TSHP Clinical Skills

2014TSHP_P1ClinicalSkillsCongratulations to Timothy Werkman & Ryan Lampien (pictured, left), FSOP first-year students, for placing first in the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists Clinical Skills Competition in the P1 division at the Annual Seminar in Houston, held April 11-13. In this competition, each team was consulted on the care of a patient and presented with their medical history, as part of a mock interprofessional collaboration with physicians, in a hospital/health-system setting, in providing direct patient care. The teams had two hours to work up the case and submit their written recommendations, which was followed by an oral defense of their recommendations and fielding questions from the judges. There were eleven teams in the competition from pharmacy schools across the state, so this is quite an honor for these students and for FSOP.

March Health Fairs


On Saturday, March 22, UIW partnered with Univision and UTHSCSA Nursing to provide health screenings to 110 people. The event took place at the UIW Physical Therapy building on the northwest side of San Antonio. The equipment and supplies for the health fair were supported by a grant by the Wal-Mart Foundation. This was the first UIW health fair to incorporate physical therapy faculty and students into the interprofessional effort that includes optometry, nursing, nutrition, and pharmacy. The physical therapy group added fall risk assessment and baseline concussion assessment to the current screenings including cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, foot exams, medication education, hearing, and nutrition. This is also the first health fair that was able to incorporate the library, in an effort to add  a health information literacy component, and provide a space for participants to enroll in the health insurance exchange before the March 31st deadline. The next interprofessional health fair is anticipated for the beginning of the fall 2014 semester.


In addition, Kappa Psi held a health fair at Gold’s Gym the following day.

P3 Students Place in Clinical Skills Competition

SNPhAClinical2014-2Cynthia Barrera and Rebeca Jimenez, both Class of 2015, proudly represented the FSOP Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) Chapter at the 2014 Regional Conference in Columbus, Ohio  March 14-16th  and competed in the Clinical Skills Competition sponsored by the Kroger Company.  The competition involved students having 10 short minutes to review a case involving a customer shopping at a Kroger grocery store, purchasing several items as well as prescription products that had several food-drug, drug-drug, and disease-drug interactions. 

Both Cynthia and Rebeca were able to efficiently identify the various complications that arose in the case, as well as counsel the patient on these complications in the remaining five minutes.  Cases similar to these arise every day in the retail pharmacy setting, and pharmacists and interns have the very important task of identifying these complications before they occur, as well as educate the patient on how to avoid potential interactions.  Since they were able to identify and accurately address all issues in the case and engage the patient actively in the discussion, they were named the 1st place winners in the competition!

Each student received a $250.00 cash prize, $150.00 Amazon.com gift card, $50.00 Kroger gift card, subscriptions to Lexi-comp, their National Conference registration paid for, as well as a commemorative pin from the event.  Cynthia and Rebeca brought recognition to the Feik School of Pharmacy in the best way possible, by demonstrating their ability to apply the skills and knowledge gained in their didactic courses.

UIW Research Week

The Feik school of Pharmacy was well represented at the 2014 UIW Research Week, with posters and presentations by the following:

  • Becky Brady, Addie Coker, Jeff Copeland, Helmut Gottlieb, Cheryl Horlen, Helen Smith, Elizabeth Urteaga, David Maize. Podium presentation and poster. “Validation of a Case-Based, Annual Student Assessment and Progression Exam in a College of Pharmacy.”
  • Elizabeth Urteaga, Jeff Copeland, Rene Urteaga. Podium presentation. “Assessment of a Wellness Initiative to Engage Healthy Behaviors in an Academic Environment.”
  • Tina Lee, Merlyn Joseph, Blair Sarbacker, Cheryl Horlen. Poster. “Impact of Geriatric Education on Second-Year Pharmacy Students.”
  • Tina Lopez (with students Gary Legarda and Erin Moore). Poster. “Evaluating the Utility of Mobile Devices and Medical Applications during Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.”
  • Russell Attridge (with student Erin Moore and colleagues from the VA). Poster. “Case Report of Hypoprothrombinemia Secondary to Cefazolin Therapy.”

Congratulations CLARION Case Competition Winners!

The first annual UIW CLARION Case Competition was a SUCCESS!  Three teams presented Friday evening, February 28th, to a large audience and four distinguished judges from the San Antonio healthcare community.  The competition was tough.  Each team had excellent recommendations to improve the delivery of care for patients with congestive heart failure, but only one team could win.  The winning team members were Jan Ramos from the School of Pharmacy and Amber Ferrand from the School of Physical Therapy. This team will now move onto the national competition at the University of Minnesota in April.  We wish them all the best as they go forward to represent UIW!


  • Ellen Robinson and Milagros Munoz from the School of Pharmacy and Emily Aven from the School of Physical Therapy.
  • Phu Dinh and Eunice Yoomin from the School of Pharmacy, Lilian Nguyen from the School of Physical Therapy, and Kimberly Smith from the School of Business MHA Program.
  • Jan Ramos from the School of Pharmacy and Amber Ferrand from the School of Physical Therapy


  • Jeff Cowart, Partner at Barlow/McCarthy Hospital-Physician Solutions and previous Senior Vice President, Growth & Sales at Baptist Health System, Vanguard Health Systems, San Antonio, Texas
  • Justin Martindale, PT, DPT, President of Promotion Physical Therapy and Memberof the Clinical Faculty for the Manual Therapy Institute
  • Son Nguyen, M.D., Family Medicine Physician at WellMed, San Antonio
  • John Raimondo, Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, CEO and Clinic Director of Laredo Spine Medical Center and San Antonio Spine & Rehabilitation and CEO and Founder of Pulmonair

CLARION Case Compeition

The first annual UIW CLARION Case Competition will take place Friday, Feb. 28, 6-8 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium. Three inter-professional student teams, consisting of students from the Feik School of Pharmacy, HEB School of Business and Administration’s Masters of Health Administration program, Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and the Physical Therapy School will present their case study analysis findings and recommendations on how to improve a health system’s process of delivering quality care to patients with congestive heart failure. For more information, please contact Jeff Berry at (210) 283-6387 or jtberry@uiwtx.edu

SNPhA Health Fair

The FSOP chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) will be hosting a community health fair at Immaculate Conception Church (314 Merida Street, San Antonio, Texas) on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 9-12. Students will be providing various health care screenings for members of the community, including services such as: blood pressure, diabetic foot exams, glucose, cholesterol, medication review, BMI and as well as education on various disease states.

FSOP Student Awarded NACDS Scholarship

January 24, 2014 | By Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va.  — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation announced on Friday the recipients of the Pharmacy Student Scholarship Awards.

The NACDS Foundation awarded $5,000 each to four pharmacy students. The recipients were chosen for their work that shares the NACDS Foundation’s commitment to benefit patients, improve outcomes and advance public health.

“We are pleased to recognize the work of these high-caliber pharmacy students by awarding each of them the NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Student Scholarship Award,” stated NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger. “Each exemplifies one of the key missions of the NACDS Foundation in supporting pharmacy education programs that focus on patient-centered care in the community pharmacy setting, and we applaud them for their academic accomplishments.”

The recipients are:

  • Jessica Carver, Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy. Through active participation and leadership in her school pharmacy organizations, Carver has demonstrated an interest in advocating for issues that advance patient care in the community pharmacy setting.
  • Katherine Fischer, University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy. Understanding change is needed in the delivery of patient care services, Fischer’s vision of pharmacy includes an expansion of clinical services and health testing in community practice, as well as increased engagement in community outreach.
  • Erin Schaffer, University of Toledo College of Pharmacy. Schaffer has demonstrated a commitment to public health, and has a positive vision for the expansion of the role of medication management in meeting patients’ healthcare needs and improving pharmaceutical care and outcomes.
  • Kyle Townswick, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Townswick, a Pharm.D./MBA student, has demonstrated an interest in care coordination and is dedicated to improving the patient’s experience.

See original announcement at: http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/nacds-foundations-awards-scholarships-four-pharmacy-students

In Memoriam: Dr. Patricia Lieveld

The Feik School of Pharmacy is mourning the loss of beloved faculty member, colleague, and friend Dr. Patricia E. Lieveld. Dr. Lieveld passed away December 17, 2013 after a valiant battle with breast cancer. A memorial is planned for Friday morning, December 20th at 10 a.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel on the UIW campus. Reception immediately following in the Heritage room. The family requests that condolences and expressions of praise for her life be made in donations to Women’s Global Connection Rainwater Harvester Project in Bukoba, Tanzania— Pat’s life legacy. (Women’s Global Connection P. O. Box 34833, San Antonio, TX 78265)

FSOP Alums Open Pharmacy

Dr. Andrew Noonan (’10) and Dr. Michael Weissling (’11) have joined forces to open Gruene Road Pharmacy, in New Braunfels. http://www.grueneroadpharmacy.com/