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An electronic newsletter from the College of Pharmacy

March 2013


UNMC College of Pharmacy receives accreditation for eight years 

The University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Pharmacy recently received continued accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for the maximum eight-year period, through June 2021. ACPE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy. 


"This is a superb outcome, and one that is not achieved by all colleges of pharmacy in the United States," said Courtney Fletcher, Pharm.D., dean of the UNMC College of Pharmacy. "This achievement reflects the contributions and commitments of all our faculty, staff and students to excellence in pharmacy education."


The accreditation is the ACPE's seal of approval following a comprehensive review of the college, which culminates in a full-site visit. At the October 2012 site visit, the college was evaluated on 30 different standards reflecting professional and educational qualities that are essential for a college of pharmacy to offer the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. 


"This accreditation outcome reflects not just what we have accomplished," Dr. Fletcher said, "but also the confidence ACPE has, and prospective pharmacy students can have, that the UNMC College of Pharmacy will continue to achieve its mission of providing an outstanding pharmacy education well into the future."


Dr. Fletcher said the UNMC College of Pharmacy develops medicines to treat the world's most devastating diseases and prepares pharmacists to thrive in the ever-changing world of health care.


A new $35 million College of Pharmacy and Center for Drug Discovery building is set to begin construction in February 2014. 

NAPLEX Board Results

Class of 2012


For a fourth-consecutive year, the College of Pharmacy graduating class had a 100 percent pass rate on the national pharmacy licensing examination.


All 65 of UNMC's graduating pharmacy students passed North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) on their first attempts.  The national pass rate for all colleges of pharmacy was 96.68 percent. UNMC students had an average score of 107.03. The national average score was 103.52.


"The entire College of Pharmacy family shares in this achievement," said Courtney Fletcher, Pharm.D., dean of the College of Pharmacy. "It reflects the commitment and expertise of the College of Pharmacy faculty.  And, it is a result of the outstanding students who come to study pharmacy at UNMC."


Welcome Dr. Oupicky


Dr. David OupickyThe College of Pharmacy has filled a key leadership position on its faculty.

David Oupicky, Ph.D., has been named professor and co-director of the Center for Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine, and will hold the Parke-Davis Endowed Chair. He assumed his role March 1...read more 

New Grants Awarded

Dr. KlepserDon Klepser, Ph.D., MBA, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, has been awarded two grants from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS).  The grants will evaluate community pharmacist-provided medication management in patient-centered medical homes and the impact on patient outcomes.



Dong Wang, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, received two new grants. Amgen, Inc. awarded $94,500 for the research project Local Delivery of Scierostin Antibody to promote Bone Fracture Healing Using Biomineral-binding liposome Formulations, and NIH/NIAMSD awarded $1,379,232 for Early Detection and Intervention of Orthopedic Implant Loosening using PolymerTheranostics.


Jonathan Vennerstrom, Ph.D., Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, received a new grant from the NIH/NIAID in the amount of $368,822 for Leveraging RC-12 for Radical Cure of Plasmodium Vivax.


Paul Dobesh, Pharm.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was awarded $98,194 from Daiichi Sankyo and Eli Lily Alliance to research Platelet Reactivity with Clopidogrel versus Prasugrel in Patients with Systolic Heart Failure.

 Student Activities

BrinkHeidi Brink, P4, presented at the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Congress in Puerto Rico in January.  During her P4 research rotation with Dr. Keith Olsen and Dr. Greg Peitz (left in photo), Ms. Brink completed the research project.  It was then accepted for poster presentation.  "It was a truly amazing experience - from the IRB process to the actual presentation," Ms. Brink said. 


KE Valentine'sKappa Epsilon delivered decorated Valentine's Day boxes to children in the pediatrics ward.  They also celebrated with their annual "Pink Day" celebration raising awareness and money for breast cancer research.  "We raised $218.28 through our superhero contest and an additional $175 through t-shirt sales," stated Jennifer Gallanger, P3, KE President.  All proceeds will be going to the Young Survivor's Coalition. 


The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) hosted their annual meeting and exposition in Los Angeles March 1-4. UNMC College of Pharmacy students and faculty attended leadership workshops and general session programs while enjoying tasty treats, massages and free stuff at the Expo. UNMC College of Pharmacy's APhA-ASP chapter was represented by Ellina Pisetsky, P4, in the National Patient Counseling Competition. Fun was had by all!


UNMC Team Assists Skaters 

On the ice they are smooth and graceful, often with soothing music to match. There are few things more elegant than elite figure skating. Except ... SPLAT!

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