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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 1, 2007

Pharmacy Residents Receive APhA Incentive Grants

Two pharmacists participating in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy's residency program have been named recipients of $1,000 incentive grants from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation.

Ashley Dohrn and Sukhmani Sarao will receive the grants, which provide pharmacists with seed funding to explore new methods and services that enhance their role as health care providers. The grants also are intended to focus the pharmacists' attention on the need to re-engineer their practices to incorporate additional patient-centered services and to enhance health care delivery with the use of today's technologies.

Dohrn, a graduate of the UI College of Pharmacy, is a resident at Main at Locust Pharmacy Clinic and Medical Supplies in Davenport. The grant will support Dohrn's project that compares patients who use the pharmacy for dispensing services only to those who receive pharmaceutical case management at the pharmacy. Pharmaceutical case management refers to pharmacists who provide medication management to patients who are at high risk of adverse effects from their mediations.

Sarao, a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, is a resident at Osterhaus Pharmacy in Maquoketa. The grant will support Sarao's project that examines whether patients actually apply advice they received during screenings for diabetes and cholesterol.

The UI College of Pharmacy's 12-month residency program, administered through its Division of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy, develops graduate pharmacists' clinical skills in community pharmacy settings. Pharmacy residents spend time providing patient care; develop, implement or sustain pharmaceutical care services at the community pharmacy; and participate in ways to better understand or facilitate changes in pharmacy practice.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, Writer: Krystal Loewe