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January 2016

Letter from the Dean 

Dear Friends,

I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season and are looking forward to a great 2016! We closed 2015 with the sad news of the passing of a highly respected and beloved member of the College family. We lost Dean Valener Perry in December - more information about Valener's passing is included in this issue.

There are two groups especially excited to reach 2016: our current P4s and our final-year PhD candidates. These students are undoubtedly looking forward to commencement and moving on to the next stage in their careers as health professionals, researchers, faculty, or any of hundreds of career options. The competition for jobs, residencies, and postdoctoral fellowships is intense, but Michigan graduates have always fared well. One of the major factors contributing to the success of our graduates is the network of Wolverine alumni and friends across the nation. If you are going to be hiring this year, take a look at our graduates.

To get in touch with graduating PharmDs or PhDs, contact me. I know you will not be disappointed! 

Top Stories
Remembering Dean Valener L. Perry
Valener L. Perry, a driving force in student recruitment, admissions, and retention at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy for 40 years, died on Dec. 20, 2015 in Almo, KY. She was 66. The cause was complications from cancer, her family said.
Interprofessional Healthcare Culture Shift Provides Prime Opportunity for Clinical Pharmacists
Dr. Bostwick believes the recent emphasis on interprofessional education puts clinical pharmacist in a prime position to positively influencing their status as providers and reimbursement for clinical services.
Dean James Dalton Honored as AAAS Fellow
Election as a fellow, a tradition that began in 1874, is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. AAAS fellows are recognized for their "efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished."
Pharmacy Student Develops Human Trafficking CE Program
Healthcare professionals are one of the few that come into contact with victims while the victim is still in captivity and can play a crucial role in identifying and helping victims seek refuge.
Student News
Phi Delta Chi Student Chapter Places Fifth Nationally for Emory W. Thurston Grand President's Cup
Fourteen University of Michigan College of Pharmacy Brothers of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Chi recently traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico for Phi Delta Chi’s 70th Grand Council.
Rho Chi and Phi Lambda Sigma Initiation Ceremony Celebrates Student Excellence
On September 21, 2015, the annual Rho Chi Society and Phi Lambda Sigma Induction Ceremony was held at the Vandenberg Room in the Michigan League. The University of Michigan College of Pharmacy chapters of Rho Chi and Phi Lambda Sigma each welcomed 16 students into membership.
Faculty News
Transplant Endocrine Clinic Celebrates First Anniversary; Highlights Contributions of Pharmacist in Interprofessional Practice
Dr. Park played a significant role in the creation of the University of Michigan Transplant Endocrine Clinic, from realizing an important gap in patient care to designing and implementing this multidisciplinary clinic.
Professor Sally Guthrie Wins 2016 Judith J. Saklad Memorial Award
This award is presented annually to a senior psychiatric pharmacy practitioner who has achieved a level of professional distinction and represents the qualities and ideals of professional enthusiasm, a passion for optimizing patient care, and continuing dedication to the practice of psychiatric pharmacy.
AAPS Names Dr. Steven Schwendeman 2015 Fellow
AAPS Fellows are granted the honor each year for making sustained remarkable scholarly and research contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences such as original articles, scientific presentations at AAPS Annual Meeting and Expositions, and/or patents.
Dr. Varsha Bhatt-Mehta Appointed Associate Editor of AAPS Open
Dr. Bhatt-Mehta describes this new journal which is fully peer-reviewed and uses the gold open access model, as a high quality open access journal that will serve as an authoritative resource in pharmaceutical science research.
Alumni News
Pharmacy Alumnus Named 2015 North American Scientific Achievement Award Recipient
In addition to receiving an honorary degree from the University of Michigan in 2011, Benet has received honorary doctorates from seven other academic institutions. He is listed among the most highly cited pharmacologists worldwide.
Pharmacy Alumna Helps Complex Patients at Nurse Practitioners Clinic in Minnesota
“Mike” was taking multiple psychiatric medications when the psychiatrist who was managing him took an extended leave of absence. Mike didn’t have a primary care physician, and suddenly, he was without mental health care as well.
More News
Safe Medication Disposal Event: Keeping Medication Out of Homes, Landfills, and Water Supply
The University of Michigan College of Pharmacy hosted its fourth Safe Medication Disposal Event on Tuesday, October 6, at Ingalls Mall.
Career Gateway 2015: Connecting Students and Employers
The College of Pharmacy hosted its 11th annual Career Gateway on Wednesday, October 21.
The 26th Annual Health Sciences MLK Day Lecture
January 18, 2016 - 12:00pm


College of Pharmacy Research Forum
February 14, 2025 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Michigan League - Ballroom


2024 PharmD Commencement
April 27, 2024 - 2:00pm
Rackham Horace H School of Graduate Studies, Auditorium


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