Ellen Peters, PhD was the featured speaker for the 9th Annual Ray Symposium held on April 30, 2015 on the WesternU Campus in Pomona, CA. Dr. Peters, Professor of Psychology, Director of behavioral Decisions Making Initiative, The Ohio State University spoke on "Numeracy and health: A tyranny of numbers". The Ray Symposium is named in honor of Dr. Max Ray, Dean Emeritus of the WesternU College of Pharmacy. For information on the Ray Symposium click here.
Sterile compounding is a skill that needs to be taught in a hands on workshop. It is not enough to hear or read what to do or even see it demonstrated. A pharmacist must create new muscle memories to get the techniques right and then practice it over and over to make it a habit. The two and a half day workshop provided by the WesternU College of Pharmacy and Cerritos College gives the pharmacists plenty of time to practice their new skills. The course is taught by Ralph Casas, PharmD, PhD and Nasiba Markarem, PharmD from Cerritos College and the law portion by Tony Park, PharmD, JD, WesternU law professor.
The California Geriatric Education Center (CGEC) based at UCLA held a workshop entitled "Team-based Interprofessional Competency training in Dementia Screening and Management" as a pre-conference to the CALTCM Annual Meeting held at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. After a short presentation on "Cognitive and Behavioral Disorders" by Zaldy Tan,MD, MPH, the approximately 40 physicians, pharmacists, nurses and social workers split up into interprofessional teams and worked through 4 stations: Dementia Screening, Differential Diagnosis, Caregiver Stress and Management/Team Care Planning. The session ended with a presentation on "Community Support and Services" by Jennifer Schlessinger, MPH from the Alzheimer's Association and a "Taking You Competency Training Home" presentation by Zaldy Tan, MD, MPH. Sam Shimomura, PharmD served as one of the facilitators for the workshop and led the "Management/Team Care Planning" station with Leslie Everetson, NP.
UCLA is one of the major feeder universities for WesternU and most other pharmacy schools around the country. They have a very active Pre-Pharmacy Society. On Thursday, April 23, 2015 recruiter Vanessa Riggins, student pharmacist Brandon Sampson and Associate Dean Sam Shimomura gave a a presentation on skills necessary to excel on interview day by dressing professional, writing effectively and interviewing persuasively. The most fun part of the evening was the mock interviews when several UCLA students practiced their interviewing skills. The UCLA Pre-Pharmacy has posted the presentation on their website.
The 4th Annual Dr. Robert L. Austin Endowed Lectureship in Pediatric Medicine Pharmacology and Health Care Policy featured Astrid Heppenstall Heger, MD speaking on "The Vulnerable Child: A Challenge to Multi-disciplinary Pediatric Care". Dr Heger gave an inspiring, motivating and remarkable lecture on her journey of caring for abused and neglected children. She urged the audience to not just be great health care professionals but to be "remarkable". Ask your patients "How can I help?", "What do you need?" To see the video click here.
"See one, do one, teach one." One of the best ways of learning is to teach someone else how to do it. Approximately 40 physical therapy students volunteered to teach 120 first year pharmacy students about some of the tool of their professions such as wheel chairs, walkers, crutches etc. Dr Karl Hess of the College of Pharmacy worked with Physical Therapy faculty member Mary Hudson-McKinney to organized this fun interprofessional learning experience. They even provided lunch for all the students.
The latest issue (Winter, 2015) of RxBound is now available online. The theme for this issue is "Why WesternU?". Prospective students have 5 other pharmacy schools within 35 miles of WesternU to choose from (KGI Keck, Loma Linda, USC, West Coast, Chapman and Marshall B. Ketchum) as well as 5 other pharmacy schools in California. This issue describes what makes WesternU unique and better than the other pharmacy schools in the area.