Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day

Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day 2012
Professionals of Substance: Addicted to Excellence
Friday, March 2, 2012

What is Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day?

Pharmacy and Health Sciences day is a day devoted to the professional development of students within the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  The day consists of a morning session, which includes a silent auction, exhibition hall from healthcare related organizations, and a plethora of mini-discussion events, each of which features different topics pertinent to aspiring health care professionals today. The afternoon session consists of a keynote address from Kevin McCauley, M.D., the presentation of a variety of awards to alumni, students, and faculty, as well as a State of the College Address by the Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day is held once a year on campus for all pre-pharmacy, pharmacy, and health sciences students. Pharmacy classes are cancelled for the day, and all pharmacy students P1-P4 are required to attend.  Students are expected to sign in during the morning and afternoon sessions. Pre-pharmacy students are required to be at any event that does not conflict with the times they will be in class. Health sciences students are encouraged to attend any sessions during the day that do not interfere with their classes.  

2012 Keynote Speaker:  Kevin McCauley

Kevin McCauley graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania (Drexel School of Medicine) in 1992. He served in the United States Navy as Flight Surgeon to a heavy-lift helicopter squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Tustin in Orange County, California, and subsequently to an F/A-18 Hornet training squadron at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. Dr. McCauley became interested in the problem of addiction after witnessing the success of the Navy’s program for treating pilots with alcohol problems. He advocates strongly for the rights of recovering persons as patients and as valued members of society.

2012 Schedule of Events:

8:30 – 9:00    Morning Registration

8:30 – 12:30    Silent Auction

9:00 – 11:20    *Choice of Mini-Discussions (see below - each of which is 40 minutes)

10:30 – 12:30    Exhibition Hall

11:20 – 12:20    Lunch Break

12:20 – 12:50    Afternoon Registration

12:50 – 1:00    Welcome

1:00 – 2:00    Keynote Address – Kevin McCauley, M.D.

2:00 – 2:10    Game Break

2:10 – 3:20    State of the College Address – Dean Rospond, Alumni Achievement Awards;
                      Granberg Faculty Award; Hartig Distinguished Professor and
                      Hartig Faculty Development Awards

3:20          Preceptor, Mentor and Teacher of the Year Awards, Awards & Scholarships, DRxUGS live auction

*Mini-Discussion Schedule:

Parent's Hall South:
1st Session: 9-9:40am-Dr. McCauley
2nd Session: 9:50-10:30am- Iowa Pharmacy Recovery Network
3rd Session: 10:40-11:20am-Dr. McCauley

Olmsted CR 310:
1st Session: 9-9:40am-Social Media
2nd Session: 9:50-10:30am-NAPLEX
3rd Session: 10:40-11:20am-NAPLEX

Olmsted CR 311:
1st Session: 9-9:40am-Pfizer
2nd Session: 9:50-10:30am-Pfizer
3rd Session: 10:40-11:20am-Research Panel

Olmsted CR 312/313:
1st Session: 9-9:40am-CV/Resume
2nd Session: 9:50-10:30am-Graduate Panel
3rd Session: 10:40-11:20am-CV/Resume

Bulldog Theater:
1st Session: 9-9:40am-Financial Planning
2nd Session: 9:50-10:30am-Financial Planning
3rd Session: 10:40-11:20am-Financial Planning

Mini-Discussion Speakers

  1. Preparing for the NAPLEX and MPJE
    a. Becky Hall and Jennifer O’Toole, Iowa Board of Pharmacy
    This mini-discussion will go through the preparations and costs associated with taking the two licensing exams to become a licensed pharmacist. The speaker will also share tips and suggestions on how to prepare for the exam.
  2. Financial Excellence
    Kalvin Grabua-Keele
    Northwestern Mutual, Field Director
    This mini-discussion will talk about financial planning and its relationship to leadership and success.
  3. Industry options for a PharmD graduate? Clinical Pharmacology Focus
    Dr. Nancy Bell
    Medical Outcomes Specialist, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
    This session will discuss my role as a Pfizer Medical Outcomes Specialist, other roles for pharmacists within Pfizer, and similar roles in other companies in the pharmaceutical industry.
  4. How to write a Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    Dr. Nora Stelter, Pharm.D.
    Kelli Pitts
    This mini-discussion will discuss how to successfully write a Resume and CV that will allow students to highlight their experiences in the best way that will make them look more competitive when applying for internships, jobs, and residencies.
  5. Implications of Addiction and Recovery Management
    Dr. Kevin McCauley, M.D.,
    University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies

    Iowa Pharmacist Recovery Network
    IPRN Committee
    This mini-discussion will explain what IPRN is and how it can benefit both pharmacists and students.  Information on the first Iowa Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Summit and the Generation Rx program will be provided.  Two students will be presenting information on the program at the University of Utah School on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependencies and how it benefited them. 
  6. Social Media in the Professional Setting
    Aaron Jaco
    Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can be among a professional’s greatest assets for personal branding, networking, research and keeping up with industry trends. But, if used improperly, those same tools can become a liability. This session will provide best practices in using social media to advance your career.
  7. Grad Student Panel
    In this discussion Kelli Pitts, Jenny Tran and a few graduate students will answer questions related to applying to graduate school. Graduate students Jillissa Molnari from the University of Kansas in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Atalie Ferring from Des Moines University earning a Master's in Public Health will be providing a student's perspective on the application process to get into graduate school. This discussion is aimed to health sciences students who are nearing the process of applying for additional schooling.
  8. Research Panel
    This mini-discussion will focus on how students can apply for research positions, what research opportunities are available, and what is expected of a student in research.  Several of Drake’s faculty will be available to describe their research projects, how students participate in them, and to answer any questions.


Questions?  Please contact Kristin Stein ( or Kirsten Elwood (

July 17, 2015
Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs and Director of Experiential Education Cheryl Clarke, PH’86, was recently selected as a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
June 30, 2015