Alumni Induction from Associate Dean Nancy DeGuire

On behalf of all alumni of this great institution, I welcome you to this alumni family.

I use the word “family” because it really means that we are all connected by the relationships, endeavors, and education that we experienced under one roof, the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy. Your family sees you at your best, AND at your worst, yet loves you unconditionally. Healthy, well-functioning families provide each other with rewarding and caring relationships, and with essential mutual support which sustains us throughout the course of life and career.

This University, the school, and the gifts of friendship, knowledge, and wisdom we received here will forever connect us as family. You are the offspring that we honor and celebrate today.

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To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, a servant of the others. Just as we will continue to be a place of familiar strength when you need us, you will be called upon again and again to help and support those who come after you.

Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn are the work of many generations. All this is put into your hands today as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day pass it on to those who follow you.

I invite you to stay with us as we continue to strengthen this homestead, our alma mater, and continue to build and support a top Health Sciences school that produces caring, skilled professionals of the highest quality. Stay with us as we celebrate our accomplishments, honor our history, nurture our offspring, and support our initiatives. The reputation of our alma mater and our professions rests on our shoulders.

Graduates, congratulations and welcome to this great family of alumni. We know that you will honor this legacy with the same pride, professionalism, humility, and care that your own families, and the school, have provided to you!

Thank you!

Nancy L. DeGuire ’89, PharmD, FACA
Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Associate Dean for External Relations, Director for Postgraduate Professional Education, Executive Director for the Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association

Members from our three health science alumni associations share their well wishes with our graduates.

OASIS Director Shares Stress Management Strategies

These are stressful times. To stay healthy and safe, we must face the challenges that come our way both individually and as a community. These time-tested strategies can help you stay grounded in the face of unforeseen obstacles.

Keep some semblance of normalcy in your daily routine

Even though you may be having trouble sleeping these days, try to go to bed and wake up at your usual times. The same is true with meals. If you had a regular meal schedule before, try to keep to the same rhythms. Have an afternoon walk planned? Make sure to take that walk. Not only will these habits help you stay physically healthy, they will help keep your brain active and contribute to your mental health.

Re-establish your study habits

It can be tempting to skip a virtual lecture or not follow through with your plan to review your notes for an upcoming quiz. I challenge you to stay focused on your studies. Take the time to review the study habits you have developed thus far. Which study strategies are still effective and which ones need to be adapted? You will likely need to be strategic, find creative ways to stay focused and productive. If you haven’t done so already, connect with study partners to help keep each other on-track and engaged academically.

Set a study schedule and stick with that plan

Don’t worry if you find yourself needing to take frequent breaks or if you have trouble concentrating. You are trying to accomplish difficult tasks during difficult times. Be patient, but also be consistent and abide by the guidelines that you set for yourself.

Stay connected

You may not be in the same room as your classmates, but rest assured you are not doing this alone. There will be times when you feel frustrated or sad, it is important to not face those daunting feelings in isolation. There will also be causes for celebration and you will want to share those moments with others. Keeping in touch with the people who are important to us may be more difficult, but the benefits of staying connected will be worth the effort.

We will get through this experience. Sometimes you will need to rely on others, and in turn, others will sometimes need to rely on you. Even in this time of social distancing, there are still many ways we can come together to support each other and achieve our goals.

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Faculty Spotlight: Manuel G. Romero, PhD, ATC, CSCS, PES, CES

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Prior to coming to Pacific, Manuel “Manny” G. Romero, PhD, ATC, CSCS, PES, CES, clinical assistant professor of athletic training, was on the athletic training staff of two NBA teams. He served as head athletic trainer and director of research and innovation for the Sacramento Kings. Familiar with working under pressure, he has been involved in several playoffs. He spent seven seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, culminating in two world championships.

“My recent clinical experience has allowed me to provide students with present-day clinical scenarios,” said Dr. Romero. “We often work through these as a team to create effective collaboration in real-world situations. Establishing strong connections between the students, content and clinical practice is important in athletic training education. My hope is that the connections I help students form will not only give them the skills and experience to be successful in their individual careers, but will be long-lasting and will help shape how they engage with society.”

Dr. Romero earned his bachelor of science in biology from Loyola Marymount University and his master of science in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania. His desire to maintain a firm grasp on new technology and advances in sports medicine prompted him to earn his doctor of philosophy in athletic training from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2015. He is a National Athletic Trainers Association Certified Athletic Trainer and National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

“My recent clinical experience has allowed me to provide students with present-day clinical scenarios.”

Throughout his career, Dr. Romero has paired a hands-on approach with clinical knowledge. He also brings strong interpersonal skills to his work in rehabilitation, injury prevention and overall athletic performance. As an athletic trainer, he has employed cutting-edge technology, including the use of facial recognition and artificial intelligence to aid with movement assessments. His research interests include injury prevention and issues facing athletic trainers working in professional sports.

Tips for Students for Adapting to Online Learning

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As University of the Pacific transitions to online instruction, this change may lead to questions and feelings of uncertainty. Here are five tips to help you adapt to this unexpected change.

Be patient — with yourself and others

Remember that we are all adjusting to this change. There will be a learning curve and it may take time to adapt.

Be intentional

Check your Canvas notification settings and check into your courses often. It is also very important to regularly check your email for announcements from Canvas, as well as time-sensitive messages from faculty, the School and the University. Keep in mind, projects and assignments may have been adapted for an online environment, but course expectations remain the same. Read announcements and assignment details carefully before reaching out to the faculty member. Faculty are likely fielding a high volume of questions and may need time to respond.

Expect more written exchanges

Be prepared to communicate in writing more than before. Ask detailed questions; you may need to create context in a way that would be unnecessary in a face-to-face setting.

Remember teamwork is more important than ever

If you start to get overwhelmed or are struggling with a concept, pick up the phone, use FaceTime or your preferred method of communication to connect with a classmate. Rest assured, your network of support is still in place. Pacific’s faculty and staff are diligently working behind-the-scenes to help you become a highly competent health care professional.

Be positive

We are in unprecedented times, but we are facing this situation together. By working as a team, we can build strategies and apply creativity to overcome these unexpected challenges. A key characteristic of successful individuals from all realms of health care is their ability to think on their feet. This situation is an opportunity to hone valuable skills, from adaptability to problem solving.

Canvas Support

Canvas Support is available 24/7 to all students, faculty and staff. When you are logged into Canvas, navigate to the “Help” option found in the left-hand navigation bar. You can live chat with Canvas Support or call the Canvas Support hotline for students at 844.698.7483.

Pacific Technology Support

Pacific Technology is also here to help. To submit a question to Pacific Technology, go to servicenow.pacific.edu

Stockton Helpdesk
Monday – Friday | 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
209.946.7400 | helpdesk@pacific.edu

San Francisco Helpdesk
Monday – Friday | 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
415.929.6514 | pchelp@pacific.edu

Nicoleta Bugnariu Named Founding Dean of the School of Health Sciences

Nicoleta L. Bugnariu, PT, PhD, EMBA will join the Pacific family on June 1 as founding dean of the School of Health Sciences. Since 2012, she has served in various faculty and administrative roles at University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. She is currently vice provost of community engagement and service at UNT Health Science Center and previously served as interim dean of the School of Health Professions.

“I am delighted to join the Pacific family and have the opportunity to lead and collaborate with such talented, student-focused faculty, staff and administrators,” said Dr. Bugnariu. “We have ahead of us a great opportunity and responsibility to translate the university and school vision into reality, provide a purpose-driven, mission-centric transformational educational experience to our students, prepare them to positively shape the future of health professions, and to lead and serve their communities.”

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Dr. Bugnariu brings with her more than 20 years of higher education academic and administrative experience. An accomplished researcher, her areas of expertise are motor control and systems neuroscience.

“I am delighted to join the Pacific family and have the opportunity to lead and collaborate with such talented, student-focused faculty, staff and administrators.”

She earned her bachelor of science in physiotherapy and her doctor of philosophy in neuroscience at University of Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Bugnariu completed a postdoctoral fellowship in rehabilitation sciences at McGill University in Montreal and the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University, College of Medicine. She earned her executive master of business administration from Neely School of Business, Texas Christian University.

Dr. Bugnariu will be based on Pacific’s Sacramento campus.

School of Health Sciences

The School of Health Sciences will house nine distinct, yet collaborative health care programs. The school currently houses three inaugural programs: master of science in nursing, master of science in clinical nutrition and master of social work. In addition to the inaugural programs, the School of Health Sciences will be home to Pacific’s programs in Athletic Training, Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies and Speech-Language Pathology.

Vision

To lead in advancing the lifelong wellness of our communities

Purpose

Prepare all graduates for leadership roles that advance lifelong wellness of diverse communities through learning, discovery and innovation

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Athletic Training: A Lifestyle and a Career

Pacific’s athletic training alumni continue to thrive. One hundred percent of the bachelor of science in athletic training class of 2018 passed the national certification exam on their first attempt.

For many alumni, athletic training is a lifestyle as well as a career. Scott Nastase ’13, a passionate Green Bay Packers fan, found his vocation through his love of sports. “I knew a professional career as an athlete would be a long shot, therefore, I found the next best thing in keeping my involvement in athletics by becoming an athletic trainer,” said Nastase.

After earning his bachelor of science in athletic training from Pacific in 2015, Nastase completed a graduate assistantship and earned a master of arts in education from University of Redlands. During his time at Redlands, he served as one of three athletic trainers for their 21 NCAA Division III athletic teams. He is currently a teacher and an athletic trainer at Loara High School in Anaheim.

Nastase believes athletic trainers are important members of the sports medicine team. “Athletic trainers are the key component to ensure safety for athletes and play a vital role in prevention, emergency care, clinical differential diagnoses, treatment and rehabilitation for all student-athletes,” he said.

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Scott Nastase ’13 is responsible for the daily operations of prevention, emergency care, clinical differential diagnoses, treatment and rehabilitation for all student-athletes.
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Garrison Chan ’17 hopes to become an athletic trainer working with NCAA Division 1 college sports athletes or a professional sports team.

“I decided to pursue a career in athletic training because of the great professors I had as an undergraduate student at Pacific.”

Garrison Chan ’17, a loyal Los Angeles Clippers fan, also launched his career at Pacific. Chan chose Pacific for its small class size and he appreciated how professors knew his name. “I decided to pursue a career in athletic training because of the great professors I had as an undergraduate student at Pacific,” said Chan. “Coming into college, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. After taking some foundational athletic training classes, I knew I wanted to make this my career.”

While completing his master of science in health and human movement with a specialization in sports medicine from Utah State University, Chan served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer.

Chan also has been fortunate to meet many professional athletes. While an undergraduate student at Pacific, he had the opportunity to be involved in training camps for the San Francisco 49ers. He accepted an internship with the 49ers for the 2019 season. “I look forward to being able to work with elite athletes and to learn what it takes to work at the professional level,” he said.

Recently, the national accrediting body recommended that all candidates sitting for the certification exam have a master’s degree. In 2017, Pacific launched the master of science in athletic training (MSAT) program and welcomed the first cohort of students in fall 2018. The full-time, two-year graduate program prepares students to become highly qualified health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnoses, therapeutic interventions, and rehabilitation for athletes and active patients.

“Pacific’s formal education, in combination with experiential learning opportunities, prepared me to become the athletic trainer I am today,” Nastase said. “I have brought the many values that I learned from Pacific into my own practice.”

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University of the Pacific is currently seeking accreditation for our new master of science in athletic training (MSAT) program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process by Oct. 1, 2019, with a projected accreditation date in spring 2020, with our first graduating class.

Connecting with Health Care Academies

Pacific is connecting with health care academies across Northern California to help high school students experience the array of dynamic career possibilities within the realm of health care. “Speaking from personal experience, I understand the limited perception many people have when it comes to health care careers,” said Marisella Guerrero ’98, PharmD, assistant clinical professor of pharmacy practice. “Having worked in various areas of pharmacy myself and also witnessing colleagues branch out within our field, provides me with a unique perspective on how diverse a health care career can really be. Even if students are unsure whether a health care career is for them, there are so many opportunities within health care, they are bound to find something they enjoy and are passionate about.”

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Benjamin Reece ’01’08, MS, CCC-SLP, director of clinical education and assistant clinical professor of speech-language pathology, is excited to introduce students to his field. “There is not a general understanding of what a speech-language pathologist does or the different settings in which we serve,” he said.

Echoing his sentiments, Preeti Deshpande Oza, PT, PhD, NCS, assistant professor of physical therapy, shared how students have responded after her presentation on physical therapy. “Some have remarked that they did not know physical therapists worked in the hospital or intensive care unit,” said Dr. Oza. A common misconception is physical therapists work almost exclusively with injured athletes. Through these tours, students become aware that therapists are movement specialists who work with patients in many different settings.

A highlight of the tours is the interactive virtual reality demonstrations. With the help of Innovation Spaces Coordinator Jeremy Hanlon, who supervises The Cube, and Health Sciences Librarian Kate Finnegan, students dissect virtual healthy and unhealthy organs or explore neurological and skeletal systems. Students also learn how audiology is at the intersection of science, technology and patient care from Gail Amornpongchai, AuD, clinical director of audiology for Stockton, and Jan de la Cruz ’18, AuD.

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Finnegan believes the rich cultural diversity found in the Central Valley is a valuable resource for the future of health care. Exposing high school students to a wide range of careers within health care removes the mystery that may surround these professions. Reece shared, “Based on my experience working in the public-school system, I know many students do not see themselves as future college students or as future health care practitioners. It is important to show them how accessible Pacific is and that they can pursue higher education, specifically in health care related fields.”

These tours help students picture themselves as future athletic trainers, audiologists, pharmacists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists. “Each visitor receives a personal experience on campus with students, faculty and staff,” said Stephanie Anderson-Barroso, recruiting specialist. “Guests share their positive impressions and memories of Pacific with their family, friends and communities, creating a priceless ripple effect.”

In Memoriam: Donald L. Sorby, PhD

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Donald L. Sorby, PhD

Aug. 12, 1933 – Feb. 16, 2019

Educator, mentor and world traveler, Dean Emeritus Donald L. Sorby, PhD served as dean of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences from 1984 until his retirement in 1995.

He earned his bachelor of science from University of Nebraska in 1955. He earned a master of science in 1958 and a doctor of philosophy in 1960 from University of Washington.

He taught at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Pharmacy from 1960 to 1972 and University of Washington from 1972 to 1974. While at UCSF he contributed to the development of the clinical pharmacy education by helping establish a program where pharmacy students joined physicians and medical students on their hospital rounds. Dr. Sorby served as dean of University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), School of Pharmacy from 1974 until 1984.

He joined the Pacific family in 1984. Under his leadership the Department of Physical Therapy was established within the School. He served as dean during a time of swift technological advances and was an early adopter himself. His strong ties to community partners included Thomas and Joseph Long. He served on the Longs Drugs board of directors from 1995 to 2006.

Throughout his career, he was actively involved in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and served a term as president from 1980 to 1981. He encouraged faculty and students to participate in professional organizations. During his tenure as dean, Pacific’s chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) earned the Chapter Achievement award three times and five students received the California Pharmacists Association Student of the Year award. Dr. Sorby received the Linwood F. Tice Friend of APhA-ASP Award in 1995.

“I met Dean Sorby many years ago when he was a faculty member at UCSF and I was student,” said Phillip R. Oppenheimer, PharmD, dean of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. “He tried very hard to help me learn pharmacokinetics. When I came to Pacific as dean he was very supportive and helped significantly with the transition to becoming dean.”

William A. Kehoe, PharmD, MA, FCCP, BCPS, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, shared the impact Dr. Sorby’s mentorship made on him personally. “He was a kind and wise leader,” said Dr. Kehoe. “I had no experience as a faculty member until joining Pacific. Dean Sorby provided great support in so many ways that really launched my career.” Reflecting on Dr. Sorby’s leadership, Timothy J. Smith, RPh, PhD, professor of physiology and pharmacology, described him as “quiet and calmly confident.”

“Dean Sorby was a very bright, kind, humble person,” said his former Pacific colleague Katherine Knapp, PhD. “He was delightful to work with and always unassuming about his achievements. He emphasized building the academic reputation of the school of pharmacy by encouraging and supporting faculty scholarly works, faculty research and postdoctoral fellowships. He was always accessible to students and interested in their achievements. He and his wife, Jacquie, provided some lovely, memorable receptions for faculty at their Stockton home. […] He retired from Pacific with many friends and much admiration.”

Dr. Sorby and his wife, Jacquelyn Jeanne Burchard, were married for 59 years. Together they raised her two children, Thomas Burchard and Sharon Lynn Sorby.

He and his wife traveled extensively. From Antarctica to the Amazon, their travels included trips to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Peru and Tibet. They were also self-proclaimed “rock hounds.” Emeriti faculty may remember the boxes of rocks stored in the basement.

He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.

Dean Phillip R. Oppenheimer Announces His Plans for Retirement

After 22 years as Dean of University of the Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and 46 years in academia, Phillip R. Oppenheimer has announced his plans for retirement.

“I have been blessed to work with many talented faculty, students, and staff, as well as with dedicated alumni and donors as a part of the Pacific community that welcomed Teri and me over two decades ago.  We have made Stockton and Pacific our home and family, and we look forward to our continued engagement with the university community. I am very proud of the School and the professions we serve, and I am thankful for the opportunity to have served as Dean,” said Oppenheimer.

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The University will conduct a national search following the formation of a search committee and identifying a search firm. Dean Oppenheimer has been asked to remain in his position until a new Dean is selected and hired and assumes the role on campus.

Dean Oppenheimer attended University of California, Berkeley from 1966 to 1968 and earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 1972. He completed a postgraduate residency in clinical pharmacy at UCSF in 1973 and immediately began his academic career at University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy. During his 24 year tenure at USC, he held several administrative appointments including Director of Continuing Education, Associate Dean of Professional and Student Affairs, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and Director of Graduate Programs. In 1997, Dean Oppenheimer was appointed Professor and Dean of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where he oversees six programs: Doctor of Pharmacy and Pre-Pharmacy Advantage programs, Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences Master’s and Doctorate programs, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Speech-Language Pathology, Master’s Degree in Athletic Training, and Doctor of Audiology.

Among his many outstanding accomplishments at Pacific, Dean Oppenheimer has transformed the School into a robust health sciences campus with all programs receiving full accreditation and positive revenue through enrollment and fundraising. Together with his team at Pacific, he has been involved in garnering over $50 Million in donation funds for programs, scholarships, facilities, research, and new initiatives which have transformed the School and the University beyond measure. Funding has resulted in an increase in endowed and immediate need scholarships, facility enhancement, program support, and the securing of valuable equipment for research programs. He has increased the School’s budget by $11,783,800, increased the faculty from 56 to 76, and increased support staff from 19.8 to 36. Additionally, he helped raise funds to build the University’s biology building, renovate and name a major residence hall, build and name a health sciences learning center with clinics, and name the School.

Dean Oppenheimer has led several programs through strategic planning in alignment with the University’s strategic plan, and has supported budget and curricular enhancements of all programs in the School. He has expanded the School’s award-winning experiential and co-curricular programs, raising the bar for pharmacy programs nationwide. An additional innovation is the development of the Chan Family Office of Academic Success and Instructional Support which provides students in the School with individualized strategies for academic, personal, and professional success.

Dean Oppenheimer has been an important University leader, serving as the chair of the search committees for the current Provost, Dean of McGeorge School of Law, and Dean of Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Additionally, he served on the search committees for the Vice President for Business and Finance, the Vice President for Advancement, and the Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications. He also chaired the President’s Task Force on Budget and provided leadership for investigating new budget models and innovations in educational financing. His professional service includes many internal and external committees and advisory boards, and he recently chaired the California Pharmacy Leadership Council, whose makeup includes the deans of all pharmacy schools in the state as well as the CEOs of major pharmacy associations and the Board of Pharmacy.

He has contributed to the profession and the academy through his service on professional and academic boards, through numerous publications, research papers, professional presentations, and consultantships. Dean Oppenheimer has served the academy and the profession as a member of the American Pharmacists Association; California Pharmacists Association (President, 1992) and local affiliates; American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; California Society of Health-System Pharmacists and local affiliates; and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

He is the recipient of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation’s Research in Practice Award, California Legislator Leadership Award, and the National Community Pharmacists Association Leadership Award. He was named Pharmacist of the Year by the California Pharmacists Association in 2004 and received the Dean’s Recognition Award from the American College of Apothecaries in 2005.  In 2014, Dean Oppenheimer was selected as the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Most Outstanding Dean of the Year for his contributions to the APhA-ASP Chapter and active promotion of student welfare through various community service, leadership and professional activities. Dean Oppenheimer was also named University of California, San Francisco Alumni Excellence Award in 2015 and the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Central Valley Pharmacists of the Year in 2016. In 2017, he was inducted into the California Pharmacists Association Hall of Fame in recognition of his inspiration, distinguished service and innovative contributions to the practice of pharmacy in California. Dean Oppenheimer is recognized as an experienced, outstanding and innovative leader throughout the state and the nation. He has directly impacted the education and success of over 12,000 health sciences alumni, hundreds of faculty and staff, and innumerable administrators in his 46-year career.

As Dean Oppenheimer embarks on his retirement, he will spend more time with his wife Teri and his family. The pharmacy community and University of the Pacific salute his stellar career, dedication to students and the health programs he led, and his commitment to excellence. He has left an indelible mark on the academy and the health profession. His legacy of doing “what is best for the students and patients, what is best for the school and university, and what is best for the professions” will live on through those he mentored and influenced over his remarkable career.

Dean Oppenheimer’s Accomplishments

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The Department of Communicative Disorders, which was renamed the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, became a part of the School of Pharmacy. The Department established a partnership with the local Scottish Rite, which has provided additional training space for students and dramatically increased the number of patients who can be seen at the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Center.

The School transitioned the master of science in physical therapy degree to a doctor of physical therapy degree. The first class graduated in the fall.

Dean Oppenheimer’s leadership resulted in the construction of the Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinics, which was later renamed the Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinics, reflecting the Chan Family’s many contributions. It provided much needed classroom, lecture and clinical space for all academic programs.

Dean Oppenheimer was named the California Pharmacists Association Pharmacist of the Year.

Under Dean Oppenheimer’s leadership, with support from the Hedco Foundation, the Hedco Audiology Suite was established on the Stockton campus. Thanks to the generosity of Rite Aid Corporation, the School established the Rite Aid Information Commons to provide a health sciences library for pharmacy and health sciences students.

Dean Oppenheimer was named the American College of Apothecaries Dean of the Year.

Alumni funding supported the renovation of the dispensing labs in the Edward and Alice Long Memorial Hall and named the pharmaceutical care labs for Professor Emeritus Donald Y. Barker, PhD who, during his tenure at Pacific from 1955 to 1989, taught and mentored thousands of pharmacists.

Rajul Patel ’01, ’06, PharmD, PhD spearheaded the Medicare Part D Outreach Clinics to help beneficiaries evaluate their options and select a plan to save money on their medications. As of 2018, students have volunteered more than 20,000 hours and assisted more than 8,600 beneficiaries with their Medicare Part D plans, saving consumers more than $8 million on potential out-of-pocket prescription drug costs.

With generous support from ScriptPro, the ScriptPro SP2000 equipment was donated to the Barker Lab, enhancing technology and education for the doctor of pharmacy program.

The School launched the combined master of science in pharmaceutical and chemical sciences and fellowship in pharmacy practice. The School also instituted the bachelor of applied science degree.

Dean Oppenheimer was selected as the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Most Outstanding Dean of the Year for his contributions to the Pacific APhA-ASP Chapter and active promotion of student welfare through various community service, leadership and professional activities.

Dean Oppenheimer’s leadership resulted in funds to refurbish Brookside Hall, which was renamed Chan Family Hall.

Dean Oppenheimer was named a recipient of the University of California, San Francisco Alumni Excellence Award.

The Audiology Clinic on the San Francisco campus began treating patients, providing audiology and hearing aid services through patient visits and community outreach events. The inaugural White Coat Ceremony marked the launch of the doctor of audiology program.

Under Dean Oppenheimer’s leadership, the Chan Family Office of Academic Success and Instructional Support was launched. It provides students in the School with individualized strategies for academic, personal and professional success.

Pacific’s doctor of pharmacy program received full eight-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Dean Oppenheimer was named the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Central Valley Pharmacist of the Year.

Dean Oppenheimer was inducted into the California Pharmacists Association Hall of Fame. Thanks to the generosity of the Joseph and Vera Long Foundation and the Chan family, the School was able to renovate the second floor of the Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinics (following the relocation of dental hygiene to the San Francisco campus) to include three high-tech large classrooms, a quiet study area, several conference rooms, a telehealth center, 19 faculty offices and a pharmacy care clinic space.

The School secured a significant gift from the Chan Family to support the renovation of the Rotunda building, including the construction of new exterior ADA-compliant and gender-inclusive restrooms.

Regent Clark and Pamela Gustafson provided significant funding to support student scholarship, community outreach programs and sustainability for the School and the University.

Master of Science in Athletic Training Joins the School

Athletic training started at Pacific as an internship program. Under the Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences Department within College of the Pacific, the bachelor of science in athletic training program earned initial accreditation in May 2003 and was granted continued accreditation status in August 2008.

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Recently, the national accrediting body recommended that all candidates sitting for the certification exam have a master’s degree. Pacific has embraced this opportunity and in 2017 hired Thomas “TK” Koesterer, PhD, ATC, program director and associate clinical professor of athletic training to launch the master of science and athletic training (MSAT) program. In April 2018, the MSAT program joined the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

“We are one of a few institutions to offer this program, which puts us at the forefront of this change.”

The full-time, two-year graduate program prepares students to become highly qualified health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnoses, therapeutic interventions and rehabilitation for athletes and active patients. The first cohort began in July 2018.

Chris Pond, director of athletic training, has been at Pacific for more than 25 years and provides exceptional hands-on experiential learning opportunities for athletic training students. “We are one of a few institutions to offer this program, which puts us at the forefront of this change,” said Pond.

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Pacific’s athletic training alumni continue to thrive. One hundred percent of the bachelor of science in athletic training class of 2018 passed the national certification exam on their first attempt. Pacific’s athletic training graduates have gone on to secure positions with the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, Oregon State University, Washington State University and other universities.

University of the Pacific is currently seeking accreditation for our new master of science in athletic training (MSAT) program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process by Oct. 1, 2019, with a projected accreditation date in spring 2020, with our first graduating class.