2018 Pharmacy Annual Report
The 2018 Annual Report celebrates another year of professional excellence and Gospel impact for the School of Pharmacy. The following are just a few of the highlights you'll find in this engaging online annual report:
- Graduating our third class
- Serving patient care needs in communities locally, regionally, and internationally through ongoing partnerships
- Launching our new Center for Pharmacy Innovation
- Initiating collaborative research
- Instituting a new residency program
- Working to open our new Cedar Care Village Pharmacy
2018 Highlights of the Year
Realigning Our Mission, Vision, and Goals
All organizations must have a clear vision and plan to accomplish the goals before them. This is no different for the School of Pharmacy. In 2018, the faculty and staff took time to reevaluate our mission, vision, goals, and strategic plan. In the end, all is well-aligned to meet the current and anticipated needs of our students and alumni.
Cedar Care Village Pharmacy Set to Launch
We are excited about the new Cedar Care Village Pharmacy that will serve both the village and University communities. Given the historic nature of the building and its setting in the small town of Cedarville, Cedar Care Village Pharmacy will have an old-time feel, while utilizing state-of-the-art technology. Visit our website CedarCareRX.com to sign up for email updates. You can also like us at facebook.com/CedarCarePharmacy to stay connected with us.
Pharm.D. Class of 2018 Surpasses National Average on NAPLEX
The 2018 class of Cedarville University Pharm.D. graduates achieved a 96.77 percent pass rate on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX), exceeding the national average. Passing the NAPLEX is a prerequisite for becoming a licensed pharmacist. Once again, our graduates have shown that the School of Pharmacy is preparing its students well.
Teaming Up to Fight Opioid Crisis
The School of Pharmacy is taking action against the opioid crisis that is overwhelming law enforcement and healthcare providers in the state of Ohio and nationally. State legislators, pharmacists, professors, and pharmacy students gathered at Cedarville University on September 14 to discuss ways to curb the opioid crisis at a legal and pharmaceutical level and help those impacted by the epidemic.
Center for Pharmacy Innovation Launched
The Center for Pharmacy Innovation was launched in March 2018. The Center seeks to identify creative solutions, provide educational initiatives, and promote patient advocacy that positively impacts patients and expand the pharmacist’s role as part of a collaborative healthcare team.
School of Pharmacy Earns Re-accreditation
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) board granted Cedarville University’s School of Pharmacy the maximum four-year re-accreditation for new schools following its recent site visit. The accreditation process offers a professional judgment of the quality of a School of Pharmacy’s professional program.
By the Numbers
Pharm.D. Class of 2018
- NAPLEX First-time Pass Rate: 96.77%
- MPJE First-time Pass Rate (Ohio): 95.455%
- Four-year Graduation Rate: 91.7%
- Residency Match Rate: 68.75%
- Cross-Cultural Participation: 100%
Incoming 2018 P1 Pharmacy Class
- Male: 21
- Female: 29
- States Represented: 15
- Ohio Residents: 21
- Countries Represented: 3
- Undergraduate Universities: 24
"I would like to thank all of you for your prayers, encouragement, advice, teaching, and consistent support during my Cedarville University training and search for post-graduation opportunities. Looking back on all that you have done to support me, I am overwhelmed and humbled. God has used each of you to impact my education and life over these past few years, and it has been an honor to learn from you."
—Laura Sjoquist, Pharm.D. '18
Experiential Programs Academic Fellow in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, NC
Preceptor Appreciation Spotlight
Richard Arends, Pharm.D., M.S.
Miami Valley Hospital
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Neonatal Intensive Care
PGY1 Residency Program Director
School of Pharmacy Involvement: Dayton APPE preceptor, SSHP Residency panel, CU in the Morning CE events, All Ohio Pharmacy Symposium, DASHP Symposium, class speaker, career fair residency showcase rep, ASHP Visiting Leaders Symposium, PGY1 Residency practitioner surveyor
"I am thankful for Dr. Arends’ continued commitment to excellence as a teacher, residency director, and leader within the profession of pharmacy. Richard is always looking for new ways to grow in his craft, as well as seek ways to collaborate to equip the next generation of pharmacists. Our students have greatly benefited from his expertise in the classroom and at the bedside."
—Thad Franz, Pharm.D. Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Vice Chair for Experiential Programs
Making an Impact
Patient Contact Hours (third-year service learning)
People Reached Through Media
Participate in Cross-Cultural Medical Missions Trips
Domestic and International Trips in 2018, Serving Underserved
Future Pharmacists Serve Internationally, Nationally
Last year, 55 professional pharmacy students participated in 16 different missions trips. Some traveled internationally, with trips to West Africa, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Romania, and India. Others traveled within the U.S., serving in Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, and Georgia.
Students Reach the World in Georgia
Students traveled to Clarkston, Georgia, this summer, where they were able to minister to 90 different people groups, without even leaving the country. Clarkston is considered “one of the most diverse square miles” in the U.S.
Pharmacy Student Beats Cancer, Back on Track for 2020 Graduation
Third-year professional pharmacy student Julia Gardner was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on Aug. 15, 2015, just six weeks after her wedding. After two 1/2 years of treatment, Gardner is in remission and anticipating a 2020 graduation from Cedarville University.
Providing Patient-Centered Care
Students Test Skills in National Contest
Two Pharm.D. students represented Cedarville University’s School of Pharmacy at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) clinical skills competition. This competition gauges the abilities of a pair of students to accurately assess and provide patient care.
Bridges of Hope
As students learn new information and skills, they also initiate new ways to use their training to serve the community. For some, that has meant developing a partnership with a local homeless shelter, Bridges of Hope, to serve the individuals staying there.
Vaccinating Students During Fall Clinics
This fall, Cedarville University School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy students have been immunizing their fellow students, and even a few faculty members, against the flu season. Receiving these vaccinations allows the students to meet their clinical compliance requirements.
Newest Pharmacy Residency Program Cares for the Underserved
Dr. Andrew Straw, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Cedarville University, has long been a friend of the Rocking Horse Community Health Center in Springfield, Ohio. Now, he’s paving the way for graduates of Cedarville University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program to serve there as well.
SOP Presents End-of-Year Awards
Cedarville University’s School of Pharmacy presented its 2018 end-of-year awards to exemplary pharmacy students. The awards ceremony featured keynote speaker Marialice Bennett, from the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.
Offering CE Credits to Area Professionals
This year, School of Pharmacy faculty provided more than 13 hours of continuing education for approximately 180 preceptors, on topics ranging from assisted suicide to diabetes care.
Chen Named Associate Editor for Research Journal
Cedarville University professors seek to not only prepare students well for their future careers but also to set an example demonstrating excellence in their field. For Dr. Aleda Chen, Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, this is evidenced by her recent appointment as an associate editor for Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.
Professor Secures Patent for Antibody Research
Dr. Rocco Rotello, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, helped engineer and test an antibody that has potential to treat the results of a multitude of vascular conditions, including pain in walking and limb necrosis associated with late-stage diabetes.
Laswell Earns a Faculty Excellence Award
Dr. Emily Laswell, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was presented a Faculty Excellence Awards from the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) at a ceremony on November 2 at the University of Dayton River Campus.
Alumni Stay Connected
New Alumni Connect Website
This year we launched a new website to help alumni stay connected to the School of Pharmacy. This site will house information on upcoming events, ways in which alumni can stay involved, and more.
New Alumni Advisory Council
This year we also established an Alumni Advisory Council. Thirteen alumni sit on this council and will help shape the future of alumni engagement with the School of Pharmacy.
Alumni Return for Homecoming Celebration
In October, alumni and their families came back to campus for our School of Pharmacy reunion, which included our inaugural homecoming Pharm.D. alumni awards reception.
“It was rewarding coming back to Cedarville for the first School of Pharmacy dessert reception! It was great to catch up with fellow alumni and faculty that have had an impact on both my personal and professional life. I enjoyed seeing the projects in which the student organizations were involved. If you have any ideas or suggestions for future alumni events or initiatives, please contact us!”
—Paul Srnis, Pharm.D. ’16, Alumni Council Co-Chair
“I am very thankful to have received the Fruth Pharmacy Scholarship this year. As I plan to work in community pharmacy upon graduation, this scholarship has allowed me the time to focus on studying and pursuing my passion of pharmacy.”
—Lia Hickinbotham, Recipient of 2018 Fruth Scholarship