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

College of Pharmacy Launches Early Assurance Admissions Program

White-Coat-Ceremony-273-e1443727667347Belmont University College of Pharmacy recently unveiled an exciting new option for high-potential high school students interested in pursuing a doctorate of pharmacy. The new Early Assurance program allows selected students who are accepted as Belmont undergraduates to earn guaranteed admittance to the University’s PharmD program. The program also provides opportunity for students to achieve their PharmD in as little as six years. Continue reading

Pharmacy Students Volunteer to assist senior citizens with Medicare choices

Belmont University College of Pharmacy has partnered with the Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) to provide student volunteers to assist with counseling senior citizens about their drug and health plan choices.   Belmont is one of three pharmacy schools in Tennessee working with TN SHIP to help individuals with their decision-making during the Medicare Part D Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) in the fall.

Four Belmont pharmacy students – Leah Dickerson, Emily Russell, Sara Thompson, and Chris Kepinski  – participated in AEP events last year as part of their IPPE rotation at Walgreens with Dr. Robert DePreist.  The four students completed the project as part of their academic concentration in Pharmacy Missions/Public Health, one of four areas of specialized study within Belmont’s PharmD program.   In August, additional students received training to assist individuals in the coming months.

The volunteer training program was recently featured in a newsletter published by the National Council on Aging.

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