Health Sciences at Belmont University


Dean Johnston recognized as Health Care Hero by Nashville Business Journal

JohnstonSmall2The Nashville Business Journal has named Dr. Phil Johnston, dean of Belmont’s College of Pharmacy, as a Health Care Hero. Winners were selected for their contributions to Music City’s health community by a panel of industry judges. Johnston was recognized in the “Health Care Professional Services” category along with other local leaders, including Anne Sumpter Arney of Bone McAllister Norton PLLC, Vicki Estrin of C3/Consulting, Berry Holt of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Rosemary Plorin of Lovell Communications, Jerry Taylor of Stites & Harbison PLLC and Tommy Yeager of M.J. Harris Construction Services. The honorees will be recognized at an awards luncheon on June 6 at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel and in a special publication in the June 6 print edition of the Nashville Business Journal.  The luncheon celebrates “the accomplishments of the leaders, innovators, strategists and caretakers, whose work is helping to grow the region’s health care industry and reinforcing Nashville as the health care capital of the nation.”  Belmont University School of Nursing professor Jane Shelby was recognized as a Health Care Hero in 2009.


Pharmacy Students Trained as Hepatitis C Educators

HCV-Training-Photo-300x300Fourth-year pharmacy students William Herbert and Myduy Nguyen, along with pharmacy faculty member Dr. Ashton Beggs, recently attended a Hepatitis C Training Workshop. This intensive one-day training provided attendees with knowledge and tools to go into their communities and educate others about Hepatitis C. Topics covered in this workshop include the liver, Hepatitis C transmission, prevention, diagnosis, symptoms, disease progression and management as well as medical treatment.

In 2001, the Hepatitis C Support Project (HCSP) conducted a broad needs assessment for hepatitis C awareness and education. The HCSP determined the most needed resource was a quality hepatitis C educational process that could be widely distributed and utilized throughout underserved communities affected by hepatitis C. To accomplish this objective, HCSP designed a program that covers awareness and education in a training workshop environment. The goal of this program is to provide unbiased and quality education to individuals who can then educate their respective communities on the virus.


Pharmacy student receives US Public Health Service Award


Mary-Martin Johnson is recognized by Dr. Philip Johnston, Dean of the College of Pharmacy

Fourth-year pharmacy student, Mary-Martin Johnson, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, recently received the United States Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award.  Johnson was presented the aware by Dr. Chris Lamer, a clinical informaticist with the Indian Health Services.   The U.S. Public Health Service created the program to encourage student pharmacists to become active in public health issues.  The annual award recognizes student pharmacists who have demonstrated a commitment to public health and public health practice across America.

Johnson was recognized for her work in the American Pharmaceutical Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) chapter within Belmont’s College of Pharmacy.  She has served as operation heart chairwoman and patient care coordinator for the organization. Through her efforts sustainable contributions to organizations such as the Barren Plains Hispanic Ministry have been initiated in the last few years. The APhA-ASP chapter has provided migrant workers free blood glucose and blood pressure screenings as well as patient education regarding diabetes and hypertension. In addition, the APhA-ASP chapter provided influenza immunizations to the migrant workers. Additionally, as service chairwoman within the Class of 2015, she has worked with The Little Pantry That Could.  The nonprofit organization that provides food and healthcare services to the homeless population in west Nashville.  Without a doubt, Johnson embodies the mission of the United States Public Health Service.  Through her efforts as a student pharmacist, numerous lives have been changed.


Pharmacy students volunteer at community health fair

Kappa Psi at Health FairRecently several students from the College of Pharmacy’s Kappa Psi, Epsilon Kappa chapter assisted with a health screening fair at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burns, Tennessee.  The students provided bone density checks, blood glucose checks and surveys of diabetes mellitus.  They also assisted with blood pressure measurement and counseling about blood pressure and nutrition.  Participants included Kelly Maguigan, Chris Conkling, Fred ONeal, Niki Walker, Fernando Diggs, Kyla Cunico, Jessica Yost, Chris Kepinski, Joshua Ferrall, Destin Lenz and Sarah Gobin.


Pharmacy student receives scholarship for diversity and inclusion

ErinToddSmallErin Todd, a second year student in Belmont's PharmD program, has been awarded the Walgreens Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Award. This monetary award is given to a student "who embraces diversity and promotes diversity and inclusion initiatives on campus". Through Erin's work in the Belmont chapter of SNPhA and as a student ambassador she has worked diligently to promote diversity in pharmacy.


Pharmacy professor published in education journal

HahnSmallDr. Lindsay Hahn, assistant professor of pharmacy, recently had a manuscript published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE).  The article reviewed the development and implementation of a solid organ transplant elective course for second- and third-year pharmacy students, assessing the course’s impact on their knowledge in the management of medications, adverse effects, and complications in organ transplantation patients.  Dr. Hahn concluded that course participants  significantly improved their confidence and knowledge regarding solid organ transplantation and became open to exploring careers or residencies in this area.  The full manuscript can be found on the AJPE website.


College of Pharmacy leads first health-focused immersion to Guatemala

pharm-spring-breakThe College of Pharmacy partnered with University Ministries for an international spring break Immersion trip geared towards health professional and pre-health professions students. The team was comprised of four faculty and staff members, one professional medical interpreter, eight undergraduate students with an interest or major in healthcare-related fields and two fourth-year pharmacy students. Together they provided diabetes, asthma and vision screenings, as well as nutrition, hygiene and first-aid education to migrant workers at Finca la Azotea coffee plantation, in Antigua, Guatemala. Additionally, the team spent one day working with at Escuela Proyecto la Esperanza, an non-governmental organization school for underprivileged children assessing height weight, and vision percentile projections.

Immersion activities included learning about the processes of growing, harvesting, roasting and packaging coffee, grocery shopping in a neighborhood market, visiting a private university, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, touring the Moore Pediatric Surgery Center and attending religious services on Ash Wednesday.


Pharmacy professor earns Healthcare Information, Management certifications

BlashSmall2Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Dr. Anthony Blash is now certified, (CPHIMS and CAHIMS) by examination, in the area of health care informatics.  Faculty with these credentials continuously set Belmont College of Pharmacy apart as an institution where student pharmacists can pursue a concentration that prepares them for specialization in the practice of pharmacy.

Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS)  CPHIMS is a professional certification program for healthcare information and management systems professionals. Many organizations require candidates have this internationally recognized certification and are encouraging existing employees to obtain the certification. 


Belmont Announces Formation of Tennessee Healthcare Hall of Fame

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First inductees to be announced at McWhorter Society Luncheon May 1

With a mission to honor men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to the healthcare industry, Belmont University announced today the formation of a new Tennessee Healthcare Hall of Fame. Sponsored by Belmont’s McWhorter Society, the Healthcare Hall of Fame will announce its first inductees at the McWhorter Society Annual Luncheon on May 1 on Belmont’s campus.

Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns, co-chair of the McWhorter Society, said, “Tennessee has become a premier hub for healthcare and healthcare education in the United States. It’s only appropriate that we recognize and honor the countless men and women who have contributed to the growth of the industry, creating ever higher standards for patient care and well-being. With Belmont’s strong interdisciplinary programming in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, healthcare business and pharmacy, we’re proud to host this new Tennessee Healthcare Hall of Fame as these leaders can inspire our students for generations to come.”


Belmont pharmacy students featured in Tennessean article

March 19, 2014

Guatemala trip is life-changing for Belmont pharmacy students

By Mignonne Bryant

Gena CurlIn a Guatemalan hotel, 23-year-old Belmont University student Gena Curl carefully unpacked all that she had brought from Nashville. A wave of doubts swept across her mind: “Am I going to be able to do this? I’m by myself in the pharmacy. Can I handle this?” Curl knew no one in this foreign place and barely spoke the local language, but the experience changed her life forever.

In October 2013, Curl traveled to Guatemala City as a fourth-year pharmacy student to provide free services at the Moore Pediatric Surgery Center — an opportunity offered by Belmont University’s College of Pharmacy, which partners with the Shalom Foundation and BUCOP Medical Missions.

According to Phil Johnston, dean of the pharmacy school at Belmont, roughly 25 students go each year to one of two locations: the surgery center in Guatemala City or a clinic on a coffee plantation in Antigua. Both locations are enabled by the Shalom Foundation. The building in Guatemala was remodeled and created as a surgery center by people from Nashville.