James Doluisio

The Magical Years by James Doluisio

May 08, 2020

I greatly appreciate the invitation to reflect on my seven years at the University of Kentucky.


I wish I had formalized my views on these wonderful years shortly after I left Kentucky for the University of Texas in 1973. Almost 50 years have passed, and I have enjoyed successes during my 25-year deanship at Texas. But the seven years that I spent in Kentucky were magical and extremely productive for the College and our profession. We accomplished remarkable goals! How did we do it? What follows is my current recollection to the best of my ability.


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What is the True Cost of Emotional Labor?

April 30, 2020

Earlier this year, Brianna Henson, Director of Curriculum Development at UK College of Pharmacy began focusing a portion of her work on the experiences of people of color in the workplace, setting up a survey to obtain reliable data on attitudes, behaviors, and opinions associated with employees who engage in diversity work. Through her survey, which is open to anyone in the workforce, Henson aims to quantify the impact that diversity and inclusion issues have on POC and justify more research on the topic of emotional labor.

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Inequity in the time of COVID-19

April 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has been ravaging our country, exposing many weak points in a country many once believed was impenetrable. Beyond the teetering economy, healthcare workers endangering themselves, and an overall lack of resources; COVID-19 has shown the many what the few have already known: the United States healthcare system disproportionately favors white people. 


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Pharmacists on the frontlines: what does it mean to be essential?

April 20, 2020

While COVID-19 has forced many Americans from the workplace and into their homes, a select group of people is still on the front lines. We celebrate essential workers like physicians, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, and other hospital staff. However, we often overlook one key player: the pharmacist. Whether in a hospital, working in a long-term care facility, or behind a counter at your local pharmacy, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are essential front lines workers. Pharmacists are the go-to medication experts at a time when misinformation can prove lethal.


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One College of Pharmacy’s Bold Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 10, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2020) — Members of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP) have joined together with other University of Kentucky (UK) colleges to form the COVID-19 Unified Research Experts (CURE) Alliance team. The goal of the CURE Alliance is to contribute to the international effort to understand, treat, and eventually eradicate COVID-19.

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College of Pharmacy supplies sanitizer to essential workers

April 10, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2020) — The spread of COVID-19 has completely changed our way of life. Daily routines have been completely altered, and this is especially true for students at the University of Kentucky's healthcare colleges. Many students are working tirelessly to combat the ongoing pandemic and working alongside mentors and colleagues to provide COVID-19 testing, answer public health questions, and serve however they can.

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Brooke Hudspeth

College of Pharmacy Hires New Chief Practice Officer

March 05, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 5, 2020) — In keeping with the college’s commitment to community pharmacists, the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy recently announced the hiring of Brooke Hudspeth, PharmD, as new Chief Practice Officer (CPO). Hudspeth, the acting secretary for the Kentucky Pharmacist Association (KphA), will oversee all community pharmacy efforts for the college while working to elevate the care available to those in the Commonwealth.


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The hidden cost of a seat at the table and how to move forward

March 03, 2020

To be a person of color in the workforce is to live a reality surrounded by good intentions while navigating a world that wasn't created with you in mind. The metaphorical “seat at the table” comes with hundreds of years of racial history that differentiate marginalized people from their white coworkers. With the feeling of being “other” constantly looming overhead, it can be difficult for people of color (POC) to be their true selves while working in predominantly white environments.

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UK professor featured in exhibit that gives young girls a glimpse at STEM careers

February 26, 2020

The STEM field has been dominated by men for decades, but a shift in the culture has seen women not only entering the field but elevating it. Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova is one of those women; growing up with a passion for dancing, playing piano, and painting, Garneau-Tsodikova was on track to fulfill her dream of becoming an artist. That is, until her high school chemistry class unearthed a passion for science. Garneau-Tsodikova eventually discovered that the worlds of science and art were not that different. In fact, she soon found them to be the exact same.


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Letter from the Dean: How Are We Preparing Future Pharmacists?

February 20, 2020

The presentation of the pharmacy profession in the press has prompted some to ask how we at the UK College of Pharmacy are preparing our students to enter potentially chaotic and understaffed work environments. To that we say, we have focused--and will continue to focus--on training our student pharmacists to be care providers. We prepare our graduates to be agile and flexible in a tumultuous job market by training them to manage stress, advocate for patients, and practice with the utmost professionalism.

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