February 2019


KudosThanks to everyone who participated in the Jan. 25-26 Glory Days-themed Pharmacy Bonspiel in Duluth. Congrats to Curling Champions: Nate Lewis, Mike Kozlovski, Jim Atol and Alyssa Quitschau, all of whom are Duluth graduates. Best Costume award winners were Mitch Nelson, Cameron Wing, Lauren Ostlund and Evan Odean.

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.

Katie Gray and Jeremy Kobany were featured in a Minnesota Daily story for their work with Boynton to use a drug disposal box to prevent opioid abuse.
Cassie Johnson is featured in a Superior Telegram for her work with Generation Rx to make presentations that highlight prescription drug dangers.

At a Nov. 30 celebration, Johanna Katroscik was recognized as the Pharmacy Alumni Society Mentee of the Year recipient; and Kyler Anderson and Kayla Mills were recognized as Century Mortar Club Student Award recipients.


Pay it Forward OrganizationThe Pay it Forward Organization is thrilled to report that approximately 150 people attended the 14th Annual Pharmacy Gala on Jan. 25 at the Millennium Hotel in Minneapolis. The event benefits the Michelle Mentzer Scholarship, which is named after a pharmacy student who lost her battle with cancer during her first year of pharmacy school. The event organizers were Hannah Bui, An Le, Claire Caschetta, Olivia Brown, Patty Maglalang, McKenzie Skurat, Allison Miller, and Erin Kenney. A huge thank you for the following organizations for their support: Century Mortar Club, Phi Delta Chi, Kappa Psi, Chipotle, and College Board.


Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day is one of our most popular advocacy and educational events all year. Please plan to join us Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge in St. Paul. View the day's agenda and register


On the Twin Cities campus: Held in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union. The day starts with a poster session at 9 a.m., followed by research roundtables at 10 a.m. Dr. Robert Vince will provide the keynote address “Adventures in Drug Design” at 11 a.m. followed by lunch, and breakout sessions with faculty. RSVP now.

On the Duluth campus: Lunch buffet in 160 LSci starts at 12:05 p.m., keynote speaker Richard Mullvain, RPh., BCPS (AQC), CCCC will present at 12:30 p.m. in 163/165 LSci, followed by a poster session in Kirby Rafters. RSVP by Feb. 5.


rare disease dayJoin us in recognizing Rare Disease Day at "Clinical Gene Therapy: The Future is Now" on Friday, March 1, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Graduate Hotel. The event starts with a poster session, followed by a buffet lunch and keynote address at noon. Learn more about the event and register.

There’s still time to submit an abstract for the poster symposium, which is an opportunity for students to present posters on basic, translational, and clinical research related to rare diseases and their treatments. If you have questions about poster topic eligibility, email codr@umn.edu. Posters do not have to be new - you can re-purpose one that has already been printed and/or presented somewhere else. Abstract submission deadline to be considered for the 2019 Rare Disease Day Research Award is Friday, Feb. 8. Submit abstracts now.


global health dayGet ready for Global Health Day hosted by the AHC Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility on April 13. Abstract submissions are now being accepted for oral presentations (deadline: Feb. 19) and poster presentations (deadline: Feb. 27). The purpose of these presentations is to celebrate the work of our U of M global health community and to cultivate an interdisciplinary exchange around global health topics. Poster and oral presentations are open to all U of M students, residents, and fellows and allow students to build valuable professional and communication skills. Presentations can be made individually or in groups. Learn more.


KAPPA PSI - DULUTH (DELTA PSI)Since our last update, our brothers have enjoyed their winter breaks, and are ready to gear up for spring semester! We recently spent a weekend even further up north in Lutsen, where brothers braved the not-quite-polar-vortex cold for a weekend to relax together.

We are currently hosting open social events in the college, like a video game night and a Welcome Back Breakfast, complete with made-to-order eggs and waffles.
In February, we are planning a Valentine's Day baked goods fundraiser, and are planning on a team jumping in Lake Superior for the Polar Plunge. We are also starting planning on the PharmaCOPA, Murder Mystery Night with Phi Delta Chi, and White Coat Ball later on in the semester.


KAPPA PSI - TWIN CITIESWe hope that everyone has an excellent start to the year! Kappa Psi has continued volunteering at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic’s dispensing pharmacy and looks forward to many activities this month, including volunteering at the JDRF One Walk, the largest organization that funds type I diabetes research.

We will also be bagging groceries at Cub as a CARE for Haiti fundraiser and hosting Valentine’s Bingo. Additionally, we look forward to a board game night and trying out curling this month as we bond as a chapter.


PDX BETA PSIEveryone is invited to join us on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Glen Avon Church in Duluth, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for our 3rd Annual Dice For Life event. We will be hosting an all-day charity and board game event where all are welcome to join us for FREE all-day games and raffle prizes that can be won from bringing in a variety of donated items.

This year, we are accepting the following forms of donation: monetary donations, non-perishable food items, clothing donations, winter clothing donations, OTC medications, and toiletries.
Over winter break, 12 of our brothers traveled to Antigua, Guatemala to participate in a medical campaign. We set up clinics in rural communities surrounding Antigua to reach out to patients who don’t typically have access to health care. On each of the five clinic days we were able to provide toothbrushes/toothpaste, multivitamins, anti-parasitic medications, as well as teach proper handwashing techniques to over 100 people.

In addition, we worked with a local Guatemalan physician to do a complete workup of 20 patients each day. If the physician prescribed any medications, we dispensed them in our makeshift pharmacy (suitcases full of NSAIDs, antibiotics, vitamins, etc.). Every community was so grateful for our presence and greeted us with hugs, handshakes, thank-yous, and blessings! On the days we did not have clinic, the group embarked on cultural activities and excursions, including a tour of a coffee plantation, a tour of three towns surrounding the beautiful Lake Atitlán to learn local trades and religious beliefs, and even a hike up the third tallest volcano. It was a truly humbling and unforgettable experience for all. A special thank you to College Board, Century Mortar Club, and Professional Student Government for helping fund our trip through grants!


MPSA members have been busy participating in health outreach and professional development events over the last couple months. Over 400 middle school students throughout the state of Minnesota were educated on safe medication practices by our student pharmacists. Generation Rx, with the help of Dr. Randy Seifert, is currently working with local middle and high schools to create an educational program for school faculty to identify and support students struggling with substance use. NCPA members are meeting every Thursday to work on the NCPA Business Plan competition to gain useful business skills during their pharmacy education. This past Saturday, nine teams presented their evaluation of abaloparatide at the local AMCP P&T competition and the first place team may represent the University of Minnesota at the AMCP Annual Conference in March. IPhO hosted a presentation from Dr. Jonathan Pin and his career journey into oncology pharmaceutical sales for EliMPS Lilly. Students in Duluth were invited to attend the MSHP Arrowhead January Meeting and Lake Superior Oncology Journal Club, where they were able to network and learn from pharmacists in the area.

Additionally, general meetings for MPSA have seen great attendance as one semester ended and another began. December kicked off with an MPSA-themed escape room called Operation Outbreak. During this event, teams were tasked with solving the riddle by completing various tasks using both MPSA and pharmacy knowledge. The first meeting of January began with a recap of the fall semester and a future outlook of the spring semester. This was followed by an interactive meeting with MPhA leaders about the future of pharmacy and to move the profession forward. MPSA Policy and Advocacy Liaisons hosted a pre-event workshop to help students feel prepared to speak with their legislators about pharmacy practice at Legislative Day. Over 90 students are expected to be in attendance on Feb. 5 to advocate for our profession!

Join us at the Medications and Healthy Living Health Fair on Thursday, Feb. 21, 1-5 p.m. at the Capitol Rotunda. We will be providing information and answering questions on a range of health issues, including managing diabetes, asthma, hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases; smoking cessation; drug abuse and misuse prevention; mental health, women’s health and children’s health; immunizations; over-the-counter medication safety; and medication adherence. To learn more about the event, contact Michaela Wermers at werme010@umn.edu


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


Feb. 28
PD1 Town Hall, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 1-450 Moos

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.

March 7
PD2 Town Hall, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 165 LSci / 3-100 Mayo

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

March 24
Minnesota Night Pharmacy Reception: Celebrating 125 Years of Excellence at APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition, 5:30-7 p.m., Cirrus Room, 35th floor, Pike Tower, Sheraton Grand Seattle
April 9
Weaver Medal Reception honoring Marsha Millonig, MPhA interim executive director and CoP alum, 4-6 p.m., University Hall, McNamara Alumni Center