat for Humanity, she will soon publish a paper titled, “Building a Lifelong Commitment to Service” in Student Pharmacist.
Emily Doss is also a third-year student in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. She has completed a prestigious summer internship in pharmacy at John Hopkins University. Doss is president of Belmont’s student chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma, the Pharmacy Leadership Society, and has received a Leadership Chapter Award for her community service with APhA. She has served as a Student Ambassador for the College, class president and PLS president, and is an active member of multiple student pharmacist organizations at Belmont.
The McWhorter Society was conceived by Dr. Richard Treadway and the University Office of Advancement. Membership can be arranged by calling Willie Young in the University Development Office.
Dr. Vaughn Frigon, chief medical officer of Tennessee Health Care Finance and Administration, presented a lecture to Nashville area pharmacists for the College of Pharmacy’s first continuing education on Dec. 3 in the Massey Performing Arts Center.
“We are so glad to be able to offer continuing education credit to pharmacists in the community, especially our alumni, faculty and affiliate faculty. It is important to us to offer programs that are relevant and will make a difference in the everyday practice of our pharmacists who attend,” said College of Pharmacy Continuing Education Coordinator Virginia Walczak.
Frigon, who oversees TennCare, explained the state’s medical program and discussed opportunities and challenges for pharmacists who provide care under the program. In light of the Affordable Care Act, the event was helpful for pharmacists needing a greater understanding of how the state and federal medical laws and programs affect their patients as well as how to best serve them. Frigon supervises the medical, dental, and pharmacy programs for the state and is involved now with issues of healthcare expansion and payment reform that will significantly shape the way care is delivered in the future. TennCare is the State of Tennessee’s Medicaid program that currently provides health care for 1.2 million Tennesseans and operates with an annual $9 billion budget.
The College of Pharmacy plans to host another continuing education event on Feb. 8 to draw alumni pharmacist back to campus during Belmont’s homecoming week. The college is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
Belmont and Lipscomb pharmacy students recently visited Hume Fogg High School to educate students on drug abuse through the Generation Rx program, which educates youth to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and addiction occurring in the United States.
Both universities’ American Pharmacists Association (APhA) chapters presented on the important issue. The event featured a video highlighting the use of prescription drugs by teenagers and responses by their families as well as recent statistics and addictive trends that are occurring among high school students. Students also participated in a game show competition emphasizing key topics presented.
“The event was a tremendous success. The students at Hume Fogg were very engaged, and it was fun to see the two colleges come together and work so well on such an important issue,” College of Pharmacy Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Kelley Kiningham said. “Our goal is to have this outreach effort grow across Nashville and surrounding counties. Raising awareness to this presentation provided by our APhA students will hopefully bring other middle/high schools to the table to allow us to promote awareness and education related to prescription drug abuse among those populations.”
Dr. Ali (Foster) Roberts, PharmD Class of 2012, has joined Aegis Sciences Corporation in Nashville as Clinical Scientist of Healthcare Services. She will offer guidance on healthcare research and outcomes, answer pain management and toxicology related questions that arise during treatment of patients. Dr. Roberts will also provide continuing education related to healthcare and drug testing practices. Previously, Dr. Roberts completed a PGY-1 residency at Memorial Hospital.
Neda Borhani, Pharmaceutical Doctor, '13 just returned from Guatemala City, Guatemala, where she supported a surgical team from Austin, TX, in 62 cleft lip and/or palate repairs for some of the poorest kids in Guatemala. Dr. Borhani served as the team's pharmacist staffing The Moore Pediatric Surgery Center's pharmacy. Keeping the pattern established by 32 other members of the college's alumni and students, Neda managed the pre-, during, and post-operative pharmaceutical care of the children who came from across Guatemala to receive free, life-changing care. Read more about Neda's activity on the BUCOP Medical Missions Facebook page.
Dr. Doris Ng, PharmD Class of 2013, has been volunteering for a non-profit organization in Morris County, NJ which assists individuals with substance use disorder get back into the workforce. She attends drug courts and then assists clinicians in interviewing the patients. This non-profit organization helps provide medical assistance, education and support structures for patients with substance use disorder.
The College of Pharmacy recently participated in a health screening exercise with Special Olympics Tennessee. Seventy-five Davidson County Olympians, who compete worldwide in various events, were screened for athletic readiness. College of Pharmacy faculty and students were involved in screening medication profiles of the athletes, making sure proper cautions concerning allergies, exposure to the sun, drug adverse effects, and drug interactions were not an issue for these participants.
According to Joanne Drumright of Special Olympics, “the process went very smoothly, and we hope to scale up the screening, inviting athletes from a much broader area in an upcoming event”. Participants from the College included Dr. Andy Webster, Dr. Phil Johnston, and three fourth-year PharmD students: Marian Roufael, Razia Shamsuddin and Darrilyn Prout.
Student and faculty from the College of Pharmacy recently participated in The Academies of Nashville's Career Exploration Fair. Approximately 5,000 high school freshmen attended the event to learn more about career opportunities in health/public services, hospitality/tourism, arts/media/communications, business and engineering. The College partnered with Walgreen's and Nashville State to educate potential students on professional opportunities related to pharmacy.
Student pharmacists in the Class of 2015 recently spent a morning serving The Little Pantry That Could. This organization is a small food pantry with a big heart! Located in the basement of the West Nashville United Methodist Church on Charlotte Avenue, they provide staples and fresh produce to approximately 80 to 90 families a week – people without homes, retired people, single moms and children. Real People With Real Needs. Their goal is to do more than provide food – they strive to make a personal connection with every shopper and let them know that they are cared for.