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Touro University California College of Pharmacy

November 5, 2015

Touro Celebrates Veteran's Day

Honoring the men and women who serve, and have served, in the United States military is a tribute that warms our hearts on Veteran's Day and preserves the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of their nation.

Please join me in a short ceremony in front of our flagpole at noon on Wednesday, November 11.  Our ceremony will recognize our student, faculty and staff veterans* and include a performance of "Taps" by Neil Yepson, Army veteran and father of Military Club President and Student Doctor Haylee Yepson 2018.

We will serve light refreshments at the event, and for our campus veterans - a free Touro box lunch!!!  See you there.

Marilyn Hopkins, Ph.D.
Provost and Chief Operating Officer
Touro University California
 
* College of Pharmacy veterans - faculty member - Dr. Keith Yoshizuka, students - Jasmine Reber, Sanjay Manandhar, Andrew Ray.

 


Touro University California College of Pharmacy

October 22, 2015 

Alumni Highlight and Scholarship Opportunity!

Dr. Richie Duenas - Touro University California College of Pharmacy Class of 2009

Guest speaker - Dr. Richie Duenas, Touro University California Class of 2009, CEO, Mercury Distribution

October 22, 2015 - 12 noon

Come and learn about a new scholarship that Dr. Richie Duenas has donated to the College of Pharmacy.  He will share his professional journey and commitment to developing future pharmacists and under-served citizens of Vallejo. 

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

October 22, 2015 

Touro University California College of Pharmacy Open House

A Celebration of Pharmacists Month
Friday, October 23, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Vallejo, California

Register for this free event at Eventbrite.  Advance registration is required. 

Questions?  E-mail: admit@tu.edu.  We look forward to meeting you?

Come and learn more about pharmacy, our innovative 2+2 PharmD curriculum, and the Touro University California experience.

  • Registration Check-in (10:15am to 11am)
  • Campus Tours (10:15am to 11am)
  • Study up on the 2+2 curriculum (11am to 12 noon)
  • Round with a Pharmacist (12 noon to 1:30pm)
  • Tips for Admissions (1:30pm to 2pm)
  • Reception with Info Booths (2-3pm)

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

September 18, 2015

Congratulations to 4th-year pharmacy students Amanda Do and Annie Tran on winning the 2015 Touro University College of Pharmacy's Clinical Skills Competition.  They will be representing our school at both the state CSHP Seminar Meeting in San Diego next month and national ASHP Midyear Meeting (in New Orleans) in December.

Below are the top 3 teams:

  1. Annie Tran & Amanda Do
  2. Yunchen Ding & Catherine Chang
  3. Joanna Souksavong & Jasmine Reber

Special thanks to students Hannah Yang and Alex Cullum (lead organizers) for making yesterday's event run so smoothly.  Lastly, special thanks to Dr. Emily Chan, Dr. Monica Donnelley, Dr. Michelle Healy and Dr. Jeremiah Duby for judging the competition and staying till the very end!

Regards,

Dr. Lindfelt and Dr. Kirkpatrick


Touro University California College of Pharmacy

September 10, 2015

Announcements from Track 4 - Department of Clinical Sciences

Colleagues,

Congratulations to the following faculty on their recent manuscript publications and acceptances:

1.  Lindfelt TA, Ip EJ, Barnett MJ. Career Satisfaction, Work-Life Balance and Stress among United States Pharmacy School Faculty: Snapshot from a Comprehensive Survey. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2015 Sept 15; 72(18):1573-1578.

2.  Perry PJ, Fredriksen K, Chew S, Ip EJ, Lopes I, Doroudgar S, Thomas K. The Effects of Dextromethorphan on Driving Performance and the Standardized Field Sobriety Test. J Forensic Sci. 2015 Aug 21. doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12833. [Epub ahead of print] 3.  Doroudgar S , Perry PJ , Lackey GD, Veselova NG, Chuang HM, Albertson TE. An 11-year retrospective review of venlafaxine ingestion in children from the California Poison Control System. Human and Experimental Toxicology. DOI: 10.1177/0960327115604202 4.  Ip EJ, Yadao MA, Shah BM, Lau B.  Infectious disease, injection practices, and risky sexual behavior among anabolic steroid users.  AIDS Care. [in press]

Also, congratulations to Dr. Bill Dager for being the 2015 recipient of the ACCP Critical Care PRN Achievement Award!

Eric Ip, Pharm.D., BCPS, CSCS, CDE, FCSHP
Chair of Clinical Sciences Department
Associate Professor Touro University California College of Pharmacy
Diabetes Specialist/Clinical Pharmacist Kaiser Permanente Mountain View Clinics

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

August 24, 2015

Results of the ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge

Dear Touro Students -

Thank you to everyone for participating in the ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge! Also, a big thank you to the ACCP student board members for putting on such a successful event.

All of the exams have been graded and I'm excited to announce the winners. Please help me congratulate the following students:

1st Place: (3050 points): Sebastian Al-Saeigh, Ken Mak, and Steven Van 2nd place (3025 points): Aleyna Fong, Ashley Butler, Megan Pokorney

As you can tell, it was a close competition! Great job everyone and good luck to Sebastian, Ken, and Steven during the national competition!

Have a great evening,
Dr. Baumgartner
Laura Baumgartner, PharmD, BCPS

laura.baumgartner@tu.edu
Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences Touro University California College of Pharmacy Clinical Pharmacist, Trauma San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

August 5, 2015

College of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 23 in Lander Hall!

Interested in supporting a student through their journey of improving the health of others?

The White Coat Ceremony commemorates the start of each student’s journey to become a pharmacist. On August 23, 2015, TUC’s College of Pharmacy will celebrate this traditional rite of passage.

During the ceremony, our students will formally don their white coats for the first time, symbolizing their entry into the profession of pharmacy. In the presence of faculty, family and friends, they will accept the many responsibilities associated with becoming health care providers.

On their path to becoming pharmacists, our students will be impacted by many individuals who contribute to their professional and personal growth. We invite you to be part of this first step in their journey by sponsoring a student.

For $50, your support will let a student know that you share his or her commitment to improving the health of others. Your donation will help subsidize ceremony expenses, such as being able to provide professional photographs of the event to each student; any residuals will be earmarked for student professional development activities.

Your contribution will be recognized at the White Coat Ceremony and on our College’s webpage. You may choose to sponsor a particular student and/or include a personalized note of welcome and encouragement to be placed in the pocket of a white coat. 

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

July 30, 2015

Message from the Dean

The College of Pharmacy is pleased to welcome Dr. Gordon McCarter and Dr. Clipper Young in their new roles in the Office of Pharmacy Student Services. The Office of Pharmacy Student Services provides support and assistance to pharmacy students, working in a closely coordinated manner with faculty and staff in the College of Pharmacy and the University Office of Student Services.

Dr. Gordon McCarter is the Interim Assistant Dean of Pharmacy Student Services. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley and is one of the founding faculty in the College. Dr. McCarter has contributed to the Biological Sciences Track in the College of Pharmacy for the past 10 years, and will continue to teach on a more limited basis in this area.

Dr. Clipper Young is a Pharmacy Student Development Specialist and Assistant Professor. He obtained his Pharm.D. from Touro University California  and has served as an Pharmacy Education and Administration Fellow in the Office of Pharmacy Student Services for the past two years. Dr. Young is currently completing his M.P.H. from the University of California Berkeley, and will be contributing to the teaching in Track 5.

Dr. McCarter and Dr. Young are both highly committed to the success of our students. Please join me in welcoming them to their new roles in the College of Pharmacy, and I encourage you to contact them.

http://cop.tu.edu/studentresources/index.html

 

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

 July 26, 2015

SNPhA Touro University California College of Pharmacy chapter wins the Chauncey I. Cooper Chapter of Excellence Award (Small chapter)

Dear SNPhA advisors Drs. Lor and Rajagopalan,

It is my honor to bring the news to you that SNPhA Touro University California College of Pharmacy chapter has won the Chauncey I. Cooper Chapter of Excellence Award for the small chapter category (< 50 members) at this weekend's SNPhA National Convention 2015.

Rite Aid has generously given $5000 to our chapter for our projects after seeing our tremendous work over the year.

There are so many people to thank and credit for this award and I can't thank you both enough for your support.

I hope to thank our members via email soon.

Most sincerely,
Jessica Chen
SNPhA chapter president 2014-2015

 

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

July 21, 2015

P4 Student Jasmine Reber appointed to the ACCP National Student Network Advisory Committee

Jasmine Reber was appointed as a Member-at-Large to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) 2015-2016 National Student Network Advisory Committee.

https://www.accp.com/stunet/advisoryCommittee.aspx

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

P3 student Jessica Chen - Finalist for the JB Hills Chapter President of the Year

Jessica Chen is a finalist for the JB Hills Chapter President of the Year which “is awarded to an outstanding chapter president who exemplifies leadership inside and outside of their chapter, scholarship, and most importantly, integrity to help lead [the] organization to greater success.”

http://snpha.org/2015-chapter-president-of-the-year-candidates/


Touro University California College of Pharmacy

July 9, 2015

ACPE grants the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program with continued accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors has announced that it has granted the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program of the Touro University California College of Pharmacy continued accreditation until June 30, 2023, representing the maximum 8-year period.

 

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

June 17, 2015

Congratulations to Jessica Chen & her team - Top 3 finalists for the SNPhA/Rite Aid Chauncey I. Cooper Chapter of the Year Award

Dear student pharmacists, 

A hearty congratulations to Jessica Chen (President) and her team for being nominated as one of the Top 3 finalists for the  SNPhA/Rite Aid Chauncey I. Cooper Chapter of the Year Award

Jessica and her team will be presenting at the SNPhA National Conference on July 25, 2015 in Orlando, FL. 

Congratulations! 

Best,
Dr. Lor 
SNPhA Faculty Advisor 
____
 
Dr. Kajua B. Lor, PharmD, BCACP
 
Assistant Professor & Resident/Fellow Research Director
Touro University California College of Pharmacy, Clinical Sciences Department
Mare Island, CA
 
Residency Site Coordinator + Lead Clinical Pharmacist  
Community Health Clinic Ole, Napa, CA 94558

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

May 21, 2015

End of Year Banquet Awards & Recognitions

College of Pharmacy End of Year Banquet Awards & Recognitions

21-May-2015, Farragut Inn

 

CLASS OF 2017 (P2)

CLASS OF 2018 (P1)

Walking Encyclopedia               

John Casseday        

Atoosa Rahmanattar

Most Likely to Be Your Boss

I-Kuan Hsu

David Knight

Best Dressed
Salma Bahadarakhann
Kathy Nguyen
Unsung Hero
Vincent Largo
Andy Pham
Most Athletic
Joseph Galanto
Nicholas Alonzo
Best Personality

Franklin Gough

Katie Wang
Student of the Year

Franklin Gough

Mehek Talwar
Best T1 Professor

Dr. Nathalie Bergeron

Dr. Susan Heimer
Best T2 Professor

Dr. Shona Mookerjee

Dr. Michael Ellerby
Best T3 Professor

Dr. Bijal Shah

Dr. Keith Yoshizuka
Best T4 Professor

Dr. Laura Baumgartner

Dr. Shadi Doroudgar
Best T5 Professor

Dr. Terri Wong

Dr. Larry Cacace
Most Entertaining Professor
Dr. David Madden
Dr. David Madden
Terminator
Dr. Daniel Keppler
Dr. Karl Meszaros
Professor of the Year Dr. Laura Baumgartner Dr. Michael Ellerby

 

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

May 7, 2015

New Touro ASHP-CSHP Faculty Advisors

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Tristan Lindfelt and Dr. Melissa Kirkpatrick as the new co-faculty advisors of Touro University California College of Pharmacy's ASHP-CSHP organization.  Both will start their new advisor position on July 1, 2015.

Eric Ip, Pharm.D., BCPS, CSCS, CDE, FCSHP
Chair of Clinical Sciences Department
Associate Professor
Touro University California College of Pharmacy
Diabetes Specialist/Clinical Pharmacist
Kaiser Permanente Mountain View Clinics

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

May 4, 2015

Touro University's 2nd Annual Legislative Banquet - Success

Thursday's Legislative Banquet was another example of how our students can put together a quality interprofessional event. 

California Medical Association / American Medical Association, Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California, TUC School of Nursing, California Society of Health-System Pharmacists / American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, Student National Pharmacists Association, California Pharmacists Association / American Pharmacists Association, and the Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians all collaborated to make this a success.

We would like to especially thank Senior Provost Shelley Berkley, Provost Dr. Marilyn Hopkins, Dean Rae Matsumoto, Dr. Keith Yoshizuka, Andrea Garcia, and Golnoush Golshan for their support and leadership.

Main speakers (in order):

  • Provost Dr. Marilyn Hopkins
  • Vice Mayor Jesus Malgapo
  • Danny Bernardini, Field Representative for Senator Lois Wolk
  • Tyson Moore, Field Representative for Assembly member Susan Bonilla
  • Dr. Keith Yoshizuka, Assistant Dean of COP Administration
  • Senior Provost Shelley Berkley

Roundtable speakers:

  • AMCP – Drs. Marshal Abdullah, Robert Chan
  • CMA – Eduard Martinez
  • CPhA – Dr. Michael Conner, Brian Warren, and Megan Maddox
  • CSHP – Dr. Kethen So
  • Board of Pharmacy – Virginia Herold
  • Touro University – Drs. Ann Stoltz, Patricia Shane, Lucinda Chan, and Adrian Wong 
  • Phi Lambda Sigma – Jasmine Reber (P3 Student Pharmacist)
  • SAACOFP – Jeremy Mosher (OMS I)

Students involved in the Legislative Dinner Planning Committee

  • Amritha Parthasarathy, Chair for AMA/CMA/SCMS
  • Katrina Zywiec, Chapter President for AMCP
  • Leo Cheung, President Elect for VP for AMCP
  • Sheila Shayan, Chapter VP for AMCP
  • Tony Nguyen, Chapter President for APhA/CPhA
  • Katherine Tran, President Elect for APhA/CPhA
  • Sandra Lertpaichaiyon, Board of Director Representative for CPhA
  • Anu Adebayo, Grassroots Committee member for CPhA
  • Punam Patel, Chapter President for CSHP
  • Alex Cullum,  President-elect for CSHP
  • Farris Serio, Chapter President for OPSC
  • Jessica Chen, President for SNPhA
  • Kathy Nguyen, Chapter President Elect for SNPhA
  • Ravi Shah, SNPhA Legislative Chair
  • Stefanie Navarro, SNPhA Legislative Chair Elect
  • Vincent Largo, COP VP of Archives 
  • Lana Dongses, COP Board of Finance
  • Brian Louie, I-Kuan Hsu, Melissa Lau, Jenny Nguyen, Lily Chen for Media & Photography
  • Volunteers: Roger Tanioka, Andrew Ray, Eric Hsieh, Sylvia Wojdyla, Jamie Russell

Thank you to all who attended from the College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Education and Health Sciences, Public Health and visiting pharmacy schools. We look forward to working with everyone for the following year.

--TUCA Legislation Team

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

April 29, 2015

Touro Contributes to Nepal Disaster Relief

Dear Touro Family,

The Administration, Faculty, and Staff of the Touro College and University System mourn together with those who have lost friends and family to the devastating earthquake in Nepal. As an educational community with students hailing from Nepal, this tragedy feels close to home for all of us at Touro. Our hopes and prayers are with those who are now tasked with rebuilding their homes and lives in the aftermath of this disaster.

To support those efforts, the Touro College and University System intends to make a charitable donation to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. This contribution will help advance the emergency relief efforts in Nepal and we encourage everyone in our community to make contributions to the verified disaster relief charity of his or her choice. Together, we can make a substantial impact on the recovery effort.

Sincerely,

Dr. Alan Kadish
President & CEO
Touro College & University System

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

April 28, 2015

Mare Island Hospital Flagpole Dedication 2015

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I would like to invite you to a very special campus event where we will celebrate the restoration of the flag pole in front of the Historic Mare Island (MI) Hospital and once again Raise the Flag on Mare Island!

Thanks to generous donations from our own students, employees and community supporters, we have raised the funds to restore this symbol of American pride. We will meet on the lawn in front of the MI Hospital (H-1) on Friday May 22, 2015 from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon.

There will be a special presentation by the Hon. Mike Thompson, representing the Fifth Congressional District.

The National Anthem will be sung by U. S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Steven Powell, music will be provided by the U.S. Army Military Band, and we will have the flag presented by a U.S. Navy Color Guard.

Light refreshments will be available and our guests do not need a permit or pass to park a vehicle on campus during the event. Please call 8-5205 if you need directions or special assistance. I hope to see you there as we Raise the Flag!

Sincerely,

Marilyn Hopkins, Ph.D., R. N.
Provost and COO
Touro University California

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

April 22, 2015

Announcing Winners of the National SNPhA Clinical Skills Competition

Congratulations to all students who participated in the National SNPhA Clinical Skills Competition.

Special thanks to Drs. Clipper Young, Nada Abou-Karam (judges) and Ms. Alisa Danyeur (patient).

Results:

1st place: Annie Tran (P3) & Amanda Do (P3) 2nd place: Punam Patel (P2) & Jeffrey Shu (P2) 3rd place: Catherine Chang (P3) & Yun Chen Ding (P3)

Best of luck at the National Meeting in Florida!

Warmest Regards,

Dr. Lor

____

Dr. Kajua Betsy Lor, PharmD, BCACP

Resident/Fellow Research Director + Assistant Professor - Clinical Sciences Department Touro University California College of Pharmacy Mare Island, 1310 Club Drive, H-84 Rm 105, Vallejo, CA 94592
 
Residency Site Coordinator + Lead Clinical Pharmacist Community Health Clinic Ole
1141 Pear Tree Lane, Ste 100, Napa, CA 94558
 

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

April 17, 2015

Touro University California College of Pharmacy selected to host the 8th Annual Western Regional Managed Care Student Conference

Hi Touro Students!

We are excited to announce Touro University was selected to host the 8th Annual Western Regional Managed Care Student Conference and the AMCP board would like to cordially invite you to come and represent our great university! We are hosting it at the Napa Valley Hotel and Spa on June 28th-29th.

The focus will be Evidence Based Medicine so we will be discussing topics such as P&T committees, Health Outcomes Research, Pharmacoeconomics, Clinical Trials, and Critical Appraisal of evidence. Healthcare is very fast pace and they say that half of what we learn will be outdated by the time we graduate. The goal of this conference will be to equip you with the tools you need to effectively analyze the new evidence as it comes out so you can make the best decisions for your patients. There will also be a residency/fellowship roundtable, an information exchange portion, as well as different presentations to choose from. 

There will be various representatives from companies such as Amgen, Novartis, Genentech, Sutter Health, Optum Rx, HealthNet, Kaiser, Blue Shield and many more. This is an amazing networking opportunity to make connections that could lead to future rotations, residencies, or careers. There will also be attendees from 29 different universities along the West Coast so it will be a great opportunity to meet new friends and colleagues. 

There will be great group room rates, meals provided, and a low registration fee of $75. We are also looking to plan a wine tour since the wine train stops at the hotel and shuttles into downtown Napa will be coordinated. There are also discounted spa packages for the guests!

Please spread the word among your classmates and make sure to join us in sunny Napa for this exciting event! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: katrina.zywiec@tu.edu.

Link to Register: http://amcpwc2015.weebly.com/

Spots are limited so register soon! 

Also, due to high NASCAR traffic that weekend we highly recommend getting a room!

Link for room reservation: https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=13858665

Questions? Contact Katrina Zywiec at katrina.zywiec@tu.edu.

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

April 16, 2015

April 20, 2015 - ISPOR/SCCP 3rd Annual Research Workshop

Farragut Inn Ballroom, 4:30-6:30pm

For more information, contact I-Kuan Hsu (PharmD Candidate, 2017) at ikuan.hsu@tu.edu

Student hosts: Joseph Galanto, ISPOR President Touro Chapter; I-Kuan Hsu, ACCP President Touro Chapter

Agenda:

  • 4:30pm - Registration
  • 4:50pm - Reception: Food and Seating
  • 5:00pm - Introduction to Presenters' Research
  • 5:10pm - Round Table: First Rotation
  • 5:30pm - Round Table: Second Rotation
  • 5:50pm - Round Table: Third Rotation
  • 6:10pm - Panel Style Questions and Answers
  • 6:30pm - Ending Statements

Speakers

ISPOR Board

ACCP Board

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

April 6, 2015

Recent Touro University California College of Pharmacy faculty publications

Congratulations to the following Track 3 and 4 faculty for their recent publications in peer-reviewed journals this past month!  This is the 4th AJPE publication by Touro California College of Pharmacy since December 2014 as well!

1.  Lor KB, Moua S, Ip EJ. Frequency and perceptions of herbal medicine use among Hmong Americans: a cross sectional survey. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Mar 18 [Epub ahead of print]

2.  Malcolm B, Yoshizuka K, Perry P.  Marijuana and Pharmacy Practice: A Call for Action.   Journal of California of Health-System Pharmacy. 2014; 26(5):139-145.

3.  Lor KB, Truong JT, Ip EJ, Barnett MJ. A Randomized Prospective Study on Outcomes of an Empathy Intervention among Second-year Student Pharmacists. Am J Pharm Educ. 2015; 79(2):18.

Eric Ip, Pharm.D., BCPS, CSCS, CDE, FCSHP
Chair of Clinical Sciences Department
Associate Professor
Touro University California College of Pharmacy
Diabetes Specialist/Clinical Pharmacist
Kaiser Permanente Mountain View Clinics

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

March 30, 2015

Congratulations to Punam Patel (PharmD candidate 2017) and Jasmine Reber (Pharm.D., Masters of Public Health Candidate 2016) - winners of the 2014-2015 recipient of the ASHP Student Leadership Award!

On behalf of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the ASHP Research and Education Foundation, congratulations on being selected as a 2014-2015 recipient of the ASHP Student Leadership Award! Because of your interest in health-system pharmacy and demonstrated leadership, you have been identified as a student who represents the very best attributes and accomplishments of ASHP student members. The selection process was rigorous and competitive. We commend you for being among the twelve recipients selected from a pool of highly qualified applicants from across the country. We are proud to present you with the following award package:

(1) Plaque

(2) $2,000 cash award provided by the ASHP Research and Education Foundation

(3) Drug information library consisting of the following publications (total value over $1000!)

This honor is an investment in your career as well as the profession's future.  You will be recognized throughout the year via many different ASHP and ASHP Foundation communications, including newsletters, e-mails, and the Web. 

Again, congratulations on your many accomplishments and being named a recipient of a 2013-2014 ASHP Student Leadership Award.  We hope that you will continue to be involved with ASHP and the ASHP Foundation throughout your time in school and following graduation.

Best Regards,

Diana L. Dabdub
Director, Pharmacy Student Forum (ASHP)
 
Stephen J. Allen, M.S., FASHP
Chief Executive Officer
ASHP Research and Education Foundation

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

March 25, 2015

Driving Simulator Study -- Request for Participants

Do you have a driver's license?  Have you ever wanted to drive on a driving simulator?  Did you know we have a driving simulator at Touro University on Mare Island?

Driving simulator

We have three opportunities for you to experience our driving simulator.

Opportunity #1

To evaluate the effects of common prescription medications on driving.    

For those 60 years and older.  The study will only take 2-3 hours of your time.  We will conduct a few assessments and use the STISIM Drive simulator.  Upon completion you will receive a $25 gift card.

Opportunity #2a

To investigate the effects of regular cannabis use on driving performance.

For those who are at least 44 years old and chronically use any form of THC or marijuana products.  This study will only take 2-3 hours of your time.  We will conduct a few assessments, standardized field sobriety test, use the STISIM Drive simulator, and take a sample of your blood.  Upon completion, you will receive a $50 gift card.

Opportunity #2b

To investigate the effects of regular cannabis use on driving performance.

For those who are at least 44 years old but do not use marijuana products, an opportunity to drive our STISIM Drive simulator as a control for the study.  The study will take 2-3 hours of your time.  We will conduct a few assessments, standardized field sobriety test, and use the STISIM Drive.  After completing this study, you will receive a $25 gift card.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact us at: (707) 638-5934 or via email.  Opportunity #1 - HannahMae.Chuang@tu.edu.  Opportunity #2 - Kimberly.Bohnert@tu.edu .

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

March 23, 2015

Student testimonials video by Roger Tanioka, I-Kuan Hsu (PharmD, Class of 2017) & Kathy Nguyen (PharmD, Class of 2018) now online

Touro University California College of Pharmacy 

Student testimonials, March 2015



Directed by: Roger Tanioka (PharmD, Class of 2017).  Edited by: I-Kuan Hsu (PharmD, Class of 2017).  Video footage courtesy: Kathy Nguyen (PharmD, Class of 2018).  Music by Michael Relaxdaily (https://soundcloud.com/relaxdaily)

 

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

March 13, 2015

Congratulations to the Student Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)!

The Student Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) has been selected to be the top 8 Colleges of Pharmacy in the nation to compete in the finals.  This is an exceptional achievement considering Touro is a new College and this is only our fourth time entering the competition. 

AMCP

(Left to right):  Jin Yun, PharmD (judge), Henry Lo (team), Terry Pang (team), Jeffrey Shu (team), Vinson Lee, PharmD (judge), Jackie Ho (team), Doug Hilbloom, PharmD (judge), Lucinda Chan, PharmD (chapter advisor), Katrina Zywiec (Chapter President).

AMCP Foundation National P&T Competition

Congratulations to all teams who competed in the AMCP Foundation P&T Competition.  This was a very challenging competition especially with the newly added components around comparative effectiveness research.  A complete list of the top 8 finalist teams are listed below:

  • Lipscomb University
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers University
  • Touro University – California
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of California San Francisco
  • University Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Minnesota

The top 8 teams will compete in San Diego on Thursday, April 9 (11:45am - 4:00pm).  The top three teams will be announced at the Student Pharmacist Awards Ceremony, Friday, April 10, 11:30am - 12:30pm

 
Lucinda Chan, PharmD
Director of Experiential Education
Assistant Professor Pharmacy Practice
Touro University California
College of Pharmacy
1310 Club Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94592
lucinda.chan@tu.edu

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

March 13, 2015

Hello everyone, 

Here are the Script Your Future (SYF) Medication Adherence Challenge Results from January/February 2015. 

Overall Results: Our Team reached a total of 10,330 persons through 8 community events and 6 partnerships with organizations across Northern California. We increased the number of patients reached by 3.8-fold from 2,687 in 2014 to 10,330 in 2015 and distributed over 2,078 wallet cards. 

P3/P4/Masters Student Outreach Competition Results 

  • 1st Place: Katie Nguyen with 534 wallet cards distributed
  • 2nd Place: Thao Le Tran with 495 wallet cards distributed. 

Thank you to our Script Your Future Liaisons.

  1. Contra Costa Farmer’s Market: Winnie Trieu, Soha Araji, Delaram Rostami, Heidi Israel, Frezghi Haile, Elham Eftekhari, Tin Nguyen, Xuan Falah, Tim Phan, Karena Ho, Nicholas Alonzo, Michelle Kuang, Golnoush Golshan, Walid Aljayousi, Kevin Staib
  2. Eskaton Senior Living Health and Wellness: Janet Chang, I-Kuan Hsu, Cathy Liang, Kevin Ge, Vivian Li, Ariel Dunn, Karena Ho, Sepideh Garmroudi, Stephanie Hong, Henry Lo
  3. Florence Douglas Center:: Jessica Chen, Andes Wong, Binh Thai, Kathy Nguyen, Helen Chiu, Xuan Falah, Roger Tanioka, Sylvia Wojdyla, Hannah Yang, Mitchell Lienemann, Nicholas Alonzo
  4. Berkeley Suitcase Clinic: Chia Teoh, Dzung Tran-Huynh, Lucy Phan, Tim Phan, Sarah Ferrer, Monica Rhee, Karena Ho, Catherine Cho, Binh Thai, Khin Htwe, Helen Chiu
  5. Men’s Overnight Shelter: Brian Louie, Kevin Ge, Gurjit Baines, Walid Aljayousi, Tim Phan
  6. Vallejo Farmer’s Market: Stefanie Navarro, Trexie Olivar, JoAnna Souksavong, Richard Alcera
  7. Vallejo Participatory Budget Meeting: Tim Phan, Yami Mendez, Sandra Lertpaichaiyon
  8. VSPA Sacramento Tet Festival: Linda Ly, Dzung Tran-Huynh, Winnie Trieu, Tim Phan, Kalvin Lam, Nancy Pham, Tamana Ahmadi, Sarah Ferrer, Tracy Nguyen, Katie Ho
  9. Faculty/staff involvement – Drs. Eric Ip, Monica Bidwal, Melissa Kirkpatrick, Kelan Thomas, Shadi Doroudgar, Clipper Young, Terri Wong

Special thanks to the Script Your Future Student Ambassadors

  • P2 Student Ambassador & Award Writer: Timothy Phan (P2) 
  • P3/P4 Student Ambassadors: Dylan Mezzio (P4) and Huynh Nga Vo (P4)

Regardless of the national award results, I am proud of our service to the community on medication adherence. Looking forward to the Script Your Future Challenge next year. 

Best,

Dr. Kajua B. Lor, PharmD, BCACP
Assistant Professor & Resident/Fellow Research Director
Touro University California College of Pharmacy, Clinical Sciences Department
Mare Island, 1310 Club Drive, H-84 Rm 105, Vallejo, CA 94592
Residency Site Coordinator + Clinical Pharmacist  Community Health Clinic Ole
1141 Pear Tree Lane, Ste 100, Napa, CA 94558

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

March 9, 2015

Summer Research Interns from Napa Valley College

In a joint effort with the nearby Napa Valley College (NVC) Division of Sciences and the Mathematics, Engineering & Science Achievement (MESA) CA Community College Program, we are happy to announce that - for the sixth consecutive year - we will be able to offer a research internship for NVC students on our campus during summer (June and July).

The summer research internships are part of an elective course offered by NVC-MESA (BIOL-199) and are aimed at introducing students to various aspects of academic research. In the past five years, we had some very bright and motivated students perform research under the guidance of COM, COP and CEHS faculty. The students have since been enrolled in four-year programs (at UCLA, UC-Davis, Sonoma State and SFSU) and, one is part of TUC already.

This announcement serves as a call to all investigators who are interested in hosting a NVC student during summer.  If interested, please forward a short description of your research and kindly copy to Dr. Stephanie Burns, Professor and Chair of the Division of Sciences at NVC. Dr. Burns will then kindly try to match a good student with each project.

I look forward to your enthusiasm in training the next wave of young scientists in research.

Best regards,
Daniel Keppler, PhD
Associate Professor,
Department of Biological & Pharmaceutical Sciences College of Pharmacy Touro University of California
1310 Club Drive
Mare Island,
Vallejo, CA 94592

 

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

March 2, 2015

A HEARTFELT THANKS to EVERYONE for taking part in our spring Open House!!!

From the sidelines, I saw a lot of excited faces, intense conversations and wild note-taking during each of the sessions which means that YOU communicated some pretty important information.   Good stuff!!  The reception was amazing – wouldn’t have been the same without you.  Hope that you had a fun and inspiring afternoon too!

Eternally grateful, Dr. Susan Heimer

PS.  If you have photos that you’d like to share, please feel free to add your images to our  program Flickr group at: https://www.flickr.com/groups/tourouniversitycalifornia/ .  Photos added to this Flickr group will automatically appear in our Student Life: A photo essay website slideshow.

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

March 2, 2015

Shedding the Blue Light on Safety

Campus safety is of the utmost importance to the Touro University California campus. For this reason, I am pleased to announce the introduction of 10 Blue Light Emergency Phone Towers placed throughout the campus. The phone towers and stations are strategically located to be easily accessible, with the majority of the phones located in parking lots, stairways and sidewalks. (See TAP-Map locations.)

Each of the phones, created by the Talk-A-Phone company, features one button use and dials directly to our campus security for an immediate response.  (See Call Box Photo attached.) To make a call, simply push the red button, which will activate a flashing blue strobe light. It is not necessary to hold the button to continue talking. You will immediately be connected to an on-duty campus security officer. Inform the officer of your situation and what assistance you need. There are small red lights on the call box that indicate your was call placed, received, and help is on the way. (The Blue Light Phones cannot be used to call 911 or other outside numbers.)

Touro University California strives to provide a safe environment for students, staff, and faculty. We are dedicated to providing the safest working and learning environment possible. Please review the map now so you are familiar with the locations of the Blue Light Emergency Phone Towers.

Marilyn Hopkins, Ph.D.
Provost and Chief Operating Officer
Touro University California
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
(707) 638-5276
marilyn.hopkins@tu.edu
 

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

February 8, 2015 

Announcement! - Annual Touro Pharmacy Alliance Auction

Hello Everyone,

The annual TPA Auction is coming up soon!

When:

Monday March 30th in LH 170 @ 12-1pm

Thursday April 2nd in LH 170 @ 12-1pm

It’s once again time for the annual TPA Auction!! All of the money raised from donations to the TPA Auction will go back to the Touro Pharmacy Alliance to help all TPA organizations & clinics/projects to pay for clinic supplies, and outreach events for 2015-2016. This money is invaluable to the outreach provided by Touro COP organizations.  We would like to ask for your generous support in this event.

Some ideas for donations include (but not limited to):  wine tasting trips, weekend outings, meals, dance/singing/golf/cooking lessons, coffee/food deliveries, gift cards, vouchers, baked goods, coffee/tea sets, food baskets, collectible items, DIY items, wines, and whatever you want to donate!

Donations are not limited to these, be creative and fun!

Please donate anything from giftcards, wine tasting to cooking dinner. The possibilities are endless!!! The DEADLINE for student donation submissions will be FRIDAY, 3/20/2015.  

Please click on the link to donate à TPA Auction Donations

If you have any questions, or would like to help out our TPA Auction Committee in getting donations, please contact: jason.gonzaga@tu.edu  

TPA would like to thank you for your support and many opportunities to serve our community as a result of your generosity.

Disclaimer: This event is organized and funded by Touro University students not Touro University itself. Food items that are donated and sold, unless specifically stated, are not kosher.

Sincerely,

TPA Auction Committee

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

February 8, 2015

Start Off the New Semester with ACCP/SCCP!

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE ACCP RESIDENCY TALK

  • WHAT: Learn about what a residency is, why you should do a residency, how to prepare, and what skills are important to have in your toolkit.
    • Keynote speaker Dr. Dan Ford, the residency program director for NorthBay Healthcare in Fairfield, CA will be speaking about his experiences as a program director and as a resident.
    • Student Speaker Sebastian Al-Saiegh (P3), personal experience and tips on how to be an upstanding resident candidate.
    • A FREE BBQ-themed dinner will be provided.
    • Note: Food will only be provided to the first 60 students that sign-up.
  • WHERE:   Lander Hall A
  • WHEN: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 4:30-7:00 PM
  • WHO: ALL Touro pharmacy students are welcome.
  • Please sign up - ACCP/SCCP Residency Talk
  • Questions?  Email ikuan.hsu@tu.edu

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

February 5, 2015

Touro University California College of Pharmacy Spring Open House!  Friday, February 27, 2015 

COP Open House - February 27, 2015

Come and learn more about pharmacy, our innovative 2+2 PharmD curriculum, and the TUC Student experience.

College of Pharmacy would like to invite prospective students, faculty advisors, and applicants accepted into the program to join us on Friday, February 27, from 12:00* to 3:45 pm for our spring Open House. 

 

 

Registration Check-in - 12:00-12:45

Campus Tours.  12:00-3:00pm.  Guided by PharmD Students.

Pick-a-Panel Discussion.  12:45-3:00pm.  Events repeat every 30 minutes. 

  • Applying to Pharmacy School.  We know it’s on your mind.  So, here is a session specifically designed to cover the academic requirements for admission, resources useful in applying to pharmacy schools, how to set about letters of recommendation, the value of shadowing a pharmacist, the impact of community service, and how to approach interview day.  This event will provide helpful insights that you can use to polish your pharmacy school applications and perhaps even sooth pre-interview jitters. You can prepare by reviewing our admissions requirements and bringing your list of questions. 
  • The TUC Student Experience. Hear about our 2+2 curriculum directly from TUC Pharmacy students and learn what they like about it.  They will explain the organization of the didactic training, how small group activities are used, what are introductory and advance pharmacy practice experiences, describe the opportunities available for interprofessional development, what to expect as a new student, and how to adapt to this new setting.  This group is Pop-Quiz-Ready, so ask away!
  • Reaching Up and Out – Rotations * Find out why TUC Pharmacy students are winning clinical skills, patient-counseling, and knowledge bowl competitions. Rotating students describe the opportunities available to you in our advance pharmacy practice curriculum.  Discover what they are learning on rotations, the difference between community, clinical, acute care, and ambulatory care settings, the nature of preceptor and faculty advisor relationships, and how these experiences are impacting their professional development.  This is your chance to find out what advanced Pharmacy students value most about an additional year of rotations.
  • You’re in – Getting ready for IPPEs *  When do I start practicing?  Straight away!  Learn about our pharmacy practice center on campus and introductory pharmacy practical experiences.  Oh say - you’re gonna need a pharmacy intern license and some certificates.  In this session, we will give you an overview of things to expect during orientation and throughout the fall semester as you put on your new white coat.
  •  Scripting your future with a PharmD * Looking to explore the breadth of opportunities within the field of pharmacy - this is your session!  This eclectic panel will share their interests, scope of practice, and how they got from pharmacy school to where they are today. You’ll learn about residencies or fellowships AND if they are right for you, successful strategies for landing that first job, and how TUC alumni are using their degrees. This is an excellent opportunity to tap into the experiences of our TUC colleagues as you begin making plans for the future.

Info Booths.  2:30-3:45pm

  • Admissions
  • Financial Aid
  • MPH and MS-MHS program
  • Student Organizations and more

Open House Reception.  3:00-3:45pm.  Light refreshments with Faculty, Residents, and Students.

*Useful for accepted candidates - all are welcome.

Questions about this event may be directed to admit@tu.edu.  We look forward to meeting you!

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

February 3, 2015

AMCP 2015 Chapter Leadership Academy

Katrina Zywiec selected to present at AMCP 2015 Leadership Academy

Congratulations Katrina Zywiec (P2)! for being selected to present at the AMCP 2015 Chapter Leadership Academy roundtable session.  Touro University California has been asked to present 4 times out of 4 years.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 2-6:30pm, San Diego, California

Great Job!

Dr. Lucinda Chan
Director of Experiential Education
Touro University California College of Pharmacy
 

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

February 2, 2015

14th Annual Research Day, 1st Call for Abstracts, April 6th deadline

14th Annual Research Day

Touro's Annual Research Day has become a campus tradition that provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to share their research efforts with the campus community and local guests. The program encourages the development of joint research projects and increases the student body awareness of the quality and range of research conducted at TUC.  The 14th edition of the event will take place on April 29th.Deadline for abstracts: April 6th.

Alejandro Gugliucci, MD, PhD
Director of Sponsored Programs
Professor and Associate Dean for Research, COM
Touro University-California
Email: alejandro.gugliucci@tu.edu

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

January 28, 2015

Three new AJPE (American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education) manuscripts published today!

Colleagues,

Touro University California College of Pharmacy just had 3 new AJPE (American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education) manuscripts published today!  The topics ranged from IPE to our new physical exam course implementation to the use of the flipped curriculum in teaching cardiac arrhythmias.

1.  David Benjamin Lash, Mitchell J. Barnett, Nirali Parekh, Anita Shieh, Maggie C. Louie, and Terrill T-L. Tang (2014). Perceived Benefits and Challenges of Interprofessional Education Based on a Multidisciplinary Faculty Member Survey. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education: Volume 78, Issue 10, Article 180.

2.  Jackie Ho, Monica K. Bidwal, Ingrid C. Lopes, Bijal M. Shah, and Eric J. Ip (2014). Implementation of an Accelerated Physical Examination Course in a Doctor of Pharmacy Program. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education: Volume 78, Issue 10, Article 182.

3.  Terri H. Wong, Eric J. Ip, Ingrid Lopes, and Vanishree Rajagopalan (2014). Pharmacy Students’ Performance and Perceptions in a Flipped Teaching Pilot on Cardiac Arrhythmias. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education: Volume 78, Issue 10, Article 185.

Full articles can be retrieved at:  http://www.ajpe.org/

Please join me in congratulating the authors above for their hard work!  Definitely a great way to highlight the unique and innovative aspects of our curriculum.  Hopefully many more to come!

Eric Ip, Pharm.D., BCPS, CSCS, CDE, FCSHP
Associate Professor and Chair, Clinical Sciences Department

Touro University California College of Pharmacy
Diabetes Specialist/Clinical Pharmacist
Kaiser Permanente Mountain View Clinics

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

January 22, 2015

Congratulations Leila Inting - Winner of the Touro University APhA-ASP Patient Counseling Competition 2015

I am pleased to announce the winner of the local Touro University APhA-ASP Patient Counseling Competition 2015 is P3 Leila Inting! I would also like to congratulate P3 Aleyna Fong as the runner-up and P4 James Tanedo achieving 3rd place.

A thanks to all competitors for participating including two P1 students. All competitors will be receiving a prize from APhA as well so stay tuned.

I would like to thank Drs. Monica Bidwal and Brigette Lofholm for judging the competition, Dr. Sasaki-Hill for supporting the students, and Ms. Alisa Danyeur for being our patient again this year. Lastly, I would like to thank Tony Nguyen, Janet Chang, and Gloria Lee for ensuring the competition ran smoothly. 

Adrian Jason Palisoc, Pharm.D., BCPS
Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences
Touro University California College of Pharmacy
Clinical Pharmacist
Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center
Alameda Health System- Highland Campus

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

January 8, 2015

Seeking participants (21+)  for a study investigating the effects of valerian on driving performance.  This study will be conducted by Dr. Kelan Thomas and colleagues at Touro University California.  The study involves two separate 2-3 hour sessions using the STISIM driving simulator.  IRB Approval Date: 12/6/2014.  IRB study number: P-2514.  For more information, please contact Ms. Joanne Canedo (M.S. Medical Health Sciences, Class of 2015) at joanne.canedo@tu.edu.

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

January 7, 2015

Congratulations to Touro University California faculty, Drs. Daniel Keppler and Athena W. Lin!

Cervical Cancer

Touro University California faculty, Drs. Daniel Keppler and Athena W. Lin, edit a 400-page book on Cervical Cancer for Springer/Humana Press.

 

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

January 6, 2015

Congratulations to Track 4 faculty Dr. Monica Donnelley!

Congratulations to Track 4 faculty Dr. Monica Donnelley for recently passing the American Academy of HIV Medicine Pharmacist Exam.  She is now AAHIVP certified!

Eric Ip, Pharm.D., BCPS, CSCS, CDE, FCSHP
Associate Professor & Chair, Pharmacy Practice Department
Touro University California College of Pharmacy

 


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July 30, 2015

Message from the Dean

The College of Pharmacy is pleased to welcome Dr. Gordon McCarter and Dr. Clipper Young in their new roles in the Office of Pharmacy Student Services. The Office of Pharmacy Student Services provides support and assistance to pharmacy students, working in a closely coordinated manner with faculty and staff in the College of Pharmacy and the University Office of Student Services.

Dr. Gordon McCarter is the Interim Assistant Dean of Pharmacy Student Services. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley and is one of the founding faculty in the College. Dr. McCarter has contributed to the Biological Sciences Track in the College of Pharmacy for the past 10 years, and will continue to teach on a more limited basis in this area.

Dr. Clipper Young is a Pharmacy Student Development Specialist and Assistant Professor. He obtained his Pharm.D. from Touro University California  and has served as an Pharmacy Education and Administration Fellow in the Office of Pharmacy Student Services for the past two years. Dr. Young is currently completing his M.P.H. from the University of California Berkeley, and will be contributing to the teaching in Track 5.

Dr. McCarter and Dr. Young are both highly committed to the success of our students. Please join me in welcoming them to their new roles in the College of Pharmacy, and I encourage you to contact them.

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