Pharmacy students participate in Interprofessional Team Case Training

Nineteen of Belmont’s fourth-year pharmacy students recently participated in the annual “Interprofessional Team Geriatric Case Training,” an event that ensures health professional students develop skills for working in interprofessional teams, at Meharry Medical College. This is the fifth year Belmont’s College of Pharmacy has been involved in the event.

This experience allows students to develop interprofessional collaborative skills by working as a team on a geriatric case and developing a patient assessment and treatment plan. Faculty experts are available to consult with teams, and students are assigned to observe and rate team dynamics. The program concludes with an interactive general assembly where an interdisciplinary expert panel provides feedback and answers questions. Students receive a certificate for participating in the event.

“This event opened my eyes to not only how significant a pharmacist’s role is in caring for patients, but also how valuable it is to be able to collaborate with other health care professionals.” said fourth year pharmacy student Shelby Starks. “It was very rewarding to come together as a team and know we were all working with a goal of providing the best care for our patient.”

Student Candace Beam said, “My educational experience at Belmont has prepared me to successfully practice in an interdisciplinary environment. This event confirmed my belief that an interdisciplinary approach to treatment is the best way to provide optimal patient care.”

Nearly 400 students studying health disciplines from several local institutions served as members of the interprofessional teams. In addition to pharmacy students from Belmont and Lipscomb Universities, medical students from Meharry, dietetic interns from National HealthCare Corporation and Vanderbilt University, physical therapy students from Tennessee State University (TSU), social work students from TSU and University of Tennessee and family nurse practitioner students from TSU also participated in this event.

“The Meharry event was an overwhelmingly positive experience,” said student Ryan Catlin. “The importance of interdisciplinary care was both exemplified and emphasized. Not only did I gain a great amount of respect for other disciplines, but I acquired even more understanding of our profession’s role in the interdisciplinary team.”

Ashton Beggs, assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, serves on the interdisciplinary faculty planning committee and expert panel for this event. “This is one of the largest interdisciplinary health care-related student events in the country,” Beggs said. “It is exciting to see students engaged in this manner and learning the value of team-based care.”

Pharmacy faculty member featured on HIMSS website

BlashSmall2Belmont University College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Dr. Anthony Blash was quoted and featured on the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) website. Blash spoke about the need for Doctor of Pharmacy students to have a pathway to Healthcare Information Technology careers through quality education as well as the benefits of being a HIMSS Approved Education Partner.

HIMSS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality, safety, cost-effectiveness and access through the best use of information technology and management systems with 52,000 individual members, 570 corporate members and 225 not-for-profit association members.

As a result of Dr. Blash’s Healthcare Informatics classes meeting the HIMSS rigorous standards for quality health informational technology or healthcare education, Belmont’s College of Pharmacy was named as a HIMSS Approved Education Partner (AEP) in August of 2015.

Colleges of Health Sciences and Pharmacy to host Health Academy in June for 5th-8th graders

HealthAcademyThe College of Health Sciences and the College of Pharmacy will host a week-long day camp from June 6 through June 10 that will allow students in grades 5 through 8 to explore the different careers available in the health sciences fields and expose them to issues healthcare professionals deal with on a daily basis. Students will explore a real-world example of how different health professionals (pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing, occupational therapy, social work) collaborate and work inter-professionally to take care of a patient.  Click here to register.

Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame Announces Call for Nominations

The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame, an initiative to honor Tennessee’s finest health care leaders, is accepting nominations for its 2016 class via the organization’s website, Submissions will be accepted until March 18.

With a mission to honor men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to the health care industry, the Hall of Fame seeks to recognize the pioneers who have formed Tennessee’s health care community and encourage future generations of innovators and leaders.

Co-founded by Belmont University, the McWhorter Society and the Nashville Health Care Council, the Hall of Fame inducted its eight inaugural members at a luncheon last year. Inaugural inductees include:

  • Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr.: Physician and Flight Surgeon in U.S. Air Force, Co-Founder, Past Chairman and CEO of Hospital Corporation of America, Co-Founder of China Healthcare, Corporation, Member of National Healthcare Hall of Fame
  • Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr.: Cardiologist and Internist, Founder of Park View Hospital, Co-Founder of Hospital Corporation of America
  • Dr. Ernest William Goodpasture: Pathologist and Physician, Past Dean of Vanderbilt School of Medicine, Past Director of Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
  • Jack C. Massey: Co-Founder of Hospital Corporation of America, Founder and Past Board Member of Baptist Hospital
  • R. Clayton McWhorter: Pharmacist and Co-Founder of HealthTrust and Clayton Associates, Past President and CEO of Hospital Corporation of America, Lifetime Achievement Award from Federation of American Health Systems Recipient
  • Dr. David Satcher: 16th U.S. Surgeon General, Past Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Past President of Meharry Medical College and Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Dr. Mildred T. Stahlman: Pediatrician and Pathologist, Founder of the country’s first modern neonatology intensive care unit, Pioneered the use of respiratory therapy on infants with damaged lungs, Past President of the American Pediatric Society, Distinguished Alumna of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Danny Thomas: Founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and ALSAC

Submitted nominees will be evaluated by the Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee, comprised of healthcare leaders across the state.

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.

Pharmacy Professor Garners National Attention for Antibiotic Stewardship Program

WilliamsSmallAssistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Dr. Montgomery Williams has garnered national attention for The Antibiotic Stewardship Program at Williamson Medical Center where Williams serves as co-chair.

The program, which has been active since 2009, will be highlighted in a case series that will be published on the Pew Charitable Trusts Website in the coming months. The case series discusses the formation and successes of ten antibiotic stewardship programs around the country.

For more information, click here.

Pharmacy Students Present Research at Clinical Meeting

Students from Belmont’s College of Pharmacy recently attended the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting, the largest gathering of pharmacists and longest running clinical meeting in the world. Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush served as the event’s keynote speakers.

The conference updates pharmacists and pharmacy students on their knowledge, provides networking opportunities and offers information about the latest products and innovations. Additionally, the 35 students who attended were invited to a residency showcase to meet with representatives from hundreds of residency programs around the country. Continue reading

College of Pharmacy partners with Williamson Medical Center for New Post-Graduate Residency

WMC-then-and-nowBelmont University College of Pharmacy has joined with Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tennessee to establish the College’s fourth postgraduate program for pharmacists.  The year-long residency, which will begin next summer (2016), offers varied practice experiences in patient care at the medical center as well as teaching responsibilities at Belmont in the College of Pharmacy.  Williamson Medical Center is a 185-bed community hospital that provides comprehensive and progressive medical, surgical, pediatric, and pharmacy services.  The residency is designed to build skills in patient care, leadership, medication safety, teaching, and research, as well as providing opportunity for continued service to the community. Continue reading

Pharmacy faculty members receive ACCP Teaching and Learning Certificates

Drs. Ashton Beggs and Elisa Greene, assistant professors of pharmacy practice, recently received American College of Clinical Pharmacy Teaching and Learning Certificates.  This program, established in 2006, is an effort to assist in the recruitment, motivation and preparation of clinical educators who can inspire students to advance the profession of pharmacy.

Beggs and Greene attended two live meetings with interactive workshops focused on education in the didactic and experiential settings. Additionally, online courses were required throughout the year. To successfully complete the program, faculty members created an online formative portfolio to demonstrate teaching growth as a result of the program. This year, the program graduated 33 faculty members from across the country.

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Belmont Health Science Students attend Global Missions Conference

Shelby Blalock, a doctoral student in pharmacy, adds a marker for Guatemala on a world map at the conference which represented mission trips of participants. Shelby’s interest in missions was reinforced during a Belmont Health Science mission trip to the country earlier this year.

Shelby Blalock, a doctoral student in pharmacy, adds a marker for Guatemala on a world map at the conference which represented mission trips of participants. Shelby’s interest in missions was reinforced during a Belmont Health Science mission trip to the country earlier this year.

Students and faculty from Belmont University’s health science programs recently attended the 2015 Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.  Over 3000 health professionals and health professions students gathered for the world’s largest such gathering for medical missions.

Dr. Ruby Dunlap, Professor of Nursing, and Dr. Tracy Frame, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, coordinated participation of 16 students from Belmont’s programs in nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy and physical therapy.  Student involvement was spearheaded by Derek Neice, a senior nursing major, and facilitated by a gift from the Gabhart Fund to help pay registration fees. Continue reading

Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame Inducts Inaugural Members

The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural eight member class at a luncheon and ceremony in Belmont’s Curb Event Center on Monday, October 12. Hosted by Senior Policy Adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Susan Dentzer, the 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. Continue reading