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College of Pharmacy says thank you, celebrates students, alumni and donors

The Washington State University College of Pharmacy hosted its annual Donor Appreciation and Awards Night on Friday, April 17, on campus at WSU Health Sciences at Spokane to honor and celebrate the individual and corporate supporters who have made significant contributions to the College in the last year.

“Without their generosity we would not be able to offer the wide range of educational opportunities for our students, including travel to professional conferences, our Career Seminar series, the best faculty anywhere, and of course, scholarship support,” said Linda Garrelts MacLean, an associate dean for the college and the event’s emcee.

Gerald Briggs, class of 1968, was … » More …

Former surgeon general to speak at pharmacy commencement

photo of richard carmonaSPOKANE, Wash. – Richard Carmona, former surgeon general of the United States, will be the keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony of the Washington State University College of Pharmacy at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Martin Woldson Theater at the FOX.

Carmona is an advocate of health literacy and prevention as effective means to improve public health and reduce healthcare costs. He served as surgeon general under President George W. Bush 2002-06, during which he issued the landmark Surgeon’s General Report about the dangers of second-hand smoke and warnings about obesity in … » More …

College of Pharmacy recognized for innovative use of technology

SPOKANE – The WSU College of Pharmacy received the Assessment Executor Award in November by testing software company Examsoft for the innovative use of their platform. The College uses the online testing platform for written tests and skills-based assessments of student pharmacists in the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

“Their innovation is admirable,” an Examsoft representative wrote in the award announcement. “In addition to standard quizzes, midterms and finals, the team delivers various assessments types including communication and clinical counseling assignments, clinical experience exams, and have recently begun using Rubrics to grade written assignments.”

Examsoft is an assessment, management and analysis solutions company that specializes in … » More …

Former FDA administrator to speak at College of Pharmacy commencement

photo of susan wincklerSPOKANE – The former chief of staff for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – who is now president of the nonprofit Food and Drug Law Institute in Washington, D.C. – will be the keynote speaker on Thursday at the commencement ceremony of the WSU College of Pharmacy.

Susan C. Winckler also will meet earlier that day with interested university faculty on WSU’s health sciences campus in Spokane to talk about emerging trends in the way in which health care providers are paid for professional services.

The new trends are the result of … » More …

Walgreens Donation Helps Support New College of Pharmacy Facility on Spokane Campus

$500,000 donation creates multi-disciplinary learning environment, furthers collaboration on future curriculum development and outcomes studies

Photo from walgreens openhouse

SPOKANE – A $500,000 donation from Walgreens will provide the funding for a new inter-professional auditorium and learning environment at the new Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences building at Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy, Dean Gary M. Pollack announced Dec. 4, 2013

The donation, which furthers the collaboration between Walgreens and the University, will also provide a foundation for future partnership opportunities to develop future curriculum and outcomes studies.  … » More …

HSSA awards $1.965 million to WSU College of Pharmacy

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Health Sciences and Services Authority  of Spokane County has awarded its single largest grant to date for $1.965 million to the WSU College of Pharmacy in Spokane.

The grant will match WSU start-up recruitment packages for three research-active faculty and complete the build-out of core research laboratory infrastructure for the newly opened Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building on the Spokane campus.

“We are quite pleased to announce this significant grant to WSU to continue to bring highly qualified researchers to Spokane and complete the research laboratory equipment needs of the new Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building,” said Nancy Isserlis, HSSA Board … » More …

New building to be named for pharmacy, medicine

SPOKANE, Wash. – The new building under construction on the Washington State University campus in Spokane has been renamed the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences building to reflect that it will be home to the Medical Education program and the College of Pharmacy.
“Although the building will house educational programs for both medicine and pharmacy, its primary value is as a research facility,” said Gary M. Pollack, dean of the College of Pharmacy. “The phrase ‘pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences’ best describes the nature of the work that will be conducted in this new building.” The building has been referred to as the Biomedical and Health … » More …

WSU faculty, students participate in active shooter exercise at Valley Mall

SPOKANE, Wash. – Pharmacy professors and students from Washington State University recently trained with Spokane Valley emergency response teams at a large shopping mall and provided teams with a high-fidelity manikin victim.

The mock incident at the Spokane Valley Mall involved two shooters inside the mall, hundreds of innocent people and a few casualties. It was staged between midnight and 8 a.m. on a weekend.

The three professors and two students used the manikin to stage a victim hit by bullets and bleeding.  The manikin “victim” was a male in his early 20s who was then evaluated by emergency responders, carried out of the mall … » More …

U.S. Assistant Surgeon General to Speak at Pharmacy Commencement

photo of scott gibersonSPOKANE, Wash. – A U.S. assistant surgeon general and licensed pharmacist will be the keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony of the Washington State University College of Pharmacy on May 2.

Rear Admiral Scott F. Giberson is the director of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and its more than 6,500 public health professionals of all disciplines. This includes responsibility for recruitment, retention, career management, training, readiness, deployment, policy development, comprehensive force management, and retirement.

Giberson also is the chief professional officer for the pharmacy category of the Corps and advises the … » More …

High School Juniors to visit WSU Health Sciences Programs in Spokane

SPOKANE – Health Sciences programs at WSU in Spokane will be hosting their first spring student recruitment fair for high school juniors on April 26.

They have teamed up with WSU’s “Preview for Juniors” held every spring on the Pullman campus, meaning attendees can pre-register for one or both events.

Prospective students and their parents will be able to visit the Spokane campus on a Friday afternoon and then travel to Pullman for the Saturday event.

The event begins at 1 p.m. with an academic fair with staffed tables, exhibits and handouts, followed by a formal, 15-minute welcome. After the welcome, participants will select a … » More …