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We are proud to announce that Doctoral Candidate Gevorg Martirosyan, Class of 2017, is to serve as the next National President-Elect of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA). Congratulations, Gevorg!

Our heartiest congratulations to Michael Chiou, PharmD (Class of 2015), Recipient of the Thirtieth Annual Mylan Excellence in Pharmacy Award! This award is given by Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to one top student from each pharmacy college nationwide, recognizing academic achievement, professional motivation, and a unique ability to communicate drug information.

CNU College of Pharmacy held its 2015 graduation ceremony on May 17 at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, conferring doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degrees on a 98 successful students. Addressing the large gathering, including graduates’ friends and family, School faculty on stage, and specially invited guests, Interim Dean Karen Hassell, PhD, remarked on the incredible diversity of the graduates, and congratulated them for their professionalism and the manner in which they represented the College during their four year program. The students were led by faculty member Dr. Sonya Frausto; we had the pleasure of hearing from our student leaders Jennifer Courtney and Peri Ann Allen; and delivering the commencement address were the Honorable Gary Davis, Mayor of Elk Grove, and Dr. Lawrence “LB” Brown, the 2014-15 APhA President.

Congratulations to Dr. Parto Khansari for becoming certified as a trainer-consultant in team-based-learning under the Team-Based Learning Collaborative. This was achieved through demonstration of excellence in 6 competencies: TBL scholarship, TBL modules taught, Peer evaluation, Workshop presentation, Mentorship in teaching, Feedback for a TBL module. Dr. Khansari joins ex-colleague Dr. Will Ofstad in receiving this designation, and is shown here with world expert in TBL, Dr Larry Michaelson, receiving her certificate in Florida in March, accompanied by ex-colleague Dr Leanne Coyne.


Niharika Behal, PharmD
Charles Doan, PharmD
Ryan Enderle, PharmD
Sandriel Tao, PharmD
Shilpa Yadavalli, PharmD

More information on our residency program CNUCOP PGY-1 RESIDENCY PROGRAM

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SSHP chapter receives grant for Vial of Life program.

CNU's chapter of the Student Society of Health System Pharmacists has received a grant of $1260 from the California Society of Health Systems Pharmacists to support continuation of its Vial of Life program. The Vial of Life program allows individuals to have their complete medical information ready in their home for health professionals to reference during an emergency. CNU's SSHP chapter's efforts toward enrolling large numbers of persons in this program have been well known and highly regarded.

CNUCOP and UC Davis Cancer Center Celebrate Joint Venture

Rancho Cordova, CA – Dr. Shane Desselle, Dean of California Northstate University College of Pharmacy proudly announces a signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with representatives of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, aimed to join efforts in reducing cancer disparities among vulnerable populations in Sacramento. The signing of the MOU took place at The California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP) on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Accompanying Dean Desselle in signing the MOU was Dr. Ralph de Vere White, Director of the University of California, Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCDCCC). Participating in the ceremony were Elaine Linn from Script Your Future, Cheryl Johnson from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Nathan Dietrich from the office of U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui.    

The MOU signifies a unique partnership between a Doctor of Pharmacy program and Comprehensive Cancer Center, nationwide. After initial collaboration between the two partners in providing cancer awareness and prevention education, and in outreach activities at UCDCCC including providing patient education and identifying mechanisms to get more Asian Americans into clinical trials, this MOU allows for further interaction between the two institutions on cancer-related projects by facilitating the sharing of expertise and resources.

SNPhA National meeting in Arlington VA, July 18-21, 2014

Overall Chapter of the Year, Rite Aid Chauncey I. Cooper Chapter of Excellence Award
Chapter President Christina Zhang (P3), chapter officers, and members
Earlier this summer we were excited to learn CNU was recognized as a Top 3 Mid-sized Chapter based on documented service and outreach throughout the year and invited to present nationally for top honors.  Criteria included: community service events in underserved communities, mentorship in underserved communities, attendance at both the Regional and National Meeting, participation with partners, and chapter presentations at nationals.  CNU prepared a national presentation describing their creativity, community involvement, impact, and contributions of the membership to their success.  We were thrilled last night when CNU was announced as the winner of the SNPhA Chapter of Excellence Award for mid-sized chapters.  It was utter shock when we were then also recognized as Overall Chapter of the Year, all categories.  I cannot praise the current SNPhA student leaders and members enough.  This is truly an award earned with teamwork, and what a formidable team our student leaders make.  Truly outstanding!

National Champions, Kroger Patient Counseling and Clinical Skills Competition
Michael Chiou (P4) and Tatyana Levko (P4)
Local competition winners from 85 schools across the country were invited to nationals to compete, beginning with a two hour case review and write-up.  This year's case centered on a clinical scenario involving a pregnant patient complicated by an STD infection and gestational DM.   Top teams from the written stage were invited to give a 15-minute oral presentation of their SOAP note, field questions from the judges, and counsel a patient on medications from the profile.  This is the third year in a row CNU has placed in the top 3 nationally; we are on a role!  Congratulations Michael and Tatyana for a truly outstanding achievement.

I would also like to send an honorable mention to Kimberly Han (P3) and Eric Doan (P3), CNU Local Clinical Skills Champions, who did quite well with this case despite not yet having Infectious Disease therapeutics.  This team will certainly be formidable competitors next year.

Rite Aid Interprofessional Health Fair Competition
Kimberly Han (P3), Dang-Khoa Huynh (P4), Christina Zhang (P3)
SNPhA members were invited to collaborate with other non-pharmacy healthcare professions to offer health care services to the underserved community and create a unique video to showcase highlights of the health fair collaboration.  Watch the winning submission:

As winners of this award, Rite Aid will sponsor them on a medical mission trip within the United States to serve an underserved community while experiencing the duties of a Rite Aid resident.

SNPhA National Past-President, 2013-2014 Executive Chair
Dr. Pejman Ahmadi (Graduate, Class of 2013)
Dr. Ahmadi was recognized for his service this year as Executive Chair, mentor to the current national board, and Chapter Advisor liaison.  His work continues to build on his vision to increase membership and expand the service outreach by the SNPhA chapters across the country.  Read Dr. Ahmadi's national bio here:  Through his excellent work with SNPhA, he has built a lasting legacy for himself and the college.

NPhA Foundation Rite Aid Scholarship Award, $2,000
Kimberly Muhamach (P3)
This is an historic and prestigious award established in 2001, dedicated to promoting the profession of pharmacy and to aid in the education of future pharmacists.  Active SNPhA members with community pharmacy experience were encouraged to submit a resume outlining leadership experience and a onepage statement, two letters of recommendation from a professor or faculty member and employer, and official transcript.  This award recognizes Kimberly’s tremendous leadership potential, academic performance, and consistent outreach to the community.  Fine work Kimberly.

NPhA Foundation Book Awards
Carrie Dean (P4), Cynthia Aung (P3)
Book awards are donated by NPhA members.  Winners are selected from scholarship applicants based on merit for service and leadership. Well done Carrie and Cynthia.

Invited Poster Presentations
CNU had two posters in the showcase.   Carrie Dean (P4) presented “Evaluation of anti-tumor activities of rosmarinic acid.”  Cynthia Aung (P3) presented the CAPSLEAD team poster, “A Qualitative Study of a Proposal to Accredit Community Pharmacies.”

Invited Chapter Scrapbook
Lilian Allahverdian (P3) and Omi Patel (P2)
The SNPhA team brought a beautiful and creative scrapbook project together highlighting the outreach and chapter events throughout 2013-2014.  This scrapbook was one of the many vital factors that helped tell the story of the CNU SNPHA Chapter that lead to Chapter of the Year recognition.  Thank you for your wonderful and innovative efforts Omi and Lilian. 

This follows an outstanding year of outreach and service across Northern California, much of which can be followed on the chapter's Facebook: (  Congratulations SNPhA and its student members, to Henry our new Chapter President, and I look forward to what you have in store for 2014-2015.  This chapter truly embodies the CNU and SNPhA mission of service.

CNUCOP‘s APhA-ASP chapter has been highly engaged with the Sacramento Valley community to curb substance abuse in general, and particularly the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. Their work with the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) aims to educate persons about unused prescription drug disposal. Lack of or improper disposal can lead to pollution of waterways and/or abuse by persons for whom the drugs were not intended. CNUCOP students have worked closely with CPSC and with the Youth Services Unit of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, as well as with CPhA and CSHP to strengthen area medication take-back days and reduce the amount of unused drug substances available for improper use through a highly active GenerationRx program that already has seen dozens of visits to area middle schools and universities. On April 29, DEA Executive Assistant, Mr. Robert Hill visited CNUCOP to congratulate them on their efforts, provide additional consultation, and presented "Prescription Drug Trends, Overdoses, and Pill Mills" as well as other topics related to the misuse/abuse of prescription medications to students, faculty, and staff. It capped off a great day for the College and our partners as we look forward to continuation and strengthening of our efforts to combat this public health problem.

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