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Dean Johnnie L. Early II named an ASHP Honorary Member
04 May

Dean Johnnie L. Early II named an ASHP Honorary Member

The American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) officials announced that Dr. Johnnie L. Early II, R.Ph., Ph.D., Fellow NPhA, Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Institute of Public Health, was selected to receive the 2021 ASHP Board of Directors’ Honorary Membership Award.

The Honorary Membership Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to pharmacy practice. Honorary members are elected for life by unanimous vote of the ASHP Board of Directors.

Read more about the remarkable honor on the ASHP offical announcement page

Florida Blue Awards $15,000 Grant to CoPPS, IPH Learners
27 Apr

Florida Blue Awards $15,000 Grant to CoPPS, IPH Learners

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida Blue has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health (CoPPS, IPH). The purpose of this grant is to allow CoPPS, IPH P1 and P2 learners the opportunity to take the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA), which is a comprehensive tool developed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to provide an independent, objective, and external measure of student performance in United States pharmacy curricula.

“Pharmacists are an important personal link between people and their doctors,” said Cynthia Griffin, PharmD, CHIE, Florida Blue Vice President, Medicare Pharmacy Programs. “Supporting FAMU students as they prepare for the rigorous board exam will help provide much-needed pharmacists in more neighborhoods. That is one of many ways Florida Blue can live our mission of helping people and communities achieve better health.”

The PCOA is provided at no cost for students nearing the completion of their didactic curriculum (P3 year) where they are required. The assessment fee per individual in other curriculum years is $75. The PCOA may help evaluate if a school’s curriculum is meeting the desired outcomes of its Doctor of Pharmacy program.

“The PCOA is a key step in measuring our learner’s success with our pharmacy curriculum and provides them with two (2) exposures to PCOA. One to gain familiarity and the second as a College funded requirement. It is part of qualifying to progress to direct care of patients in the fourth and final year of the curriculum,” said CoPPS, IPH Dean Johnnie L. Early, II, Ph.D. “This grant, provided by Florida Blue, will continue to keep our learners at the leading edge of success. We are grateful for our partners at Florida Blue and their support of our continuing efforts to maximize learning and performance.”

Ideally, the repeated exposure to the PCOA will give learners the confidence and additional preparation needed in order to be successful and to exceed expectations when they complete the exam during their third year of study.

Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, has been providing health insurance to residents of Florida for more than 75 years. Driven by its mission of helping people and communities achieve better health, the company serves more than 5 million health care members across the state. In total, Florida Blue and its affiliated companies serve more than 28 million people in 45 states. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Spring 2021 Commencement
25 Mar

Spring 2021 Commencement

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Florida A&M University will host in-person ceremonies for its spring 2021 commencement. Commencement ceremonies will begin on Friday, April 23rd, and go through Sunday, April 25th. The safety of our parents, faculty, staff, and students is our top priority. Therefore, CDC guidelines will be observed for all Commencement ceremonies.

We look forward to celebrating this milestone achievement with all of our spring 2021 graduates.

These ceremonies will celebrate only spring 2021 graduates. The University will host an in-person ceremony for all 2020 graduates this summer.  

Commencement for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health will be Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 9:30 am.

CoPPS, IPH Announces the Donna Dawkins-Baytop, M.D. Endowed Scholarship
23 Mar

CoPPS, IPH Announces the Donna Dawkins-Baytop, M.D. Endowed Scholarship

Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health (CoPPS, IPH), announces the creation of the Donna Dawkins-Baytop, M.D. Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship will be first awarded by a real-time gift in fall 2021 to a student pharmacist that demonstrates high academic achievement while exhibiting leadership in their class.

“This endowed scholarship is a statement to Dr. Baytop’s commitment to bettering the lives of future generations of pharmacy and public health learners. This gift will have a notable and lasting impact on our learners and the College for generations to come. The College is both honored for and gratified by this generous gift,” says CoPPS, IPH Dean Johnnie L. Early II, Ph.D., RPh, Fellow NPhA.

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Baytop is an alumna of the formerly named FAMU School of Pharmacy, completing her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. She later earned a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Florida, College of Medicine.  

Dr. Baytop culminated her career serving as the Regional Medical Director of Solar Turbines at A Caterpillar Company for thirty-four years. During her time there, she developed innovative and impactful global health strategies and preventive health and wellness programs and initiatives. She responded to emergency medical needs for 9,000 Solar Turbines employees worldwide.

The scholarship initially will provide $2,500 for one pharmacy or public health learner with the intention that the endowment will grow and support more scholars in the future.

“As President of the Student Council Association, I can say that the Endowed Scholarship on behalf of Dr. Donna Dawkins-Baytop is received with much gratitude. The decision she has made to invest into the higher education of future FAMU pharmacists is admirable,” says Jaylyn Tate, a 3rd Year Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate.

The College will host a virtual signing ceremony on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 2 p.m. (11 a.m. PST) to honor the endowed scholarship from Dr. Baytop. More information regarding the details of the ceremony will be provided soon.

LEARNER PROFILE:  Danielle Hudson
09 Mar

LEARNER PROFILE: Danielle Hudson

We ask a number of our Pharmacy and Public Health learners to tell us about their experiences at CoPPS, IPH. Here are their stories:

Danielle Hudson is a current 4th year Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate from Lawrenceville, GA. Ms. Hudson completed a pharmaceutical industry rotation with Vertex Pharmaceuticals virtually in September. In December, she accepted a post-doctoral fellowship position with the Vertex Global Medical Affairs department in Boston, MA. During this 2-year fellowship, she will be working with the medical communications and medical information teams to focus on rare diseases such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia. Ms. Hudson’s passion is to become a pharmacist who serves the underserved community. This fellowship will help her with her goal. Ms. Hudson’s advice to anyone who wants to obtain a pharmaceutical fellowship is to “network through LinkedIn, and find a mentor or coach that will help you through the entire process”.

The 44th Annual Leonard Lebaron Inge, Sr. Virtual Clinical Pharmacy Symposium
26 Feb

The 44th Annual Leonard Lebaron Inge, Sr. Virtual Clinical Pharmacy Symposium

The Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health (FAMU CoPPS, IPH), Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE), is delighted to announce the conference speakers for the 44th Annual Leonard LeBaron Inge, Sr. Clinical Pharmacy Symposium, which will be held virtually on 5– 7, 2021. Among the list of speakers are pharmacy practitioners and industry leaders from all over the state of Florida. 

The theme for the symposium is “COVID-19 Global Pandemic: Where do we go from here?”. The theme communicates information that addresses the many aspects of the changing setting of pharmacy, especially during the pandemic.

“We are pleased to have several speakers to address the COVID-19 effects on public health and in Pharmacy. Our mission is to bring together the state’s top thought leaders that understand best practices and new standards to lead today’s professionals in pharmacy. The FAMU CoPPS CPE program provides an opportunity for pharmacists and technicians to receive all of their required CPE hours in addition to networking opportunities,” says Selika Stackhouse Sampson, PharmD., Interim Director of Continuing Pharmacy Education.

The three-day virtual conference is expected to draw one hundred representatives of the pharmacy community, including students, technicians, and pharmacists. The conference will include some 10+ speakers addressing the most topical issues facing the pharmacy industry today. 

With a week before the virtual symposium, the event promises to be an unmissable opportunity. COVID-related topics include COVID-19: Impact on Health Care Management, COVID-19: Vaccines – Pharmacists on the Frontline, COVID-19: The African American Experience, COVID-19 Clinical Opioid Stewardship Program Development, and more.

Additional information about the Clinical Pharmacy Symposium, the current list of speakers and its registration process, and the symposium agenda can be found here.

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About the Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) at the Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health

The Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health (COPPS, IPH) is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The goal of the Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education is to provide general and consultant continuing education for pharmacists through a series of live continuing education programs to serve as a center of life-long learning.

Pharmacist Training on the Administration of LongActing Injectable Antipsychotics (LAIAs)
17 Feb

Pharmacist Training on the Administration of LongActing Injectable Antipsychotics (LAIAs)

Pharmacist Training on the Administration of LongActing Injectable Antipsychotics (LAIAs)
Online Home-Study Modules April 26, 2021 – June 4, 2021
Live Training Saturday, June 5, 2021, 9:00 a.m.
Fee: $500.00 Ways to Register and Payment Method: Online Registration: https://cvent.me/mAPKxm Debit Card Credit Card Target Audience: Pharmacist
TESTIMONIAL:  Learner Receives Boston Medical Center’s (BMC) first-ever All-In APPE Scholarship
15 Feb

TESTIMONIAL: Learner Receives Boston Medical Center’s (BMC) first-ever All-In APPE Scholarship

We ask a number of our Pharmacy and Public Health learners to tell us about their experiences at CoPPS, IPH. Here are their stories:

The illustrious Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University has been nothing short of an overflowing fountain of opportunity since I arrived on campus in 2018. Since then, as a third-year pharmacy student, I have been challenged academically with the rigorous curriculum, and I have been fortunate enough to experience some fruitful opportunities. I recently received a newsletter detailing an opportunity to apply for Boston Medical Center’s (BMC) first-ever All-In APPE Scholarship. This amazing opportunity was presented to my classmates and me by Dr. Brickler, our Director of Experiential Programs. As soon as I read the scholarship information, I knew that I wanted to apply. This scholarship was created for Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) outside of the New England area to complete two consecutive 6-week rotations at BMC, with a stipend provided. After doing my research, I found out that 57% of BMC’s patients are from underserved communities, and they are the largest safety-net hospital in the New England area. As a future pharmacist, I want to impact underserved communities and work towards health equity and better health outcomes for these patients, so I knew that this scholarship was right for me. The idea of being one of the first students to receive such an honor and represent my HBCU at the same time was the icing on the cake.

After my application was submitted, I was contacted for an interview, and shortly after, I was awarded the scholarship on January 12, 2021. Being able to say that I will be completing my advanced community and ambulatory care rotations at BMC, a top hospital in the nation, is still so unbelievable to me. I am so excited to showcase what FAMU has taught me over the years in and out of the classroom and to create a lane for the future Rattlers to come. I would like to complete a residency after graduating. I know that this opportunity will give me the tools to succeed and help me achieve my goal of working with underserved communities. I appreciate both BMC for the chance and FAMU for the knowledge and confidence to take my abilities to new heights. I am excited for what the future holds!

~ Camryn Joseph, P3 Learner Orlando, FL

COVID-19 Vaccine: What Pharmacists Need to Know Today
11 Feb

COVID-19 Vaccine: What Pharmacists Need to Know Today

The FAMU CoPPS, IPH OCPE is elated to serve as a co-provider of Continuing Pharmacy Education with the South Florida Chapter of the National Diamondback Pharmacy Alumni Council. Join us for a one (1) hour CE titled:
COVID-19 Vaccine: What Pharmacists Need to Know Today presented by Dr. Tamara McCants.
About the Speaker:
Dr. McCants is a 2001 graduate of Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Howard University College of Pharmacy and Director of Practice Transformation and Residency Program.
Dr. Tamara McCants is also the Chair of the D.C. Board of Pharmacy.
Registration Link: