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Bruce A. Mueller, PharmD, FCCP FASN, FNKF

Interim Dean and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy

With so much taking place, I thought it beneficial to share that the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy has maintained its status as a top-tier program. Last year our faculty received over $12.5 million in research grants, authored 384 peer-reviewed publications, and gave 140 invited presentations. At this time faculty were also providing 125 five-week, advanced pharmacy practice experiences (clinical rotations) and teaching more than 2,500 hours of classroom didactics using a remote-learning platform.

While I think that these initial figures alone highlight the extraordinary dedication and expertise of our faculty, I would like to share some high points from the College this past year:

  • We welcomed the inaugural class for our Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSIPS). These students enrolled in an accelerated course of study by taking graduate classes in the fall and winter semesters, followed by completing their master thesis in the spring/summer.
  • We held the first joint symposium featuring research from our MSIPS students and undergraduate students participating in our Interdisciplinary Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program. Nearly 100 students, faculty, and staff attended virtual poster presentations and learned about each student’s work.
  • In March, our PharmD students along with our hospital PGY1 and PGY2 residents presented the results of their research at our annual Research Forum. This program also included nine of our Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences students, who were selected to present their honors theses. Despite the virtual format, this program also drew a nice crowd. At the end of the event, we presented the Kristen L. McGlone Research Award for excellence in research to the following PharmD students: Michelle Azar, Hannah Hammoud, Ryan Larson, and Audrey Yeiter.
  • Our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows hosted a separate Research Forum. Six of our PhD students and fellows presented their research, followed by a networking panel with alumni in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Congratulations are due to four of our graduate students—Kristen Hong, Teddy Jennaro, Jesse Wotring, and Abbie Leino—who won American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education predoctorial fellowships. Additionally, Mery Vet George De la Rosa was one of 12 students nationally to be awarded the Merck Chemists of Color award.

I started this letter with a high-level overview of the great work and accomplishments of our faculty over the past year, and have a few additional notes to share:

  • This past year, we celebrated a few of our distinguished faculty as they entered their retirements. Included in this group are Dr. Gordon Amidon, Dr. Greg Amidon, and Dr. Hank Mosberg. They will all be greatly missed.
  • Dr. Anna Schwendeman was appointed the William I. Higuchi Collegiate Professor of Pharmacy.
  • Dr. Emily Scott was appointed the F.F. Blicke Collegiate Professor of Pharmacy.
  • Dr. Mustapha Beleh was honored for outstanding contributions to instruction as a 2021–22 Collegiate Lecturer. This is a title he will retain throughout his career at the university, and he is the first and only lecturer in the College of Pharmacy to receive this award.
  • Lastly, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy presented an Award of Excellence in Experiential Education to our Office of Experiential Education and Community Engagement, led by Dr. Paul Walker. This honor is well deserved and is in recognition of the office’s work making sure that all of our PharmD students were able to continue their education and graduate on time.

I could easily fill four or five more pages with the accomplishments of our College community members, so I urge you to visit our College of Pharmacy webpage (pharmacy.umich.edu/about-college/news) to learn more.

Alumni support has been integral to these and other accomplishments. Your generosity helps us support and attract great faculty so they can continue their research and allow our students—soon to be your alumni colleagues—to soar and stand out among the crowd as outstanding future researchers and health professionals.

My letter today isn’t just to boast about the incredible work that continues here at the College. I’m also writing to thank you for your past support and ask that you consider making a gift to our Annual Fund so we can continue our research and educational leadership.

Thank you and Go Blue!

Bruce A. Mueller, PharmD, FCCP FASN, FNKF
Interim Dean and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

PS: Please consider making a gift today. Your generosity makes it possible for the College and those within to remain flexible and grow in our continued accomplishments.

While I think that these initial figures alone highlight the extraordinary dedication and expertise of our faculty, I would like to share some high points from the College this past year:

  • We welcomed the inaugural class for our Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSIPS). These students enrolled in an accelerated course of study by taking graduate classes in the fall and winter semesters, followed by completing their master thesis in the spring/summer.
  • We held the first joint symposium featuring research from our MSIPS students and undergraduate students participating in our Interdisciplinary Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program. Nearly 100 students, faculty, and staff attended virtual poster presentations and learned about each student’s work.
  • In March, our PharmD students along with our hospital PGY1 and PGY2 residents presented the results of their research at our annual Research Forum. This program also included nine of our Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences students, who were selected to present their honors theses. Despite the virtual format, this program also drew a nice crowd. At the end of the event, we presented the Kristen L. McGlone Research Award for excellence in research to the following PharmD students: Michelle Azar, Hannah Hammoud, Ryan Larson, and Audrey Yeiter.
  • Our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows hosted a separate Research Forum. Six of our PhD students and fellows presented their research, followed by a networking panel with alumni in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Congratulations are due to four of our graduate students—Kristen Hong, Teddy Jennaro, Jesse Wotring, and Abbie Leino—who won American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education predoctorial fellowships. Additionally, Mery Vet George De la Rosa was one of 12 students nationally to be awarded the Merck Chemists of Color award.

I started this letter with a high-level overview of the great work and accomplishments of our faculty over the past year, and have a few additional notes to share:

  • This past year, we celebrated a few of our distinguished faculty as they entered their retirements. Included in this group are Dr. Gordon Amidon, Dr. Greg Amidon, and Dr. Hank Mosberg. They will all be greatly missed.
  • Dr. Anna Schwendeman was appointed the William I. Higuchi Collegiate Professor of Pharmacy.
  • Dr. Emily Scott was appointed the F.F. Blicke Collegiate Professor of Pharmacy.
  • Dr. Mustapha Beleh was honored for outstanding contributions to instruction as a 2021–22 Collegiate Lecturer. This is a title he will retain throughout his career at the university, and he is the first and only lecturer in the College of Pharmacy to receive this award.
  • Lastly, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy presented an Award of Excellence in Experiential Education to our Office of Experiential Education and Community Engagement, led by Dr. Paul Walker. This honor is well deserved and is in recognition of the office’s work making sure that all of our PharmD students were able to continue their education and graduate on time.

I could easily fill four or five more pages with the accomplishments of our College community members, so I urge you to visit our College of Pharmacy webpage (pharmacy.umich.edu/about-college/news) to learn more.

Alumni support has been integral to these and other accomplishments. Your generosity helps us support and attract great faculty so they can continue their research and allow our students—soon to be your alumni colleagues—to soar and stand out among the crowd as outstanding future researchers and health professionals.

My letter today isn’t just to boast about the incredible work that continues here at the College. I’m also writing to thank you for your past support and ask that you consider making a gift to our Annual Fund so we can continue our research and educational leadership.

Thank you and Go Blue!

Bruce A. Mueller, PharmD, FCCP FASN, FNKF
Interim Dean and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

PS: Please consider making a gift today. Your generosity makes it possible for the College and those within to remain flexible and grow in our continued accomplishments.

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