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.

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We want to share pictures of you in your VCU best all summer long as part of Rams on Vacation. Share your pics with us via social media or alumni@vcu.edu.

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Pharmacy: Graduates heading out for residencies

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Class president Shelby Evans — speaking during the School of Pharmacy’s Hooding and Diploma Ceremony — is among the 36 Pharm.D. graduates going on to residencies.

About 30 percent of the VCU School of Pharmacy’s Pharm.D. Class of 2015 will go on to complete pharmacy residencies in a variety of locations nationwide. Nearly 1,200 pharmacy residency programs in this country now offer advanced training in professional practice and management for more than 2,800 Pharm.D. graduates.

Pharmacy: Recognizing Class of ’15 award winners

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Douglas Boudinot, dean of the VCU Graduate School, was keynote speaker for the 2015 Graduate Awards Banquet.

Award winners and honor society members of VCU School of Pharmacy’s Class of ’15 were recognized during individual ceremonies. Pharm.D. graduates attended the Senior Banquet May 8, and the Graduate Awards Luncheon took place May 22.

Pharmacy: Emswiller Symposium going strong in third year

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pharm EmswillerThe Third Annual Jewell and Carl Emswiller Symposium, “Changing Practice, Improving Outcomes,” featured keynote speaker Valentina Brashers of the University of Virginia. The symposium, hosted by VCU, is endowed by Jewell Emswiller in honor and memory of her late husband, Carl Emswiller (B.S.’62/P).

Blick Scholars Program announces 2015 awardees

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Benjamin J. Darter, Ph.D.

Benjamin J. Darter, Ph.D.

Ten junior faculty members on the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia Campus have been named 2015 Blick Scholars for their medical research efforts.

Funded by the George and Lavinia Blick Research Fund, the Blick Scholars Program endowment is awarded every four years to a maximum of 10 junior faculty members on the MCV Campus. Blick Scholars are selected through a highly competitive nomination process that includes documented growth toward achievement of national or international recognition, a developing record of obtaining external research funding, collaborative scholarship and a primary faculty appointment in one of the health sciences schools. The awards provide $15,000 for each of the four years to support the research agenda of the Blick Scholars. The awards begin July 1.

Meet the 2015 scholars.

Pharmacy: Support the Class of 2019

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In August, 140 members of the VCU School of Pharmacy Class of 2019 will take the student pharmacist oath as a symbol of officially joining the profession. Please help us support them as they make this transition.

To make your gift of $50 to buy a Class of 2019 pharmacy student’s white coat, please complete and submit the online form. You will receive an acknowledgment of your gift by email. If you have any problems or questions, email giving@vcu.edu. Thank you!

Pharmacy: Reunion Weekend 2015 photos available

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A Saturday night Reunion Weekend dinner included the annual alumni awards ceremony.

A Saturday night Reunion Weekend dinner included the annual alumni awards ceremony.

The School of Pharmacy Class of 1965 celebrated its “golden” 50th anniversary in April, but alumni from other “5” and “0” classes attended as well! Check out photos from the classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010. If your class year ends in “1” or “6,” make plans now to join us for Reunion ’16! It takes place April 15-17 on the MCV Campus.