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Embracing the Tradition of Unscripted Opportunities

Dennis Bashaw, a 1986 UKCOP graduate, broke the mold and demonstrated just how a professional degree in pharmacy could lead to an unexpected and fulfilling career. Pharmacy is an ever-changing career field, and with these changes, pharmacists are not as bound to traditional roles as they once were.

A Call to Modern Curriculum Reform

University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy urges educational systems to periodically engage in reviews of classroom material to prevent “curricular hoarding.” Hoarders are defined as people who excessively save items that seem to have no value to other people. Unfortunately, the same principle can sometimes affect higher education, where excessive amounts of coursework are carried forward without modernization.

The Magical Years

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.

What is the True Cost of Emotional Labor?

People of color (POC) often have work experiences unique to those of their counterparts. Dealing with microaggressions and being tasked with additional, uncompensated diversity work are just some of the hurdles POC face when entering the workforce. This extra burden can cause stress, anxiety, and other health-related issues and has become a significant talking point within POC circles. However, there is little emphasis on emotional labor outside of these circles. Where there is, it focuses solely on the experiences of white women.

Inequity in the time of COVID-19

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.

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

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.

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

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.

College of Pharmacy supplies sanitizer to essential workers

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. Students at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP) have found yet another way to help, which includes increasing access to sanitizing products.

College of Pharmacy Hires New Chief Practice Officer

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.

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

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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We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.