November 7, 2017 - The Record

A Passion for Pharmacy

It was an exciting time to be a pharmacist at TUC during October’s American Pharmacists Month. And there’s still so much to enjoy.COP Students

Watch Dr. Shadi Doroudgar, Dr. Monica Donnelley, and Dr. Mohamed Jalloh answer important questions about emergencies and the role of pharmacists on Good Day Sacramento, recorded during the week of the North Bay fires.

Flip through the new viewbook and learn more about the College of Pharmacy directly from its students, faculty, and alumni.

Visit Dean Rae Matsumoto’s Facebook page to see what else happened during the College of Pharmacy’s 24 community and professional events that happened throughout the month of October.

 Upcoming Events!

A Range of Experiences
David Duncan, DO, COM 2001

Dr. David Duncan initially joined the US Navy through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. He went to flight school and performed aviation medicine while stationed in Japan. He was also part of the initial launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He later returned to the US and served with the Coast Guard, and is now Clinical Director at the prison, FCI Dublin, CA.

David DuncanTell us what's new with you!

I just returned from a deployment managing a group of 200 dialysis patients evacuated from the Virgin Islands in the recent hurricanes.  

What first got you started on the physician’s path?

My physician path started fairly broadly, being inspired by my family doctor who meow-ed in my ears when he looked in them. I actually worked with a volunteer organization in Colorado as a Nursing Assistant after graduating from college as a way to cement my motivation for patient care, and worked in an ER as an EMT prior to starting at Touro COM.  It was a very humbling experience to start at the truly ground level, to appreciate the impact that people can have even without advanced degrees, simply by interacting with and caring for patients.

What are some of the most pressing needs in correctional medicine?

Probably the most obvious need in correctional medicine is the need for high-quality primary care practitioners. I suspect that very few medical professionals start out their careers with prison as their ideal setting for caring for patients, due to the stigma that is placed by society, the fear of the completely unknown but present risk in seeing these patients, and the lack of earnest recruitment to help allay these and other barriers. It’s not a lack of funding or diversity of locations, I can assure you.  I think that people believe (as I once did) that providing care for convicted criminals will be unsatisfying, dangerous, or dead-end jobs; nothing could be farther from the truth on all counts!

Our Staff: Lorissa Feliciano, Assistant Director of Admissions

Lorissa Feliciano

Lorissa Feliciano was born in Buffalo, NY and attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she earned a BA in English and a MEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She spent a year in London before moving to Berkeley where she taught business English.  She was also operations manager at an environmental engineering company. She joined GSOE in 2014 where she assisted with applications and student program tracking. As of November 6th, Lorissa will be the Assistant Director of Admissions, overseeing the applications for COP and GSOE.

What did you enjoy about working in the Graduate School of Education?

I have really enjoyed getting to know the GSOE students and hearing about the trials and tribulations on their journey to becoming credentialed classroom teachers. I was usually the first point of contact for them. It is so wonderful and inspiring to know that our students are making such a difference in the world!

Can you tell us a bit about your family? How do they shape who you are?

I am the only one of my family who ventured out to the west coast, so I do miss them a lot. I recently visited my mom for her 70th birthday in Florida. It made me realize how grateful I am to have such loving family members who have always supported me and my dreams in life. Also, my two sons, ages 21 and 16, are a huge inspiration to me and have grown into incredible young men whom I am very proud of.

Where would we find you on the weekend? What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy being physically active! I practice yoga regularly and love to take hikes up in the east bay hills near my house. I am a huge fan of 80’s music and go out dancing whenever I can!  Also love watching the Giants and Warriors. I absolutely love it here and have never looked back since I moved to CA in 1995!


Faculty Focus: Charlie Clements, MD, MPH
Joint MSPAS/MPH Program

Charlie ClementsCharlie Clements started in August 2017 as the Clinical Coordinator for the Joint Program. Charlie describes himself as "a public health physician and human rights activist."

He describes this dual interest beginning in his first year as a Family Practice Resident at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, when there were three large pesticides poisonings of farmworkers. He and several colleagues who treated the victims teamed up with a legal team from California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) and eventually passed what came to be known as the Posting Law. It required growers to place signs at the corners and all entrances of fields where harmful pesticide had been sprayed. Two years later it became a statewide regulation.

The residents used the data gathered from the farmworkers who had been poisoned to not only sue the growers on their behalf to provide for their medical care, but also to generate publicity about the poisoning to educate the public that this was not just an issue for growers and field workers, but a problem that endangered any child in Monterey County.

"This was my first experience in the interplay of clinical medicine and evidence-based advocacy to forge public policy that would protect the health of an entire community it would also affect the trajectory of my professional life," Clements says.

Clements didn't begin his professional life as a physician. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, who served as a C-130 transport pilot in Vietnam until he reached the point where he felt like what he was being asked to do was immoral. After ferrying planeloads of combat-ready U.S. soldiers from Saigon to the "Parrot's Beak" on April 30th, 1970, he refused to fly further missions in support of what was clearly the invasion of Cambodia. Charlie wrote Witness to War, which describes his journey of conscience from Vietnam to the civil war in El Salvador, where he worked as a physician caring for civilians bombed, rocketed, or strafed daily by U.S.-supplied aircraft. It's one of the reasons Charlie says he was honored to almost immediately be asked by Professor Assefaw Ghebrekidan to teach several sessions for PH 610 (Conflict and Public Health), which among several topics explores "the health challenges and ethical dilemmas a health professional goes through in times of conflict and lessons learned from such experiences."

Prior to coming to Touro, Charlie served for five years as the Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he also taught human rights courses.

Charlie is one of the founding board members of Physicians for Human Rights. As President in 1997 he participated both in the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and the treaty signing for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. He has been widely recognized for his humanitarian and human rights work.

Charlie says that joining the faculty at Touro California feels like, "I've come home to an institution where my values are a perfect fit."