2011 Dean's Letters
Dear Students, Friends, and Colleagues,
It is an honor and privilege for me to share with you exciting news from the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy (SUCOP), as we have made the journey from establishment of the Doctor of Pharmacy program on October 10, 2006 to where we are today.
I am very excited to announce that SUCOP has been granted FULL ACCREDITATION STATUS from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) during their June 22-26, 2011 Board of Directors meeting following their accreditation visit on April 11-13, 2011 for the purpose of advancing from Candidate Status to Full Accreditation. It has been an exciting trip for all of us here (but also filled with challenges, opportunities and hard work), and I am very pleased and proud to serve with all the wonderful men and women of SUCOP. We have formed a family-oriented culture of communications and transparencies, integrity and trust, and work and fun.
It is also an honor and privilege for me to share with you the news of the Graduation of our Sullivan University College of Pharmacy (SUCOP) Inaugural Class of 2011. Our Graduation was held on June 11, 2011 at the Block Auditorium at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. This event was special, not only to the 64 graduates and all of us at the University and College, but also to our constituents and supporters in the City of Louisville and Commonwealth of Kentucky.
We are very proud to be part of the Louisville landscape among the friends and professionals of this "One Family, One City," as Mayor Greg Fisher said during his inaugural speech.
I still remember very well the date of July 6, 2008. We welcomed our Inaugural Class of 2011, and I had the chance to meet and greet even more of our colleagues and supporters, both at SUCOP and at their own institutions during my visits there. Three years have passed and I would like to take this opportunity to share with you the highlights, joys, and accomplishments that you have helped to make happen.
We are very excited to see that our faculty have been accepted and have contributed to the profession and to patient care at many institutions and pharmacies throughout the Commonwealth. Our faculty practice alongside the practitioners and health care teams. I am very indebted to our colleagues who have put faith in our dream and our program.
Our faculty and students serve side by side with other professionals on the Boards of Directors of the Kentucky Pharmacists Association (KPhA), Kentucky Society of Health-System Pharmacists (KSHP), Jefferson County Academy of Pharmacy (JCAP), American Heart Association (AHA), Health Enterprises Network (HEN), etc. We are grateful for their open arms and wonderful welcome to our faculty and students who are able to participate in their professional activities. During these past three years, we have also developed four residencies (with more to come in the future) to support the development of pharmacy practice in the Metropolitan Louisville area. We are very happy that with last year's approval of our status as an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Continuing Education provider, we have begun to provide lifelong learning opportunities to our colleagues.
We have developed our patient care center, the InterNational Center for Advanced Pharmacy Services (INCAPS) to provide interprofessional training in collaboration with the healthcare providers from the Department of Public Health and MD2U (Doctors Making House Calls). Our students assisted to administer 1,200 influenza immunizations during the 2010-2011 flu season. At the same time, we proudly support the KPhA's Medication Therapy Management (MTM) initiative and our students will be certified MTM providers when they finish their final year of experiential education, and we are currently working with Humana on the same outreach. We plan to deliver the MTM certificate program for students and interested practitioners.
I personally have testified in front of the Kentucky House and Senate in Frankfort as well as Louisville on three separate occasions over the last two years to express our support of the Pharmacists Collaborative Practice Act and have shared with the legislators a pharmacoeconomic analysis of the participation of the pharmacist on the health care team. It was a wonderful experience, as my testimony lasted longer than planned (50 minutes instead of the scheduled 7 minutes), and my presentation was requested by many additional legislators in Frankfort.
In addition, we are extremely proud of Mr. Jack McGuire, Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate from our Inaugural Class of 2011. Mr. McGuire was the winner of the American Pharmacists Association National Patient Counseling Competition at the Annual Meeting held in Seattle, Washington in March 2011. We are also pleased to announce that Mr. Alex Jarmin, a student in our Class of 2012, was awarded one of the AACP Walmart Scholars Program Scholarships. He and his faculty mentor, Dr. BC Childress, were one of 75 student-faculty pairs from across the country to receive the award. The scholarship helps to cover the costs of attendance at the AACP Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas in July 2011, as well as the annual Teaching Seminar held there.
Since 2008, we have also initiated the Center for Nanotechnology: Education, Research, and Applications (CENTERA). The Mission of CENTERA is to educate those within the Kentuckiana region about nanotechnology, its ever-growing importance, and its significance within our community. To enhance that mission, we have hosted three International Nanotechnology Symposiums, with the fourth one scheduled for September 23-24, 2011. The proceedings of each of these symposiums have been published in Advances in Nanotechnology and Applications, Volumes 1, 2, and 3.
Lastly, the "Circle of Life" continues with the Orientation for our 4th Class - the Class of 2014 - of 104 students, which was held on June 30, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza here in Louisville, KY. These students are beginning their journey toward their dream of becoming a Doctor of Pharmacy, and we eagerly look forward to their accomplishments throughout their three years here at SUCOP.
In summary, Dear Students, Faculty, and Colleagues, again we could not have done this without your support and trust all along from the beginning. I would like send a heartfelt thank you to all of you on behalf of the Sullivan University System and the SUCOP community. I am looking forward to our continued collaborations for the profession of Pharmacy and, at the end of the day, for our patients! GO FLAME!!!
With Warm Regards,
Hieu T. Tran, Pharm.D.
Dean and Professor
ECEC³ . . . Education, Community, Commitment, Care
Dear Students, Friends, and Colleagues,
I hope that all of you have had an enjoyable quarter of the New Year 2011. I would love to wish you a safe harbor as we have been victims of natural disasters, not only in the United States with tornadoes, floods, and fires which have brought disaster to so many families, but also the catastrophic earthquake which happened to the population of Japan. We all pray for their safety and well-being.
At the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy (SUCOP), we have a few events that I would love to share with you all. After 2 ½ years of establishing our Doctor of Pharmacy program, Mr. Jack McGuire, a student of our Inaugural Class of 2011, was the winner of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) National Patient Counseling Competition at the annual APhA meeting in Seattle, Washington in March of this year. Mr. McGuire competed against students from over 100 pharmacy schools in the country. In addition, we just received the news that Mr. Alex Jarmin, a student in our Class of 2012, was awarded one of the AACP Walmart Scholars Program Scholarships. He and his faculty mentor, Dr. BC Childress, were one of 75 student-faculty pairs from across the country to receive the award. The scholarship helps to cover the costs of attendance at the AACP Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas in July 2011, as well as the annual Teaching Seminar held there. We are very excited about our students' accomplishments, and we are looking forward to future similar stories.
For all of us at SUCOP, great things are coming within the next two months. On June 4, 2011, we will begin the tradition of a Bluegrass Gala Celebration for our graduating class where our students, faculty, staff, and clinical faculty can enjoy our last time together and show our appreciation to those who have selflessly contributed to our students' future careers. Following the Bluegrass Gala, we will be graduating our Inaugural Class of 2011 on June 11, 2011. They arrived to us in July 2008 with their faith and trust from their families in our capacity to provide a foundation for their future. We are glad that we could fulfill this promise.
Lastly, we would like to relate to you that on April 11-13, 2011, we received the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) site team visit for the purpose of advancing SUCOP to Full Accreditation. The final decision will be coming following the ACPE Board of Directors meeting in June 2011, and we will report the decision to you all at that time. We are hoping for a good outcome.
Thank you very much to everyone, particularly the people of Louisville, who has put their trust in our endeavors. We are grateful for you. Best of luck to all and all our prayers go to those who have suffered from our recent natural disasters. We wish you a very happy—and lucky—Derby weekend!
Hieu T. Tran, Pharm.D.
Founding Dean and Professor
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