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FAMU COPPS-IPH Students Recognized at the NanoFlorida International Conference
16 Jan

FAMU COPPS-IPH Students Recognized at the NanoFlorida International Conference

In November 2019, Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health (CoPPS, IPH), attended the 2019 NanoFlorida International Conference at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. 

The NanoFlorida International Conference is a unique event that provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to learn about the futuristic applications of Nanotechnology in the clinical and basic pharmaceutical sciences. This year’s theme was “Advances in Translational Nanobiotechnology.” 

The conference provided opportunities for students to network with Florida’s leading academic institutions and the broad nanobiotechnology industry. It offers a platform for collaborative and interdisciplinary research. 

CoPPS Ph.D. students participated in the poster and oral presentations with over 200 poster presenters from various universities across the United States. FAMU CoPPS students were recognized for their exceptional research. The student poster presentation titles include,

  • “3D Printed Tumor Spheroids for Disease Modeling and Chemotherapeutic Drug Screening” by Aragaw Gebeyehu
  • “High-Throughput 3D Printing of Corneal Equivalents” by Shallu Kutlehria
  • “The Anticancer Efficacy of the Combinational Treatment of Docetaxel Loaded Pegylated Liposomes and a Tumor Stromal Disrupting Agent in Lung Cancer” by Peggy Arthur. 

“The Nanoflorida International Conference 2019 was very insightful. I had the opportunity to learn and share ideas with researchers in the field of nanotechnology and drug discovery from different research institutes across the world,” said Pharmaceutics Ph.D. candidate, Peggy Arthur. 

Pharmaceutics Ph.D. candidate, Shallu Kutlehria, said, “Graduate students must attend this conference as it is a huge platform for networking, sharing knowledge about ongoing research and challenges in drug development, and nanotechnology. It is a great opportunity to get new ideas and suggestions from peers”.

CoPPS Ph.D. students, Arthur, Kutlehria, and Gebeyehu, all received certificates of distinction and were recognized on stage for their presentations.

Trividia Donates Glucose Monitors to Assist With Student Training and Health Fairs
16 Jan

Trividia Donates Glucose Monitors to Assist With Student Training and Health Fairs

Trividia Health, Inc., an innovative company that specializes in the development of blood glucose monitors and other diagnostic devices, donated 125 glucose monitors and accompanying test strips to the Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health (CoPPS, IPH). These glucose monitors will contribute to learner training and support the free health fairs sponsored by the College.

To increase student understanding of how to effectively use glucose monitors, Gail Amato, Trividia National Account Manager, and Rhonda Lemmo, MBA, RN, CNOR, Sr. Director of Clinical Marketing, will provide an in-service at the College in February for student pharmacists registered for the Pre-APPE Readiness course. Pre-APPE Readiness is an academic course in the third professional year, which examines the feasibility of student preparedness for advanced pharmacy practice experiences.

With more than 30 years of experience in the blood glucose monitoring market, Trividia is fully committed to effective diabetes management and improved patient adherence, awareness, and compliance. Trividia’s blood glucose testing meters and strips, marketed under the TRUE METRIX® brand, have preferred contracted access to monitor more than 45 million diabetics. Additionally, the company offers a full array of sharps, including lancets, insulin syringes, and pen needles. 

The College is elated about this new partnership with Trividia says, Marlon S. Honeywell, PharmD., CoPPS executive dean, and professor. “Their vital donation and assistance with training will aid CoPPS learners with comprehension of and respect for the various complexities associated with diabetes monitoring and control.”

CoPPS-IPH Staff Member to Celebrate 23 Years of Performing at the FAMU MLK Convocation
15 Jan

CoPPS-IPH Staff Member to Celebrate 23 Years of Performing at the FAMU MLK Convocation

Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health (CoPPS, IPH) Director of Alumni Engagement, James L. Moran, Jr., will perform a rendition of “I Have a Dream” by  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the  FAMU Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation this Thursday, January 16, 2020.

This year marks the 23rd year that Dr. Moran has performed the speech for convocation. He fell upon the roll during a break backstage of a play at the FAMU Essential Theatre. During that break, Dr. Moran playfully impersonated Dr. King, and a crew member shouted, “You sound just like Dr. King! You should audition your rendition of the speech for the Marching 100 directors for convocation.” Dr. Moran followed through with that suggestion. He received an audiotape of “America the Beautiful”, performed by the Marching 100 and he practiced the MLK Jr. speech over the audio until the piece had been memorized.

In June 1996, Marching 100 directors, William P. Foster, Ed.D., and Julian White, Ph.D., chose Dr. Moran to perform the speech and his first performance was at convocation on January 9, 1997.

Since his first performance in 1997, Dr. Moran has performed the speech in front of government dignitaries, military personnel, at state prisons, churches, and at competitions with the Marching 100. This year, in addition to performing at convocation, Dr. Moran will deliver the speech on Friday, January 15, at the Tallahassee Branch of the NAACP, MLK Leadership Breakfast, and Trinity United Presbyterian Church of Tallahassee. On Monday, January 20, he will perform during the Tallahassee Branch of the NAACP MLK Citywide March and program, which will be held at the State Capitol.

The FAMU-CoPPS Is Empowering Learner Success on Upcoming NAPLEX® Exam
09 Jan

The FAMU-CoPPS Is Empowering Learner Success on Upcoming NAPLEX® Exam

Between May 1, 2019, and August 31, 2019, Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CoPPS) learners who took the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination® (NAPLEX®) for the first time had an 83.65 percent pass rate. This pass rate represented an increase of approximately eight percentage points over the 2018 results.

The NAPLEX® measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. The exam is developed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. It is one component used by the state boards of pharmacy for assessing a candidate’s ability to practice pharmacy.

The CoPPs has invests approximately $75 – $100K per year (depending on the class size) in resources to help P4 learners succeed on the NAPLEX.  P4 learners are required to pass the NAPLEX with 75% or better and they have up to 5 attempts to pass the exam. The College’s goal is to maintain a high percentage pass rate for first-time test-takers.

Some of the resources provided by the College before the exam include a study guide for P4 learners enrolled in Clinical Seminar and Research Methods I, II, and III courses. The learners are required to take monthly cumulative examinations per the study guide.

The College has also partnered with RxPrep. RxPrep is the leading provider of Pharmacy licensure study materials written by expert Pharmacists. The company designs, develops, and supports a desktop and mobile application for exam preparation and skill-building for healthcare professionals and universities.

From March 30, 2020, to April 2, 2020, RxPrep NAPLEX® review instructors will visit the Tallahassee campus to conduct a three-day intensive NAPLEX® licensure review session with P4 learners. This review session is from 8a-5pm, and the learners utilize their RxPrep coursebook and online access to study materials. The RxPrep instructor will present a variety of crucial exam topics with quick subject reviews, in combination with integrated patient cases. Learners will respond to case questions, and the learner’s responses will enable the instructor to assess whether more or less time is required for reach topic. Following the live review, the learners engage in a self-directed study for the remainder of the month.

After graduation, the College provides a one-time Pre-NAPLEX® voucher. The Pre-NAPLEX® prepares you for the NAPLEX testing experience as learner’s field questions similar to those they will face on the day of the test. The cost of each voucher is $65.  Learners may take the Pre-NAPLEX twice.

The College is committed to providing these invaluable resources to our learners. We are definitely excited about the return on our investment said Jocelyn D. Spates, PharmD., FAMU-CoPPS Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs. Dr. Spates serves on the University’s Licensure Pass Rate Task Force chaired by Provost Maurice Edington, Ph.D.

Currently, the NAPLEX® national average for first-time candidates is 90.59 percent; the state average is 86.96 percent.

COPPS-IPH Learner Attends the 28th Annual National Association of  African American Honors Programs Conference
06 Jan

COPPS-IPH Learner Attends the 28th Annual National Association of African American Honors Programs Conference

Second-year pharmacy learner and honors scholar, Shandia Wilson from Miami, Florida, represented the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health, by attending the 28th Annual National Association of African American Honors Programs (NAAAHP) in New Orleans, Louisiana last November. Wilson was one of 17 honors students who represented the different schools and colleges at FAMU.

NAAAHP is a national academic organization that provides honors students with opportunities to present research, network, debate, and compete each year academically at its annual conference. Students learn about leadership and service by participating in community service, cultural enrichment, and the annual career and graduate school expos. The conference brings together honors students, faculty, staff, and professionals from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, in an environment that promotes their academic accomplishments and appreciation of African American culture. Approximately 500 African American Honors students attended this year.

One of the more popular events of the conference is student research, both oral and poster board presentations. Wilson presented a poster on Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens. She won second place in the STEM oratorical research presentations.

Wilson said she was excited to share her knowledge on the topic she presented. She hopes to return to the conference next year and take 1st place. 

The FAMU SSHP Executive Council Provides Free Health Screenings at Community Health Fair
11 Dec

The FAMU SSHP Executive Council Provides Free Health Screenings at Community Health Fair

In November, the executive board of the FAMU Chapter of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacist (SSHP) took part in the 2019 Oasis Health and Fitness Expo sponsored by the Oasis Christian Center. This community event was held at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) Center for Workforce Development. This is the first year the SSHP participated in this organization’s activity.

The mission of the Oasis Health & Fitness Expo is to inform and educate the community about available health and fitness resources, to raise awareness about critical health issues and risk factors, and to encourage healthy habits through proper nutrition and exercise.

Several vendors and health care professionals attended this community outreach event.

SSHP provided health screenings, which included BMI calculations, blood press checks, and glucose readings. Other vendors offered exercise activities like Zumba, yoga, and CrossFit to participants and healthy food options.

P4 FAMU College of Pharmacy Student performing a finger prick glucose test

Other local organizations that participated in the health fair included the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tallahassee, TCC Nursing students, and the FAMU student health services, to name a few. Melissa Horenstein, Chapter FAMU- SSHP Historian, says, “This is important for the College because we pride ourselves on community outreach and volunteering. We must reach out to our nearby communities in the aspect of health and health education. Basic screenings such as the ones provided by SSHP at this event are imperative. They may have been diagnostic to many participants, especially to those that don’t have direct medical access

FAMU Holds Breast Cancer Awareness Symposium
11 Dec

FAMU Holds Breast Cancer Awareness Symposium

By: Reporter Jennifer Meyers

Breast Cancer Awareness
TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) – With the National Institutes of Health’s P-20 grant, Florida A&M University has been working diligently on cancer research, training, and minority outreach programs.

One of these outreach programs included a symposium on Wednesday. FAMU invited many cancer researchers and survivors to discuss their research and share experiences.

Some of the topics discussed involved breast cancer in the minority population.
“If you look at the minority populations, there’s more incidents of triple-negative breast cancer, or breast cancer in the minority population,” said Dr. Mandip Sachdeva, a professor and Section Leader of Pharmaceutics Activity at Florida A&M. “There’s a lot of concern by NIH and NCI to look into this.”

This is the second symposium FAMU has held using the P-20 grant funding. The ultimate goal is to reduce the breast cancer rates among the minority population.

College of Pharmacy to Host an Externship for a Leon High School Student
11 Dec

College of Pharmacy to Host an Externship for a Leon High School Student

During the fall semester, FAMU CoPPS – IPH hosted Chauncy Haynes II, a Leon High School senior, who is a part of the Leon High School Honors and Gifted Externship program.

Externship classes are offered to Leon High School’s college-bound seniors, and it provides students with a chance to experience a career field of their choice and a sense of what they want to study in college with professionals in the field.

At Leon High School, externships are open to incoming seniors who have a 3.0 GPA and have taken AP or gifted classes. The externship is offered during the student’s sixth period and only accepts a student who is responsible, self-disciplined, and highly-motivated in the program. Students are free to attend their externship Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at a minimum of 3 hours per week. For the College, this externship will provide practical, pharmacy experiences that could not be generated within the confines of a high school classroom.  

 Chauncy said he was excited about the program and learn a lot about the FAMU CoPPS. Chauncy was assigned to Dr. Marlon Honeywell, Executive Associate Dean, and Professor, to arrange and facilitate dynamic experiences in a variety of realms in the College. Over the past three months, Chauncy attended executive council and faculty meetings; participated in diverse discussions regarding the curriculum, policies, and procedures, and accreditation; visited a FAMU community pharmacy, and worked in a laboratory with Dr. Renee Reams, professor of pharmaceutical sciences and one of the primary investigators for a U-54 grant from the National Institute of Health.

As sponsors, Dean Early and Dr. Honeywell plan to attend a meet-and-greet activity with Chauncy in December at Leon County High School.

FAMU Pharmaceutical Sciences Doctoral Student Presents Research at International Conference
09 Dec

FAMU Pharmaceutical Sciences Doctoral Student Presents Research at International Conference

Michon Jackson, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Health Outcomes Research and Pharmacoeconomics graduate program and Title III Graduate Scholar (Graduate Assistant), presented her research titled, “Therapeutic Efficacy and Racial/Ethnic Representation in the Treatment of Uterine Cervical Neoplasia”, at the 7th International African-Caribbean Cancer Consortium Conference.  The research study examined how well medicine for advanced cervical cancer worked, and how often women of color were enrolled in cervical cancer trials in the United States.  The conference was held October 11-15, 2019 in Kingston Jamaica.

Presenting at conferences gives graduate students the opportunity to meet others with similar interests, to discuss their research, and learn valuable information from people working on similar programs and research in the same discipline.  This experience also allows them network and create contacts for future employment or post-doc placement.