Summer at the College of Pharmacy

One of the books I have read over the summer is Daniel Pink’s “Drive – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.” As I read this book, I could not help but reflect on how true the message from this book rings when considering the actions of faculty members, staff members and students in the College of Pharmacy as well as the many preceptors and others who have enable the continued success of the College. Pink discusses the importance of three requirements for individuals who exhibit “Type I (Intrinsic)” behaviors, specifically behaviors of an individual who is concerned less with external rewards and more with the internal satisfaction of being involved with any activity. The three requirements for a “Type I” behavior are the ability to be autonomous and self-directed, the importance of mastery, and seeking a purpose or cause greater and more enduring than oneself. The continued success and growth of the College of Pharmacy through our collaborative journey towards full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) has and continues to occur only because of the collective “Type I” behaviors and actions by the faculty and staff members, our students in the Pharm.D. Classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the many preceptors, supporters and friends of the College over these last four years.  We have worked and continue to work collaboratively in our efforts to educate pharmacists who organizations will want on their teams.  I want to thank each and every one of you who have and continue to make a difference in the College and in Pharmacy.

It is my great pleasure to report that the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) has approved the continued candidate status – the highest rating available to us as a young College – for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at the University of New England, College of Pharmacy. It is your commitment to the College and to Pharmacy in our collective efforts for “Educating Pharmacists for Your Team” that has enabled our continued success and growth as we go through the accreditation process.

The final step in the accreditation process is the granting of full ACPE accreditation for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program after UNE’s inaugural class graduates in May 2013.

Our Classes of 2014 and 2015 have successfully completed their introductory pharmacy practice experiences while our Class of 2013 is currently engaged in their advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Our faculty members are busy precepting their first groups of UNE pharmacy students in advanced pharmacy practice experiences, conducting their research and scholarly activities, as well as attending and presenting at national and international scientific and educational meetings. Staff members are busy preparing for the upcoming academic year. The College would like to welcome two new members to our team. We would like to welcome Ms. Danielle Lawrence who will serve as an administrative assistant in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. We are also looking forward to welcoming Dr. Sarah Smith who will be starting as an Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice in mid-July.  In addition, Ms. Teri Kruszenski is now working half-time in the Dean’s Office and half-time in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Our Office of Continuing Education (CE) is offering a very special program this summer. We hope you will join us on Friday July 27, 2012 for the 1st Annual Douglas H. Kay Continuing Pharmacy Education Symposium which will provide six contact hours of continuing education credit. The topics for this symposium include health care litigation and medication errors, prevention and treatment for chemotherapy-induced febrile neutropenia, MRSA, medication therapy management, lessons learned and medication errors and pharmacogenomics. Additional upcoming CE programs include Addition Pharmacotherapy on Wednesday August 15, 2012 and COPD on Wednesday October 17, 2012.  Additional information about the upcoming 1st Annual Douglas H. Kay Continuing Pharmacy Education Symposium and other upcoming programs can be found at http://www.une.edu/pharmacy/oce/index.cfm.

I sincerely want to wish each of you and your families a relaxing and enjoyable summer season with many good times and adventures. We gladly welcome the opportunity to have you and your family and friends visit the College if your schedule allows during this summer season. The UNE Portland Campus is a beautiful and green place to visit during the summer season and we have made some renovations to the College to allow our continued growth in faculty and staff.  Finally, I hope you might consider becoming part of the UNE COP Team through our Annual Giving Campaign which supports student scholarships; travel funds for student attendance at local, regional and national conferences, travel funds for students participating in elective global experiential rotations; and students engaged in research and scholarly activities. Information about our Annual Giving Campaign can be found at http://www.une.edu/pharmacy/giving.cfm.

I would like to leave you with one of my favorites quotes by John Quincy Adams who reminds us “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  Thank you for your actions which have helped to inspire our UNE COP students to dream more, learn more, do more and become more and for all your leadership actions for pharmacy each and every day! Take care and enjoy the Summer!

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