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Updated February 17, 2021

The Auburn Pharmacist Online is an electronic newsletter providing news, events and updates from the Harrison School of Pharmacy. Have something you would like included? Email hsopcomm@auburn.edu.


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Mark Your Calendar: Tiger Giving Day

Mark your calendar for Auburn's annual Tiger Giving Day on Feb. 24. For 2021 Tiger Giving Day, HSOP would like to raise $7,500 for our students to prepare and distribute care packages for the local residents in assisted living facilities. Because of remaining restrictions on visitors to their facilities, residents have missed interacting with family members and others in the community. HSOP students will package and depending on current guidelines, mail or deliver in person. Learn more and give at TigerGiving.org.

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2021 HSOP Pharmacy Fellows Announced

Four HSOP faculty members are recipients of the school’s Pharmacy Fellowships, Dean Richard Hansen announced Jan. 22. The fellowships recognize the accomplishments by outstanding faculty across a variety of areas, including research, teaching, outreach and collegiality. The 2021 Pharmacy Fellows are Dr. Emily McCoy (Dr. Lucinda Maine Pharmacy Education Fellow), Dr. Alexei Kisselev (Jack and Lillian Clift Pharmacy Fellows in Research), Dr. Spencer Durham (Mahlon G. Turner Pharmacy Fellow in Outreach), and Dr. Brent Fox (Graduates of the 1980s Pharmacy Fellow). Read more about the newest Fellows.

HSOP infectious disease experts explain COVID-19 vaccines, safety, herd immunity

More than a year into the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines from various pharmaceutical companies are making their ways to hospitals, pharmacies, clinics, health departments and other points of care. With the arrival of the much-anticipated vaccines comes questions on what it is, what it does and how it affects people. Dr. Marilyn Bulloch and Dr. Spencer Durham, both faculty members in HSOP's Department of Pharmacy Practice, discuss the current available COVID vaccines, along with their safety and herd immunity.

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CE Programs Receives ACPE Accreditation

HSOP’s Office of Alumni and Professional Affairs recently received full six-year accreditation for its continuing education programs from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, or ACPE. HSOP offers a number of CE programs throughout the year for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and a variety of other health care disciplines. Learn more about upcoming CE opportunities at https://aub.ethosce.com/.

AU InforMed Reviews New Drugs of 2020

The latest edition of AU InforMed, a monthly electronic bulletin of drug and health related news highlights produced by the HSOP Drug Information Center, reviews new drugs introduced in 2020. Learn more on the AU InforMed website.

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New Items Available in the HSOP School Store

New items are available in the HSOP School Store, including new apparel from Under Armour. Launched in partnership with the Auburn University Bookstore, the online store also includes apparel, drinkware, and other items. All proceeds from the HSOP store will be used to support student success through various programs. To learn more, click HERE or visit pharmacy.auburn.edu/store.

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Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight: Dr. Takova Wallace-Gay

A member of the HSOP Class of 2014, Dr. Takova Wallace-Gay is making a name for herself on faculty at the Fisch College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Tyler. Now in her fourth year as an assistant clinical professor, Wallace-Gay was recognized last summer with the Bowl of Hygeia from the Texas Pharmacy Association. Read more about her in the Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight.

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Smith Among Frontline Workers at Super Bowl

Dr. Cynthia Smith, a 2020 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy and a current PGY-1 resident with Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, Florida, was one of the frontline healthcare workers in attendance at Super Bowl in Tampa. A native of High Springs, Florida, she came to Auburn after earning an associate’s degree from Indian River State College in 2012 and a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of West Alabama in 2014. While at West Alabama, she was also a member of the Tiger volleyball team. She was one of 7,500 vaccinated health care workers invited to Super Bowl LV as guests of the NFL to thank and honor them for their continued extraordinary service during the pandemic.

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We Want to Hear from You

One of our favorite things around the Harrison School of Pharmacy is when we hear from our alumni and friends. We would love to hear from you with updates on your practice, career, or life in general. Please send any updates or news items you have to hsopcomm@auburn.edu.

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Students Playing Vital Role in Vaccine Distribution

HSOP students are playing an important role in deploying the COVID vaccine. The Opelika-Auburn News recently highlighted the Auburn University vaccine rollout and the integration of students from pharmacy and other disciplines in carrying out this process.

Student Council Officers Elected

Officers for the upcoming year for the Harrison School of Pharmacy Student Council have been selected. Assuming new positions on the executive board are Kaitlin Beyler (President), Jake Chesnutt (Vice President-Auburn), Sam Williams (Vice President-Mobile), Harrison Riggs (Secretary), Rachel Friend (Treasurer-Auburn), and Jessica Richardson.

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P4 Hayden Lee Starts Embroidery Business

Hayden Lee, a member of the HSOP Class of 2021, created a small embroidery business for herself called Hoops and Needles. After starting embroidering while she was a student at Troy, she expanded her craft because of the creative way it complements her work in pharmacy. Read more in this feature in the Auburn Plainsman.

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HSOP Team Earns Breeden Grant

A team of HSOP faculty were recently recognized with one of the 2021 Daniel F. Breeden grants. Awarded by the Biggio Center, the Daniel F. Breeden Endowed Grant Program supports teaching and learning projects that directly benefit the instructor, students, and Auburn University’s overall teaching program. The team of Drs. Lena McDowell, Courtney Gamston, Pamela Stamm, Lynn Stevenson, Bobby Helmer, and Kimberly Braxton Lloyd earned one of just seven awards with their project titled “Impact of Student Pharmacists Providing Remote Telehealth Population Health Services in a Required Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Course.” It marks the fourth year in a row for HSOP faculty to earn at least one Breeden Grant.

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Post-Graduate Pharmacist Podcast Available

The Post-Graduate Pharmacist Podcast, a collaborative effort between Drs. Sean Smithgall and Taylor Steuber, released its second episode this week. Featuring Dr. Desirae Lindquist, an internal medicine clinical pharmacist at Duke University Hospital, the group tackles the topic of finances transitioning to and throughout post-graduate training. Listen online on the podcast webpage.

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Faculty and Students Published in Pharmacy Times

Dr. Marilyn Bulloch, along with P4s Anna Lee Petit, Kaitlin Kennedy, and David Ellison, were recently published in Pharmacy Times with their article titled “Monoclonal Antibodies Show Promise Treating COVID-19.” The article looks at monoclonal antibody agents and their immune potential suppressive effects as far as reducing the immediate and long-term impact of COVID-19.

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Jungnickel Presents on Emerging Pharmacist Roles

Dr. Paul Jungnickel, associate dean for academic programs, participated in a webinar in December titled “Emerging and Future Roles for Pharmacists in the United States.” The webinar was conducted through Ubon Ratchathani University in Ubonratchathani, Thailand and his presentation was to the faculty of the pharmaceutical sciences at the university.

Last Updated: April 09, 2021