Recently 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.
Erin 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.
Dr. 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.
The 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.
Assistant 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.
March 19, 2014
Guatemala trip is life-changing for Belmont pharmacy students
By Mignonne Bryant
In 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.
Dr. Kelley Kiningham, Associate Dean of Student for the College of Pharmacy, recently had a manuscript accepted for publication in PLOS One. The article titled, “Nuclear Interaction Between Adriamycin-Induced p65 and p53 Mediates Cardiac Injury in iNOS (-/-) Mice” identified inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) to be important in preventing cardiotoxicity secondary to adriamycin administration. The results support recent findings where oral delivery of inorganic nitrates is suggested for patients receiving adriamycin therapy.
Rho Chi members, Hollie Asmussen, Maggie Montgomery and Christie Griffiths, recently gave lectures on analgesics and antibiotics to students at Hillsboro High School. As the academic honor society in pharmacy, Rho Chi encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy.
Fourth-year pharmacy students recently participated in interprofessional team geriatric case training with the Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center. To ensure health professional students develop skills for working in interprofessional teams, the Center hosts this annual team training. This is the third year the College of Pharmacy has been involved in this event.
This experience serves as an opportunity for 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 nurse practitioners observe and rate team dynamics. The program concludes with an interactive general assembly where an interdisciplinary expert panel provides feedback and answers questions.