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A Tradition of Reinventing Pharmacy

Never doubt the profound impact that our faculty and alumni have had on health care nationwide through decades of advocacy for increased access to patient care.
“Pharmacists are the medication experts on the health care team and in the community. Thanks to our work, in addition to improved care at hospitals and clinics, busy people can just pop ... Read more...

Inventing Blistex

A chance meeting on a train between a Seattle pharmacist and Chicago businessman turned an ointment created in L.D. Bracken’s pharmacy into an international brand.
“Many people don’t realize how inventive pharmacists have been throughout history. L.D. Bracken’s story is a great example of the kinds of transformative products and entrep... Read more...

Training to practice at the top of their license

Our student pharmacists train in the Bracken Pharmacy Learning Center

UWSOP implements the Purple Curriculum with new Wednesdays in Practice, Provider Readiness Training and more
UW School of Pharmacy’s PharmD program trains pharmacists to think critically and be prepared for a future of health care that requires the advanced skills and knowledge of the Husky Pharmacist.
“The UW School of Pharmacy is one of the... Read more...

Congratulations to all awarded a Certificate of Merit in Precepting!

Certificates of Merit in Precepting

Our Experiential Education team recently completed our annual preceptor review process as part of our quality assurance program. This review process allowed us to identify preceptors who have demonstrated excellence in the following major areas:

Active participation, as measured by the number of students pre... Read more...

Wong named Introduction to Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) Preceptor of the Year

Candice Wong, Introduction to Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) Preceptor of the Year
The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) Preceptor of the Year Award is given annually to one outstanding IPPE preceptor. For 2019, Candice Wong, PharmD, '02, Inpatient Pharmacist Educator at Harborview Medical Center and UWSOP alumna, was named... Read more...

Casanova named 2019 Wayne A. Kradjan Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award Recipient

Tony Casanova: 2019 Wayne A. Kradjan Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award Recipient
The Wayne A. Kradjan Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award is presented annually to one outstanding UWSOP Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) preceptor. Congratulations to Tony Casanova, Emergency Department Pharmacist Specialist at CHI Franciscan St. J... Read more...

Class of 2018 scores 98.8% initial pass rate on NAPLEX exam

Congratulations to the UWSOP PharmD class of 2018!

Congratulations to the UW School of Pharmacy’s PharmD class of 2018 for distinguishing themselves with a 98.8% initial pass rate--putting our alumni in the Top 5 for initial pass rates in the United States.

The NAPLEX, or North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. It is just... Read more...

UWSOP team wins the AMCP 2019 National Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition

Michael Sporck, ‘20, Eunice Kim, ‘20, Hanna Kleiboeker, ‘20 and Erin Ichinotsubo, ‘21 won first place at the National AMCP P&T competition

Congratulations to our PharmD students, Michael Sporck, ‘20, Eunice Kim, ‘20, Hanna Kleiboeker, ‘20 and Erin Ichinotsubo, ‘21, who won first place at the highly competitive Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Foundation 19th Annual National Student Pharmacist Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition. The team's advisors were UW... Read more...

Alumnus Jeff Rochon named APhA-APPM Fellow

Jeff Rochon, PharmD | WSPA Liaison

The American Pharmacists Association announced this week that it has selected Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) CEO Jeff Rochon, PharmD, '99, as one of the 2019 APhA-Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management’s (APhA-APPM) fellows.

The APhA Fellow Award was established to honor APhA members for exemplary professional achievements... Read more...

Leah Ruggerone and Richard Lee named to Husky 100

Leah Ruggone, '18, and Richard Lee, PY3

Leah Ruggerone, ’18, and PY3 student Richard Lee were both selected for the UW Husky 100 from the School of Pharmacy in 2018. Each year, the Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergrad and grad students who are making the most of their time at the UW.Leah grew up in Kenmore, WA, and attended UW as an undergrad, majoring in biology and spent
summers wo...

Collaboration with UWSOP results in health benefits against flu for Era Living residents

UWSOP PharmD student presents to Era Living residents

Last year’s flu season was one of the worst in nearly a decade. The people most susceptible to the flu are our most vulnerable people: infants and children, older adults, and people who are chronically ill or have suppressed immune systems.

As alarming reports about how virulent last year’s virus was, Era Living, a top-rated group of local s... Read more...

Plein Center students and faculty research highlighted at ASCP’s annual meeting

Plein Certificate students Julia Yunkyung and Jina Yun, pictured with Julia's ASCP poster

Our School’s faculty and students presented two posters at the ASCP Annual Meeting, and the abstracts are in the October issue of The Consultant Pharmacist.

Julia Yunkyung, Laura Hart, and Shelly Gray presented a poster titled, “Definition of fall risk-increasing drugs in the literature: Challenges and implications.” We know falls in olde... Read more...

UW Husky Pharmacists receive awards for leadership in practice

UWSOP Alumna Bev Schaefer, '70

Congratulations to our Plein Certificate, BSPharm, and PharmD alumni and affiliate faculty who were recognized by the Washington State Pharmacy Association!

Holly Henry, Plein Certificate alumna, received the Distinguished Leadership Service Award that pays tribute to a member who has, over his or her career been instrumental in the developm... Read more...

King County offered naloxone kits and training at health fair organized by UW Pharmacy students

Students at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy have partnered with King County Department of Community and Health Services to offer free naloxone kits and training at the May 22, 2018,health fair on UW's Seattle campus.

Naloxone is an antidote for opioid and heroin overdose. With the use of opioids and heroin on the rise, more and m... Read more...

Preceptors of the Year, Daniel Kim and Kate Atienza, honored by UWSOP

Preceptors of the Year Daniel Kim and Kate Atienza were recognized at our 2018 Commencement ceremony

Kim and Atienza were recognized for their excellence in clinical training of our students at the 2018 UWSOP Commencement CeremonyDaniel Kim of the Safeway in Pinehurt/Lake City was named Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) Preceptor of the Year for 2018 and Kate Atienza of QFC in Kirkland was named Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experien... Read more...

APhA honors Project VACCINATE, led by Bacci and Odegard

Members of the Project VACCINATE team (L to R): Michelle Bonjour, Lara Popovich, James Lin, ’17, Marci Reynolds, ’04, Christina Ree, Jennifer Bacci, Jenny Arnold, ’06, Peggy Odegard, ’85, ’90,

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) presented the National APhA Immunization Champion Award (Partnership) to Project VACCINATE at their 2018 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Nashville. Likely the largest partnership effort to improve adult immunization care in Washington state, Project VACCINATE created a real-world immunization neighborhoo... Read more...

Huang, ’17, named UWSOP Magnuson Scholar for 2018-2019

Weize Huang, PharmD, '17, and graduate student in Pharmaceutics

Congratulations to Weize Huang who was named UWSOP's Magnuson Scholar for 2018-2019! Weize graduated with a Pharm.D. degree from UWSOP in 2017, and is currently a second year PhD student at the Department of Pharmaceutics. He is passionate about the field of pharmacometrics, a discipline that uses mathematics and computer science to illustrate, qua... Read more...

PharmD student leads shift from triage to evidence-based health care provider training in Ghana

David Nguyen (front, 5th from the left) and the UWSOP team that trained Ghanaian nurses and physician assistants in recognizing signs of hypertension, the #1 killer in Ghana.

David Nguyen, President of the UWSOP Global Brigades team, led a team of students, along with Institute for Innovation in Pharmacy Practice (I2P2) Endowed Clinical Professor Don Downing, to return to Ghana and advance the training program begun last year.

Historically, Global Brigades programs bring health sciences students to under-resourced co... Read more...

UWSOP Curricular Innovation Fall 2017 PDF

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Meet our Geriatric Pharmacy Preceptors: Karen Dawson

Karan Dawson, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy; Consulting Pharmacist, UW Pharmacy Cares
Following an internship at Valley Medical Center, Karan worked as a clinical pharmacist at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Seattle and completed a residency.

She returned to the UW for an MS in Pharmacy to explore teaching a... Read more...

Wallace family presents historic gift to UWSOP

Bette and Bryan Wallace

“We always knew our family was going to make a gift to the University of Washington School of Pharmacy,” said Cheri Ryan. “My Aunt Bette and Uncle Bryan always talked about this gift. It was so important to both of them to give back to his school.”

Bryan and Bette Wallace’s gift is one of the largest in the history of the UW School of ... Read more...

Steve Davis, CEO & President of PATH, to give UWSOP Nudelman Lecture on Nov. 9, 2017

Steve Davis, President and CEO of PATH

The Phil and Sandra Nudelman Lecture will feature Steve Davis, President and CEO of PATH, who will share his approach to changing the global health system. The lecture and reception will take place Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at 6 PM in the Lyceum in the Husky Union Building (HUB) on the UW Seattle campus.

Steve Davis, President and CEO of PATH, co...

Don Downing receives major American College of Apothecaries Award for his contributions to pharmacy practice

We are proud to announce that the American College of Apothecaries presented the 2016-17 Albert E. Rosica, Jr. Memorial Award to UWSOP Institute for Innovation in Pharmacy Practice (I2P2) Clinical Professor Don Downing at the College’s 2017 Fall Pharmacy Conference at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The award, established in memory of Albert E. Ros... Read more...

UWSOP places second in AMCP P&T competition

UWSOP’s student team Iris To, Nina Kim, Derek Louie, and Andrew Nguyen (third year PharmD students)

UWSOP’s student team Iris To, Nina Kim, Derek Louie, and Andrew Nguyen (third year PharmD students) came in second at the national Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Pharmacy & Therapeutics Competition. Competition is keen with 60 teams participating nationwide. Teams must review drugs for their hypothetical patients and create a dossier... Read more...

Class of 2016 Alumni Rank No. 1 in Initial NAPLEX Pass Rate in the U.S.

The Class of 2016 were tops in initial NAPLEX pass rates in the U.S.

UW School of Pharmacy’s class of 2016 distinguished themselves by earning the No. 1 spot in the NAPLEX pass rate in the United States. 99% of our alumni passed the exam the first time they took it last year.The NAPLEX, or North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. It is just on... Read more...

UWSOP alumni legend Alice Ball, Class of 1914, solved leprosy therapy riddle

Alice Ball, UW School of Pharmacy class of 1914

Just over 100 years ago, as World War I raged in Europe, a chemistry professor named Alice Ball was demonstrating the use of a gas mask when something went tragically wrong. The brilliant, young chemist died a few months later at age 24, likely from accidentally inhaling chlorine gas.

The riddles she had solved may be different from what our sci... Read more...

UWSOP, Era Living Partner for Patient-Centered Care

In 2016, we celebrated the the 30th class of UWSOP Plein Certificate in Geriatric Pharmacy graduates!

UW School of Pharmacy offers a novel approach to student training and patient care in Era Living residential communities. The program is a mutually beneficial one: in addition to their regular pharmacy services, residents receive supplemental medication expertise for which UW pharmacy faculty and students are well-known and student pharmacists have... Read more...

Pharmacies provide more than meds and flu shots

A local pharmacist counsels a client on the monitoring of blood sugar and the appropriate use of glucose tablets as part of diabetes self-care.

UW School of Pharmacy faculty highlight the important role of pharmacists as part of the healthcare team
Autumn brings back sweater weather, pumpkin spices—and health check ups for kids. UW School of Pharmacy Clinical Assistant Professor Rachel Firebaugh likes to remind people that, “Fall is also the perfect time for adults to get their health... Read more...

NACDS Launches Initiative to Improve Immunization Rates through Collaboration between UWSOP, Bartell Drugs, and QFC Pharmacy

Three demonstration projects aim to fulfill goals of $800,000 CDC grant to NACDS
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) announced that the University of Washington School of Pharmacy (UWSOP), Bartell Drugs, and QFC Pharmacy will partner with Washington State Health Care Authority in a unique demonstration project that aims to foster... Read more...

Celebrating Nanci Murphy’s 25+ year career at UWSOP

On behalf of the PharmD 2016 class, Cameron Garner, Linda Blake, and Rory Cavaille presented a special gift to Nanci Murphy

Faculty member Dr. Nanci Murphy will retire from her full time position at UW School of Pharmacy on July 1, 2016. Dean Sean D. Sullivan shared the announcement earlier this spring saying, “Nanci’s personal and supportive style have meant a great deal to students and her influence and effectiveness have been honored nationally with several awa... Read more...

New UW dual-campus PharmD-MBA concurrent degree program to launch Fall 2016

UWSOP Professor Jen Danielson, PharmD, MBA

Unique collaboration between UW and UW Bothell brings together the top of executive education value with the top pharmacist training program in the region
Student pharmacists at the University of Washington now have a tremendous opportunity to earn their PharmD and MBA degrees in just five years. The unique partnership between Schools at two diffe... Read more...

2016 Highlight: UW PharmD students organize health sciences Interprofessional Education Health Fair

2016 UWOSP IPE Health Fair

2016 Highlight Stories: These stories highlight showcase the great work, service and achievements of our preeminent faculty and students in 2016.

In November 2015, student leaders in Phi Lambda Sigma met with Director of Student Leadership Programs, Nanci Murphy, to brainstorm how best to use a $2000 leadership grant awarded to create opportunit... Read more...

UWSOP Announces Groundbreaking Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Research, Education & Outreach

Joy and Elmer Plein

Research shows that medication-related problems are one of the top reasons for hospitalizations and for older adults losing the ability to live independently, either due to competing side effects, falls, over prescribing, or improper adherence. Increasingly, people are living longer with chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, high cholester... Read more...

“When you really want something, you don’t give up.”

A look back at legendary pharmacist, civic and women’s advocate, Shirley G. BridgeAs we near our 125th Anniversary in 2019, we continue to remember our history and the alumni legends in science and pharmacy practice who laid the groundwork for our collective success. 

BORN IN 1922 at Swedish Hospital in downtown Seattle, Shirley (Selesnick) B... Read more...

UWSOP ranks #9 in U.S. News & World Report

US News and World Report ranks UWSOP #9

UW continues its consistent record by ranking in the top ten nationally
of Schools of Pharmacy. One of the smallest Schools at the UW, Pharmacy has been well-known for providing transformative training to pharmacy practitioners and researchers since its founding as one of the first three colleges at the UW.

“I am so pleased that our peers hav...

Award season comes to UWSOP!

Don Downing is presented the Community Service award at the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr., Recognition Ceremony

It's award season--not just for film, also for the UW School of Pharmacy!
Many of our School's faculty, students, post docs and alumni have been recognized in the past few months for their accomplishments.
Don Downing, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award
Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice (I2P2) Endowed Clinical Professor D... Read more...

UW PharmD students to host New Year health fair on Jan. 24th, 2016

Map of Magnuson Community Center: The Brig

FREE health services Sunday, January 24, 9:30AM - 1:30PM at Magnuson Community Center: The Brig
Student health professionals & mentors from UW Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, & Dentistry, Physical Therapy Program, and Speech & Hearing Sciences have teamed up to offer a range of health services to the Seattle community. The event is ope... Read more...

Steve White Named Chair of UWSOP’s Dept of Pharmacy

UW School of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmacy's chair, Dr. Steve White

The UW School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the appointment of H. Steve White, RPh, Ph.D. as the new chair of the School’s Department of Pharmacy, effective January 18, 2016.

White earned his baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy and a M.S. in Pharmacology at Idaho State University and began his career as a practicing pharmacist in the small t... Read more...

Odegard and Diabetes Education team win UW award

Principle Investigator and Associate Dean Peggy Odegard

Train the trainer program empowering clinic teams sees significant improvements in outcomes
The UW School of Pharmacy is proud to celebrate Associate Dean Peggy Odegard, PharmD, CDE’s, recognition with the Golden Eddy Award as part of a Diabetes Education team of outstanding patient educators awarded in Fall 2015. UW Medicine Patient and Family ... Read more...

Geri and Lynn Brady Preserved Medicinal Garden Legacy

Geri and Lynn Brady

As a community, we were deeply saddened to learn that Geraldine “Geri” (Walcott) Brady, the widow of Professor and former Associate Dean, Lynn Brady, ’60, passed away in March.

The legacy she and Lynn left through planned giving will live on at the UW and School of Pharmacy for decades to come. The Lynn R. Brady Endowed Scholarship Fund ha... Read more...


Student Pharmacist in UWSOP’s Bracken Pharmacy Learning Lab

Celebrate American Pharmacists Month and share your #HUSKYPHARMACIST pride this October!
Whether you are an alum, student, faculty member, preceptor, graduate, friend, parent, patient or supporter, we want to see your #HUSKYPHARMACIST pride!
Pharmacy Practice Changes in Washington
2015 was a big year for Pharmacists in Washington state. Under n... Read more...

The Chiba Morio Family: Undaunted in the Face of Adversity

Bain Chiba with his father Yasukichi, '17, at Bain's graduation from UW School of Pharmacy in 1937.

 Second year PharmD student Beau Chiba comes from a long line of UW School of Pharmacy pharmacists. When he graduates in 2018, it will be 101 years since his great-grandfather, Yasukuchi Chiba graduated. Beau is the sixth member of his family to attend UWSOP and his family’s story echoes the social, political, and economic ups and downs of t... Read more...

Scenes from Commencement 2015

Associate Dean Peggy Odegard presents Adrian Hughes with the Dean's Club Humanitarian Award

Friday was a day of recognition and celebration! Over 100 graduate and PharmD students received their degrees and began a new phase in their professional careers.Associate Dean Peggy Odegard welcomed the graduates telling them, "We are so proud of each of you. Completing a post-graduate degree at the University of Washington is not for the faint ... Read more...

Hansen study finds for new users, sleeping pills may double car crash risk

UW School of Pharmacy Research Assistant Professor Ryan Hansen, PhD, PharmD

Three prescription sleeping aids are associated with an increase in motor vehicle crashes, according to a study by the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and the Group Health Research Institute. The research was published today in the American Journal of Public Health.

The research, led by Ryan Hansen, ’03, ’12, UW assistant pro... Read more...

SB 5557 Expands Patient Access to Care in Washington

UW School of Pharmacy Faculty and Students at the Governor’s Signing of SB 5557 on May 11, 2015

An Historic Day in Washington
Washington will be the first state in the country to require that pharmacists are included in health insurance provider networks under new legislation (SB 5557) signed by Governor Inslee on Monday, May 11, 2015. This law will increase patient access to medical care from pharmacists practicing within their scope of pra... Read more...

Students Duong and Heeney Receive National Recognition for Script Your Future Campaign

image of PharmD students Arianne Duong and Stephanie Heeney

Earlier this year, PharmD students, Arianne Duong and Stephanie Heeney, collaborated with other health sciences students and created a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of medication adherences.

Their campaign, which included radio spots (listen), UW Health Science bus ads, individual outreach, video, and social media, was named ... Read more...

James Lin Wins NCPA Outstanding Student Member of the Year

Image of I2P2 Endowed Clinical Professor Don Downing with NCPA Student of the Year James Lin

Congratulations to James Lin, PharmD, '16, on being selected as the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Outstanding Student Member of the Year for 2015!

I2P2 Endowed Clinical Professor Don Downing presented the award to James at the May meeting of the UW School of Pharmacy Practice Board. James represents a great tradition in UW Ph... Read more...

State of Washington first in pharmacy, again

Washington will be the first state in the country to require that pharmacists are included in health insurance provider networks under new legislation (SB 5557) signed by Governor Inslee on Monday, May 11, 2015. Pharmacists will be compensated for the patient care they provide within their scope of practice, just like nurse practitioners and physic... Read more...

Solving Bietti’s Crystalline Dystrophy is mission of Pharmaceutics Prof Kelly

Department of Pharmaceutics Associate Professor Ed Kelly and graduate student Cate Lockhart (UW PharmD, '13) are undaunted by the challenge of researching the rare blinding eye disease, Bietti’s Crystalline Dystrophy (BCD). “Only one in 70,000 people has the disease and no one is doing basic research on BCD except our lab,” Kelly said. As he'... Read more...

UW student team discovers stories behind ‘super-utilizer’ patients

Photo of PharmD student Kelsey Rasmussen, left, and Liza Hutchinson

UW Pharm.D. student, Kelsey Rasmussen, serves as a member of an interprofessional team of students who received a grant to research why some people return multiple times for hospital services. UW's Health Science NewsBeat originally reported on their research and the student team's fascinating findings are shared in this follow up story.

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Joy & Elmer Plein Scholars Advance Geriatric Research

Plein Scholars

JOY AND ELMER PLEIN CREATED A LEGACY by establishing two funds for geriatric pharmacy research: the Elmer Plein Research Fund in Pharmacy and the Plein Endowment for Geriatric Pharmacy Research, in addition to a fund to support faculty development.

The Plein Endowment for Geriatric Pharmacy Research is awarded to students engaged in geriatrics r... Read more...

UW PharmD Students Aid Hundreds in Nicaragua

UW Student Pharmacists Village Children

The day after final exams ended in June, 43 UW pharmacy students met before dawn at SeaTac. Seventeen hours later they landed, bleary-eyed but eager, at Managua's airport. They queued through customs, bearing certifications from Nicaragua's Ministry of Health, and met their in-country coordinator. Then they set out for Esteli, a small village t... Read more...

Fulbright Scholar Researches Experiential Pharmacy Education at UW

IT’S NOT OFTEN A PROMINENT RESEARCHER FROM SERBIA comes to UW Pharmacy as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar. Dr. Jelena Parojcic is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Belgrade In Serbia. Her areas of research include Biopharmaceutical aspects of Drug Delivery; Drug Release Mechanisms In Vitro and... Read more...

UW School of Pharmacy Researchers Ranked #7 in the World

U.S. News & World Report debuted a new ranking called Best Global Universities last week. It measures the academic research performance and global/regional reputations of universities around the world. The UW School of Pharmacy’s scientists came in 7th overall, and 5th among U.S. public universities for research accomplishments – and 3rd am... Read more...

North American ISSX Meeting will award two of our faculty.

Not one, but two of our faculty were selected to receive the only awards given by The International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX). Dean Emeritus Tom Baillie was selected for the North American Scientific Achievement Award and faculty member Dr. Nina Isoherranen, was selected for the North American New Investigator Award. Both awar... Read more...

How do you teach when the topic changes so fast? A Q&A with Dr. Doug Black

Dr. Doug Black talks with students in the Bracken Lab.

Doug Black, UW associate professor of pharmacy practice, confers with students in the Bracken Pharmacy Learning Center. From left are Zsolt Hepp, Mitul Patel and Tulip Younes.
With the Ebola virus grabbing headlines, we sat down to talk with UW Pharmacy professor Dr. Doug Black, an infectious-disease specialist, to learn more about how he teache... Read more...

On-demand intravenous fluids questioned

Have you heard about the critical shortage of IV products? We sat down with UW Pharmacy Professor Lingtak-Neander Chan to learn more about this dangerous shortage and the rising wave of so-called “hangover cure” businesses opening in Las Vegas, New York, LA, and South Florida offering vitamin and drug “cocktails” that are delivered intrav... Read more...

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Awarded IPPE Preceptors of the Year

Ron Bennett, one of the 2014 IPPE Preceptors of the Year

We asked our students about their favorite preceptors at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital – Ron Bennett (pictured), Elizabeth Fuchs, and Candy Naderi – and this is what we heard.

“They are wonderful preceptors. They involved me in everything an institutional pharmacist does from distribution to clinical pharmacy. They were very receptive to ques... Read more...

UW Pharmacy Huskies Lead the Pack

As a School of Pharmacy consistently in the Top 10 nationally, we’ve come to expect our students, faculty, and alumni to excel. We are just through the busy season of springtime conferences and we find, yet again, our students continuing to lead the pack. As always, we ask that you hold your applause until the end.

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Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching Goes to Dr. John Watkins

Teresa O’Sullivan presents Kradjan Award to John Watkins

OUR PRECEPTORS CONTRIBUTE TIME AND EXPERTISE, opening their practice to teach and mentor our students. The Wayne A. Kradjan Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award is named for our former Associate Dean, an exemplary clinical teacher and role model and awarded annually to honor one of our preceptors.

John Watkins, ’79, ’93, ’11, was selected...

Student on Winning Team for Business Plan Contest

PharmD/PhD student in medicinal chemistry Nick Au was recently part of a team of UW grad students to take the Best Innovation Idea prize in the UW Business Plan Competition. Their plan? To start a company to develop a "smart" polymer contact lens to provide an alternative delivery platform for people with diabetes. Read more.


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Student Training Focuses on Teamwork, Communication

In the simulated acute care environments of the UW Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies, more than 300 students from the Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, Medicine and the Physician Assistant program recently took part in an immersive education experience focusing on team communication at the bedside.


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‘UW360’ Showcases Kedzierski’s Outreach Work

Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Micki Kedzierski is profiled on the May episode of 'UW 360.' In it, she and some of her students are shown working with patients from Evergreen Treatment Services and the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center.


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UW School of Pharmacy Ranks Tenth in the Nation

The "Best Grad Schools: 2013" issue of 'U.S. News' hit the stands on March 14th. Our School ranked in the top 10 once again. Numerous other University of Washington professional and graduate programs were also among the top 10 in their respective categories — including the programs in medicine, nursing and social work. Read more.


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Pharmacy Students Lead Honduras Medical Brigade

This past September, almost thirty UW pharmacy students led a global health project in Honduras — offering a temporary, free clinic in the village of Joya Grande, a town of about 660 people. Read more.


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Pharmacy Students Amp Up Their Business Expertise

The School of Pharmacy’s Principles of Pharmacy Practice Management class has undergone some changes this year. The class, co-taught by faculty members Don Downing and Shabir Somani, has added an online video curriculum and is inviting special guest speakers, among other things. George D. Bartell made an appearance earlier this quarter. Read more... Read more...

Students Make an Impression on Public Officials

Pharmacy students’ efforts to engage with public officials were noteworthy in 2010. Most recently, they met with Senator Ed Murray to advocate for patients and the pharmacy profession. Read UW Today article


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Student Earns National Public Health Scholarship

Karen Craddick received a competitive Paul Ambrose scholarship to participate in the annual Ambrose Symposium in Washington, D.C, and to implement a public health project in her community. Read more.


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Schweitzer Fellowship Offers Experience of a Lifetime

Elise Fields is the first pharmacy student ever to receive a Schweitzer Lambarene Fellowship. She went to Gabon this summer to work at the hospital founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Albert Schweitzer. Read more.


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A Welcome to the Class of 2014

On Monday, September 27, the UW School of Pharmacy welcomed its newest class of Pharm.D. candidates at its annual Welcome to the Profession Ceremony, otherwise known as the "White Coat Ceremony."

The theme of the event was based on a quote by writer and artist Mary Anne Radmacher: “Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practi... Read more...

UW Student Becomes First-Ever Pharmacy Student to Be Named a Schweitzer Fellow

Second-year pharmacy student Elise Fields has become the first pharmacy student ever to receive a Lambarene Public Health Fellowship from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation. She will spend the summer working on a tuberculosis medication safety project at the Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene, Gabon, West Central Africa. Read more.


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Students Again Place in National Pharmacy and Therapeutics Competition

For the second year in a row, a UW student team made it to the finals in the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's Pharmacy and Therapeutics Competition in April. They took second place and received $1,500 to go toward scholarships. Read more.


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Pharmacy Students Go to Capitol Hill

Students recently attended the American Pharmacists Association and National Association of Chain Drug Stores conventions in Washington D.C. They came home with several awards and newfound government connections. Read more.


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Pharmacy Student of the Year, Innovative Practice awards go to UW

Congrats to WSPA’s Award Winners, Read U Week article (November 12, 2009), Read WSPA announcement


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Small-Town Pharmacy Business Plan Wins National Competition

UW students won first place nationally in the prestigious Pruitt-Schutte Business Plan Competition. Read more in University Week .


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Students celebrate American Pharmacists Month with ad campaign

Celebrating American Pharmacists Month (October 8, 2009)


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Tuscany Provides Backdrop for Pharmacy Education

Read University Week article here.


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For pharmacy students, breaking down complex drug has its rewards

Students Win National AMCP Award, (June 4, 2009)


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Pharmacy Students’ Public Service Announcement Urges Sun Protection

Read University Week article here.


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Message from Herb Tsuchiya, 2008 School of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus in Pharmacy Practice

Tsuchiya gave the following speech upon accepting his award at the School of Pharmacy’s Dean’s Recognition Reception on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009:First, I thank God for keeping me alive for this long. He must have a purpose and work for me to do for a little while longer. Just like pharmaceutical drugs, we humans have an expiration date. We just... Read more...

Biography of Herb Tsuchiya, 2008 Distinguished Alumnus in Pharmacy Practice

Herbert Minoru Tsuchiya graduated from the UW School of Pharmacy in 1955. After completing his degree, he worked as a Seattle area pharmacist for more than 50 years — almost 30 of which were spent as the owner, manager and preceptor at Genesee Street Pharmacy in southeast Seattle. Today, he still runs into former clients who recognize him from hi... Read more...

Pharmacy student creates medication-safety program in Uganda

Pharmacy Student Creates Drug-Safety Program in Uganda (May 7, 2009)


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Tsuchiya Named Distinguished Alumnus

Tsuchiya Named Distinguished Alumnus, Read NW Asian Weekly article, Read Tsuchiya's biography, Read Tsuchiya's acceptance speech (May 2009)

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Pharmacy students’ outreach garners national acclaim

Students' Outreach Garners National Acclaim (February 12, 2009)


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Pharmacy student receives coveted Roybal Scholarship

Pharm.D. Student Receives Coveted Scholarship (October 16, 2008)


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UW pharmacy students help the Seahawks tackle hypertension

Students Help NFL Tackle Hypertension (September 25, 2008)


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PORPP Student Receives Prestigious Fellowship

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Consortium to Help Reshape Thai Pharmacy Practices

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New Residency Program Meets Growing Demand for Management Trained Pharmacists

The UW School of Pharmacy has created a new joint Pharmacy Management/Masters in Health Administration (MHA) residency program to help address the acute need for management trained pharmacists in hospitals and other patient care institutions across our nation.
Starting the summer of 2007 the School will welcome at least one new resident a year to ... Read more...

UW Receives HRSA Grant to Train Students in Bioterrorism and Emergency Preparedness

Andy Stergachis, professor of epidemiology and adjunct professor of pharmacy, has received a 3-year $559,000 award from the federal Health Services Resources Administration (HRSA) to train UW School of Pharmacy students in bioterrorism and public health emergency preparedness. UW received one of 13 curriculum development grants, which combi... Read more...

UW Faculty Are Leaders in Experiential Education

On June 17, representatives from all areas of pharmacy practice, regulation, professional organizations and education met in Chicago, Illinois, for a two-day summit with the goal of creating an action plan and implementation strategy for advancing experiential education within the pharmacy profession. This invitational summit was part of the Americ... Read more...

Hidden Dangers in Common Drugs

John Horn, PharmD, University of Washington
Every year, two million Americans suffer serious drug side effects. An estimated 15% of those cases are caused by harmful drug-drug interactions (DDIs)–side effects from taking two or more drugs at the same time.
Good news: Harmful DDIs can b...

Pharmacist Prescribers Increase Access to Effective Contraceptives

It has been my pleasure to observe and participate in the expansion of clinical services provided by pharmacists in Washington State. Our pharmacists have been recognized nationwide as critical innovators in contraceptive care - the most important of these services being pharmacist-provided emergency contraception (EC). In providing this service ph... Read more...

UW Pharmacy Care Considered Most Progressive in the Nation

Henry R. Manassi, executive vice president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), was very impressed by his recent visit to University of Washington (UW) Harborview Medical Center, calling the programmatic pharmacy services he observed the “most progressive in the country.”
In Seattle for the American Pharmacy Association...

Katterman Lecture to Showcase Latest Technologies

Technology is fueling rapid changes in the pharmaceutical industry. The direction of this profession will be greatly influenced by the advanced capabilities of advanced technologies.
As tens of millions of baby boomers continue to rely more on prescriptions in the coming years, pharmacists will be looking to more powerful technological resources t... Read more...