When the WesternU College of Pharmacy Class of 2018 arrived on campus, they were welcomed by our digital signage. Communicating effectively with our students as well as our faculty and guests is a key priority of the WesternU College of Pharmacy. We want them to know about current and upcoming events and who is in the "house". Since 2009, the College of Pharmacy has used ePoster digital displays. Mark Goggin, Director of Operations for the College has written an excellent article on our state of the art digital signage.
My father is 93 years old and lives with my mother in their own home. A little after midnight, my father woke up and went to the bathroom and came back to bed. He complained of dizziness and a headache and he decided that my mother needed to call 911 for him. Even though the local hospital is only a few blocks away, calling 911 is the better option than trying to get someone to drive them to the hospital. If someone takes you the emergency room, there may be a long wait and lots of paperwork to fill out before you can be seen. The paramedics came quickly, assessed my father and took him to the emergency room where he was seen immediately. My sister was also called and she arrived within 45 minutes and they rushed to the emergency room to see my father. Fortunately, they ruled out serious conditions such as heart attack and stroke etc. He is now stable and feeling well. Everyone, young and old should consider creating a "Go List" in case they experience a sudden emergency requiring them to be go to the emergency room.
Think about what information the paramedics and the emergency room staff might need to help you quickly in an emergency:
1. Patient identification: driver's license, insurance cards etc.
2. List of medical conditions and issues:
a. Diseases and conditions (Including blood type, allergies, etc)
b. Disabilities such as difficulty hearing, seeing etc. Does the patient have wear contact lenses, glasses, hearing aids etc.
c. Communications issues: What languages does the patient speak? Is the patient demented or have other reasons for not being able to respond appropriately to questions.
d. Religious beliefs that may affect care (eg no transfusions).
e. Patient preferences as delineated in a durable power of attorney for health care
3. List of medications and the name and contact information of the patient's pharmacy/pharmacist
4. Name and contact information for primary physician and other healthcare professionals the patient routinely sees.
5. Names of emergency contacts such as family and friends and how to reach them. The primary caregiver should also be identified so the hospital knows who to consult about health care decisions, discharge and tp orient on post hospital care.
Have I missed any other important information to have handy? Keep a card or list with this information in a convenient place such as the patient's wallet or purse or even on a smartphone. A simple card or list will do for many people without a complicated health history but elderly and those with a more complicated situation should consider signing up for Medic Alert.
In addition, consider a "Go Bag" containing such things as a change of clothes, slippers, toiletries, medications, flashlight etc that might be needed in a sudden trip to the emergency room.
Posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FASHP
Google Glass went on sale to the public for one day on April 15, 2014. Prior to that, only select developers were invited to try Google Glass. The product is still in the beta stage of development and needs additional apps and refinement. I purchased Google Glass to see if there were potential pharmacy applications for the product in practice, education and research. My rotation student, Katie Tang, will be experimenting with ways to use Google Glass in in practice and will give her end of rotation presentation on Google Glass on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Jeff Malet filmed the unboxing of my Google Glass and prepared a press release. I received one on one training on Google Glass at Google's office in San Francisco pictured below.
RxBound, the magazine of the College of Pharmacy, won a 2014 Gold Award in the Special Constituency Magazines category, part of the CASE District VII 2014 Awards of Excellence. Silver went to Stanford Graduate School of Business and Bronze went to UC Davis School of Education. RxBound is a joint effort of the College of Pharmacy and University Advancement, published biannually for alumni, faculty, students and friends of the College of Pharmacy. The magazine is edited by Dr. Sam Shimomura, Dr. Jesse Martinez, Renee Cook and Ligaya Chan from the College of Pharmacy and Bill Burrows from University Advancement. RxBound is designed by Debra Nelson in Publications. Thanks to Dean Daniel Robinson and all the writers and photographers for their contributions. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) supports alumni relations, communications, development, and marketing professionals at educational institutions worldwide. The association provides networking, recognition, and continuing education for more than 64,000 advancement professionals at more than 3,400 colleges, universities, and independent elementary and secondary schools in more than 70 countries. Learn more about CASE here. Click here to access the RxBound archives. Written by Rodney Tanaka, Senior Communications Writer, Office of Public Affairs, WesternU
The Winter, 2014 issue of RxBound is now available online. Hard copies are available in the College of Pharmacy Administrative Office and the classrooms. Contact Ligaya Chan is you would like a hard copy at email@example.com
This issue features Dr. Areezo Campbell and her research on the effects of air pollution on the brain and Dr. Janice Hoffman and her geriatric practice and new residency. They epitomizes the theme of "Achieving Excellence".
CHSU College of Pharmacy is the first of the 7 new California pharmacy schools that have hired a Dean to receive Pre-Candidate status. CHSU located in Clovis, California (near Fresno), is scheduled to open in August, 2014. The Provost and Dean of CSHU is David Hawkins, PharmD. He was previously the founding Dean at California Northstate University. The university plans to offer a four year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and plans to admit a class of 84.
The school will be housed in a 30,000 square foot building in Clovis and will eventually move to a 100 acre campus north of Fresno with post-graduate programs in other disciplines such as podiatry and optometry. The for profit university is being privately funded by the Assemi family, owners of Granville Homes, which builds housing developments in the Fresno area. Tuition is $42,000 with about $3,000 in additional fees.
Posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FASHP
The Marshall B. Ketchum University in Fullerton has hired a Dean to start a new college of pharmacy. Robert P. Rosenow, PharmD, OD is the Founding Dean and is starting this month. He was also the Founding Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Pacific University in Forrest Grove, Oregon. He is both a pharmacist and optometrist and received his PharmD degree from the University of Pacific in Stockton and his OD from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.
The Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU) is a private, non-profit university formerly known as the Southern California College of Optometry established 110 years ago. MBKU offers a Doctor of Optometry (OD) and a Master of Science in Vision Science (MMS) and is also planning a Master of Medical Sciences (MMS) in Physical Therapy Studies (to start August, 2014) in addition to starting a College of Pharmacy (anticipated start date 2016). The College of Pharmacy is unaccredited and has not started the accreditation process as yet.
The University is named after Marshall B. Ketchum who was a medical doctor and a pharmacist and founder of the Southern California College of Optometry.
For more information, check out their web site:
Posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FASHP
Originally posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FASHP, CGP in the blog section of www.bodybalancefitness.net.
Traveling for business used to be fun, but with long lines and heighten security at airports, bad or no food on planes and a more hectic business environment, it is easy to be stressed out and fall into bad health habits on the road. What can you do to minimize the impact of frequent travel on your health and fitness? Here are some tips that help me stay healthy and enjoy my travels.
The California State Board of Pharmacy recently announced the results of the California Practice Standards and Jurisprudence Examination for Pharmacists (CPJE) from April 2013 through September 2013. The overall pass rate for the CPJE was 82.6%. The pass rate was higher for graduates from the California Schools of Pharmacy at 89.6%. WesternU had the highest CPJE pass rate, 94.7%, among the California Schools of Pharmacy. Congratulations to the WesternU Class of 2013. They also excelled in the NAPLEX examination with a 99.21% pass rate.
Posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FASHP, CGP
A meta analysis in JAMA of a dozen randomized clinical trials found a consistent association between influenza vaccine and cardiovascular events. Five of the trials were from peer-reviewed journals and in those trials, 3238 patients received a real vaccine and 95 or 2.9% went on to have a major cardiovascular event. By comparison, 3231 patients received a control and 151 or 4.7% experienced a major cardiovascular event. The researchers calculated that one death or serious CV event could be prevented by vaccinating 58 additional people.
The APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists is hosting a Flu Shot Clinic in the Patient Care Center Lobby outside of the pharmacy on October 22, 23, 24, 2013. Cost is $20 without insurance. All students and faculty should stop by and get vaccinated. Dr Shimomura wants to thank Francis Mision, PharmD Candidate 2016 for making his flu shot a painless experience. Thank you too to Dr Mirales for supervising the student pharmacists participating in the clinic. For more information about influenza vaccination follow this link to the CDC website.
Photo credit: Katherine Tang, PharmD Candidate 2015. Posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FASHP, CGP.