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The Civil War and its Global Impact

July 7, 2014

With events continuing in the 150th commemoration of the Civil War, it strikes me that one of the more overlooked aspects of the war continues to be its global impact. The Union’s victory over the Confederacy not only dealt a fatal blow to slavery in the United States, but it served as a catalyst to human rights reform across the world. We all know the famous lines from Abraham Lincoln: “In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free — honorable alike in what we give, and…

NIH Rotation Offers Insights into Rare Diseases

June 12, 2014

During my third professional year in pharmacy school, I learned about an opportunity to spend six weeks working at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, the Mecca of clinical research – my true dream job (if it didn’t involve leaving Vermont!). I then set out to learn more about an experience that would be unlike anything I had ever known. I should probably back up a bit. For those who don’t know, the final year of pharmacy school – the fourth professional year – is defined by a series…

A Legislator’s View on Rx Drug Abuse

May 14, 2014

The issue of prescription drug abuse has grown in the past 10-15 years from a “dirty little secret” to a nationwide epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one person dies every 19 minutes from an accidental overdose or suicide resulting from prescription drug abuse. It’s a bleak situation, but it’s encouraging to see grass roots efforts working in concert with state and federal programs to tackle this problem. Most people tend to think of drug use as something that happens on street corners or in dark…

Student Video Advocates for Pharmacists

April 28, 2014

If you could reduce health costs and improve patient outcomes, would you? That’s the question posed by the ACPHS students who produced this video advocating for the expansion of New York State’s Collaborative Drug Therapy Management (CDTM) legislation. Most people outside of the pharmacy and health care community are not familiar with the term CDTM, but it’s a practice that can positively impact patient health. At its most basic level, CDTM is an agreement between a prescriber and a pharmacist that provides the pharmacist with an expanded role in managing…

Research Benefits Extend Beyond Lab

April 16, 2014

The College recently held a Student Research Symposium where more than 30 students developed posters summarizing their research for an audience that included faculty members and fellow students. As an educator, it was gratifying to see students who were once apprehensive about getting involved in research stand confidently in front of their posters and answer questions about their projects. It reminded me of why I believe that research experiences benefit all students – regardless of their areas of study or plans after graduation. The lessons learned performing research (when I…

FDA Actions Speak Louder than Words

March 21, 2014

The FDA is beginning to roll out a $20 million enhanced program to test the quality and safety of generic drugs. This initiative follows a string of high profile contamination cases, including one at a Massachusetts compounding facility in 2012 that led to an outbreak of fungal meningitis, eventually claiming the lives of 50 people. This expanded commitment to ensuring the safety and quality of medications is being reflected at the highest levels of the agency. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg recently visited with regulatory officials in India, where they signed…

Behind the Venear

March 13, 2014

The unrest in Ukraine and the Crimea is a topic dominating the news today, but the region’s troubled history stretches back much further than the past few weeks. In 1920, shortly after the end of WWI, Russia was plagued by a terrible famine. Future ACPHS Alumnus Steven Venear (Class of 1925) would play a key role as a leader of the American humanitarian mission that provided aid to the area. In many ways, Venear was the ideal person for such a job. He had a military background after serving in…

Welcome to the ACPHS blog!

March 6, 2014

We are launching this blog to offer another perspective of the College, one that will complement what you find on the pages of our web site and social media platforms. Through this blog, we will introduce you to the variety of people and ideas that mingle at the College every day – interesting stories and conversations that might otherwise “fall through the cracks.” Things such as: Commentary from faculty experts on issues of local and national importance Examples of innovative teaching and learning practices Profiles of students who are achieving…