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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

Advocating for the Aging

Hospital Hill Campus

 

UMKC awarded national grant to help older Kansas Citians

All University of Missouri-Kansas City health professions schools — the School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing and Health Studies, School of Dentistry and School of Medicine — and the School of Law were awarded a national grant to work together to advocate for older adults at the Don Bosco Senior Center and Reconciliation Services, both located in medically underserved areas in Kansas City.

By the year 2030, the U.S. population age 65 and older will have doubled, making older adults the fastest-growing group in the nation. Yet the vast majority of curriculum for health professions students does not include specific instruction dedicated to the needs of geriatric health. Designed for UMKC advanced practice nursing and graduate medical, dental, pharmacy and law students, the project will focus on enhancing active listening and empathic understanding in preparing student teams to advocate for older adults. Continue reading

National Recognition for Making an Impact

Students and faculty at 2016 Research Summit

Tony Huke, who received national recognition for being a preceptor from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, was one of the judges at the UMKC Health Sciences Research Summit in 2016.

Training the next generation of pharmacists is part of Tony Huke’s identity.

Now the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy preceptor is earning national recognition for the role.

Huke was named a master preceptor this spring by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Huke is one of seven to receive the honor for his dedication and commitment to excellence in experiential education and professional practice. Continue reading

Surprise Party

Professor Ashim Mitra Wins UM System President’s Award

Ashim Mitra being awarded prize

Ashim Mitra, right, discovers he was selected for a President’s Award.
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In a stealth move, School of Pharmacy colleagues surprised Ashim K. Mitra, curators’ professor of pharmacy, with a President’s Award for Sustained Career Excellence.

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KCUR: Could Light Be the Key to Fewer Needles for Diabetics?

A School of Pharmacy Researcher Thinks So…

Retired autoworker Raymond Fowler bowls four times a week as part of an exercise regimen to help keep his type 2 diabetes under control. Photo by Alex Smith / Heartland Health Monitor

Retired autoworker Raymond Fowler bowls four times a week as part of an exercise regimen to help keep his type 2 diabetes under control.
Photo by Alex Smith / Heartland Health Monitor

On a busy league night in a Raytown, Missouri, bowling alley, former auto worker Raymond Fowler keeps up his game playing alongside his wife and longtime teammates.

Fowler, who’s 67, stays busy in his retirement, but it’s not all fun and games. A few years ago, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and changed his diet and exercise routine, which now includes four bowling sessions a week.

His condition was severe enough that his doctor said he needed insulin shots, and that’s one change he’s found troubling. Continue reading