American Pharmacists Month: Harvey A.K. Whitney (1894-1957)

Harvey A.K. Whitney

Special Note: During the Month of October, American Pharmacists Month, we will be highlighting historical and present pharmacy figures who have contributed significantly during the profession.

Contributed by: Tameshaá Ventiere, P3, Class of 2017

Pharmacy has been a trusted profession for years and in order to appreciate this prestigious profession we always have to look at the past. Some may know of the ASHP Harvey A.K Whitney Award, which is given to an individual who has made major contributions to the profession of pharmacy. However, one may not know of the man the award represents Harvey A.K. Whitney himself. Whitney’s contributions to the profession of pharmacy started a few years after he received his Ph.C. degree from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy in 1923. In 1925 he began working at a hospital pharmacy and two years after staring this job he was promoted to chief pharmacist. While in this position, Whitney started an internship in the hospital pharmacy, which very much resembles our residency program today. By the early 1930s Whitney extended the branch of pharmacy as more than just a job that fills prescriptions to roles that included working with therapeutics committees, publishing pharmacy bulletins, establishing drug information centers, pre-packing medication, and specialty manufacturing, all of which were stepping stones as to how we practice pharmacy today.

In 1935 Whitney and a few of his colleagues started to promote their vision for standardization in hospital pharmacy. By 1936 their efforts had developed them a subsection on hospital pharmacy within APhAs section on Practical Pharmacy and Dispensing. The subsection continued to grow and gain popularity up to the point where Whitney was able to lay the groundwork for a new organization. With Whitney as the first chair, in 1942 the organization that we know today was developed, the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists. (ASHP).

Whitney has also made many contributions to hospital pharmacy literature including the works Official Bulletin of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists published in 1943. Other works include one he started in the 1930s, but later on in 1959 it was titled as the American Hospital Formulary Service. These works are still being used today in the profession of pharmacy.

The Harvey A.K. Whitney award was first established in 1950 by the Michigan Society of Hospital Pharmacists in order to honor Whitney as the first chair of ASHP. In 1963 ASHP took responsibility of giving the award out to prospective individuals who have greatly contributed to pharmacy. The award as we know today is given annually in the spring and the recipient is required to present a lecture at the award banquet. As student pharmacists an achievement so great is something we all aspire to, our advocating for the profession starts long before we are practicing pharmacists. In order to make great contributions to the profession of pharmacy and one day hope to receive the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award it is always a great idea to know the man behind the award.


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Pharmacy Professor to be Inducted as an ACCP Fellow

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is proud to announce that Dr. Kristy Lucas, a Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the UCSOP, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) during the upcoming ACCP Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy. Dr. Lucas will be honored at a recognition dinner and induction ceremony, celebrating her achievement with fellow colleagues. This international meeting will be held from October 17-21st in San Francisco, California.

Dr. Kristy Lucas


“ACCP has afforded me many opportunities to interact with and work alongside the highest caliber clinicians and national leaders within the profession of pharmacy. I am truly honored to be recognized as a peer and a Fellow among this honorable group, and humbled to be elected into this elite cohort.”- Dr. Kristy Lucas


The ACCP is a professional and scientific society that provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources that allow clinical pharmacists to excel in practice and research. ACCP has numerous benefits for its members, ranging from an extensive networking platform, preparation for board certifications, to a professional reference journal, Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy . ACCP’s purpose is to advance human health and champion the advancement of clinical pharmacy. Becoming a Fellow in the ACCP is quite an honor, as is the highest award that ACCP can bestow upon its members, and fewer than 3% of the 15,000 ACCP members are ever awarded this designation during their career. In the state of West Virginia, there are only five pharmacists with this distinction. “Fellowship in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (FCCP) recognizes excellence in the practice and science of clinical pharmacy. Fellowship is awarded to individuals who have made sustained contributions to the College and who have demonstrated exceptional performance in clinical pharmacy practice and/or research” (ACCP).

The awarding of Fellow status is nomination based, and Fellow candidates undergo a comprehensive evaluation of their service to the College and their practice and research accomplishments. Dr. Lucas has been a member of ACCP for 17 years, the duration of her professional pharmacy career. Her extensive qualifications range from coordination of school-wide ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge competitions (participating since the inception of this program), founding and co-advising a student chapter of ACCP at the UCSOP, committee membership within PRNs (practice and research networks) within ACCP [serving as a member of the Adult Medicine Practice and Research Network (2000 – 2006),  Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network (2010 – present), Cardiology Practice and Research Network (2010 – present), as well as the Practice Based Research Network since its inception in 2010], being appointed to a national Task Force on Communicating the Value of Clinical Pharmacists, and moderating a session on Expanding the Scope of Clinical Pharmacy at a national meeting.

Dr. Lucas is a great example of the highly qualified and distinguished members of the UCSOP faculty. These faculty members are what help make the UCSOP program so successful at educating the future pharmacy and community leaders of tomorrow.

Contributed by: Isabella White, blogger and UCSOP Graduate Intern

Celebrate American Pharmacists Month with UCSOP!

APhM_Twitter_IconFor a comprehensive list of UCSOP’s October events, please view: American Pharmacists Month Activities 2015

October is American Pharmacists Month! Sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), October is the month to advocate for the profession of pharmacy and the important role of the pharmacist.

APhA encourages all members of the pharmacy profession to participate in American Pharmacists Month, and has community outreach ideas available for established pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. The UCSOP is fully embracing American Pharmacists Month, and has events planned all month long. Events range from online webinars on financial advice, to a Halloween costume contest. Casual events are planned, such as the numerous dress down days, but there are also many community outreach based events, such as the Women’s Edge Health Fair and the AAPS Cystic Fibrosis Event.

Month long UCSOP events include supporting Medicine Bottles for Malawi, which provides Malawi’s rural hospitals and villages with recycled medicine bottles to keep their medicines clean, out of reach of children, and safe to use. There will also be History of Pharmacy blog posts throughout the month. The blog posts will highlight an important American pharmacist, honoring those who have contributed to pharmacy- past and present. These posts are contributed by Dr. Gardner’s PHAR 546: History of Pharmacy class.

National American Pharmacists Month events include a fundraiser campaign for APhA Foundation’s Pharmacists Care Campaign, which supports the Foundation’s mission to improve people’s health through pharmacists’ patient care services. For every $30 donation, a personalized marker will be displayed on the lawn of APhA Headquarters during the week of October 19, 2015. Also, Pharmacy Times is running a social media event over Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Followers are encouraged to recognize their most valued pharmacists by using #ThankAPharmacist and @Pharmacy_Times, creating awareness for America’s favorite pharmacists. Pharmacy Times will recognize 10 of the posts in their November publication.

No matter your position in the pharmacy community, be sure to advocate for the pharmacy profession and get involved in American Pharmacists Month. And, don’t forget National Pharmacy Technician day on October 20th!


Community Immunization Awareness at the UCSOP

On August 29th, Christelle Ngatchou, a P2 at the UCSOP, celebrated National Immunization Awareness month by planning and coordinating an immunization event with her peers at the UCSOP. The event was designed to share the advantages of vaccinations. Working with the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), and the West Virginia Immunization Network, the event was successful and allowed UCSOP pharmacy students to educate the community, and advocate for the pharmacy profession.

The event included vaccine poster presentations and allowed student pharmacists to share the advantages of vaccines to the community. Each student who participated was fully engaged with the public.


“As health care providers, pharmacists have the ability to provide immunizations as long as they have completed all training and requirements enforced by the Board of Pharmacy. Those include training provided by the American Pharmacists’ Association (APhA), holding a current life support-training certificate as CPR, and a current immunization permit. On May 17 2015, the West Virginia Legislature passed the rule of adding the meningococcal vaccine to be administered by pharmacists. Thus the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy updated its list of immunizations, which includes the influenza, pneumococcal, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, herpes-Zoster, tetanus diphtheria, and now the meningococcal vaccines.”

-Christelle Ngatchou (Class of 2018)


IMG_2148Thanks to the  UCSOP Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), and the West Virginia Immunization Network, the August event was successful in increasing the awareness about immunizations for the Charleston community. Other opportunities will be organized in the future to educate the public such as for the Flu season.


Although, the month of August was National Immunization awareness month, our UCSOP students know that it’s important to continue educating the community about the prevention of diseases all year long! Be sure to check back for future events–including flu immunizations in the future!

Experience Pharmacy at the UCSOP!

ExRx-postcardThe University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is continuing to host our ExRx: Experience Pharmacy days throughout the 2015-2016 school year. The ExRx days are an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors, along with college undergraduates, to learn more about the pharmacy profession. Whether you know pharmacy is right for you or have just started considering a career in pharmacy, this event is for you!


Participants in the IV lab, “gowned up”. A sterile environment is important!

ExRx is your opportunity to learn more about the pharmacy profession and see what makes the UCSOP a great place to continue your pharmacy education. ExRx participants will spend time in our Simulation and IV Labs, learning how CPR works with a simulation mannequin with an actual pulse, blood pressure, temperature, and other physiological features. Participants can practice procedures and medications on the our mannequins, examining how methods would work on real patients. In the IV Lab, participants learn to make sterile intravenous products, utilizing aseptic techniques to maintain sterility.


A participant in the compounding lab.

Participants will also work in the compounding lab, learning the basics of compounding medication. In the past, ExRx participants have compounded menthol/camphor topical ointment, lip balm, and medicated gummies. After experiencing the various labs the school has to offer, ExRx participants will meet faculty, staff, and current students of the pharmacy school. This is a great time to introduce yourself to faculty, and ask any questions that you may have. The day will end with a tour of the School of Pharmacy, and participants have the option to have lunch with current pharmacy students.

Join us to experience what it is like to be a pharmacy student at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy!

ExRx dates for the 2015-2016 school year are:

  • September 26, 2015
  • October 24, 2015
  • February 20, 2016
  • April 16, 2016
  • June 4, 2016

ExRx days are free, but space is limited. To register for an ExRx day, please click here.


Allyssa Bradford, Class of 2019


ExRx days are a great way to learn more about the profession of pharmacy, and to see how pharmacy school will be at UCSOP. I highly recommend it to any student who has an interest in the profession of pharmacy. I already knew I wanted to become a pharmacist before attending ExRx, however it reassured me I was making the right decision with my future.

Contributed by: Isabella White, blogger and UCSOP Graduate Intern.


UCSOP Early Decision Deadline Fast Approaching

Apply Early Decision and get a jump-start on your pharmacy career!  The UCSOP and PharmCas allows potential students to apply Early Decision, which is a great option for those students who are sure of what school they would like to attend. The Early Decision deadline is September 8, 2015

Have questions or concerns about the early decision process? Below you will find the experiences of four students who applied Early Decision, along with answers to some common questions about the UCSOP Early Decision Program.

Hailey Price, Class of 2019

Hailey Price, Class of 2019

Applying early decision was one of the greatest choices I could have ever made. Coming into college I knew that I wanted to attend the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, and early decision allowed me to get a head start on my application process. By applying early decision, I was able to find out my admissions decision faster, compete with a smaller pool of applicants, and even start building relationships with potential faculty and staff of the school. I strongly suggest applying early decision if you’re like me. The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy made my early decision process an amazing one!



Hannah Hayes, UCSOP Class of 2019

I chose to apply early decision at the UCSOP because I felt like they were the most helpful and I knew from day one it’s where I wanted to be. There are less people applying for early decision, which means there is a greater chance of being accepted. Early decision is really a great choice for anyone. It is one of those “win-win” situations. If a student is accepted, there’s more time to prepare and less stress! If a student is not accepted, there is still plenty of time to take a step back and come up with a new game plan and still succeed without any lost time. I believe applying early decision with UCSOP is the greatest academic/career choice I’ve made so far!


Tron Hoang, Class of 2019

Tron Hoang, Class of 2019

Being married and from out of state, the Early Decision program allowed me to plan a year ahead and prepare for a smooth transition.  I believe my commitment to UCSOP Early Decision program elevated my chance of acceptance into the Pharmacy program.  I did not have to spend long hours and days traveling to multiple interviews to compete with over 800 applicants when 80-90 seats are available.  I felt confident with UCSOP because I vested in the program and they respected and valued my decision.



Kendra Hall, Class of 2019

“I applied for early decision at UCSOP because I attended UC for a year of undergrad and I fell in love with the campus. When I started looking at UCSOP, the first thing I was told was to apply for early decision. So after talking with some of the staff, I pursued early decision. I am very glad that I did, early decision took the stress out of applying to pharmacy school.”



Q: What are the benefits of applying Early Decision?

  • You are competing with a much smaller pool of applicants.
  • You will save the time, money, and stress of the long traditional application process.
  • By applying through the Early Decision Program, you can sit back and relax during your last year of undergraduate work while your fellow classmates are stressing over the application process!

Q:  Should I apply to other schools at the same time?

An Early Decision applicant may only apply to one pharmacy school during this time. If an applicant is not offered admission through the Early Decision program before the October deadline, they may begin applying to other schools at that time.

Q:  What is the Early Decision application deadline?

The Early Decision Application deadline is September 8, 2015.

Q:  What do I need to submit by the deadline?

By the September 8th deadline, you must submit the following:

  • A complete PharmCAS application
  • All official transcripts from every college/university you’ve attend
  • All PharmCAS Fees

If all requirements are not received by the September 8th deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your status from an Early Decision Applicant to Regular Status. Your application will not be reviewed by the UCSOP until all requirements have been received.

Q: How long does it take to find out if I am accepted for Early Decision admission?

All Early Decision Applicants will be notified of their admissions decision by the PharmCAS deadline October 23, 2015.

Q: What happens if I am accepted?

If you are accepted through the Early Decision Program, you will be required to submit a non-refundable $1,000 Early Decision Tuition Deposit. This amount can be split into two $500 payments. The first payment will be due within one week of your notification of acceptance. The second $500 payment will be due by May 1, 2016.

Q: Can I change my mind after I am accepted for Early Decision?

A student who is accepted through the Early Decision Process is not eligible to apply to any other PharmCAS pharmacy school during that admissions cycle.

Q: Who do I contact if I have a question about my application or the Early Decision process?

Office of Professional & Student Affairs
Ms. Stacie Geise
Director of Pharmacy Recruitment & Admissions


UCSOP’s Phi Delta Chi Chapter Receives Two National Awards


Paige White (Beta Kappa Chapter), Jenny Long (P3, Worthy Chief Counselor), Byron Magedanz (P4, former Worthy Chief Counselor), and Domonique Dobson (P2, Worthy Master at Arms) at Grand Council

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy’s (USCOP) Phi Delta Chi chapter was awarded two awards at the 70th Grand Council this year. Phi Delta Chi is a professional pharmacy fraternity that emphasizes community service, leader-development, and a strong sense of brotherhood for its members, boasting strong community service involvement and a large networking base around the country. The Grand Council is a conference that is held every other year, the most recent Grand Council taking place this past August 4-8th in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Worthy Master of Arms, Domonique Dobson (P2) and Worthy Chief Counselor, Jenny Long (P3) attended Grand Counsel in August 2015.

Jenny Long, a P3 and the Worthy Chief Counselor of the UCSOP Phi Delta Chi Chapter, attended Grand Council this year, had this to say about the event:

Over 600 collegiate and alumni brothers attended the Grand Council to participate in general business meetings, officer training courses, St. Jude’s bowling fundraisers, Continuing Education opportunities, and the chance to meet brothers from other chapters around the country. Grand Council is also when national award winners are announced. My favorite part of Grand Council was getting the chance know brothers from all over the country. It is truly the ultimate fraternal experience. Working with other brothers to make national policy changes to better the fraternity as a whole was also a highlight of my week because I was able to witness over 600 brothers working together to meet a common goal.


The UCSOP’s Phi Delta Chi Chapter was awarded the 100% Achievement Award, a program involving submission of several chapter reports. The program aims to promote correspondence with the national office, improving Chapters’ relations with alumni Brothers, and encourages communication between Chapters. Chapters who receive the 100% Achievement Award are considered outstanding chapters that are exceptional in upholding the ideals of Phi Delta Chi.

UCSOP’s Phi Delta Chi Chapter was also awarded the Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute (PLEI) Leaders in Action Scholarship while at Grand Council. This award was given to one chapter per region, and the winners were selected based on their leadership not only in Phi Delta Chi, but in the pharmacy profession as a whole. Photos of the UCSOP chapter included Brothers participating in health fairs, tutoring, and presenting their own posters at Mid-Year. The winning photos will be used on the Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute website.

Contributed by: Isabella White, blogger and UCSOP Graduate Intern.

UCSOP Garners National Attention Once More!

The National Consumers League and its partners have released the results from the Script Your Future campaign, and UCSOP is once again on the national platform! If you are currently involved with the school of pharmacy, or have been following this blog for the last few months, you are probably aware of all the efforts that have gone into this medication adherence campaign. Our students and faculty worked tirelessly throughout the months of January and February to help patients pledge they would work on their medication adherence. Students created a commercial shown on local TV, hosted over a dozen health fairs, and handed out hundreds of wallet cards fliers. In the end, the school got pledges from hundreds of people, and reached over 300,000 individuals in total.

untitledNow that the results are in, however, we can see that the hours  and days of preparation have paid off. The school was nationally recognized as an Honorable Mention for the National Award and received the Health Disparity, Under-represented Community Outreach National Award. UCSOP was recognized for following its mission statement and focusing on serving populations that may not have access to good, quality healthcare. These types of communities aren’t always the focus of healthcare as they don’t bring big numbers or profits, but they often require the most help. The school stayed true to its mission and focused on helping these individuals get the information they need.

This award was made possible thanks to The Script Your Future committee, including committee chair John Robinson and faculty advisors Dr. Susan Gardner and Professor Melissa Garrett Jensen. Thanks to their efforts, as well as multiple faculty members and students, UCSOP now has a 2015 National Award Honorable Mention and 2015 Health Disparity Community Outreach National Award to hang beside the 2013 National Award. Let’s continue the efforts into the next year and hopefully bring home the National Award once more!

Contributed by Peter Relvas (P4)

Let the Rotations Begin!

The first few weeks of P4 rotations is complete, with students working at many rotation sites that are available to UCSOP students. For those of you unfamiliar with the term “rotation site,” think of it as on-the-job training. Students have the opportunity to work at a pharmacy or hospital; classrooms are available if the student is interested in teaching what they’ve learned. The experience allows students to hone their communication skills with patients, while helping fortify the teachings they received in the classroom setting. The goal of the experience is to expose students to their future jobs and responsibilities, with a safety net in the form of a preceptor.

P4 Student Kyle Robinson with Preceptor Joey Anderson at Alum Creek Pharmacy on Sand Plant Road

P4 Student Kyle Robinson with Preceptor Joey Anderson at Alum Creek Pharmacy on Sand Plant Road

Incoming students may be curious as to what rotation sites are available, and I know one of the first emails I sent  as a pharmacy student was to the Experiential Experience Director asking what rotation sites I could look forward to. The director emailed me a rough list and although I had a few years before I could experience most of them, I felt excited and started my planning. At this point, I should clarify roughly how the process works. Students rank the rotations they want, and then a computer system utilizes a lottery-like algorithm to determine which student goes to what site. Therefore, there is a bit of randomness involved and nothing is truly certain.

Luckily the school has a very strong preceptor network, covering multiple different fields of pharmacy. Students interested in institutional environments like hospitals have options like the Cleveland Clinic, Indian Health Services, Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC), Cabell Huntington Hospital, Thomas Memorial Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Highland Hospital, just to name a few. If students prefer to go into retail or community pharmacy, there is a plethora of rotations as well. These include CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Walgreens, and Kroger rotations, as well as many independently owned pharmacies that focus on compounding and home infusion products. UCSOP also has rotations specializing in academia, research, and industrial pharmacy. Opportunities for such rotations are available with professors at the school, but also with Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the drug manufacturer giant in Morgantown, WV.

This list only contains a few of the available rotation sites, as the UCSOP has sites as far west as Guam, Alaska, and New Mexico, as well as many in Chicago, Columbus, Maryland, Virginia, and Kentucky. There’s also the possibility of setting up a new rotation site as well, however this process may take a very long time, as the site must be qualified and inspected to ensure the school’s standards are met.

As a student who originally was worried about the available sites, I have come to realize that the only real limitation is the lack of time to experience them all. Looking at my current rotation schedule, I wish I could try a few more than just the eight I am current assigned.

Contributed by Peter Relvas, P4 student.

Experience Pharmacy This Summer!


The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is inviting high school juniors, seniors and college undergraduates to Experience Pharmacy in June 2015. Faculty and staff will conduct an intensive three-day summer camp for students interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy. The ExRx (Experience Pharmacy) Bootcamp will be held Monday, June 22 through Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy in Charleston, WV.

Gannett mannequinParticipants will have the opportunity to learn about various pharmacy career paths, participate in activities in the compounding, simulation and IV labs, and tour the School of Pharmacy. They will also receive advice on preparing and applying for college and pharmacy school. There will be interesting sessions on the history of pharmacy, medicinal plants, medication adherence and patient consultation.

Evening activities will include: a scavenger hunt, a service project, a board game night, ice cream social and pizza, movies and s’mores night.

Students will stay in the UC residence halls and meals will be provided in the UC dining halls. The $99.00 fee includes meals, lodging, linens, towels, curricular materials, and activities. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.IV Wednesday

For more information or to register please contact Ms. Jamie Bero at or by telephone at 304-720-6685. Registration forms are also available at: