Pharmacy alumni, friends invited to play golf for scholarships

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Pharm GolfThe Third Annual Yanchick Invitational Golf Tournament will begin with a 9:30 a.m. tee time Oct. 22 at The Club at Viniterra, 8400 Old Church Road in New Kent. Sponsored by VCU School of Pharmacy’s Inter-Fraternity Council, the tournament is a special fundraiser to provide scholarship support for pharmacy students.

The fee – which includes 18 holes of golf, carts, snacks, beverages, an awards lunch and door prizes — is $95 for alumni and friends and $55 for students. The opportunity to win bragging rights in competition with old friends and classmates? Priceless!

Register now or direct questions to Jasmine Davis (M.S.’10/H&S), development specialist, at (804) 828-4247.

Pharmacy’s Marcia Buck named president-elect of ACCP

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Pharm BuckVCU School of Pharmacy affiliate clinical professor Marcia L. Buck has been named president-elect of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. She will assume the office during the 2015 ACCP Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy in October. Buck is clinical coordinator for the Pediatric Pharmacy Service at University of Virginia as well as program director for the PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program. She has been named an outstanding preceptor by VCU School of Pharmacy and the U.Va. Pharmacy Residency Program.

VCU receives $2.5 million grant for interprofessional geriatrics training

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Edward Ansello, Ph.D.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration recently awarded $2.5 million to Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Allied Health Professions’ Virginia Center on Aging to fund initiatives that introduce geriatric health care into primary care settings. VCoA directs the Virginia Geriatric Education Center, a consortium of VCU, the University of Virginia, and Eastern Virginia Medical School. The funds will be used to improve the health and well-being of elders statewide, with a focus on regions that are medically underserved or face a shortage of health professionals.

The VGEC started in July 2010 with a $2.2 million HRSA grant meant to address the simultaneous aging of Virginia’s population and the shortage of health care professionals who are trained in geriatrics.

The current grant supports interprofessional geriatrics training for aspiring and practicing professionals with a focus on dementia care and falls prevention. Trainees include professional health care providers, residents, interns, students, academic faculty members, direct care workers, older adults and their families and caregivers.

The project staff includes faculty and staff from VCU’s Schools of Allied Health Professions, MedicineNursingPharmacy, and Social Work, as well as faculty and staff from these and other disciplines at UVA and EVMS.

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Pharmacy professor/alumna is co-investigator for $2.5M HRSA grant

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Pharm SlattumVCU School of Pharmacy professor and alumna Patty Slattum (B.S.’85/P; Ph.D.’92/P; Cert.’92/AHP) is co-investigator for a $2.5 million, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. The funds will support interprofessional geriatrics training from pre-clinical to practice levels, particularly in underserved areas, across Virginia.

Pharmacy representatives shine at AACP Annual Meeting

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Dean Joseph T. DiPiro (right) and assistant professor K.C. Ogbonna accept the Weaver Award on behalf of VCU School of Pharmacy.

Dean Joseph T. DiPiro (right) and assistant professor K.C. Ogbonna accept the Weaver Award on behalf of VCU School of Pharmacy.

In addition to picking up two national awards, VCU School of Pharmacy representatives helmed workshops, served as panelists, presented posters and took office during the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy 2015 Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland. Learn more.

Pharmacy preceptors honored by school

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School of Pharmacy alumna Rebeccah Collins was named 2014-15 Preceptor of the Year.

School of Pharmacy alumna Rebeccah Collins was named 2014-15 Preceptor of the Year.

Six VCU School of Pharmacy alumni have been recognized by the school for their exemplary work as preceptors in 2014-15. Rebeccah Collins (Pharm.D.’00/P) was named Preceptor of the Year during the school’s annual Senior Banquet. Since then, five more alumni have been recognized individually with Outstanding Preceptor Awards: David Flammia (B.S.’94/P), Tana Kaefer (Pharm.D.’04/P), Margaret Rowe (B.S.’76/P; Pharm.D.’06/P), Joan Sok (Pharm.D.’99/P), David Wyatt (Pharm.D.’05/P). Learn more about all of this year’s winning preceptors.

Pharmacy’s Magrath Award nomination video wins recognition

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Pharm VideoA video created as part of the VCU School of Pharmacy’s C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award nomination was recognized at the 68th Virginia Public Relations Awards. The nomination video, produced by University Marketing, won a Capital Award Award of Merit in the external video programs category. Watch the video here.

Pharmacy faculty/staff news

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VCU names Michigan State University’s Marsha Rappley to health system CEO post

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Marsha D. Rappley, M.D.

Marsha D. Rappley, M.D.
Photo by Derrick L. Turner, Michigan State University

Virginia Commonwealth University today announced that Marsha D. Rappley, M.D., will serve as Virginia Commonwealth University vice president for health sciences and CEO of the VCU Health System, effective Aug. 15.

In the position, Rappley will lead Virginia’s most comprehensive academic health sciences enterprise, which includes the VCU health system hospitals and outpatient clinics; the physician practice plan; the Medicaid health plan; the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Allied Health Professions; and the Massey Cancer Center.

Rappley currently serves as dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, with clinical, research and medical education operations at six campuses throughout the state that are affiliated with nine health systems and other health care providers.

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Pharmacy: Alumnus named to Board of Visitors

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McFarlaneRon McFarlane (B.S.’80/P) of Raleigh, N.C., has been appointed a member of VCU’s Board of Visitors. McFarlane is group president, Specialty Infusion Services, for Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. He joined Diplomat last year when it acquired MedPro Rx, the specialty infusion pharmacy he and his wife, Nancy McFarlane (B.S.’80/P), established in 2002.