Student News: February 2017

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Chainbreaker logoJOIN US FOR OUR CHAINBREAKER KICKOFF RECEPTION TODAY 

Established to fund life-saving cancer research at the U of M, Chainbreaker is a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. Enjoy refreshments and gear up for the fun - and fundraising - at an information session on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Mayo Auditorium.

MN state capitolPHARMACY LEGISLATIVE DAY IS FEB. 15

This year's Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day is Wednesday, Feb. 15. We will meet at the newly renovated Best Western Capitol Ridge, just a few short blocks from the Minnesota Capitol. Wear your white coats. Learn more about the day and register.

KUDOS

group photoThanks to everyone who participated in the Jan. 21 Legends of the North-themed Pharmacy Bonspiel in Duluth. Congrats to Curling Champions: Joey Vuicich, Nicole Louden, Travis Fransen and Paige Odegard. Best Costume award winners were "Northern Lights": Shannon Burton, Trish Johnson, Ashley Fike and Rebekka Zeadow. Special thanks to Dr. Karen Bastianelli who organizes this annual event to help promote fellowship among students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, as well as to give people the opportunity to embrace some of the culture of the area.

Courtney Murphy and Richard Shneur received the Century Mortar Club Student Award; and Kate Elwell and Yiyi Zhou received the Pharmacy Alumni Society Mentees of the Year Award.

Axel Vazquez-Deida is a 2017 award recipient of the APhA Foundation Student Scholarship Program. He received the George F. Archambault Scholarship, which honors Archambault's long career of dedicated service to the pharmacy profession and the Public Health Service.

Phi Lambda Sigma logoPHI LAMBDA SIGMA UPDATE 

Phi Lambda Sigma will host its First Annual Leadership and Networking Symposium on Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Twin Cities campus. The goal of this symposium is to promote leadership development for students by connecting with current leaders in pharmacy. The event includes keynote speakers and roundtable sessions for participants. Please look for an email from PLS for more details. We also have other upcoming meetings such as a workshop with MPSA for career exploration and leadership lunch lectures, so please keep an eye on your emails!

MPSA logoMPSA UPDATE

Welcome back everyone! We hope you had an amazing winter break, ready for another great year? We have many excellent meetings and events planned for 2017, and can't wait to share them with you. We started the new year with our newly introduced branch Operation Poison Control - sharing valuable knowledge on toxicology. We want to send a big thank you to those who participated in the Sandwich Project. Our goal is to feed 150 homeless people in Minneapolis as many times a year as possible. We made 250 sandwiches on Jan. 26! What a fantastic way to start 2017.

Mark your calendars:
Feb. 2: MPSA General Meeting: Seizure Recognition and Response Training
Feb. 2: AMCP Student Chapter Tour at Prime Therapeutics
Feb. 3: AMCP Student Chapter Tour at UnitedHealth
Feb. 7: GenerationRx Presentations at Champlin Park High School
Feb. 11: American Heart Association Go Red Expo
Feb. 15: MPhA Legislative Day
Feb. 17-19: MPhA Midwest Pharmacy Expo
Feb. 18-19: ACCP Emerge from the Crowd

Phi Delta Chi group photoPHI DELTA CHI UPDATE

Over the winter break from Dec. 28 to Jan. 9, members of the Phi Delta Chi fraternity from both Duluth and Twin Cities Chapters completed a medical campaign for the second year in a row. They volunteered through International Volunteer Headquarters and were placed with Maximo Nivel in rural communities of Antigua, Guatemala. Student volunteers were first through third years Ruth Chen, Breanne Dietz, Mitch Hesse, Rachel Lukas, Joanna Maki, Lindsey Niederhaus, Maria Sturtz, Julia Sybrant and Deanne Tims.

During the weeklong campaign, the students worked alongside a Guatemalan physician and a field manager to provide pop-up clinics in underserved areas. Resources provided at clinics included education on handwashing and tooth brushing, medical consults with the physician, pharmacy, and distribution of vitamins and anti-parasitics. Students were able to practice clinical skills of taking blood pressure, patient assessment and counseling while providing care that is culturally sensitive despite language barriers. Other aspects of the experience included sessions on the health system of Guatemala and the many financial, physical and cultural barriers that can limit care. Currently, some struggles are finding the balance of herbal products over Western medicine, especially within the indigenous communities, showing the importance of understanding the population you are working with - their needs, beliefs and health goals. The students learned so much and are looking forward to sending a group next year!

GPS Alliance logoWALTER H. JUDD INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL FELLOWSHIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDY, INTERNSHIPS, AND RESEARCH ABROAD

The GPS Alliance will offer 16 Judd Fellowships of $2,500 each to students enrolled in master's and professional degree programs to study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects abroad. Two Judd Fellowships will be available for projects specific to Panama. Awards will be given in two categories: (1) Research and (2) Internship/Study. Deadline is noon on Feb. 10. Learn more and download application. For more information, contact Meaka Pitschka 612-626-9123 or meaka@umn.edu.

Paige ClarkMELENDY LECTURE FEB. 20 (TC) AND FEB. 21 (DULUTH)

Paige Clark, director of alumni relations and professional development, Oregon State University College of Pharmacy, will present "Ethics, Policies, and the Pharmacist's Role when Patients Wish to End Their Life" at the annual Melendy Lecture at 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 20 in the Twin Cities in 2-650 Moos (RSVP for TC event); and on Feb. 21 in Duluth in 163/165 LSci (RSVP for Duluth event).

Rare Disease Day logoRARE DISEASE DAY FEB. 24

Join us in recognizing Rare Disease Day on Friday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Johnson Great Room, McNamara Alumni Center. The event starts with a poster session and patient advocacy group tables, followed by a buffet lunch at 11:30 a.m. with a keynote address at noon presented by Steve Groft, president-elect of the International Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs and former director of the NIH Office of Rare Diseases Research. Learn more about the event and register at z.umn.edu/raredisease2017.

student presenting researchRHO CHI/GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM FEB. 28

On the Duluth campus: Lunch buffet in 160 LSci starts at 12:05 p.m., keynote speaker starts at 12:30 p.m. in 163/165 LSci, followed by a walking poster session and MPhA networking in Kirby Rafters. RSVP by Feb. 17.

On the Twin Cities campus: Held in the DQ Club Room of TCF Bank stadium. There will be three keynote speakers with a poster session to follow, including graduate student, professional student, and pharmacy resident poster presenters. RSVP by Feb. 14.

DID YOU KNOW YOUR FACULTY APPEAR IN THE MEDIA TO SHARE THEIR EXPERTISE?

TV screen with M logo on itIn addition to the teaching and research your faculty do, they also regularly share their expertise with news media on a variety of topics. Here are just a couple of the recent news stories that have featured our faculty:

  • Dr. Mike Walters was featured in the Time magazine story, "Turmeric May Not Be a Miracle Spice After All." 
  • Dr. Steve Schondelmeyer is quoted in the Star Tribune story, "Lawsuit alleging price-fixing of generic drugs points to Minnesota saleswoman."

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SAVE THE DATES

Feb. 3
National Wear Red Day, sponsored by the American Heart Association in honor of February being American Heart Month. Learn more

Feb. 13
PD3 Town Hall, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-450 Moos

Feb. 17-19
Midwest Pharmacy Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. Learn more

Feb. 27
PD2 Town Hall, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-450 Moos

April 28
Pharmacy Day, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us for a great day of fun at Pharmacy Day 2017 at Jaycee's Shelter with free food, games, and prizes.

April 28
MPSA Annual Auction, 7-10 p.m., TCF Bank Stadium. This year's auction will be casino themed. Entrance to the Auction is $15, Entrance to the Banquet is $20 and must be paid and RSVP'd for by April 14 at noon. If you RSVP and PAY by April 14 at noon you may purchase both Banquet and Auction entrance for $25. Entrance to the Auction only can be purchased at the door. RSVP