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June 4, 2015
I always look forward to each year’s commencement exercises. They are profound ceremonies that connect the past, present, and future. The ACPHS students who received their diplomas on May 16 and 17 joined previous generations of graduates in an unbroken line that goes back to our founding in 1881
April 24, 2015
Earlier this year I was invited to meet with a group of first year students and share my views on leadership. The literature that exists on this subject is enormous, and I admit to having read only a small fraction of it. One area of debate is whether people are born leaders or develop into leaders
March 19, 2015
There have been a number of recent policy initiatives at the state and federal levels aimed at accelerating the nation’s shift to a patient-centric health care system. While public policy will undoubtedly help spur this transition, the role of behavior should not be underestimated
February 9, 2015
Two news items caught my eye recently that I see as harbingers of the future. On January 30, President Obama said that he will ask Congress to support a $215 million “precision medicine” initiative. The President defined precision medicine as “delivering the right treatment, at the right time, every time, to the right person
January 7, 2015
One thing I have learned during my short time as president is that I will not suffer from a lack of advice. And that is a good thing. All feedback is important, but the comments I receive from alumni are particularly instructive for two reasons: (1) Alumni are well versed in the school, its history, and traditions and (2) Alumni are working, or have worked, in a wide range of roles within pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry
October 31, 2014
There are many forces bearing down on the nation’s health care system ranging from the imperative for broader access to the changing roles of providers. But without question, one of the most relentless change agents is science and technology. The Electronic Health Record of the future will essentially be the complete history of your body
August 22, 2014
There was a time when the only way to keep perishable foods from spoiling was to store them with a block of ice in an icebox. Companies delivered ice to homes for this purpose. Many went bust after electric refrigerators replaced ice boxes and companies that made and sold this new technology replaced those that delivered ice
July 7, 2014
With events continuing in the 150th commemoration of the Civil War, it strikes me that one of the more overlooked aspects of the war continues to be its global impact. The Union’s victory over the Confederacy not only dealt a fatal blow to slavery in the United States, but it served as a catalyst to human rights reform across the world
June 12, 2014
During my third professional year in pharmacy school, I learned about an opportunity to spend six weeks working at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, the Mecca of clinical research – my true dream job (if it didn’t involve leaving Vermont!)
May 14, 2014
The issue of prescription drug abuse has grown in the past 10-15 years from a “dirty little secret” to a nationwide epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one person dies every 19 minutes from an accidental overdose or suicide resulting from prescription drug abuse