College of Pharmacy


December 2, 2020

Academy Finds Real Success in Virtual Form, Garners Sustaining Funding

Ben Boulden

Seth Heldenbrand, top left, meets during a live, video class session with students and other participants in the NCPA Foundation-UAMS Pharmacy Ownership and Leadership Academy.

Converting an in-person program, meeting or event into a live, video streaming one has become common in 2020. Making it almost as successful as its original in-person version has been rare, although the UAMS College of Pharmacy has done it. The NCPA Foundation-UAMS Pharmacy Ownership and Leadership Academy is a real-world example of the adaptability…


November 24, 2020

Painter Leads PEP Division as New Director

Ben Boulden

Jacob Painter

Jacob T. Painter, Pharm.D., MBA, Ph.D., has been named the director of the College of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy (PEP). Painter is an associate professor in the College’s Department of Pharmacy Practice and has been  a member of PEP division faculty since 2012. Since April 2019, he has served as associate director…


Serfaty Chosen as UAMS Director of Nuclear Education Online

Ben Boulden

Brigette Serfaty

Brigette Serfaty, Pharm.D., BCNP, FAPhA, has been named the new director of the Nuclear Education Online program in the UAMS College of Pharmacy. From 2019 until recently, Serfaty served as a vice president of PharmaLogic Holdings in Boca Raton, Florida, leading the quality and regulatory department of its PET and radiopharmacy operations. She also was…


November 10, 2020

Outreach Grows Minority Student Representation in College of Pharmacy

Spencer Watson

Benefitting from specific recruitment programs, the UAMS College of Pharmacy Class of 2024, pictured here celebrating its white coat ceremony, represents the most diverse class of pharmacy students currently enrolled.

The percentage of minority students in this fall’s incoming class at the UAMS College of Pharmacy is nearly double the percentage of the class that will graduate this coming spring. “This year, in the class of 2024, we have 19% underrepresented minority students,” said Lanita White, Pharm.D., assistant dean for student affairs. “In the class…


November 2, 2020

Five UAMS Researchers Receive Seed Funding for New Projects

Benjamin Waldrum

Five UAMS scientists each received $15,000 in seed funding for new research. Top row: Youssef Aachoui, Ph.D., Merideth Addicott, Ph.D., Alicia Byrd, Ph.D. Bottom row: Behjatolah "BJ" Karbassi, Ph.D., and Rupak Pathak, Ph.D.

Five UAMS scientists were awarded $15,000 each to fund research projects in the coming year, thanks to an endowment created by generous donors nearly four decades ago. The Medical Research Endowment Fund was one of the first major fundraising campaigns of the UAMS Board of Advisors. Established in 1982 to stimulate and support research programs…


October 23, 2020

UAMS College of Pharmacy Business Plan Team Takes National Award for Fourth Time for Most Wins Ever

Ben Boulden

On March 5 before masking and social distancing guidelines were in effect, the NCPA Student Business Plan team stands in front of a pharmacy decorated with signs to stand in for the team's Functional Pharmacy concept they proposed in their winning business plan. Team members are, left to right, Patrick Gurley, Brittany Butterfield, Marissa Johnston and Byron Johnson.

LITTLE ROCK — A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy team of four student pharmacists achieved a record-setting win recently in a national business plan competition. It marked the fourth time in eight years a team from the college has won the National Community Pharmacy Association’s Good Neighbor Pharmacy Pruitt-Schutte Student…


October 19, 2020

Program Aims to ‘Flip the Pharmacy’ Experience for Pharmacists, Patients

Ben Boulden

Megan Smith, left, talks to Brandon Achor on Oct. 1 outside Achor Family Pharmacy in Maumelle. Oct. 1 was the official launch date for the Flip the Pharmacy program in Arkansas.

Gone are the days when your local pharmacy just dispensed prescriptions. Community pharmacists get to know their patients in a way that helps them recognize and act on health problems and medication issues that result in improving their health outcomes. And they believe those services deserve to be compensated by insurance companies. Sixteen Arkansas community…


September 21, 2020

David Caldwell, Pharm.D., Chosen for National Pharmacy Leadership Program

Ben Boulden

David Caldwell

LITTLE ROCK — David Caldwell, Pharm.D, of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently was selected by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for its Academic Leadership Fellows Program. Caldwell, the new associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Pharmacy, was one of 24 members…


September 18, 2020

Pharmacy Senior from Bahamas Finds Family at UAMS

Amy Widner

Byron Johnson at the podium

Fourth-year pharmacy student Byron Johnson found more than an education at UAMS, he found family. Johnson told his story to the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas, which oversees UAMS, at its September meeting. Johnson is from Freeport, Bahamas, which was decimated by Hurricane Dorian in 2019. His aunt and cousin died, and…


Diverse College of Pharmacy Class of 2024 Dons White Coats

Ben Boulden

Ashlyn Tedder, left, smiles as a family member of a first-year College of Pharmacy student assists her in putting on her white coat. Tedder is a third-year pharmacy student and the president of the UAMS Chapter of the APhA-Academy of Student Pharmacists.

The UAMS College of Pharmacy Class of 2024 donned white coats Sept. 5 in a virtual ceremony that still honored the right of passage signifying a pharmacy student’s transition into the life of a student-pharmacist. This year’s annual White Coat Ceremony, had one of the highest percentages of underrepresented minorities in the college’s history, nearly…



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