Students, Faculty, Alumni Attend New Jersey Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting and Convention

Published on October 16, 2017

NJPHA 2017University of the Sciences, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy students, faculty, and alumni made a big splash in Atlantic City at the 147th Annual Meeting and Convention of the New Jersey Pharmacists Association held at Harrah’s Casino and Conference Center on October 13 to 15, 2017.  

A team of four doctor of pharmacy students including Kathryn Sesuca PharmD’21, Monica Nguyen PharmD’21, Karminna Ezpeleta PharmD’22, Marquis Williams PharmD’21 participated in a Self-Care Competition. Aakash Gandhi PharmD’17, who works for CVS Pharmacy, participated as a judge at the competition.

The faculty advisor for the NJPhA student group Grace Earl BS’86 PharmD’92, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, was also a member of the Convention Planning Committee and Student Practitioner Committee.

George Downs and Dan VentricelliAt the conference, George Downs, Dean Emeritus, and Daniel Ventricelli, PharmD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, gave a presentation on “Turning the Tides: the expanded access to naloxone.” The pair addressed the importance of understanding substance use disorder and encouraged pharmacists to ask patients if they need help, refer them to health care professionals and rehabilitation programs, and assess and evaluate their response to treatment. The presentation generated a lot of interest and questions from the audience.

The theme of the meeting was “Stand up, Speak out.”  Dan Hussar P'62, MS’64, PhD’67, the Remington Professor of Pharmacy and author of the Pharmacist Activist newsletter, delivered the opening session on “Advocacy for Pharmacy.”  He was greeted by Carmela Silvestri, PharmD, CCP, FASCP, President-Elect, 2017 Convention Chair.

HussarSteven Zlotnick P’77, PharmD, CCP, adjunct clinical professor, received the Frederick B. Kilmer award, started by an innovator in the pharmaceutical industry, which recognizes a pharmacist for excellence in writing.

Several alumni were also in attendance including Steve Chang P’78, Michael Barnett PharmD’07, Lindsay Shehwen-Haimowitz PharmD’09, and Kristine Cigna PharmD’10.