As a student-pharmacist who symbolizes the values of University of the Sciences, Dorela Priftanji PharmD’17 was presented with the 2016 Undergraduate Student Award of Merit during the University’s 195th Founders’ Day Ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 18.
“Dorela truly embodies the spirit of innovation of USciences’ founders, as she has distinguished herself with her research in both pharmacology and pharmacy practice,” said Dr. William Cunningham, dean of students at USciences.
Priftanji, of Newton Square, Pennsylvania, played a key role in a pharmacology research project that developed a specific delivery method of tegafur for its use in the treatment of colon cancer. This cutting-edge research was presented during USciences’ Research Day last spring. She also used this experience as the foundation for practice-based research on insulin pen use in an acute care setting as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning by evaluating student learning and retention of CPR training.
Aside from her coursework at USciences, Priftanji has gained clinical practice experience at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Cooper Medical University Hospital, and an independent pharmacy in Albania.
Each year, Founders’ Day at USciences recognizes its establishment on Feb. 23, 1821, as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy — the first college of pharmacy in North America, which is now a part of USciences. For more information, visit the University’s Founders’ Day webpage.
From left to right: Dr. BJ Cunningham, dean of students; Marvin Samson HonAlm’96, board of trustees chairman; Dorela Priftanji PharmD’17 who received the 2016 Undergraduate Student Award of Merit; and Kathleen R. Mayes P’76, PharmD’78, interim president. Credit: Ellis Photography/University of the Sciences