Residencies, Fellowships and Certifications

December 13th, 2011 by Dean Gayle Brazeau

Though the calendar indicates December, the weather in Portland has been mild, allowing for a calm end to the busy fall semester.  We are excited to report that the College sent a large group of second and third year students and three faculty members to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition in New Orleans.  We encourage those students who have an interest in pursuing post-doctoral residencies or fellowships to attend this meeting as second or third year students in order to better understand the residency showcase process so they are better prepared to participate during their fourth professional year.

It is also exciting to report that seven of our pharmacy practice faculty members have received board certification through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, an autonomous Division of the American Pharmacists Association.  Dr. Lisa Pagnucco, Dr. Erin Koepf and Dr. Paige Parsons each passed the Ambulatory Care Board Certification exam (BCACP).  Dr. Andrea Deschambeault and Dr. Leslie Ochs each passed the Pharmacotherapy Board Certification exam (BCPS). Dr. David Romerill passed the Nutrition Support Board Certification exam (BCNSP).  Dr. Devon Sherwood passed the Psychiatric Pharmacy Board Certification exam (BCPP). We are very proud of this accomplishment for each of these faculty members.

Our 2012-2013 admissions cycle is on its way with our first set of students interviewing on December 9, 2011.  Our applications have increased in number and quality from the same time last year!  These applicant interviews could only be possible through the dedicated efforts of our faculty and staff members and the many volunteers who assist us during this interview process.  Thanks to all of you have participated in our interview process.  If you are interested in serving as an interviewer during future graduate admissions days, please contact Dr. Jean Woodward, our Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions at jwoodward1@une.edu.

As this calendar year comes to a close, I would like to thank all of you who have supported the College of Pharmacy during the last few years.  The numerous successes of our College have only been possible through the collective and tireless efforts of faculty, staff, students, preceptors and friends, who have shared in this vision for a pharmacy program at the UNE.  The faculty and staff, in conjunction with our many preceptors, are working toward our goal of educating pharmacists you will want on your team.  Thank you for being on our team as we work towards this vision.  Finally, I would like to wish a joyous, peaceful and safe holiday season to you and your family, friends and colleagues.  I would like to leave you with the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson who reminded us that “Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.” Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year!