"STLCOP Talks" Speaker Series Finishes Six-City Tour

Published on 10 April 2018

St. Louis College of Pharmacy wrapped up its inaugural “STLCOP Talks” faculty speaker series on April 3 in Chicago. Over the last several weeks, six College faculty members traveled to locations across Illinois, Indiana and Missouri to share their knowledge and research through insightful 10-15-minute TED Talks-style presentations.

Visiting Evansville, Indiana, as well as Springfield, Illinois, and Chicago, were Dennis Doyle, Ph.D., associate professor of history;  Stephanie Lukas, Pharm.D., MPH, assistant professor of pharmacy administration and assistant director of the Office of International Programs; and Scott Micek, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice and director of the Center for Health Outcomes Research and Education. Doyle discussed the ways in which health care institutions throughout history have promoted racial inclusion and diversity within their workspaces, while Lukas highlighted the role pharmacists play in reducing the global burden of disease. Micek educated attendees on the possible correlation between antibiotic exposure and antibiotic resistance.

Traveling to Columbia, Springfield and Cape Girardeau, Missouri, were faculty members Ryan Moenster, Pharm.D. , FIDSA, BCPS (AQ ID), associate professor of pharmacy practice and interim director of the division of specialty care pharmacy; Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, associate director of experiential education and director of community partnerships; and Melanie Van Dyke, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology. Moenster highlighted the benefits and challenges of outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy, while Tiemeier highlighted the opioid crisis and intervention initiatives. Van Dyke shed light on the interdependence between medication saving behaviors, medication adherence and medication hoarding.

“I hope those who attended got a feel for how the range of research and educational resources we offer is growing, from groundbreaking interprofessional work promoting antibiotic stewardship, to research opportunities in the sciences, pharmacy and medical humanities, to overseas rotations that provide critically underserved nations the chance to get quality medical care from some of our most gifted and caring students,” Doyle said. “I feel very fortunate to be working in a place where new knowledge critical to health care is being generated every day.”

Following each lecture, attendees had the opportunity to take part in a meet-and-greet reception with the presenters and College leadership.

“It was great to be able to connect with a variety of alumni and even some of my former students,” Tiemeier said. “I love seeing the great things they are doing and how they are having a positive impact in their communities.”

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