Women Making History: Mary Putnam Jacobi

Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi was a female pioneer in medical history. Throughout her life, she raised awareness for women’s education, produced many articles, and became a well-respected scientist of her time.

Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi, born Mary Putnam, was born in London, England on August 31, 1842. Her parents, George and Victorine Putnam, were American, and they returned to the United States in 1848. She spent her young life growing up in New York and graduated high school in 1859.

She wanted to further her education in medicine, despite her father’s opinion of women not practicing medicine. She attended the New York College of Pharmacy and graduated from there in 1863. She received her M.D. from the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1864. She then moved to Boston to study medicine at the New England Hospital for Women and Children.

Since, Mary Putnam was not happy with her education in America, she moved to Paris, where she became the was one of the first female students at the Ecole de Medecine and graduated in 1871. She received a bronze medal for her thesis and moved back to the United States in 1871. Once in New York, she combined private clinical practice and teaching at the New York Infirmary and Mount Sinai Hospital. She was the first woman to gain admission to many different medical societies.

During this time, Putnam supported the idea of both women and men training together to learn medicine, stating that the women’s institutes did not prepare them to practice medicine enough. Through her lecturing at different institutes, she raised the educational standards towards women.

In 1863, Mary Putnam married Dr. Abraham Jacobi, who is referred to as the “father of American pediatrics.” After her marriage, Mary Putnam Jacobi continued her career with both lecturing at different medical school and working as a consultant physician, where she opened a children’s ward in the New York Infirmary in 1886. With her ability to diagnose and continue to push for educational rights between men and women, she is considered one of American’s great physicians.

During her time practicing medicine, she joined many different medical associations, where she became the first woman to belong to the New York Academy of Medicine. She also became the second woman member of the Medical Society of the County of New York. She also belonged to the American Medical Association.

During this time of her practicing medicine, Mary Putnam Jacobi continued to publish articles of many different women’s health issues. Jacobi’s essay, “The Question of Rest for Women during Menstruation,” won her the Boylston Prize at Harvard. This essay was a reply to another doctor’s article, who questioned the role of woman in society and professions. Dr. Jacobi’s essay provided statistics and illustrated how a woman could contribute to her role in society during her cycle. One of her last articles written was a detailed description of her brain tumor titled “Description of the Early Symptoms of the Meningeal Tumor Compressing the Cerebellum,” which eventually killed her on June 10. 1906.




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Agatha Christie: A True Poison Expert

Agatha Christie has carved her place out in history by being the best selling mystery author of all time. In many of her books, she used poisons to kill her victims and this was no coincidence. A little known fact is a big part of her being able to paint an accurate portrayal of poisoning is because of her vast knowledge of chemicals from her training as a pharmacy dispenser.

Christie was originally named Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller at birth in the United Kingdom on September 15, 1890. She was born into a time when it was rare for a woman to receive a formal education. However, her mother insisted she learn how to read and even sent her to finishing school when she turned 16. (1)

During WWI, Agatha volunteered as a nurse in Britain. It was there that she first became interested in the science of medicine. After the end of the war she began training at a dispensary. The training involved practical and theoretical chemistry. At this time, many medications were compounded by hand at dispensaries, therefore giving her hands on experience on making medications.

She began to transition this hands on experience into her fictional books in 1920 when her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. The victim in this book was poisoned when someone added bromide (precipitating agent) to her sleeping tonic. As a result of the addition of the bromide, the medicine settled in the bottom and formed a lethal dose. Agatha Christie’s accurate descriptions of poisons have even been said to be used while diagnosing a patient. In her novel, The Pale Horse, she described thallium poisoning symptoms so well that after reading the book, a nurse at a hospital recognized these symptoms in one of her patients. (3)

At the end of her career, Christie had written 82 detective novels and detailed overdose signs of over 28 unique chemical compounds. Her literary work earned her several awards and in 1971 she was even made a dame of Great Britain. It is clear that her pharmaceutical knowledge was part of the driving force of her literary career. (2)



  1. Agatha Christie. (2012). FamousAuthors.org. Retrieved 04:07, September 28, 2017 from http://www.famousauthors.org/agatha-christie
  2. Harkup, Kathryn. A Is for arsenic. New York, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016.
  3. Sova, Dawn B. Agatha Christie a to Z: The Essential Reference to Her Life and Writings. New York: Facts on File, ©1996.

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy Launches Live Blog Talk Radio Series

A three-part live blog talk radio series on safe medication use will begin on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. The radio show is part of the Script Your Future campaign and is hosted by Dr. Susan Gardner, Assistant Dean for Student and Professional Affairs and Dr. Sarah Embrey, Assistant Professor at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. The three-part radio series is co-sponsored by Forest of the Rain Productions and the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. The following topics will be discussed with UCSOP faculty, students, staff, and community partners:

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 7:30pm —Harm Reduction

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – 7:30pm —Medication Adherence/Diversion

Wednesday, March 14, 2018—7:30pm –Medication Adherence and Medication Safety Outreach in Elementary Schools

Listeners may call in to the show to ask questions. The call in number will be announced during each broadcast. The website shown below will allow listeners to access the broadcasts:


A live broadcast link will be shared each Thursday via Twitter @UCSOP and at: http://www.ucsopblog.com. For more information pertaining to UCSOP events, community outreach, and academic offerings, please visit our website at http://www.ucwv.edu/Pharmacy and follow us on social media. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCSOP/ Twitter: @UCSOP #UCSOP https://twitter.com/UCWV

Student Pharmacists Focus on Our Community

Contributed by: SSHP

American Pharmacists Month is a time when we as student pharmacists advocate for our profession and educate the community about services we can offer. In October, the Student Society of Health System Pharmacists (SSHP) at the University of Charleston decided that the best way to teach the community about our role, is to show them! From day care centers to a local market in Charleston, we found ways to give back to our community.


Our first event of the month was in collaboration with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the UCSOP Class of 2020. Student pharmacists were providing blood pressure and blood glucose screenings for visitors of the Charleston Town Center during “White Coats at the Mall.” In addition to the health screenings, we provided information about diabetes, flu vs cold, and heart health!



Next, we had our first Capitol Market health fair. Each month, our SSHP chapter will go to Capitol Market to educate their customers on the disease state that is recognized nationally. During October, we focused on breast cancer. We provided blood pressure screenings, general information about breast cancer and mammography, and pink ribbons that were handmade by P3 Eirini Fallieros. Rajveer Kaur, P1, said the most meaningful part of the health fair to her was when a customer was influenced by our information about mammography and inquired about where to get testing done. “When there is early detection of breast cancer, the cure rate is much higher, and it can be found early through routine mammograms. It’s a great feeling knowing that we could have made the difference for that person.” We will continue our monthly visits to Capitol Market in November when we talk about diabetes awareness and provide blood glucose screenings.

We ended our month of community service with a young and adorable crowd! SSHP members went to the Sacred Heart Center in Charleston to teach kids that flu shots aren’t scary. Each child was given a teddy bear and a (needleless) syringe so they could give their new furry friend a fake flu shot! This was a fun way for students to teach kids the importance of getting themselves vaccinated to protect against illnesses.

We as student pharmacists are committed to public service, and there was no more satisfying way to spend our American Pharmacists Month than by giving back to the citizens of Charleston.

Sara Yagodich

President, SSHP

Class of 2019

Go Red for Women

Contributed by: UCSOP Fellows

“Go Red for Women”: Heart Disease Prevention and Awareness

Red is a color often used to show confidence and power. It draws attention. It is also a color that, in the medical field, signifies blood and the heart. In February, when we mention the color red, many people automatically think of roses, chocolates, and hearts. However, we want to get women thinking about more than just the hearts on a Valentine’s Day card – we want them to focus on their own heart health!

Heart disease is often thought to be a disease that affects primarily men – but this misconception is putting our women at risk. Nearly 500,000 women across the United States die every year from these preventable and treatable conditions, and heart disease is the number one health threat to women today. In 2003, The American Heart Association decided to take action to change this. February is National Go Red for Women month, where we place a special emphasis on heart health for women. National Wear Red Day is celebrated every first Friday in February, where women and men across the United States wear red to bring awareness to this important, life-saving issue.

The UCSOP has participated in many Wear Red days over the years as a strong supporter of heart health for women, in addition to many other successful events. On National Wear Red day in 2014, a free heart-health screening event was held in our Patient Care Clinic, in order to raise awareness and provide education in our local community. On Wear Red day in 2016, our local chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association held another health fair to raise awareness in the local community. And, in February of 2016, UCSOP students organized the Run for Women’s Health 5k, which raised proceeds to be donated to a local women’s shelter.

This year, we will celebrate Go Red for Women the entire month of February. Raising awareness of the risk of heart disease among women is the first step to changing and saving the lives of women at risk. By educating the public, we hope to prevent heart disease and encourage women to remain healthy and active. Please join the UCSOP community on National Wear Red Day this year, on February 2nd, 2018. Share your pictures with #GoRedWearRed, and feel free to tag us at @UCSOP. Let’s work together to raise awareness, save lives, and Go Red!

For more information, please visit GoRedForWomen.org



During February 2018, University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) student pharmacists will visit 25 third-grade classrooms throughout Kanawha County to deliver Generation Rx, a prescription drug misuse information and prevention program. The program, serving as a partnership between UCSOP, Kanawha County Schools (KCS) and Kanawha Communities That Care (KVCTC), will be part of UCSOP’s involvement in the 2018 National Consumers League Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge – a two-month long intercollegiate campaign where student pharmacists find creative ways to educate the public through a series of events pertaining to medication safety. 

The visit to the third-grade classrooms during the spring 2018 semester serves as a follow-up visit to the children who initially received the presentation in October 2017.

In addition, student pharmacists will be expanding upon the Generation Rx outreach program with a presentation targeted toward six pre-kindergarten classrooms throughout Kanawha County. These sessions will provide a simple, three-point presentation with a coloring page and contest. Information will also be sent home to parents on the importance of storing and disposing of medications properly.

Generation Rx is an evidence-based program developed in collaboration with the Cardinal Health Foundation, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and The Ohio State University School of Pharmacy. The Generation Rx curriculum is designed to increase public awareness of prescription medication abuse and medication safety. The program also encourages healthcare providers, community leaders, parents, teens, and college students to actively work to prevent abuse. 

“The messaging our student pharmacists share through Generation Rx is so important for elementary-age students,” said Dr. Susan Gardner, UCSOP’s assistant dean for professional and student affairs. “Nationwide 5,700 persons age 12 or older abuse a prescription medication every day. Reaching children early and educating them about medication safety is crucial in combatting prescription drug abuse and encouraging adherence.”

Pharmacy- 2018 Best Paying Jobs

US News & World Report

2018 Best Paying Jobs


 #20 Best Paying Jobs

#23 Best Jobs in Healthcare

#45 Best 100 Jobs

This news comes as no surprise to current pharmacist and student pharmacist alike. Pharmacists are repeatedly regarded as one of the most-respected professions due to the advanced degree required and patient accessibility. Better patient accessibility allows pharmacists ability to help a significant number of people and provide healthcare information in a setting that is often more comfortable for patients.

Pharmacists wear many hats within the healthcare profession, this allows for diverse career options from research to clinical positions. With this diversity comes flexibility of schedule, it is possible to find schedule to meet your needs whether this includes shift work or the typical 9 to 5. In addition pharmacist have a lot of autonomy to manage their priorities and serve patients.

Employment of pharmacists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services. The median salary is $122,230 with an unemployment rate of 2.0%.



Script Your Future- Kick Off Campaign

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy to Compete in National Consumers League Script Your Future Inter-Disciplinary Challenge to Improve Medication Adherence

Charleston, WV – From January 15 to March 16, 2018, an interdisciplinary student team from the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP), nursing, and physician assistant programs will kick off a series of community outreach activities throughout West Virginia and southern Ohio to raise awareness about the health consequences of not taking medication as directed. They will join with health professions students across the country in the 2018 National Consumers League Script Your Future: Medication Adherence Team Challenge, a two month-long inter-collegiate competition among health profession student teams and faculty for creating solutions to raise awareness about medication adherence as a critical public health issue.

Outreach activities for this year’s campaign include: community health fairs; a radio blog series; advocacy events during the West Virginia legislative session; distribution of informational flyers with patient prescriptions at surrounding Fruth Pharmacy locations; Generation Rx outreach presentations to over 25 third-grade classrooms, and more. Locations, dates and times of the activities will be posted on the UC School of Pharmacy website and on the UC School of Pharmacy blog (www.ucsopblog.com).

“As the most accessible health care professionals in our communities, pharmacists are in a unique position to educate the public about taking medication as prescribed. Not taking medications as directed can lead to other health problems, especially if you already have asthma, diabetes, or high blood pressure,” said Dr. Susan Gardner, UCSOP’s assistant dean for professional and student affairs. “For example, more than one in three medicine-related hospitalizations happen because that person did not take their medicine as directed. Not taking your medicine as directed can do more than just send you to the hospital – almost 125,000 people die every year because they did not take their medicine as directed.”

The Challenge is sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

In 2017, UCSOP received the National Award for their efforts in the campaign. It was the fourth time and third consecutive year that UCSOP has been recognized with this accolade since the campaign’s conception in 2011.

To learn more about the 2018 Script your Future Medication Adherence Challenge, visit the Script Your Future website.

For more information pertaining to UCSOP events, community outreach, and academic offerings, please visit our website at http://www.ucwv.edu/Pharmacy and follow us on social media. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCSOP/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/UCWV

Attached is a poster with upcoming events SYFPoster


Contributed by: UCSOP Class of 2020, APhA-ASP, ASHP

It is a tradition here at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy for student pharmacists to celebrate American Pharmacist Month by advocating for the profession of pharmacy and the valuable role pharmacist play in community out reach. This year, Pharmacist students of the class of 2020 collaborated with student pharmacist organizations, APhA-ASP and ASHP to organize a health fair at the town center mall in Charleston WV.  This location was chosen because it is a place frequently visited by many individuals of different age groups, thus the best way to reach out to a lot of people.

The health fair was aimed at advocating for the professional of pharmacy and creating awareness to the general public about the various health issues facing our communities and ways to prevent or manage them.

Most individuals believe that a pharmacist only has one job dispensing medication at a community pharmacy. As fellow student pharmacists, it is our responsibility to educate the general public that the responsibility of a pharmacist goes beyond dispensing medication at a pharmacy. How do we do this? During the event, student pharmacists wearing white coats walked around the mall holding posters of health topics like diabetes and heart diseases and provided handouts on these and other disease.  In addition, student pharmacists educated the general public on the importance of taking your medication as prescribed. We also offered free blood pressure and blood glucose check to the general public.

As student pharmacist we were able to provide services to over twenty-five individuals of different age groups. As future pharmacists, individuals in our communities will be able to access us more easily than many physicians or primary care providers, so assuring them we can help them manage some diseases through organizing health fairs like this, would create a trusting relationship between pharmacists and patients.

Provider Status for Pharmacist

Several members in the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy community come from rural hometown settings. Coming from a rural background has provided each of us with unique opportunities as well as obstacles. For me personally, my hometown has one stop sign, one gas station, and the closest hospitals are forty-five minutes in either direction. The lack of access to quality health care is evident in the southern Appalachian coal fields. Diseases like diabetes, COPD, and heart disease run rampant in these areas, and I personally believe that if small communities like my own had better access to health professionals, we could possibly see a decline in these disease states. What makes my hometown unique is that we have four pharmacies serving our community. If pharmacists could obtain provider status, communities like mine would have so many new opportunities to improve their health outcomes. After all, the wellbeing of our patients is the main concern for all health care providers.

Pharmacists are unique in the healthcare field because we have extensive medication knowledge. We know how medications work, how they interact, and what to keep an eye on in our patients. Pharmacy schools are now training students to have more clinical backgrounds which can mean wonders for overall patient care. We are being taught to read labs, perform more tests, give more immunizations, acquire deeper understandings of disease states, and yes spend more hours with our noses in our books. Because of this, we are an incredibly underutilized resource for managing several disease states. Patients managing diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, coagulation therapy, etc. that undergo frequent medication adjustments would benefit greatly from someone with our medical expertise. We would not only be able to ensure that our patients were receiving the correct medication at the correct dosage, we would also be able to help lighten the burden on the already overworked providers. It’s easy to see that we are experiencing a major decline in primary care providers which is only adding further burden on our emergency rooms, doctors’ offices, and worst of all, our patients.

In conclusion, allowing pharmacists to obtain provider status would not only benefit other health care providers, but it would also provide more accessible healthcare for our patients. Through this, we can add another crucial resource for managing common disease states and in return improve health outcomes as well as remove some of the load on our surrounding hospitals and doctors’ offices. It is for all the afore mentioned reasons that I, as well as many other students who share my background, are so passionate about this next step in the profession of pharmacy. We took an oath to serve our patients and our communities and this would allow us to better fulfill that responsibility.


Contributor: Danielle Hoff