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News From the Dean

Greetings from the Dean’s office! It has been truly amazing to see God’s hand at work here at Cedarville. Our executive team has very effectively navigated the whirlwind of the last year, and Dr. Chen has done an outstanding job of keeping us focused on the things that mattered most. Our faculty and staff have maneuvered every aspect of our program through this recent COVID season, creatively ensuring excellence in education for all of our students.  

Graduates from our program continue to be highly sought after, practice-ready pharmacists. This is evidenced again by exceptional residency placement rates. We are grateful to God for His favor on our graduates as 100% of our PGY2 and 80% of our PGY1 graduates matched in programs around the country. That is truly exceptional!

A couple of changes in faculty will occur over the summer. Dr. Douglas Anderson has accepted a clinical position back in his home state of Oklahoma. Many of the faculty on staff were hired by Dr. Anderson, so we thank him for many years of service to the School as the founding Chair of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Melody Hartzler also will transition to an adjunct professor role next year. We are also grateful for her role as a long-standing faculty member in the School of Pharmacy and innovator and advocate in the profession of pharmacy as well.  

Please join us in praising God for an outstanding year while we look forward to another fantastic year starting this August.  

Jeffrey A. Bates, Pharm.D., B.S. Pharm.

School of Pharmacy Leads the Way With COVID-19 Vaccine 

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Dr. Zach Jenkins continues to be Cedarville's resident infectious disease expert. He has participated in numerous Cedarville-sponsored town halls, as well as remaining highly sought-after from local media for his thoughts on the virus and vaccine. Since the beginning of COVID in March 2020, Dr. Jenkins has conducted more than 210 media interviews!
Dr. Justin Cole, Chair and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, and Dr. Aleda Chen, Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, leant their expertise to several discussions about vaccine hesitancy. They were able to share how patient-centered communication practices, such as motivational interviewing to engage people who express vaccine hesitancy, will help this problem.
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Cedar Care Village Pharmacy, under the direction of Dr. Thad Franz, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, has received more than 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses from the state and, with the help of many pharmacy students, has administered these vaccinations to faculty, staff, and other members of the Cedarville community. 
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Graduates Find Residency Success

2021 Cedarville University School of Pharmacy doctoral candidates and CUSOP program alumni were successful in obtaining positions within postgraduate programs this year, marking the greatest percentage of any graduating class to date that will be completing postgraduate training (65.7%). Members from the class of 2021 who pursued postgraduate residency training achieved a match rate of 80%, far surpassing the national average (65%). This marks the sixth-consecutive year that this has occurred since the inception of the School of Pharmacy. CUSOP's alumni who pursued advanced postgraduate residency training achieved a match rate of 100%. In addition, two students from the CUSOP doctoral candidates obtained positions in fellowship training programs. Students from the class of 2021 will be completing postgraduate residency or fellowship training at prestigious institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic, Yale, MD Anderson, and Sanofi Genzyme among many others.
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Veenstra Publishes Article on Systems Biology

Dr. Tim Veenstra, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, recently published an article titled “Omics in Systems Biology: Current Progress and Future Outlook” in Proteomics (Volume 21, Issue 3-4).

In this article, Dr. Veenstra reflects on the progress that has been made in systems biology research, which is focused on concurrently characterizing as many biological molecules within a cell or organism as possible. An added joy for Dr. Veenstra was the fact that his son, Jacob, who will receive his doctorate in pharmacognosy later this year from the University of Illinois at Chicago, was part of an article published within the same issue of the journal. In this article, his son’s group described how proteomics technology has been used to identify various modifications derived from plant‐based natural products.
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Alumni Continue to Represent School of Pharmacy Well

We are always excited to hear how well our graduates are doing as they start their pharmacy careers!
  • 2019 graduate Dr. Kofi Amoah was part of the team that created the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
  • 2020 graduate Dr. Jared Vega was selected to serve on the ACCP National Resident Advisory Committee.
  • 2021 graduate Meghan Mosser was able to give her advisor, Dr. Emily Laswell, her second Moderna vaccine at Riverside. 

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Class of 2020 and 2021 Gather to Reflect and Celebrate

On April 30, the School of Pharmacy gathered for its annual Reflect and Celebrate picnic and Hooding Ceremony. This year was unprecedented as we hosted both 2021 and 2020 Pharm.D. graduates, with over 400 members of their families attending. We also gave out $270,000 in scholarships at the Reflect and Celebrate event.

Center for Pharmacy Innovation

The Center for Pharmacy Innovation, led by Dr. Justin Cole, Chair and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, is supporting and developing IPA’s new pharmacist-led smoking cessation program along with engaging in multiple faculty and student-led research projects.

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Pharmacy Team Ministers in Georgia

From May 2-9, Dr. Thad Franz, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, and N.D. Nguyen, a first-year professional pharmacy student, led a team of students to serve the refugee community in Clarkston, Georgia.
Clarkston, Georgia, is known as “the most culturally diverse square mile in America” because it serves as a relocation center for refugees from across the world.  Walking down the street of this small suburb of Atlanta, you will feel that you are no longer in America. Many of the people in this area are from countries that are considered to be “closed borders” to the Gospel. The opportunities to share the love of Christ are endless.
Partnering with the Encompass World Partners, a missions organization, the team of 13 is serving in health clinics, providing public health screening events, and assisting teachers in the culturally diverse Clarkston elementary school. While ministering to the people of Clarkston, students will also learn more about the culture of the people they are serving. 
One student, Priscilla Amoako, was able to earn a partial mission scholarship through generous giving of our supporters.

New Faces at Cedarville: Welcome to the Pharmily

We welcome the following new faces to the School of Pharmacy:
  • Angela Wilson, Co-Curricular Coordinator
  • Kristie Passage, Director of Community Engagement
  • Amanda Wilson, Assessment and Instruction Coordinator
Stephanie (Cailor) Tubb, Pharm.D., '18 is joining us in a new role for Cedarville. Jointly funded by the Dayton VA, Dr. Tubb is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and practicing at the Dayton VA in the Women’s Clinic and as an Academic Detailer. She will be teaching the Men’s and Women’s Health Module.

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