Updates and News for the UNE College of Pharmacy

November 19th, 2012 by Dean Gayle Brazeau

Greetings from the College of Pharmacy!  This wonderful State of Maine never stops amazing me as I travel over its highways and roads. There are so many things to see and do each and every day it makes leaving to go to other areas hard at times, particularly in what I think is one of the prettiest falls I can remember for a long time. Likewise, I am amazed by the many activities and projects our students, faculty members and staff members do and achieve each and every day for the College and for advancing care to patients.

We have admitted 90 very talented students for our Class of 2016 with 58% women and 42% men.  The Class of 2016 has 53% of the students from within the New England area. It is very exciting to have 39 students who have matriculated from pre-pharmacy program at UNE. The diversity of class also remains very high and we have students who have joined our program from California, Texas, Florida, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Canada. They are off to a strong start to the current academic year. The Class of 2016 White Coat and Family weekend was held on October 13-14, 2012. We hosted the members of this class and their families for a program at the College on Saturday and the White Coat Ceremony was held on Sunday at the Westwood Performing Arts Center. It is exciting to welcome our newest and future pharmacy colleagues to our profession.

It is such an honor to work each day besides such talented individuals in the College. We are very proud that our three of our students, along with their faculty mentors, who placed second in the NASPA-Nonprescription Medicines Academy PeptoBowl OTC Challenge. Congratulations to the Class of 2013 members Richard Agbotoko, Jennie Chu and Stephanie Copp along with their mentors Dr. Lisa Pagnucco, Dr. Jim Krebs and Dr. Meghan Sullivan for this wonderful achievement. In addition, Alexandra Malinowski (Class of 2014) received one of the Maine Pharmacy Association (MPA) Pharmacy Student Scholarships and Dr. Meghan Sullivan and Ms. Emily Bourret (Class of 2013) were recognized for their service to the MPA Board of Directors. The College of Pharmacy would like to congratulate Jonathan Balk & Jacob Barker as the 2012 Clinical Skills Competition winners for UNE.  Jonathan and Jacob will represent the College at the national competition held at the ASHP Midyear Meeting, Dec. 1st, in Las Vegas.

The College of Pharmacy is also committed to advancing post-PharmD educational opportunities. As such, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Meghan Sullivan and the College of Pharmacy was selected for the Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Project (Community PREP) awarded by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation. The $50,000 educational grant will expand post-graduate community pharmacy residency (PGY-1) opportunities for pharmacy school graduates in partnership with Martin’s Point Health Care. We are also collaborating with Maine Medical Center Department of Pharmacy in a newly developed PGY-2 Residency in Critical Care that was supported through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation. Dr. Wes Zemrak is a collaborator on this project.  These residency programs complement the Teaching Certificate Program that is offered by the College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy Practice to residents throughout Northern New England.

Our College of Pharmacy staff members can only be described as “simply the best”! They work each day to contribute to the vision and mission of the College of Pharmacy and have been instrumental in our ability to work effectively with students, in our classrooms, laboratories and experiential sites. They also have taken a leadership role in promoting the health and wellness of all members in the College and to envision the many needs for students and faculty members.

Finally, the College would not have any success without our many preceptors who provide expertise and mentoring to our students during their IPPEs and APPEs. We cannot do it without these talented and dedicated individuals.  I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for your dedication to our students and to enhancing the role that pharmacists can play in patient-centered care.  We are also extremely appreciative for all the financial support for student scholarships, activities and travel that have been provided over the last few years.  Our Annual Fund continues to advance, and this could only happen through individual and corporate generosity. We want to continue to provide this support for our students.  We welcome the opportunity to talk with you more about the exciting activities or opportunities in the College. If you would like to know more the College or opportunities for helping our students, please visit either http://www.une.edu/pharmacy/ or http://www.une.edu/pharmacy/giving.cfm, give me a call at 207-221-4500 or write at gbrazeau@une.edu.

Many of you know how much I enjoy a good quotation each and every day. Please let me share one that really helped during a day where I needed just a little bit of inspiration. Perhaps this will also help your day.  I leave you, hoping you have a wonderful fall season and that I will have the opportunity to visit or talk with you soon, with a quote by Sally Koch who reminds us that “great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.”