Dr. Amy Ham, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, recently had a paper published online, ahead of print of her manuscript in the American Chemistry Society’s Journal of Proteome Research. The paper is titled “IDPQuantify: Combining Precursor Intensity with Spectral Counts for Protein and Peptide Quantification. Ham is part of a team that developed new software, IDPQuantify, to align multiple replicates using principal component analysis, extract accurate precursor intensities from MS data and combine intensities with spectral counts for significant gains in differentiation and quantification. The software is able to associate peptides with peaks that are otherwise left unidentified to increase the efficiency of protein quantification, especially for low-abundance proteins.
Two Belmont Pharmacy students recently published a review of the movie, Nerve, in Mental Health Clinician, a monthly publication of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP). CPNP is a professional society of pharmacists practicing in the psychiatry and neurology specialties.
The two PharmD students, Meg Aldstadt and Kelly Maguigan, under the guidance of Dr. Michael McGuire, Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy, provided a review of how social anxiety disorder and medications used to treat it were depicted in the movie, an indie favorite where a young man battles the disorder with the help of a psychology student.
In the review, Aldstadt and Maguigan conclude that while Nerve provides an excellent portrayal of social anxiety disorder, it falls short in depicting relevant treatment options They write: “Anxiety disorders respond to cognitive strategies and pharmacotherapy, but Nerve does not present any current, accepted treatment options. Instead, Aurora (the psychology student character) hurries Josh (the main character) through some experiments with her thesis deadline as the goal. It is not reasonable to expect an individual to improve in such a short period of time. We believe that she actually harms Josh more than she helps him. While the movie’s representation of treatment options fails, it does demonstrate the complexity of Josh’s disorder. It realistically shows the impact of inappropriate treatment, as opposed to giving the viewer a cinematic ending where he improves regardless of the quality of therapy.”
Dr. John Barnwell, a 2013 graduate from Belmont University College of Pharmacy, was recently awarded the Mylan Excellence in Pharmacy Award and was recognized in the official publication of the American Pharmacist’s Association, Student Pharmacist. While a student in the College of Pharmacy, Barnwell was an active leader in various pharmacy organizations including American Pharmacist’s Association, American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Phi Delta Chi, Phi Lambda Sigma and Rho Chi. He resides in Nashville, Tenn. and is employed by Kroger.
Dr. Julie Masterson (Class of 2012) recently completed a PGY-1 residency at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville and has accepted a clinical pharmacist position at LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, Tennessee.
Dr. Masterson will serve as the first clinical pharmacist at LeConte and will develop clinical programs to aid patients in the East Tennessee area. She will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team to make pharmacy related interventions where appropriate. She will focus on completing consults and making interventions via Computer Physician Order Entry (CPOE) based on generated reports.
Dr. Masterson states that she will be implementing policies and protocols with pharmacists from other local hospitals to help standardize pharmacy care among the different treatment centers of which LeConte is a member.
An 11-member team from Belmont’s College of Pharmacy is traveling to Guatemala twice this summer to provide aid and expertise to the Moore Pediatric Surgery Center (MPSC). Open since March 2011, more than 800 needy children have received free life-altering surgical care from MPSC.
The Belmont team just returned from its first trip July 8-13 in which it teamed with MPSC to implement the hospital’s first computerized inventory system. During the week-long mission, the seven-person team worked with MPSC leadership to finalize the inventory categorization model and to set coding conventions. In addition, the team purchased and implemented inventory management software, documented and coded more than 750 individual items, created and affixed barcodes to all inventory and determined IT needs to link the new system across multiple computer stations.
Belmont pharmacy students recently attended the 126th annual Tennessee Pharmacist’s Association meeting in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Kelly Maguigan (’14), Mandy Newman (’14), Alexander Tu (’16) and Kyle Robinson (’14) (pictured at right) represented Belmont’s College of Pharmacy in the Self Care competition. Dr. Traci Poole, advisor of Belmont's chapter of the Tennessee Society of Student Pharmacists, stated, “It was wonderful to see our student pharmacists engaged with their state association in a variety of ways, ranging from discussion of policy in our House of Delegates to the Self-Care Competition.”
Several Belmont pharmacy faculty participated in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy annual meeting from July 13 through 17 in Chicago, Ill. The meeting is the primary source of innovations in teaching in colleges and schools of pharmacy, offers a large selection of faculty development opportunities and provides a merging of academia and accreditation issues.
Belmont faculty learned new techniques in the areas of student recruitment, student remediation, the scholarship of teaching and practice innovations as well as learned new standards of accreditation, new CAPE competencies and software products.
Marilyn E. Thompson Odom presented at a round table session on Assessment of Student Learning and Level of Empathy Through Use of Creative Expression. Elisa Greene, Ashton Beggs, Mark Chirico, Alisa Spinelli, Condit Steil, Kristina Wood and Phil Johnston–presented Integration, Innovation and Collaboration at Belmont University College of Pharmacy at the poster session. Leigh Ann Bynum, Hope Campbell and Lindsay Hahn presented Making Cross-Linkages Work Between Clinical and Management Classes in the College of Pharmacy at the refereed poster session. Andrew Webster and Angela Hagan served as administrative representative and faculty representative, respectively, in the House of Delegates. Phil Johnston served on the Council of Deans.
Dr. William Gibson '12, has accepted a position as a Clinical Pharmacist for Central Washington Hospital following completion of his PGY-1 residency. Central Washington Hospital is a 206 bed Regional Level III Trauma and Heart Center and is the major medical facility and referral center for patients in the North Central Washington area. Dr. Gibson will provide pharmacy services for a spectrum of clinical disciplines including general medicine, oncology, cardiology, pediatrics, intensive care, obstetrics, surgery, and emergency medicine. He states that his residency gave him the opportunity to better determine his specific practice interests and that Central Washington Hospital is a great place to begin his career.
Class of 2016 pharmacy student Amy Schnees has received a Mary Molina Education Scholarship. This $2,500 award is given to doctoral students who excel academically. Applicants must either work for or be a dependent of an employee within Molina Healthcare. Schnees worked closely with Belmont Pharmacy Assistant Professor Dr. Edgar Diaz-Cruz to prepare her application. This summer Amy has been working with Dr. Amy Ham and colleagues at Vanderbilt University to study resistance of targeted drug therapies for colon cancer.
Class of 2012 Belmont College of Pharmacy Alumni, Dr. Rebecca Lucas Chapman and Dr. John Pustulka, are currently co-coordinating the summer internship program for Walgreens in the north and south Nashville areas. Dr. Chapman states that the majority of students in the program are currently enrolled in pharmacy school at either Belmont or Lipscomb. The main focus of the program is to develop strong future pharmacists who prefer to practice in a community setting. The program provides not only real-life experiences to the interns but the tools and resources that the current community pharmacist utilizes on a daily basis.
In addition, Dr. Chapman has recently accepted the position of pharmacy manager for Walgreens in Hermitage, Tennessee. Dr. Chapman will be implementing quality assurance protocols to increase drug safety, providing medication therapy management services as well as overseeing drug inventory. Dr. Chapman’s store is located near Tulip Grove in Hermitage.