AUBURN – Auburn University students studying to become pharmacists must learn about science as well as the day-to-day, personal relationships that develop with patients. One of the ways the Harrison School of Pharmacy teaches students both aspects is through its Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, or OSCEs (pronounced “ah-skeez”), given at the end of spring and fall semesters.
“Students interact with actors who play the roles of patients with varying ailments or medical conditions,” said Sharon McDonough, director of the School’s Office of Teaching, Learning and Assessment. “The students must apply their knowledge and skills as if they are treating actual cases.”
AUBURN – TigerMeds, a pharmacy services program for Auburn University employees, has reported more than $1.3 million in savings on prescription costs for individuals and the university during the program’s first year.
Auburn’s group health insurance plan saved more than $1 million in prescription costs during the past year through implementation of the TigerMeds program. That figure is based on an external pharmacy benefit analysis by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, administrator of the self-insurance plan.
AUBURN – Auburn University volunteers are in the midst of a major coordination effort to administer up to 33,000 doses of H1N1 influenza vaccine to students, employees and dependents. The doses will soon be delivered from the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Auburn has already received more than 7,500 doses to distribute through vaccination clinics on all campuses and off-site for employees who work in other areas of the state. The Harrison School of Pharmacy faculty, staff and students have volunteered to coordinate the effort, which is one of its largest service projects ever.
AUBURN – A new Auburn University-designed, high-tech pharmacy in Meridian, Miss., is the first of its kind and is a model facility that could be built in communities across the United States.
Auburn pharmacy professors Kenneth Barker and Betsy Flynn led a multidisciplinary team in designing the recently opened facility for Vital Care Inc., which will help pharmacists offer complex medications for in-home use, ones that are normally administered only in hospitals.
The two-story, 16,000-square-foot building is used for preparing, dispensing and administering the medications, while, at the same time, serving as a demonstration and teaching model for potential franchisees wishing to open a similar facility. Pharmacists may choose to duplicate the entire design for home-infusion medications or individual function areas.
AUBURN – An Auburn University pharmacy professor has been honored as one of the nation’s top pharmacy educators.
Bruce Berger, head of the Department of Pharmacy Care Systems in Auburn’s Harrison School of Pharmacy, is the recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s 2009 Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award. The honor, given to one professor in the United States each year, will be presented in July at the association’s annual meeting in Boston.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s incoming pharmacy students will get an introduction to professional responsibility Friday when attorneys and faculty conduct a mock malpractice trial.
The trial, part of the Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Foundations of Pharmacy orientation course, will involve arguments and deliberations in a fictional $375 million civil suit against a pharmacist. It will be presented at 1:30 p.m. in the Walker Building’s tiered auditorium for 150 first-year students, including 24 from the Mobile campus.