Introducing our Heritage Trail video series on pharmacy history
As part of the school’s Heritage Trail project documenting the history of pharmacy in Virginia and across the world, we have worked with Ost Haus, a creative agency and video production company in Richmond, and alumnus Al Schalow (B.S./Pharm ’61) to present a series of short videos.
Each of the four videos summarizes an aspect of pharmacy history. They are narrated by Schalow and feature illustrations created originally for National Geographic.
We are proud to share these educational videos. They’re a perfect way to introduce people to the profession’s long and illustrious history, and would be ideal for young students.
(Above) Part 1: Potions and Poisons
In part 1, Schalow travels to prehistoric times and ancient lands to explore the ways plant medicines and other remedies were discovered and refined.
Part 2: Ancient Pharmacy
In this video Schalow discusses ancient civilizations around the world that discovered and refined medications that still are familiar in pharmacy today.
Part 3: Frauds vs. Folk Wisdom
Schalow examines the wild days of U.S. pharmacy that brought us patent medicines and dangerous quacks — and how the nation responded.
Part 4: Helpful and Hazardous
In “Helpful and Hazardous,” Schalow focuses on the double-edged sword of drugs that can save and enrich lives — and also endanger individuals and society.
Pharmacy students present at pharmacoeconomics conference, win best poster award
By Purva Parab (VCU-ISPOR Chapter President 2017-2018)
Hrishikesh Kale, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the VCU School of Pharmacy, received the Best Student Poster Research Presentation Award at the recent conference of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.
The top 10 percent of posters out of 1,600 submitted were considered for the award this year; three including Kale received the award. Kale won for his poster, “Economic Burden of Renal Cell Carcinoma among Older Adults in the Targeted Therapy Era.” His adviser is Dr. Norman Carroll.
Other VCU School of Pharmacy students presenting posters at the conference include second-year master’s student Purva Parab (“Patterns of Use and Quality of Life Associated with the Utilization of Antidepressants amongst Cancer Patients with Depression”), whose adviser is Dr. Pramit Nadpara; and Yiran Zhang (“Transplanting Kidneys from HCV Positive Donors Into HCV Negative Recipients in the Era of Direct Acting Antiviral Therapy: A Cost Effectiveness Analysis”), a second-year VCU-Indivior fellow currently working with Carroll.
Graduate students from the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science (Division of Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes) and the members of the VCU chapter of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research represent the VCU School of Pharmacy every year and exhibit their research at the ISPOR international annual conference. (Read about some previous years’ conferences here and here.)
This year’s annual meeting was held in Baltimore. More than 4,000 people from more than 40 countries attended the conference, whose theme was “Real-World Evidence, Digital Health, and the New Landscape for Health Decision Making.”
The VCU-ISPOR team included Kale, Parab, Zhang and Ph.D. student Elena Fernandez.
VCU-ISPOR students chapter also hosted a VCU alumni dinner at the conference. Parab, the president of VCU-ISPOR chapter, received funding for the alumni dinner from the VCU development office.
“We would like to thank [former School of Pharmacy development director] Ellen Carfagno for arranging the funds for the dinner,” Parab said. “It was great!”
Two from VCU School of Pharmacy receive Walmart Scholarships
Two students in the VCU School of Pharmacy have been selected as 2018 Walmart Scholars.
The $1,000 scholarships will cover registration and other expenses for VCU pharmacy students Casey L. Boyer and Jacob Ellerbrock to attend and participate in the annual meeting and seminars of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in Boston this July.
Walmart offers 85 of the scholarships each year to pharmacy students nationwide. The scholarships support AACP’s efforts to strengthen pharmacy students’ “skills and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy,” according to the association’s scholarship page.
Boyer’s faculty mentor is David Holdford, Ph.D.; Ellerbrock’s is Lauren Caldas, Pharm.D.
VCU School of Pharmacy in Richmond, Virginia, is ranked among the top 20 pharmacy graduate schools in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.