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Lee Anna Obos to be Featured on TV’s “Mysteries at the Museum”

June 20, 2016

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ Throop Pharmacy Museum and its curator Lee Anna Obos, RPh, will be featured in the Friday, June 24 episode of the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum.” The show will air at 9:00 pm ET. Mysteries at the Museum filmed on location at the pharmacy museum in November 2015, during which time they interviewed Ms. Obos, who also serves as an instructor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Below is a description of the episode; the Throop Museum will be featured in the story about the “poisonous powder”:…

Commencement, Careers, and Community

June 9, 2016

On May 14, the College marked two historic firsts – we held our first-ever joint commencement exercises of the Albany and Vermont campuses, and we hosted that ceremony in a new venue, Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Saratoga turned out to be an ideal setting to honor the 275 members of the Class of 2016, a group represented by graduates of six bachelor’s degree programs, four dual degree programs, two master’s degree programs, and the doctor of pharmacy. Saratoga also proved to be an excellent location to recognize this year’s three…

What does “And Health Sciences” mean?

April 22, 2016

A little over seven years ago, Albany College of Pharmacy made the strategic decision to change its name to Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The move coincided with the expansion of academic programs at the College and the need to have a name that was inclusive of current and future degree offerings. The addition of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs has enabled many positive changes at the College – from diversifying our student body to enriching the Pharm.D. program through expanded curricular options. Building a broader base of…

Creating a Collaborative Research Environment

March 9, 2016

Academic research in America reflects American culture – it’s about the rugged individualist. The American tradition of research has been a single investigator from a single discipline working on a single problem within the confines of his or her laboratory. It’s a model that has served us well over the years. Many scientific and medical breakthroughs have resulted from this approach. The single investigator model has the added benefit of being a great way to mentor students and motivate them for careers in science. There is abundant evidence showing that…

Vermont Campus SSHP Featured on ASHP’s National Webpage

February 24, 2016

Congratulations to the students and faculty members involved with ACPHS’ Vermont chapter of the Student Society of Health–System Pharmacists (SSHP). The group has been nationally recognized in the Student Society Spotlight on the American Society of Health Systems’ (ASHP) website. The full story can be found here. The focus of the spotlight was 2015’s Wellness Fair, which was organized and hosted by SSHP, to promote the wellbeing of the local community and the role of the pharmacist therein. Headed by faculty advisors Dr. Abby Boire and Dr. Michael Biddle, this…

Faculty Spotlight: Nimish Patel

January 29, 2016

Nimish Patel, Pharm.D, PhD, AAHIVP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Would you briefly describe your educational background and training? I was a student at the Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (ACPHS) and received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2006.  Upon graduation, I moved to Canada to complete a specialty pharmacy residency in HIV medicine in a joint-affiliated position at the University of Toronto/University Health Network – Toronto General Hospital Immunodeficiency Clinic and McGill University…

Becoming Part of the Neighborhood

January 21, 2016

As we prepare for the February opening of College Hometown Pharmacy – the student operated pharmacy located in Hometown Health Clinic in Schenectady – we must finalize a number of operational details. We are in the process of installing technology and security equipment, acquiring inventory, and obtaining the various licenses needed to operate as a 340B pharmacy. While these are all crucial details that must be taken care of before we open our doors, there is another very important issue to be addressed – being a good neighbor in the…

Department of Pharmacy Practice Launches Blog

January 20, 2016

Welcome! New for 2016, the Department of Pharmacy Practice (DPP) at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is launching a blog to keep our community updated on what’s happening within the department. Spearheaded by department chair Amy Barton Pai, Pharm.D., this blog will communicate significant events happening in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, as well as information pertinent to clinical pharmacy practice and research at large. The DPP blog will also serve to highlight faculty accomplishments, such as publications and promotions. Readers can look forward to interviews with faculty…

Making Sense of the Brookings Report

December 14, 2015

For years, the cost of higher education has grown faster than inflation. Too many students today are exiting college with considerable debt and limited job opportunities. These disturbing trends have spurred a national debate on the value of a college education. This debate has called into question the “return on investment” or ROI of a college degree. Unfortunately, there are no simple answers to these questions of cost, debt, and ROI. The answers more often than not depend on the type of college or university, the socio-economic background of the…

Entrepreneurship Gets Social

November 3, 2015

The past two decades have seen the rise of a new kind of business venture called “social entrepreneurship.” Social entrepreneurs build businesses that seek to generate social capital as opposed to financial capital. The primary goal of social entrepreneurship is to create a social benefit, but unlike philanthropic or welfare organizations, these ventures are businesses that generate revenues to ensure sustainability and services. Pamela Hartigan, Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, describes social entrepreneurs as “mad scientists in the lab. They’re harbingers of new ways…

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