Welcome from the Chair
School Chapter of Phi Delta Chi Wins Fraternity’s Highest Award
Chancellor Folt Visits Asheville Campus
Preceptor and Partnership Symposium
Student Research Day
Research in Education and Practice Conference
In the News
Alumni Spotlight: Branham
New Funding
Recent Publications
Recent Invited Presentations
Recent Peer-Reviewed Posters/Platform Presentations
ASHP Midyear Meeting

Welcome from the Chair

drhoney_jun15-directoryI hope everyone had a happy holiday season. Here in PACE, we wrapped up a busy year that saw a plethora of local, state, and national accomplishments and honors for our faculty and students. You will read about some of these in this issue of Keeping Up with PACE.

Just before the holidays, PACE participated in a symposium of preceptors, faculty, students, and pharmacy leaders. The event focused on the transformation of the School’s doctor of pharmacy curriculum to change the way we teach and how our students learn in order to provide the best pharmacy education in the world. You can read more about the symposium below.

We were also honored to have Chancellor Carol Folt pay a visit to our satellite campus in Asheville in September as she toured the newly renovated facilities and talked with our satellite students, faculty, and staff.

Finally, check out this video we made about our division, with a lot of shooting and editing help from postdoctoral fellow Janan Sarwar, PharmD, and an assist from the UNC mascot.

Denise Rhoney, PharmD
Ron and Nancy McFarlane Distinguished Professor
Chair, PACE

School Chapter of Phi Delta Chi Wins Fraternity’s Highest Award

The School’s chapter of Phi Delta Chi won the Emory W. Thurston Grand President’s Award, the highest honor that any of PDC’s ninety-three active chapters can receive from the national organization. The School chapter also placed first in the John D. Grabenstein Leadership Award competition, a subaward of the Thurston.

Chancellor Folt Visits Asheville Campus

As part of a visit to western North Carolina on September 18, Chancellor Carol Folt visited the School’s Asheville satellite campus. She met with UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder and with community partners such as Mission Health. She toured our newly renovated facilities in Zeis and Karpen Halls and met with every student, faculty, and staff member. Visit our Facebook page to see photos of the chancellor’s visit.

Preceptor and Partnership Symposium

On December 18, more than one hundred preceptors, faculty, select students, and pharmacy leaders of institutional and community pharmacy practices from around the state gathered at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education for the inaugural Preceptor and Partnership Symposium to learn about the School’s curriculum transformation process.

Attendees expressed interest and enthusiasm for the curriculum transformation but also asked challenging questions about how it can be done. Associate professors Scott Singleton, PhD, and Mary McClurg, PhD, MHS, discussed the implications for experiential education. Phil Rodgers, PharmD, the assistant dean of pharmacy practice partnerships, offered examples for off-loaded learning modules that can be used in the rotation setting. The attendees then formed breakout groups based on common practice and rotation areas, and each group provided input on the concept of early immersion of students in practice and how preceptors should prepare.

As a followup to the symposium, the School hopes to involve attendees and others as it continues to plan the design and implementation of the new curriculum.

Student Research Day

Mark your calendar! The 2014 Student Research Day will be held at the School on April 4 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The event, in its third year, will have a new format. Instead of posters, the event will be consisted entirely of platform presentations. Using a SERC-like format, there will be separate rooms at the School for student presentations grouped by major areas of practice. Look for announcements in the future for more details about topics, titles, and student speakers.

Research in Education and Practice Conference

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Research in Education and Practice Conference will be held in Chapel Hill on Friday, May 16. The conference aims to help postdoctoral trainees, clinicians, and faculty members develop professional skills and gain a better understanding of different types of postdoctoral research experiences. It will be an opportunity for PGY2 residents and fellows to present their research while learning from and networking with experienced clinicians and faculty members from across the region.

In the News

PACE Scolaro Kelly Scolaro was featured in an article in the University Gazette about the class that she leads in collaboration with the UNC Schools of Medicine and Nursing. The class helps health-care students learn to lean on teams.
Marciniak Macary Marciniak was featured in an article in the Daily Tar Heel about the flu-shot tent operated by the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students at the North Carolina State Fair.
PACE mollie Scott Mollie Scott was invited to represent the profession of pharmacy at the Primary Care Patient Centered Collaborative Annual Fall Meeting in Bethesda, Maryland. She was part of a panel that focused on “Improving the Primary Care Pipeline.” ASHP Pharmacy News published an article about the meeting.


sfeckel_jun15-directory Stephen Eckel was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
PACE Rhoney Denise Rhoney was elected as a Fellow of the Neurocritical Care Society. She is the first pharmacist to be elected as a fellow with NCS.
Ashley_Branham-thumb Ashley Branham, an alumna of the School’s community pharmacy residency program, was named the 2013 Community Care Pharmacist of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.Branham has also been elected president-elect of the Board of Directors of NCAP.
Burkhart Jena Ivey Burkhart has been elected as chair-elect of the Geriatric PRN with ACCP.Also, Burkhart gave birth to a son, Camden Nathaniel, on November 27.
smmiller_jun15-directory Susan Miller was the winner of the January 2013 Mountaire Better Carolina Award.
kleadon_jun15-directory Kim Leadon was recognized by the Mountain AHEC and the Asheville campus at the November 14 Annual Preceptor Recognition Dinner in Asheville. She was presented with a plaque and a gift in recognition of her excellence in leadership in experiential education and in appreciation of her steadfast support of the students and preceptors in MAHEC.
J_Robertson Jennifer Robertson received BCACP certification.
Kujawski Stephanie Kujawski has received BCPS certification. She also has been voted Pharmacist of the Year at Mission Health System.
Kemp Debra Kemp was elected chair-elect of NCAP’s Health-System Practice ForumKemp also gave birth to a daughter, Adelyn Grace, on August 15.
S_Harris Suzie Harris gave birth to a daughter, Vivienne Lane, on August 31.
Marx Ashley Marx gave birth to a son, Phillip Edward, on January 22, 2014.
Former master’s students Matt Lamm and Lindsey Poppe, along with clinical associate professor Stephen Eckel, received the Silver Award in Baxter Healthcare Corporation’s Leadership Excellence Award in Pharmacy competition.
Lindsey Poppe, Sheh-Li Chen, Rowell Daniels, Nigel Key, Stephen Eckel and Scott Savage were among the winners of the ASHP Best Practices Award in Health-System Pharmacy. Their project  was Advancing into Uncharted Territory: Impact of an Innovative Factor Stewardship Program on Drug Expense, Patient Care, and a Pharmacist’s Role.


khanova_jun15-directoryJulia Khanova, PhD, recently joined the School as a postdoctoral fellow for assistant professor Jacqui McLaughlin, PhD, MS. Khanova received her PhD from the UNC School of Information and Library Science in August 2013 and brings a wide range of experience, including work in information technology, online education, and educational and health informatics. Her primary research focus has been the fusion of technology and pedagogy from the faculty perspective, with her dissertation exploring the role of online teaching experience in pedagogical innovation. Her main research expertise is in the holistic analyses of multifaceted problems, qualitative methods, and survey research.

Khanova has also been an active participant in the recent development of health-informatics programs at UNC. As a postdoctoral fellow, she will contribute to the School’s scholarship of education efforts and plans to extend her educational research expertise into assessment of learning outcomes and quantitative evaluation methods.

Alumni Spotlight: Ashley Branham, PharmD

Ashley_BranhamWhen Ashley Branham, PharmD, started her advanced community pharmacy rotation at Moose Pharmacy in 2006, she had no idea that it would dramatically change her career path.

A pharmacy student at Campbell University at the time, Branham had only worked with traditional dispensing services in her prior community pharmacy experience. At Moose Pharmacy in Concord, North Carolina, she saw something different.

“I was surprised to see the clinical patient care services that were being offered in a community pharmacy setting,” Branham says. “It did not take long for me to embrace this innovative practice.”

In 2008, Branham returned to Moose Pharmacy for a PGY1 community pharmacy residency through the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She says that residency showed her the tremendous value in offering preventative services in a community pharmacy setting.

In 2009, she became the first resident in the School’s new PGY2 community pharmacy residency with a focus in academia. During that residency, she became co-chair of NCAP’s Immunization Task Force, playing a key role in a four-year effort that culminated with the 2013 passage of a state law that expanded the number of immunizations that North Carolina pharmacists can give.

“I absolutely love this profession and I am really excited to be a part of building a road of innovative practice for tomorrow’s pharmacists,” says Branham, who began a three-year term as president-elect of NCAP in January 2013. “I appreciate the many great opportunities that we as pharmacists have in our state, and how vulnerable the practice of pharmacy can be by remaining silent when policy is introduced that could impact our future.”

Branham is now the director of clinical services at Moose Pharmacy, where she works to implement and enhance clinical activities. She also works as a clinical pharmacist with Carolinas Health System. In addition, Branham precepts student pharmacists on advanced pharmacy practice rotations and UNC community pharmacy residents.

Branham’s work has earned numerous honors, including

  • being a finalist in the Parata/Pharmacy Times Next Generation Pharmacist Rising Star of the Year Category (2010),
  • receiving APhA Immunization Champion Honorable Mention in the Individual Practice Category (2011),
  • being recognized as the NCPA Outstanding Adherence Educator (2012), and
  • being named the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists Community Pharmacist of the Year (2013).

New Funding

Denise Rhoney

Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Response of Tolvaptan in Neurocritical Care Patients
Funded: $163,278 (2013-2015), Otsuka Pharmaceuticals (Principal Investigator)

Recent Publications

Mollie Ashe Scott, L Meadowcraft, D Skolnik. Risks of Bisphosphonate Use. Journal of Family Practice: Volume 88, Number 10, November 15, 2013.

AS Rowe*, H Goodwin , J Bushwitz,  G Brophy, A Castle,  D Dean,  D Johnson, M LaPointe, C Lesch, N Liang, E Potter, C Roels, K Samaan, Denise Rhoney. For the Neurocritical Care Society Pharmacy Work Group. Seizure Prophylaxis in Neurocritical Care: A Statement from the Neurocritical Care Society Pharmacy Work Group. Pharmacotherapy, published online 26 NOV 2013.

K Warshany, C Sherrill, Jamie Cavanaugh, Tim Ives, Betsy Bryant Shilliday. Medicare Annual Wellness Visits Conducted by a Pharmacist in an Internal Medicine Clinic. Am J Health Syst Pharm: Volume 70, 2013.

Alex J. Adams, David R. Clark, Gary E. Delander, Wesley Nuffer, Marie Smith, Timothy J. Ives. Opportunities and Responsibilities for the Academy in the Medical Home. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education: Volume 77, Issue 7, 2013: Article 137.
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Alex J. Adams, David R. Clark, Gary E. DeLander, George E. Mackinnon III, Michael Malloy, Melissa S. McGivney, Cary Mobley, Wesley Nuffer, Paige Parsons, Andrea L. Smesny, Marie Smith, Timothy J. Ives. Report of the AACP Task Force on Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Accountable Care Organizations. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education: Volume 77, Issue 7, 2013: Article 142.
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Angelo J. Greco, Stefanie P. Ferreri, Adam M. Persky, Macary Weck Marciniak. Characteristics of Postgraduate Year Two Pharmacy Residency Programs with a Secondary Emphasis on Academia. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education: Volume 77, Issue 7, 2013: Article 143.
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Wendy C. Cox, Adam Persky, Susan J. Blalock. Correlation of the Health Sciences Reasoning Test With Student Admission Variables. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education: Volume 77, Issue 6, 2013: Article 118.
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Phil Rodgers, Kim Leadon. Characteristics of Experiential Education Web Sites of US Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy.  American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education Volume 77, Issue 5, 2013: Article 96.
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Jamie Shelly, Debbie Hiller, Lingxiao Zhai, Stefanie Ferreri, Macary Weck Marciniak. Individualized Dosing of Children’s Liquid Medications in the Community Pharmacy Setting: A Survey of Parents and Guardians. Innovations in Pharmacy.  Volume 4, No. 3, 2013:  Article 118.

Ryan K. Owenby, Jamie N. Brown, Debra W. Kemp. Evaluation of Pharmacy Services in Emergency Departments of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. Journal of Health-System Pharmacy Residents. Volume 1, Issue 4.

Sarah A. Rhodes, Abigale E. Reynolds, Macary W. Marciniak, Stefanie Ferreri. Evaluating the Economic Impact of a Targeted Medication Intervention Program. Journal of Pharmacy Practice, December 2013; volume  26, 6: pp. 562-573., first published on June 26, 2013.
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Rathasen Prom, Ryan Dull, Stephanie Z. Kujawski, Iwona Rybak, John Fanikos. Submassive Pulmonary Embolism: Risk Evaluation and Role of Fibrinolysis. Current Emergency and Hospital Medicine Reports, December 2013, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 236-246.

Mollie Ashe Scott, Victoria Lee Jackson, Bill Hitch. North Carolina innovates with pharmacists in medical homes. Am J Health Syst Pharm December 1, 2013 70:2056; doi:10.2146/news130077.

Jacqueline E. McLaughlin, Meredith J. Dean, Russell J. Mumper, Robert A. Blouin, and Mary T. Roth. A Roadmap for Educational Research in Pharmacy.  American Journal of Pharmaceutical  Education 2013; 77 (10) Article 218.
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Jacob Morton, Peter Koval, and Peter Gal. Pharmacy Residency Match Rates and Predictors. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2013; 77 (10) Article 212.
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Alice R. Richman, Ryan S. Swanson, Ashley R. Branham, and Brittney N. Partridge. Measuring North Carolina Pharmacists’ Support for Expanded Authority to Administer Human Papillomavirus Vaccines. Journal of Pharmacy Practice, December 2013; vol. 26, 6: pp. 556-561., first published on June 6, 2013.

K. T. L. Vaughan, Kelly L. Scolaro, Heidi N. Anksorus, Mary W. Roederer. An evaluation of pharmacogenomic information provided by five common drug information resources. J Med Libr Assoc. 2014 January; 102(1): 47–51. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.102.1.009.

Recent Invited Presentations

Denise Rhoney

Hyponatremia: Obstacles and Opportunities for Clinical Pharmacists

  • Louisiana Pharmacists Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (September)
  • Arkansas Society of Health System Pharmacists, Little Rock, Arkansas (October)
  • North Suburban Pharmacists of Chicagoland Association, Skokie, Illinois (October)
  • New York Council of Health-System Pharmacists, Albany, New York (November)

Hyponatremia Treatment Options: Management of High Risk Patients

  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio (August)

Phil Rodgers and Kim Leadon

  • “The failing student.” Presented at NCAP Annual Meeting Preceptor Development session, October 20, 2013.

Phil Rodgers

  • “Enhancing the precepting experience.”  Presented at the Wake AHEC Beyond Apps and Immunizations CE Program, December 5, 2013.
  • “Partnerships and AHECs:  Educating pharmacy students in practice.”  Presented at the International Symposium 2014: Developing drugs and pharmacy awareness and education from a regional viewpoint: Herbs, biological diversity and expression of rural community healthcare. Tokushima University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Japan, January 12, 2014.)

Recent Peer-Reviewed Posters/Platform Presentations

Denise Rhoney

  • Correlation of Plasma and CSF Levels of Lacosamide.  Poster presentation at the American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting, December 2013, Washington DC.

ASHP Midyear Meeting


Major Bleeding with Warfarin.
Presenter: Denise Rhoney

Practice Advancement in Ambulatory Care: Transitions of Care and Billing for Services.
Facilitator: Mollie Scott

Emerging Sciences.
Facilitator: John Valgus

Stopping Medications in Older Adults: Why, When, and How.
Mollie Scott,
Michelle Fritsch, Jill S. Borchert, Daniel M. Riche

New and Emerging Strategies for Minimizing Errors in IV Preparation:

Focus on Safety and Workflow Efficiency.
Stephen Eckel

Neonatal Respiratory Management:

Controversies in Caffeine Therapy – Pro
Peter Gal

Clinical Pearls 2013:

Reduced methotrexate clearance associated with concomitant proton pump inhibitor therapy.
Jill Bates

Practice Innovations: Strategies Worth Sharing:

Capturing Collective Implementation Experiences of Clinicians Using the Layered Learning Practice Model
Nicki Pinelli

Practice Innovations: Strategies Worth Sharing session How to Integrate Pharmacists and Transitional Care Management CPTs into your Clinic
Betsy Shilliday

The Layered Learning Practice Model – Utilizing Learners to Expand Patient Care Services
Stephen Eckel


CYP2C19 Pharmacogenetic Data in a Community Pharmacy: An Assessment of Application and Incorporation of Current Guidelines.
Keith Schmidt, Stefanie Ferreri

Screening for Anxiety and Depression in a Non-malignant Chronic Pain Population.
Anne M. Misher, Carol G. Bledsoe, Diane R. Dolan-Soto, Susan J. Blalock, Amy Weil, Timothy J. Ives

Clinical efficacy and cost-effectiveness of Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners in chronic disease management of ambulatory care patients.
Michele M. Kislan, Loretta R. Fearrington, Adam T. Bernstein, Jonathan C. Hale, Timothy J. Ives

Cost of medications prescribed by Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners versus Primary Care Providers to reach chronic disease state goal for Medicare patients in North Carolina.
Adam T. Bernstein, Loretta R. Fearrington, Jonathan C. Hale, Michele M. Kislan, Timothy J. Ives

Comparative Outcomes following Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis Practice Standard Implementation in Adult Traumatic Brain Injury Patients.
Monique Auguste, Elizabeth Michalets, Susan Sutherland

Assessing the Impact of Proton Pump Inhibitor Use on Clostridium Difficile Diagnoses.
Kathryn Latham, Julie Creger, Stephanie Kujawski

Evaluating Use of Aspirin for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Ambulatory Older Adults.
Allison Presnell, Tasha Woodall, Susan Sutherland

Outcomes of Prothrombin Complex Concentrate Use in Patients with Intracerebral.
Chara Dubin, Elizabeth Michalets, Cristy Singleton, Ryan Tilton

Midodrine for the Weaning of Vasopressor Infusions.
Laura Poveromo, Elizabeth Michalets, Susan Sutherland

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