PANTHERx® Celebrates the Inaugural Graduate of Specialty Pharmacy Fellowship Program

PANTHERx® Specialty Pharmacy’s Chairman & CEO, Dr. Gordon J. Vanscoy presented Matthew Misorski, Pharm.D., with a certificate in recognition of his completion of the PANTHERx® Specialty Pharmacy Fellowship Program. Under the guidance of the program director Douglas Gebhard, Pharm.D., MBA, Dr. Misorski intensely trained in Business & Pharmacy Operations, Quality Improvement, Clinical & Education, Pharmacy Analytics & Reporting, Business Development, Strategic Partnerships, and Managed Markets.

“PANTHERx® gave me an amazing opportunity to develop as an advanced practice pharmacist and understand the complexities that come with organizing and operating a top tier specialty pharmacy,” said Matthew Misorski, Pharm.D., when asked to reflect on his time as a PANTHERx® Specialty Pharmacy Fellow. “With my new skill set in hand, I have now accepted a new opportunity with PANTHERx® as a Clinical Informatics Lead.”

“The PANTHERx® Specialty Pharmacy Fellowship Program combines academic rigor in a cutting-edge practice setting and offers a unique and structured opportunity to interact with patients afflicted with rare and devastating diseases, healthcare providers, health plans and biotech manufacturers to effectively optimize patient outcomes,” said Dr. Gordon J. Vanscoy, Chairman and CEO at PANTHERx® Specialty Pharmacy.

The completion of PANTHERx®’s first fellowship year ushered in a promising second. Under the new program leadership of Richard Faris, Ph.D., R.Ph., PANTHERx® Specialty Pharmacy, The Rare Disease SP®, will double the number of fellows for the 2018-2019 Fellowship year. The one-year program offers an estimated three years of specialty pharmacy experience, enabling each fellow’s competence in the clinical, research, and business aspects of specialty pharmacy management. PANTHERx®’s Fellowship Program becomes even more rigorous and enriching this year with an increased focus on research, big data, data-driven program design, precision medicine, and scientific publications.

For more information on PANTHERx®’s Specialty Pharmacy Fellowship Program please visit: https://pantherspecialty.com/for-partners/education/

 

PANTHERx® Supports NASP Launch of Inaugural Student Pharmacist Chapter Program

The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) recently announced the launch of their new Student Association of Specialty Pharmacy (SASP) via a segment on the Pharmacy Podcast Network. The show, hosted by Sheila Arquette, NASP Executive Director, featured three members of NASP’s Education Committee including PANTHERx® Specialty Pharmacy’s, Doug Gebhard; Pharm.D., MBA.

The now debuted Student Association of Specialty Pharmacy (SASP) will work with universities to create more than half a dozen pilot student chapters this fall in order to bolster awareness and knowledge of the growing field of specialty pharmacy through education, professional development, and networking. The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and Duquesne University School of Pharmacy have each experienced an increased student interest in specialty pharmacy, due in part to the university relationships that PANTHERx® continues to foster. Under the guidance of Dr. Gebhard, both the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University are planning to launch SASP pilot chapters later this fall. Recognizing a need for specialty pharmacy organizations for students, NASP aims to provide immersive experiences for students and develop these chapters by providing organizational support through bylaws, funding, websites, and local school partnerships.

Dr. Gebhard is passionate about student education and involvement in specialty pharmacy. During the podcast, he highlighted the numerous benefits to students that SASP will offer, including:
• Specialized workshops, educational sessions, and hands-on leadership opportunities to strengthen skills and expand students’ professional networks
• Participation on NASP committees and task forces to help shape national policy, NASP priorities, education, and the Annual Meeting programming
• Exclusive access to the NASP Center for Specialty Pharmacy Education
• Discounted registration to the Annual Meeting and Exposition

Schools of Pharmacy interested in acting as a pilot for SASP membership should submit an application to NASP for review by October 15, 2018. Interested students can access information and application materials through the NASP website via the Student Chapter page or by contacting sasp@naspnet.org.

Listen to the podcast: http://pharmacypodcast.com/podcast/introducing-nasp-student-chapter/

Learn more: https://naspnet.org/student-chapter/

View NASP Press Release: https://naspnet.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NASP-Student-Chapters-Press-Release_FINAL.pdf