Loriann DeMartini ’84, PharmD Named Pacific Pharmacy Alumna of the Year

The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is proud to announce that Loriann DeMartini ’84, PharmD has been named the Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association (PPAA) Alumna of the Year. Dr. DeMartini earned her doctor of pharmacy from University of the Pacific in 1984. Dr. DeMartini will be honored at the Pacific Pharmacy Alumni and Friends Breakfast at the Western Pharmacy Exchange, presented by the California Pharmacists Association. Pacific Pharmacy alumni and friends are invited to attend the breakfast to be held on Saturday, February 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Renaissance Hotel in Palm Springs.

“We are proud to count Loriann DeMartini among our distinguished alumni,” said Dean Phillip R. Oppenheimer, PharmD. “Without question she has improved health care in California. Her leadership and dedication to promoting the pharmacy profession are an inspiration to her peers and to the next generation of pharmacists.”

In 2016 Dr. DeMartini was named chief executive officer of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP), a non-profit professional association which serves the needs of hospital and health-system pharmacists. CSHP, the largest state association for pharmacists, represents over 3,500 members who practice specialized medicine and clinical pharmacy.

“The Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association has so many qualified candidates; for her work in medication safety and her leadership at the state level Loriann DeMartini rose to the top,” PPAA President Tom Maez ’85, PharmD said. “We are excited that she was recently named CEO of CSHP. On behalf of the PPAA, we wish to thank her for her years of dedication to the profession and for her leadership as together we shape what lies next for the future of pharmacy.”

Dr. DeMartini’s areas of expertise are medication error reduction and regulatory enforcement. From 1992 through 2016 she served the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in a variety of roles, most recently as deputy director of the Office of Quality Performance and Accreditation. During her tenure at CDPH she was recognized nationally and statewide for her contributions to improving patient care. Under her leadership the Medication Error Reduction Program (MERP) was launched and implemented in over 400 hospitals in California. In 2010, the Institute for Safe Medication Practice recognized MERP, recommending that it be adopted nationwide.

Dr. DeMartini completed a fellowship in leadership in health care at the California Health Care Foundation in 2006. She is a Fellow of the California Health Care Foundation and member of the Accreditation Improvement Advisory Committee for the Public Health Accreditation Board. She has also been involved in the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. She currently holds faculty appointments at Touro University California, University of California, San Francisco and University of California, San Diego.

The PPAA awards the Alumnus/Alumna of the Year to a current member who has distinguished themselves by either their service to the University or School, their leadership and distinction within the pharmacy profession, or their body of service. The recipient is also asked to serve as the keynote speaker for Pacific’s doctor of pharmacy White Coat Ceremony.

Pacific Pharmacy Alumni and Friends Breakfast at CPhA
Saturday, Feb. 25 | 7:30 – 9 a.m.
Renaissance Hotel – Sierra/Ventura Rooms
888 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Tickets for this breakfast will not be available at the door and are not included in the conference registration. To purchase, please visit bit.ly/cpha_022517 by Friday, February 17.


Hasna Manghi ’16 and James Wall ’16 Win CSHP’s Clinical Skills Competition

September 25, 2015, was a proud day for Pacific as once again as a team of PharmD students won the Clinical Skills Competition at the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) Seminar. With an attitude of confidence and a solid foundation of clinical skills Hasna Manghi ’16 and James Wall ’16 made a dynamic team.

Clinical Skills Competitideans_letter_fall15_james_hasna_clinical_skills_winners_webon has three levels, the first of which is a local competition held within a university. The winning teams in California then represents their universities at the state level at the CHSP seminar. The final level is at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) annual Midyear Clinical Meeting. This year the ASHP conference will be held on December 5, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana. There Manghi and Wall will be competing against 138 teams from universities all across the country.

In describing the competition Assistant Clinical Professor and San Diego Regional Coordinator Marie C. Scott, PharmD, explains that there are three phases. During the first phase the team has two hours to “identify the most important therapeutic need and prepare a plan for the patient.” They then have only two minutes to present their recommendations. The final phase is eight minutes of question and answer during which they must defend their plan. According to Scott “they definitely need to be able to identify the most pressing needs to the patient.” To do so they have to “draw from their knowledge in therapeutics [and] pharmacology.”

Wall points out that just like in a real life scenarios “you can’t just open a book and fall on the right page and find out what’s wrong.” It is essential to have a framework from which you can systematically work to identify what is the primary problem and which are the peripheral issues that can be addressed at a later time. Manghi explains that the competition is a good introduction to the complexity and unpredictability of cases that one will face as a pharmacist: “You never know what to expect.” They recommend that as you are going through your clinical rotations that you try to absorb as much as you can.

Scott believes that what set Manghi and Wall apart from other teams was that they have a “strong knowledge base [and] speak with confidence.” Wall confirms that Pacific’s PharmD courses prepared them to tackle complicated cases and gave them the ability to effectively utilize a limited number of resources. Manghi proposes that the key to standing out from among the crowd is “showing the quality of yourself as a pharmacist.” Manghi emphasizes compassion, empathy and confidence: “The best advice I can give is confidence in your presentation.”

Wall says that he would “absolutely” encourage future students to participate in the Clinical Skills Competition as it is an excellent opportunity to hone your clinical skills. Scott believes that students “don’t think their clinical skills are polished enough, but this is such good practice to use all of the resources that are given to you.”

Manghi and Wall are deeply appreciative to Dr. Scott for facilitating the preliminary round and offering support throughout the process. Manghi said that Dr. Scott has “shown us a lot of love and a lot of support.”

This is not the first time that Pacific has beat out the competition at the CSHP seminar. In 2000 the winners Rajul Patel ’01, ’06, PharmD, PhD, who went on to become one of the School’s Associate Professors, and his now wife Annie Shinn Patel ’01, PharmD, PhD. Again in 2004 Pacific had a winning team with Jamie Chew ’05, PharmD, and Teresa Kwong Wakumoto ’05, PharmD.

Students who are interested in competing in next year’s Clinical Skills Competition should look through the participant resources and practice cases, which can be found at ashp.org <http://www.ashp.org/menu/AboutUs/Awards/ClinicalSkillsCompetition.aspx>.