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PCP Students Show Off Research at ASHP Meeting
Networking opportunities were also made for residency and fellowship programs
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Contact:  Brian Kirschner
Contact Email:  b.kirschner@usciences.edu
Contact Phone:  215-895-1186

Students from USciences' Philadelphia College of Pharmacy had an opportunity to display their research while attending the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting held in Las Vegas, NV, from Dec. 2-6, 2012.

"This research is over and above what is expected for rotations," said Dr. Steve Sheaffer, PCP's Vice Chair Experimental Learning. "They are gaining valuable experience that will make them more competitive for residency training programs."

Photo 1: Jade Kozuch PharmD'13 (center) with faculty advisor Dr. Michael Cawley and USciences President Dr. Helen Giles-Gee.
Photo 2: Joseph Sciasci PharmD’13.
Photo 3: Raymond Scott PharmD’13.
Photo 4: (from left to right) Katie Stegura PharmD’13, Jasmine Mencia PharmD’13, and Palak Shah, PharmD’13.
Photo 5 : Selvin Soby PharmD’13.

The students, who are for the most part in their fourth and final professional year of the doctor of pharmacy program were mentored primarily by faculty and in some case site preceptors.

"One of the main reasons that I had always planned on attending the Midyear was because I knew that I wanted to pursue a residency," said Jade Kozuch PharmD'13. "Not only would the Midyear allow me to communicate with current residents and gain insight into the process of applying and interviewing for residencies, but it would also provide me with the opportunity to familiarize myself with programs that are out of the area. I was definitely able to fulfill these hopes while at the Midyear. I am interested in pursuing a residency in a different part of the country, and this vast gathering of programs provided the perfect setting for me to communicate with representatives from these sites face to face. Without the Midyear, I would not have had this opportunity, and seeking a residency would have been a much more stress filled process."

PCP had 42 students present 22 posters at the ASHP meeting and a record 108 overall in attendance. According to Dr. Sheaffer, many were actively seeking PGY1 pharmacy practice residencies or fellowship training positions in the pharmaceutical industry Last year, PCP placed 52 students (almost 25 percent of the 2012 PharmD graduates) in these postgraduate training programs.

PCP Students Faculty Mentors Title Practice Site if Applicable
Renu Abraham PharmD'13 Dr. Jomy M. George, Dr. Tyan Thomas, Dr. Laura Pontiggia Prevalence of metabolic syndrome in HIV and HIV/HCV co-infected patients Cooper University Hospital
David Bankes PharmD'13, Sapna Shah PharmD'13, Tintu Thomas PharmD'13 Dr. Jomy George, Dr. Sanchita Sen The incidence of vancomycininduced nephrotoxicity in the elderly population Cooper University Hospital
Claire Caracciolo PharmD'13, Jason Premus PharmD'13, Melissa Fontana PharmD'13, James Harrigan PharmD'13 Dr. Jean Scholtz Assessment of IV to PO conversion protocol in a community teaching hospital Mercy Suburban Hospital
Vinay Daryani PharmD'13 Dr. Brian Pinto*, Dr. Kenneth M. Sermock*, Dr. Michael A. Veltri*, Dr. David E. Procaccini*, Dr. Sabine Kost-Byerly*, Dr. Ivor Berkowitz* Assessing the frequencey and associated cost of inappropriate low-dose continuous naloxone infusion in pediatric patients at the Johns Hopkins Childrens Center on patient controlled analgesia. *The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Nickolas Galanakis PharmD’13, Morgan Myers PharmD'14, Meghan Tolan PharmD'14

Dr. Jean Scholtz, Dr. Steve Sheaffer Organ Donation Awareness: Give the Gift of Life Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Einstein Medical Center
Nicholas Hurrey PharmD'13, Mayank Parikh PharmD'13 Dr. Rose O'Flynn* Performance of FibroSURE, APRI and FIB-4 in predicting advanced fibrosis in U.S. Veterans with Chronic Hepatitis C with intermediate probability of cirrhosis *Philadelphia VA Medical Center
Jade Kozuch PharmD'13 Dr. Michael Cawley, Dr. Richard Pacitti* Effects of pill burden, comorbidity and social risk on time to renal transplant wait listing: a cohort study *Crozer Chester Medical Center
Sarah Kraus PharmD'14 Dr. Sanchita Sen Medication Errors and Pharmacy Interventions Post Pharmacy Technician-Centered Medication Reconciliation Program in the Internal Medicine Services. Cooper University Hospital
Christopher Lukose PharmD'13, Kunj Gohil PharmD'13 Dr. Craig Whitman Evaluation of prescribing practices of corticosteroids in critically ill patients with septic shock Cooper University Hospital
Keili Marvel PharmD'13 Dr. James Curtis* Metrondiazole-induced encephalopathy confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging: a case report *Chester County Hospital
Jasmine Mencia PharmD'13, Palak Shah PharmD'13, Katie Stegura PharmD'13 Dr. Jean Scholtz The effectivness of implementing a pain management protocol at a community teaching hospital: a retrospective chart review. Mercy Suburban Hospital
Amulya Murthy PharmD'13 Dr. Quinn Czosnowski, Dr. Jackie Sutton*, Christa Schorr* Rates of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia in cardiothoracic surgery patients receiving a less intensive insulin infusion protocol *Cooper University Hospital
Robert Nietupski PharmD'13, Joseph Sciasci PharmD'13, Michael Dejos PharmD'13, Nicholas Galanakis PharmD'13, Jonathan Malara PharmD'13, Evdokia Metaxas PharmD'13 Dr. Todd A. Miano* Evaluating daptomycin use in a large teaching hospital *Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Jay Patel PharmD'13, Selvin Soby PharmD'13 Dr. Jean Scholtz, Chanhak Seng*, Nicki Patel* Assessing baseline knowledge and the value of education in hospitalized diabetic patients *Mercy Suburban Hospital
Dhaval B. Patel PharmD'13, Alyssa Han PharmD'13 Dr. Shelley Otsuka, Dr. Radha Vanmali Resident physicians' perception of the role of clinical pharmacists in an outpatient transition of care clinic Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Binita Patel PharmD'13, Alyssa Lesko PharmD'13 Dr. Laura Pontiggia, Dr. Jomy George Effect of statins on hospital length of stay (LOS) and time to resolution of infection in patients with bacteremia caused by methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Cooper University Hospital
Bijal N. Patel PharmD'13, Jasmine Patel PharmD'13 Dr. Craig Whitman Comparison of infectious complications between use of proton pump inhibitors and histamine-receptor antagonists for prevention of stress-related mucosal disease bleeding in critically ill patients Cooper University Hospital
Scott Raymond PharmD'13 Dr. Quinn Czosnowski Rates of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia in critically ill patients following transition from an insulin infusion to a scheduled regimen of either isophane or glargine insulin Cooper University Hospital
Kristina Riley PharmD'13, Annette Lista PharmD'13 Dr. Laura L. Bio Evaluating the use of methadone for opiod taper in pediatric patients status post continuous fentanyl infusion for withdrawal prevention Cooper University Hospital
Joseph Sciasci PharmD'13 Dr. Laura L. Bio Effects of continuous ketamine infusion for sedation in pediatric patients: a retrospective case review Cooper University Hospital
Nishita Shah PharmD'13, Chandani Patel PharmD'13 Dr. Leona Blustein Evaluating the impact of social networking sites on the pharmacy career McNeil Consumer Healthcare
Vivian Ukegbu PharmD'13 Dr. Lisa Davis Effect of body composition parameters on the volume of distribution of high dose melphalan in patients with multiple myeloma Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
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