December 2018

Dean WelageDear Students,

As the fall semester comes to a close, I’d like to thank you for your hard work this semester and wish you good luck on your finals.

I know how hard you have worked over the past few months in your classroom, lab and experiential tasks. On behalf of your professors, I thank you for your dedication, hard work, and enthusiasm for being the best student pharmacist.

I hope you enjoy a relaxing winter break, and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Happy Holidays,
Lynda S. Welage



Lily Rowan Mahon, PD3, wrote the op/ed "Billion of dollars in medications are thrown away every year; but there's a solution" that was published in the Star Tribune.




Each year, the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences provides funding to UMN graduate and professional students and student organizations for research projects at the intersection of science and society. Grants will be awarded spring 2019 for work during summer 2019 and academic year 2019-20. $35,000 total is available with a maximum individual award of $7,000. Deadline: Feb. 11, 2019. Learn more/get application materials.



This year, the student chapter at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy held the ASHP Clinical Skills Competition (CSC) on Oct. 13. The goal of the CSC is to encourage and recognize excellence in clinical skills development for pharmacy students. It is designed to facilitate an interactive, team-based analysis of clinical scenarios for health-system pharmacists. Student teams work in pairs to complete a timed case study where they assess patient information and current therapy, identify and prioritize drug therapy problems, identify treatment goals and formulate a comprehensive pharmacy care plan.

Our panel of pharmacists that served as judges this year included Drs. Debra Skaar, Emma Bulock and Amanda Boese. There were eight teams competing for the chance to compete in the Semi-Final Round at the national level during the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December.

We would like to congratulate the team of Karyl Kanada (PD4) and Matthew Winters (PD4) as the winners of this year’s ASHP Clinical Skills Competition! We wish them luck as they advance to the Semi-Finals and represent the student chapter of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.



MPSA recognized November as Diabetes Awareness Month and offered multiple fun and educational “Diabetes Quizzes” through our November weekly emails. Several professional keynote speakers were also featured throughout this month’s general meetings, each sharing expertise and insight relating to their specialty within pharmacy. Topics included Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), smoking cessation for e-cigarette users, and Enhanced Medication Therapy Management (EMTM). The concluding keynote speaker for Diabetes Awareness month discussed Medicare and the future of health insurance for senior citizens in the United States.

Additionally, MPSA continues to provide excellent patient care through various health fairs and patient outreach events. Earlier this month, 10 MPSA members provided point of care testing and health education to patients at the Healthy Life Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center, one of the largest health fairs in Minneapolis! This was a new event for MPSA, and it turned out to be very successful! Students from the Duluth campus assisted with a blood drive co-sponsored by the American Red Cross and IPSF and gave a Generation Rx presentation to students at the Harbor City International School. The month ended with a networking event at Tavern on the Hill, where MPSA members met with pre-pharmacy students at UMD to discuss potentially career paths in pharmacy. November was a very busy and productive month for MPSA!



CLARION, a U of M student organization dedicated to improving health care through interprofessional collaboration, hosts the U’s local student case competition for health professional students, enabling them to achieve a 360-degree perspective on patient safety in today's health care system and how it might be improved. Student teams, consisting of four students, comprised of at least two disciplines, are given a case and are charged with creating a root cause analysis. The team presents their analysis to a panel of interprofessional judges that evaluates their analysis in the context of real world standards of practice. Learn more about the local case competition. Registration is free but limited and granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Winners of the local competition will be sponsored for the national competition.



Our chapter is excited to announce 23 new members after the pledge class was formally initiated in Kappa Psi. Welcome to the family! We continued volunteering at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic’s dispensing pharmacy, but we also volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House Cooks for Kids and held an educational STI talk at Roseville High School. We held a bake sale, sold holiday sweaters, and bagged groceries at Cub as a CARE for Haiti fundraisers. Our annual Pie-Kappa-Psi fundraiser was also a success. Besides these events, we enjoyed time together during a Thanksgiving potluck.

Next month, we look forward to holding another high school STI talk and bagging groceries at Cub as a CARE for Haiti fundraiser.


betapsiBETA PSI

Over the Fall semester, the Beta Psi chapter has been busy getting to know our 22 new brothers! Along with the addition of our transfer brother, Delvin Wu, from the University of Connecticut, we were excited to initiate 21 new members into our chapter on Saturday, November 3rd. From pumpkin painting to playing board games, brothers and candidates have participated in social and family events to get to know one another in the weeks leading up to initiation. In the week before initiation, our brothers participated in Spirit Week, with an event held every day of the week. Brothers took a flashlight tour of a haunted mansion in Superior, WI, participated in Minute-to-Win-It mini-competitions, taste-tested over 20 different kinds of soups/chili’s at at CrockPot Cook-Off while playing Codenames, took a mental wellness day, and let out some steam with dodgeball and an ice cream sundae to celebrate Phi Delta Chi Fraternity Founders Day.

Now that the candidate period has ended, we are beginning the planning our annual spring events like Dice For Life, Bonspiel, and Murder Mystery! Be on the lookout for more information about our upcoming events as the Spring semester draws closer! Congratulations to our new Beta Psi Brothers, we are so happy to have you join our PDX family!

Andy Wiener
Ashley Anderson
Caitlin Schanz
Danica Grover
Elaine Macon
Erin Host
Erin Salo
Hannah Stoffel
Mariah Verdin
Megan Hulscher
Megan Traxler
Michelle Ann Wasan
Rebecca Sauter
Sarah Jackson
Skyeler Elhard
Trenton Blom



The University is requesting student stories to feature on U of M social media channels and as part of the ongoing #UMNdriven Spotlight series. #UMNdriven Spotlights share stories from students in their own words while showcasing the breadth and depth of majors, viewpoints, and career paths that are possible through the University of Minnesota. Submit stories at #UMNdriven Spotlight or via the nomination form.



Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day is one of our most popular advocacy and educational events all year. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Will be held at the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge in St Paul. Watch for more details soon.



The Office for Public Engagement is accepting nominations for the 2019 University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Awards.  Nominations are due Dec. 21. Established in 1999, the awards recognize faculty, staff, students, and University-affiliated community members who have made significant, demonstrable contributions to the public good through research, teaching, and/or public service. See nomination details and more



Your are cordially invited to attend the 14th Annual Pharmacy Gala on Friday, January 25th, 2019 8:00pm to 12:00am at the Millennium Hotel Minneapolis.  Formal attire event, $25 per student, $30 non-student. RSVP now.



Our faculty regularly share their expertise with news media on a variety of topics. Here are a couple recent news stories:

Dr. Steve Schondelmeyer is quoted in the Consumer Reports story "6 Ways Trump's Drug Price Plan Could Lower Prescription Costs."

Drs. Laura Palombi and Jason Varin are quoted in the PBS Newshour story, "How to get along on Thanksgiving, from the people Americans trust most."



Dec. 6
Dual MBA Info (Carlson School), 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-451 Moos

"Entrepreneurship, Education, and Embracing the Digital Age in Healthcare" presented by Eric Christianson, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, Owner of Med Ed 101 and best-selling Amazon author and originator/podcaster of Real Life Pharmacology Podcast. 3:30-4:30 p.m., 160 LSci / 5-130C WDH

Dec. 14
Last day of instruction fall semester

Dec. 17
Fuel for Finals, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 160 LSci / 7-193 WDH. Stop in for cookies, hot cocoa, and community! Don't forget to wear your most outrageous, festive, or flashy sweater to join the fun and provide some laughs for your colleagues.

Dec. 17-20
Finals Week

Jan. 16
First day of instruction spring semester
Duluth Talent Show & MPSA Auction, 5-9 p.m., Weber Music Hall

March 1
Rare Disease Day, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., The Graduate Hotel. The goal of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. RSVP now.

March 2
Bulldog Hockey Pre/Post-game Reception, 5-7 p.m., Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth - Lyric Conference Center. Co-hosted by the Pharmacy Alumni Society and the Century Mortar Club. RSVP open now.