University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy
Saint Joseph College School of Pharmacy

JUNE 2012




Noreen. E. Todd , BS Pharmacy, M.H.A., R.Ph.has been named the Coordinator of Experiential Education at Saint Joseph College School of Pharmacy. Ms. Todd brings extensive institutional pharmacy experience to our program, most recently as Director of Pharmacy at Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Middletown, CT. She will be working with John Parisi, Director of Experiential Education, to continue the departmental outreach to our preceptors as well as ensuring our students have the best possible experiential rotations. She can be reached by email at (soon to be or at 860-231-6889.



All 66 students have just returned from their four week 160 hour introductory pharmacy experience rotation (IPPE) and the reports have been amazing. When we interview each student individually, many are so excited about what they learned and how their eyes have opened to new practice ideas. That is the exact purpose of the IPPE rotation and I thank each and every preceptor and their staff.



The Office is continually looking for new sites for our students so if you are interested and have not hosted students before or would like to suggest a new site, please contact me. or 860-231-5874.




------Saint Joseph SOP Chair named Robert Wood Johnson Fellow

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Bruce Edgren, Pharm.D., R.Ph.Bruce Edgren, Pharm.D., R.Ph., chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at the Saint Joseph College School of Pharmacy, has been named a 2012 - 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellow. As one of eight health professionals selected for this prestigious and competitive fellowship, Dr. Edgren will spend a year in Washington, D.C. working in congressional offices with key responsibilities for health legislation and programs.

Established in 1973 at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) with a grant from RWJF, the fellowship program develops the abilities of outstanding midcareer health professionals in academic and community-based settings by providing them with the ability to work alongside those shaping U.S. health care policy. More than 200 fellows from universities, colleges, and community health organizations across the nation have participated in this program.

Saint Joseph College President Pamela Trotman Reid, Ph.D. said, "We are delighted that Dr. Edgren's talents have been recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His participation in the Health Policy Fellows Program will allow the Saint Joseph College community to build on our respected reputation for educating health care professionals, while becoming an effective participant in health care policy discussions on the national level."

SJC School of Pharmacy Dean Joseph R. Ofosu, Pharm.D., R.Ph. said, "Dr. Edgren's distinguished background in Pharmacy practice and education, along with his extensive collaborative experience in the private sector, are encompassed in this exceptional professional honor. His selection for this competitive fellowship is truly an outstanding distinction and an immense source of pride for the Saint Joseph College School of Pharmacy."

A resident of Farmington, Conn., Dr. Bruce Edgren joined the Saint Joseph College School of Pharmacy in 2009. In his current position, Dr. Edgren is responsible for the provision of the practice-based educational component of the Saint Joseph College Doctor of Pharmacy Program. Previously, he was associated with Maple & Main Consulting, LLC in Farmington, Conn., a private consulting firm he founded that provided expertise for the pharmaceutical industry and pharmacy benefit companies. In addition, Dr. Edgren has held academic appointments at Michigan State University School of Medicine, Ferris State University (Mich.), and the University of Minnesota at both St. Paul Children's Hospital and the Minneapolis Children's Medical Center. Dr. Edgren earned his bachelor's and Pharm.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota.

The fellowship program is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Additional information on the RWJF Health Policy Fellows can be found at

Established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine provides independent, objective, evidence-based advice to policymakers, health professionals, the private sector, and the public. The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council make up the National Academies. 


Saint Joseph College becomes University of Saint Joseph 

On June 8, 2012, Saint Joseph College in West Hartford will change its name to University of Saint Joseph to reflect the expansion of its degree programs, student body and campus life. At that time, the website changes to; and our emails will change to and  Our phone numbers will remain the same.




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Register now for the summer Preceptor Live CE webinars, open to all


If you haven't completed these courses yet, save your spot now in the upcoming Preceptor Development Live CE webinars, open to all pharmacists at no charge:




"Delivering Effective Feedback"

on Wednesday, June 27th, at 12PM Eastern/11AM Central/10AM Mountain/9AM Pacific




CE CREDIT: 1 hour Preceptor Live CE credit (Please note this is an encore presentation of a course with an initial release date in November 2010. You can only receive CE credit for this program once.)


COURSE DESCRIPTION: It is important for students and residents to develop essential patient care skills and knowledge during their clinical training. Preceptors must provide constructive evaluation and feedback to help learners increase knowledge and improve communication, patient counseling, and other skills. Providing feedback may be challenging due to a busy schedule and practice environment, different personal communication needs and styles, a conflict with a problem learner, or many other reasons. There are strategies that preceptors can use to provide effective and useful feedback.




"Preventing and Managing Difficult Learning Situations"

on Tuesday, July 31st, at 12PM Eastern/11AM Central/10AM Mountain/9AM Pacific




CE CREDIT: 1 hour Preceptor Live CE credit (Please note this is an encore presentation of a course with an initial release date in January 2011. You can only receive CE credit for this program once.)


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Difficult learning situations in clinical teaching may arise from academic dishonesty, attitude issues, communication mishaps with patients, conflict over grades or final evaluation, and many other causes. Although these types of situations occur infrequently, it is important for preceptors to be prepared in the event they do occur. Preceptors can benefit from a clearly outlined strategy for detecting problems, managing issues early, and preventing a negative outcome from an existing conflict. This course reviews steps for preventing and managing difficult learning situations and provides practical tips for providing feedback and managing conflict in a difficult situation.




"Developing Clinical Skills of Students and Residents"

on Thursday, August 16th, at 12PM Eastern/11AM Central/10AM Mountain/9AM Pacific




CE CREDIT: 1 hour Preceptor Live CE credit (Please note this is an encore presentation of a course with an initial release date in April 2012. You can only receive CE credit for this program once.)


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Student pharmacists and pharmacy residents gain a vast amount of didactic knowledge during their formal pharmacy education, but may not appreciate how to apply this information in practice. Preceptors play a crucial role in teaching students and residents how to utilize this knowledge appropriately when faced with clinical problems. This activity will review the preceptor's role in cultivating the clinical problem solving skills of student pharmacists and pharmacy residents based on the needs of the learner, and will describe methods for preceptors to effectively integrate the development of these skills into daily practice.




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PL Journal Club is a library of case-based, interdisciplinary reviews of current pharmacy and medical literature for dynamic journal club discussions in the classroom or on rotations. The presentations cover therapeutic teaching points and basic statistical concepts for the practicing pharmacist. Faculty can download the Instructor Key with questions and answers to help you easily guide the discussion, and students can get the Student Handout (questions only) to complete prior to the discussion.


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Topic #1: Whether cholinesterase inhibitors (donepezil, etc) or memantine (Namenda) are beneficial for Alzheimer's...Covers treatment of community-dwelling patients diagnosed with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease, impact of underpowered studies and study drug discontinuation, and diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.


Topic #2: More questions about meds for autism-related problems...Covers the role of drug therapy in treating autism spectrum disorder, purpose and role of different types of "review" articles, and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.




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Pharmacy 101 is a library of case-based teaching tools, presenting practical, real-world situations with helpful teaching points. Geared towards early experience students, topics cover common pharmacy practice issues and basic therapeutic concepts.


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Dosing Schedules 101...Covers common errors involving dosing schedules, their consequences, and how to prevent them. Explains factors that affect dosing schedules, including kidney and liver function, indication, half-life, and dosage form.  Uses a prescription for a twice-weekly transdermal estrogen patch to illustrate how to label medications with unusual dosing, and how an unusual dosing schedule can cause errors. Provides tips for preventing problems with billing and refills. A chart of common medications with unusual dosing schedules is provided.




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