October 26, 2016 Edition

Spike It!

Following the success of our annual TUC vs TUN basketball game, our senior leadership decided that the students deserved a second competitive event to enjoy in the fall term. Adding volleyball would allow the California and Nevada campuses to take turns hosting one event each year, giving everyone the opportunity to feel more involved and committed to our friendly little rivalry. The event will start with an open mic, and we encourage all of our talented musicians and entertainers at TUC to get their acts together soon and be ready to perform for our engaged audience in Lander Hall Auditorium. The sound system and stage will be set up and ready for you! And Touro faculty, staff, and student band Island Glow is already booked for the event. 

Pre-game food will be available at 6 PM. Sr. Provost Shelley Berkley, Provost Marilyn Hopkins, and Rabbi Elchonon Tenenbaum will give the opening remarks. The game starts at 7:30 PM. And after we win, the players will enjoy a dinner party at Farragut Inn. 

It is TUC’s unabashed hope that introducing volleyball to our friendly rivalry will help us to tip the scales against TUN. But regardless of the outcome, we are one university with the Nevada campus, and this game provides us with the unique opportunity to get to know and bond with our counterparts. Touro’s busy students have been longing for something exciting outside of the vigors of their study, and we’re giving it to them! But to any who are still reluctant to step away from their work, consider it an exercise in inter-professional cooperation and teamwork.

The Baltimore Sun’s must-read “Shoot to Kill” series, featuring Touro University California COM class of 2005 alumnus Dr. Jason Pasley. 

Touro University California COM class of 2005 alumnus Dr. Jason Pasley was featured on the front page of the Baltimore Sun recently in its must-read “Shoot to Kill” series. In it, Dr. Pasley walks us through his “bullet hole math” at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The story presents a harrowing tale of how gun violence in the US is evolving to be more deadly and cruel, which makes the work of doctors like Pasley a constant challenge. The real impact of gun violence weighs heavy in this piece, revealing the visceral challenge that our ER physicians face on a daily basis to save the lives of those who have been caught in the path of its destruction.

Read the full article on the Baltimore Sun's website.

College of Pharmacy faculty and students awarded Platinum at Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Mid-year Meeting for project: “Value Frameworks for the Patient-Provider Interaction”.

Research presented by the doctors and student pharmacists in the COP program was selected to receive the Platinum level award at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy mid-year meeting. The accoladed project is titled "Value Frameworks for the Patient-Provider Interaction: A Comparison of the ASCO Value Framework versus NCCN Evidence Blocks in Determining Value in Oncology". Authors are Dr. Bijal Shah, Joseph S. Galanto (P4), Huong Nguyen (P4), and Dr. Robert Ignoffo. 

This is Touro University California College of Pharmacy’s second Platinum award this year. In April 2016, a research team also led by Dr. Shah received the Platinum award at the AMCP annual meeting for the project titled “Patient and Care Characteristics that Heighten Risk for 30-Day Readmission in Patients with Congestive Heart Failure”. 

It is quite an achievement to get just one of these awards, and it is highly unusual for pharmacy students to consistently be involved in high quality, high profile projects. This underscores the quality of the mentorship provided by Dr. Shah to pharmacy students conducting research with her, and we are thrilled to celebrate their achievement.