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October 31, 2018

November 2018 news from faculty and staff of the College of Pharmacy Duluth.

Heather Blue, assistant professor, has been inducted into the Academic Health Center's Academy for Excellence in Health Care Practice--the highest recognition of excellence in the practice or provision of health care by AHC faculty. Inductees will be honored at the Carole Bland Memorial Reception, November 20, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Blue presented "Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution from the Emergency Department: Healthcare Professionals’ Perceptions Pre-implementation" at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy held October 20–23, 2018, in Seattle, Wash.

BlueTim Stratton, professor, and Karen Bastianelli, associate professor, participated in the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) Medicine Cabinet Clean-Out Day, October 12, 2018, in Duluth, Minn.

J. T. Brown, assistant professor, I. Aka, T. Chekouo, and S. Van Driest had their abstract, Pharmacogenetic associations to clinical methylphenidate outcomes: A Pilot Study, accepted and poster presented at the ACCP Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy, October 20-23, 2018, in Seattle, Wash. The poster was also selected to provide Continuing Professional Education at the meeting.

Kerry Fierke, associate professor, and Gardner Lepp, education program specialist 2, recorded episode seven of LDPEcast (Leadership Development in Pharmacy Education podcast) titled "An Intention/Reflection (I/R) Practice to Engage Leaders" on October 2018.

Keri Hager, associate professor, J. Merighi, C. O’Donnell, pharmacy student, and S. Remke had their article, Perceptions of interprofessional collaboration with integrated behavioral providers in a family medicine clinic: Insights from residents, physicians, and pharmacists, published in the Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice. 2018 Dec;13:65-72. doi: 10.1016/j.xjep.2018.10.002

Amanda Klein, assistant professor, participated on the National Institute on Drug Abuse Special Emphasis Panel ZDA1 SXM-M (09) for Cutting-edge Basic Research Awards (CEBRA) (R21-Clinical Trial Optional) on October 24, 2018.

Klein and M. Ringkamp published a chapter, "Peripheral neural mechanisms of cutaneous hyperalgesia and heat pain," in Landmark papers in pain. Seminal papers in pain with expert commentaries. P. Farquhar-Smith, P. Beaulieu, and S. Jaggar, eds. Oxford University Press; 2018.

Andrea Marzini, a pharmacy student from Italy who interned with Bastianelli in spring 2018 as part of his senior project, was awarded a national prize for "Best Thesis in the Category of Chronic Disease/Adherence" at the Italian pharmacy conference, "The Patient, the Pharmacist, the Pharmacy and the Interprofessional Alliance for Sustainability for the National Health System.

Laura Palombi, assistant professor, presented “Opportunities to Collaborate in Rural Minnesota” at the University of Minnesota – Extension Annual All-Staff Conference, October 2, 2018, in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Palombi presented “Community Response to the Opioid Crisis” with community partners from St. Louis County, the Rural AIDS Action Network, and the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment at the St. Louis County Health & Human Services 2018 Conference held October 11-12, 2018, in Duluth, Minn.

Palombi and Blue presented "Pharmacists Combating the Opioid Crisis" at the Minnesota Pharmacists Association Annual Learning Networking Event held October 4-5, 2018, in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Palombi also presented with other pharmacists and public health professionals on the panel, “Partnerships that Work and Have Been Successful.”

The following were presented at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium: Transforming Higher Education Through Engaged Scholarship held September 30–October 3, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minn.:

  • Palombi and Blue, “Engaging Health Care Providers in the Opioid Crisis: Lessons Learned and Next Steps” 
  • Paul Ranelli, professor, “Go Ask Alice: Using Theater as a Teaching Tool for Health Care Professionals, Students, and the Public”

Ranelli led the formation of an AACP Connect Community: Arts and Humanities for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship, which was launched October 2, 2018.

Ranelli and Jon Schommer presented "Using Theater as a Teaching Tool for Healthcare Professionals, Students, and the Public: Go Ask Alice" at the 19th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium, October 3, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Ranelli has been selected as recipient of the Pharmacy Alumni Society's (PAS) Faculty Recognition Award for contributions to the PAS/UMAA (University of Minnesota Alumni Association), the College, the University and/or the profession. He will be recognized at the College of Pharmacy Alumni Awards Program, November 29, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minn.

A. O. Asojo, Ranelli, A. Cernasev, and J. Pliska had their article, Community engaged culturally sensitive pharmacy design [Guest-Invited Editorial], published in the Academic Exchange Quarterly. Fall 2018;22(3):30. [published in print and online article; the editorial will be available mid-November]

The following were presented at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy held October 20-23, 2018, in Seattle, Wash.:

  • Sarah Schweiss, assistant professor, Jean Moon, Jody Lounsbery, and Amy Pittenger, "Preceptor and Resident Perceptions of Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Postgraduate Pharmacy Training” 
  • Stephanie Swanson and Schweiss, “Resident Perceptions of a Resiliency Curriculum in a Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY-1) Pharmacy Residency Program."

Stratton participated in Fairview Health Services Ethics Forum on "Pain Management in Light of the Opioid Crisis: Ethical and Policy Challenges" held October 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. He presented "A Pharmacy Ethics Perspective on Opioids" and participated as a panelist on "Case Study: Low Back Pain," "Case Study: Sickle Cell Disease" and "The Appropriate Use of Opioids: Policy Initiatives."

D. D. Stenehjem, associate professor and associate department head, D. Tran, graduate student, M. Nkrumah, and S. Gupta had their article, PD1/PDL1 inhibitors for the treatment of advanced urothelial bladder cancer, published in the Journal of OncoTargets and Therapy. 2018;11:5973–89. doi: 10.2147/OTT.S135157

Michael Swanoski, associate professor and senior associate dean, was quoted in the October 17, 2018, US News & World Report article, "Rural Pharmacies Are Closing: Where Does That Leave Patients?"

Day one of this year’s UMD Flu Clinic held October 24, 2018, was a success. Totals were: 1,385 flu shots in six hours by 21 College of Pharmacy (CoP) students, three UMD Health Services nurses, and eight CoP faculty.

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