The WesternU College of Pharmacy held its first physical assessment continuing education course on May 29-31, 2015. The 32 hour course included reading material, videos, lectures, demonstrations, hands on practice and evaluation. The course was coordinated by Hyma Gogineni and Roger Klotz and taught by an interprofessional faculty consisting of physicians, pharmacists, nurses and physician assistants.
The College of Pharmacy and the College of Dental Medicine held Commencement exercises on May 20, 2015 at the Pasadena Convention Center. TheWesternU PharmD and MSPS Class of 2015 received their diplomas from Dean Robinson and crossed the stage to be hooded by their family members. Former WesternU faculty member and now Dean at West Virginia, Dr. Patricia Chase encouraged the new graduates to be explorers and not tourists and to change the world in her rousing commencement address. Dean Friedrichsen of the College of Dental Medicine and Dean Robinson recognized President Pumerantz for his outstanding career as founder and leader of WesternU. President Pumerantz will be retiring at the end of the year and this was his last commencement as President.
Nearly 300 graduating students and their guests as well as faculty, staff and sponsors gathered at the Pasadena Convention to celebrate the commencement of the WesternU Class of 2015. Corey Edwards gave an inspiring and touching speech representing the Class of 2015 followed by an awesome slide show of highlights of the past 4 years by Jeff Dai.
Many students and faculty help recruit prospective students to WesternU through their participation in Preview Day, campus tours and presentations at local colleges and universities. The Office of University Recruitment hosted a thank you luncheon at the Vet Clinic Center Student Commons featuring delicious Mexican food. The highlight of the luncheon was a raffle of a bag of WesternU items.
The 5th Annual Indian Pharmacist Association (IPA) Comedy Night raised $25,000 for the the California Pharmacists Political Action Committee (CPh-PAC). The sold out event was held at Julio's Pizza in Artesia, supposedly the only non-Indian restaurant in the city. The event included comedians Rajiv Satyal and Amir K as well as a roving magician, Saurabh Shah, who entertained at each table. The event also included an auction emcee's by Bhavesh Desai. Also Jon Roth, CEO of CPhA, Sarah McBane, CPhA President, and Jeff Stone, State Senator and pharmacist, addressed the group.
Michael Nakamura, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy, invited me (Associate Dean Sam Shimomura) to visit Whittier Hospital Medical Center to see his new Kitcheck device that uses RFID technology to help inventory crash cart medications and other drug containing trays used throughout the hospital. By placing the tray in the blue "pizza oven", the technician can quickly see what drugs are missing, expired or recalled. I also visited with WesternU alumni, Dennis Ancheta, PharmD, Clinical Coordinator, who is the primary preceptor for WesternU students completing rotations at the hospital.
The College of Pharmacy faculty, staff, graduate students and residents held their 4th Annual Party and Potluck in Ethan Allen Park in front of the College of Pharmacy.
Masoud and Anna Rashidi are 2004 WesternU alumni who own a compounding pharmacy "Innovative Compounding Pharmacy" in Folsom, CA. They specialize in both sterile and non-sterile compounding and do not fill regular prescriptions. They are planning to do more sterile compounding and are in the process of expanding and remodeling their pharmacy to accommodate a larger volume of sterile compounding. They precept WesternU student pharmacists as well as students from Touro and California Northstate.
Tony Chou, PharmD 2009 gave a presentation on Pyschopharmacology to the CSHP Student Chapter during the Noon hour on May 8, 2015. Dr Chou completed his PharmD and residency at WesternU and has been on the faculty of Touro University and West Coast University.
WesternU faculty, alumni, students, preceptors and staff gathered in the Student Commons at WesternU for a dinner to welcome the incoming Class of 2019. After an initial welcome and introductions, most of the evenings program was planned and presented by current WesternU students. Some of the pictures in the link below were taken by student Marvin Ortiz. He also posted many more pictures on his Facebook page.