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Faculty Spotlight: Nimish Patel, Pharm.D, PhD, AAHIVP, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice

January 29, 2016

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 Health Center – L’Institut Thoracique de Montreal. In the fall of 2007, I returned to my alma mater to pursue a 3-year fellowship…

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…

Student Success and the Student Experience

September 23, 2015

The Department of Education recently launched a website to provide prospective students and their parents with additional data on the performance of colleges and universities (click here to view the ACPHS report). The website resulted from an Obama administration initiative to rank college performance so that the general population can more easily compare the quality of different schools. This effort was met with steep resistance from the academic community, largely over a disagreement about which quality indicators define success and how they should be measured. A study released in 2014…

Welcoming Our New Class of Students

August 11, 2015

Earlier this summer we held a pair of pre-Orientation events for incoming first year students and their families. Following a brief welcome, the students and parents were separated into two groups. My job was to talk with the parents about the ACPHS experience and the journey the students would soon begin. Having been in the shoes of these parents with each of my three children, I understood the mix of emotions that they were feeling. My message to the parents was a simple one. The biggest challenge their child would…

Reflections on Commencement

June 4, 2015

I always look forward to each year’s commencement exercises. They are profound ceremonies that connect the past, present, and future. The ACPHS students who received their diplomas on May 16 and 17 joined previous generations of graduates in an unbroken line that goes back to our founding in 1881. These generations have graduated during times of prosperity and of need. They have graduated during times of war and of peace. They have seen periods of stability and periods of change. This year’s graduates will be faced with their own set…

The Keys to Effective Leadership

April 24, 2015

Earlier this year I was invited to meet with a group of first year students and share my views on leadership. The literature that exists on this subject is enormous, and I admit to having read only a small fraction of it. One area of debate is whether people are born leaders or develop into leaders. There are many who argue that one must be born with a leadership “gene.” I believe that leadership can be learned. If you look at people in leadership roles, you realize that there is a diversity of…

Education for a Patient-Centric World

March 19, 2015

There have been a number of recent policy initiatives at the state and federal levels aimed at accelerating the nation’s shift to a patient-centric health care system. While public policy will undoubtedly help spur this transition, the role of behavior should not be underestimated. Stakeholders in the health care system – a group that includes patients, providers, payers, health science professionals, and life scientists – are also changing the landscape of health care by how they are approaching and solving health problems. Schools of pharmacy and health sciences should be included among…

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