Pharmacy Students Selected to Compete at National Clinical Skills Competition

Pharmacy-StudentsBelmont’s Student Society of Health System Pharmacy recently conducted the annual American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Clinical Skills Competition. In this competition, student participants entered as pairs and utilized their knowledge and clinical abilities to create a detailed, patient-centered care plan. Eight teams competed in the written competition and five teams were selected to present the care plan to faculty judges. Drs. Montgomery Williams, Kristy Wahaib and Ashton Beggs, faculty in the College of Pharmacy, served as judges for the competition.

Fourth-year pharmacy students Candace Beam and Haley Willett were selected as winners of the local competition. Beam and Willett will compete at the National Clinical Skills Competition at the annual American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans this December.

Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame Announces Inaugural Induction Ceremony

Healthcare-Hall-of-Fame-1171The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame has announced its inaugural induction ceremony and luncheon, scheduled for Monday, October 12 at 11:30 a.m. in Belmont University’s Curb Event Center.

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

Created by Belmont University and Belmont’s McWhorter Society with the support of the Nashville Health Care Council, a Founding Partner, the Hall of Fame announced its eight inaugural inductees at an event in May. These individuals include: Continue reading

College of Pharmacy Team Competes in ACCP Event

clinical-challenge-3Belmont University’s College of Pharmacy recently competed in the American College of Clinical Pharmacology’s (ACCP) Clinical Pharmacy Challenge. Pharmacy students Henry Lim(P4), Sarah Ayers(P4) and Anna Whitwell(P3) participated in the team-based event.

Teams of three students compete against other schools and colleges of pharmacy in a quiz bowl format. This year, a total of 108 teams from across the country competed and Belmont’s team made it to the third round of the competition, consisting of the top 32 teams in the country.

Pharmacy students certify with HIMSS

Michael-NixonBrian-GeorgeBelmont College of Pharmacy students Michael Nixon and Brian George recently became certified by examination in the area of health care informatics. The Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS) is a new Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) health IT certification designed for emerging professionals within the industry.

This certification demonstrates knowledge of health IT and management systems, facilitating entry-level careers in health IT and is designed to be a career pathway to the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) credential. Continue reading

Pharmacy student travels to Brazil with Women’s Basketball Team

CohlmeyerBBallNatalie Cohlmeyer, a current PharmD student and member of Belmont University’s women’s basketball team from Evansville, Indiana, traveled with her teammates this summer to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as part of a sports evangelism trip.  The team partnered with Brentwood Baptist Church for the endeavor, playing games at the 2016 Olympic basketball venue against three different teams including a Brazilian national team in the Bruins’ age group.  The team won each contest handily.

“Going into it, I didn’t really know what to expect,” said Cohlmeyer.  “We went down to change those kids’ lives and it ended up changing ours.” Continue reading

Pharmacy professor featured in story about his service in Guatemala

HobsonGuatemalaDr. Eric Hobson, professor of pharmacy at Belmont, was recently featured in a story in CrossMap about his service (and that of his family and college) at the Moore Pediatric Surgery Center in Guatemala.  CrossMap is a digital Christian living magazine published by The Christian Post.

Dr. Hobson was instrumental in connecting Belmont’s College of Pharmacy with the Moore Center at its inception.  The Center was opened in 2011 by The Shalom Foundation in Nashville which owns and operates the facility.

Dr. Hobson provided guidance to students as they created the Center’s pharmacy.  “The hospital needed a pharmacy, so I worked with a colleague to design one for the facility and in May of 2011 we brought several students here and opened the pharmacy,” he related.  Since then, Belmont student have provided about 95% of the pharmacy services at the Moore Center.

Read the entire story here.

Belmont Pharmacy Student Presents at Tennessee Pharmacist Association’s Annual Convention

FredFred O’Neal, a Belmont University College of Pharmacy student, was one of six student presenters at the Tennessee Pharmacist Association’s Annual Convention this summer. In his presentation, “OTC Medication Clinical Pearls and Therapeutic Updates,” O’Neal educated more than 120 pharmacists and students about allergic rhinitis, the determination of allergy severity and recommendations on the best products for use. At the end of his 15-minute presentation, O’Neal provided several examples and a poll to encourage audience participation.

Pharmacy students and faculty serve in Guatemala

Guatemala-Pharmacy-TripA team from Belmont’s College of Pharmacy recently spent 10 days in Guatemala City, Guatemala as part of a multidisciplinary surgical mission team serving at The Moore Pediatric Surgery Center. Led by Professor of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences Dr. Eric Hobson, three students – Shelby Blalock, Anais Fraire and Tayler Storrs – served the hospital’s hospitality and outreach team, charged with meeting the patients’ and hospital staff’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Continue reading

College of Pharmacy Designated as HIMSS Education Partner

As a result of meeting the Healthcare Information and Management System Society’s (HIMSS) rigorous standards for quality health IT or healthcare education, Belmont’s College of Pharmacy has been named as a HIMSS Approved Education Partner (AEP).

The College joins an exclusive group of organizations authorized to offer HIMSS-approved review courses and training programs to prepare candidates for advanced knowledge in health IT or healthcare. Additionally, this curriculum serves as a solid foundation to prepare students for the Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS) or Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS) exams. HIMSS sponsors both certifications.

CAHIMS is a new health IT certification designed for emerging professionals within the industry. CPHIMS is a professional certification program for healthcare information and management systems professionals with more than five years’ experience in health IT. Continue reading

Pharmacy Faculty Publish New Drug Review Article

HahnSmallBeggsSmall2Faculty members from Belmont’s College of Pharmacy Drs. Lindsay Hahn, Ashton Beggs, Leela Kodali and Kristy Wahaib recently published a peer-reviewed therapeutic review article in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. The article, “Vedolizumab: An integrin-receptor antagonist for treatment of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis,” KodaliSmallBooziotisSmallserves as a review of the currently available literature for this newly approved medication. The article was also co-authored by Vanessa Kirkwood, a recent College of Pharmacy graduate.

The American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy publishes peer-reviewed scientific papers on contemporary drug therapy and pharmacy practice innovations in hospitals and health systems. With a circulation of nearly 40,000, it is the most widely recognized and respected clinical pharmacy journal in the world.