Five Belmont University pharmacy students took part in the inaugural meeting of the Tennessee Society of Student Pharmacists (TSSP) on Sat., Feb. 21. Azieb Abebe, Lindsay Archer, Cassidy Domagalla, David Jones, and Zac Renfro represented Belmont as members of the Belmont TSSP chapter. In addition to participating in this year’s program, this team was able to help shape the development of this statewide organization and its future programming efforts, as well as introducing Belmont’s pharmacy program to pharmacy students enrolled in the other four Tennessee pharmacy programs.
Meanwhile, numerous faculty from the School of Pharmacy began the year attending and speaking at various conferences. Dean Phil Johnston attended the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Interim Meeting and Dean’s Retreat in Washington, D.C. Associate Dean Eric Hobson attended the Tennessee Pharmacist Association Interim Meeting and presented the association with an update of Belmont’s pharmacy program development and successes. Hobson was also a featured speaker at the Tennessee Society of Student Pharmacy meeting where he presented a session “Portfolios for Professional Success.”
Dr. Salvatore Giorgianni was the expert guest on the Mix 92.9 morning show with Anna Marie Ritter discussing “Complimentary Medicine Use for the Management of Cold and Flu.”
Finally, Dr. Andrew Webster was the keynote speaker to a joint meeting of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Pre-pharmacy Scholars Association and the Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society, speaking about “Careers in Pharmacy.” Webster was also recently appointed to the Metro Nashville Public Health Department Emergency Preparedness Team. The appointment involves regional oversight of the Strategic National Stockpile services, with emphasis on receiving, shipping and storage of pharmaceuticals intended for first responder utilization during a catastrophic event.