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Doctorates and Division I

Three women students are in a lab, one is jumping over a hurdle in the middle, one on the left is in a lab coat, one on the right is in athletic gear and holding a tennis racket

Katie Tuck, Mallory Short and Melinda Johnson are School of Pharmacy students who juggle being UMKC athletes with doctorate-level studies. Photos by Brandon Parigo, Strategic Marketing and Communications

School of Pharmacy student-athletes balance high-level studies and sports competition

Pick a sports metaphor about facing a challenge and University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy student-athletes are living it. They’re pursuing health doctorates while competing at the Division I level. Continue reading

Tragedies Inspire Student to Start Operation Self Care

According to the CDC, only about 17 percent of U.S. adults are considered to be in a state of optimal mental health. Based on this statistic, it is likely that someone around you has been affected by a mental health condition, whether it is your parent, sibling, neighbor or friend.

Kimberly Ehrhard, blond woman, sits in blue shirt behind a sign with "Life is short" and filled with other textThe University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy APhA-ASP Chapter has recognized this need and is taking steps to educate members of the community about mental health. Kimberly Ehrhard, a third-year pharmacy student, set out to achieve this mission and has launched a new, chapter-specific patient care initiative called Operation Self Care. This is the story about what brought the inspiration to create this initiative and the determination to make a difference within the community.

 

A Spirit of Giving and Professional Success

Heather Lyons-Burney in graduation cap and gown at podium

Faculty Member Heather Lyons-Burney Receives School of Pharmacy Alumni Achievement Award

Having a passion for both chemistry and biology, Heather Lyons-Burney (Pharm.D. ’94) knew early on that she wanted a career in health care. She would eventually take her two passions and become an educator, co-owner of multiple pharmacies and co-founder of a health clinic serving those in need in the Branson, Mo., region.

As an undergraduate, she worked in a community pharmacy where two pharmacists told her about a new clinical pharmacy degree that would allow her to combine both clinical and science skills. Continue reading

School of Pharmacy Dean Russell Melchert is an Icon of Education

School of Pharmacy Dean Russell Melchert

Russell Melchert, dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, is one of Ingram magazine’s 2017 Icons of Education.

Melchert came to UMKC in 2010 as the dean after serving as department chair of pharmacy sciences in the college of pharmacy at the University of Arkansas. At UMKC, he’s expanding the School of Pharmacy’s reach in Missouri through UMKC programs at the University of Missouri in Columbia and Missouri State University in Springfield.

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Pharmaceutical Sciences Chair Receives International Award

Dr. Mitra poses in his office

Ashim K. Mitra, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy professor and chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is receiving the Dr. Roger Vogel Award for Pharmaceutical Research from the ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) Foundation for Eye Research. He will be presented the award in May at ARO’s annual meeting in Baltimore. Continue reading

ACCP Outstanding Student Award

Heather Buehrer portrait

The American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) recognized Heather Buehrer (PharmD, ’16) with an Outstanding Student Chapter Member Award at its annual meeting in Hollywood, Florida.

“I was pretty shocked,” said Buehrer, who graduated in May from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy and works at a Costco pharmacy in the Kansas City area. “I feel honored other students saw me as a role model and leader and deserving of this award.” Continue reading

Remembering Beth Winans

Elizabeth Winans portrait

1965 – 2016

Elizabeth “Beth” Winans, clinical associate professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, died Dec. 15, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. She was 51.

Winans joined UMKC in 2007. Her practice was mostly at Truman Medical Centers’ Behavior Health Department, where she taught student pharmacists and medical teams. She recently was recognized nationally by the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists with the Innovative Practice Award, signifying her hard work, dedication and creativity in behavioral health. Continue reading