Fall 2011 – Spring 2012

May 2012

An Introduction to Drug Information: The Role and Career Opportunities for the Drug Information Specialist in Medical Education

A chapter meeting was held at 6:30 PM, Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Our speaker was Dr. Ashish Advani, PharmD, RPh. Dr. Advani is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of the Drug Information Center at Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He is also an Ashworth College Instructor in the Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program.

Dr. Advani specializes in communicating evidence-based drug information to healthcare providers in order to facilitate optimal treatment decisions and patient care. He is also involved in teaching pharmacy students in the practice of drug information and conducting research in improving health literacy. His specific areas of focus are gastrointestinal disease and vaccinations.

Dr. Advani is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Georgia Pharmacists Association, the Drug Information Association, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical fraternity, and the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. Recently, he was a Guest Editor for two issues of the Journal of Pharmacy Practice. He has been named to the Specialty Pharma Journal Advisory Board and elected to serve on the Mercer University House of Delegates for the 2011-2013 term.

The meeting location was the Claudia Nance Rollins Building room 1034 at Emory University.

March 2012

The Role of Medical Illustration, Animation and Interactive in Medical Education

A chapter meeting was held at 6:30 PM, Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Our speaker was Andrew Swift, the sole proprietor of Swift Illustration (www.swiftillustration.com) and Creative Director with iSO-FORM (www.iso-form.com).

Andrew earned his MS in Medical Illustration from the Medical College of Georgia in 1999. Following graduation, Andrew worked as an Assistant Professor at MCG with a joint appointment in the Department of Medical Illustration and the Department of Surgery, Section of Neurosurgery.  Andrew was an Associate Professor with the Medical Illustration Graduate Program from 2000 until 2010.   Andrew has been a Professional Member of the Association of Medical Illustrators since 2000, and was recognized as a Certified Medical Illustrator in 2002.

Andrew’s illustration work has won numerous awards including the Russel Drake Award and the Ralph Sweet Member’s Choice Award which he has won 3 times since 2003.

The meeting location was the Claudia Nance Rollins Building room 1034 at Emory University.

January 2012

The Who, When, What, Where, How, and (mostly) Why of the CDC — A Personal Account

A chapter meeting was held at 6:30 PM, Tuesday, January 17, 2012. Our speaker was Dennis Tolsma, MPH, formerly Associate Director for Public Health Practice (1988-1994) and Director of the Center for Health Promotion & Education (1981-1988) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dennis discussed the history of the CDC and how that led to the CDC as we know it today. He presented his own personal experience of working at the CDC during a seminal period of CDC’s history. His talk focused on what makes it a unique government agency, what role it has played, and must play, as the US government’s agency for public health.

Since leaving the CDC, Dennis has continued his significant work in Public Health at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in various capacities, including Director of Research of the Center for Health Research/Southeast and Director of Clinical Affairs Division (GA Region).

The meeting location was the Claudia Nance Rollins Building room 1034 at Emory University.

November 2011

Software, Hardware, Websites, and More: Computing Tips for the Medical Writer

A chapter meeting was held at 6:30 PM, Monday, November 14, 2011, with speaker Rob Tanzola, Applications Architect for Northrop Grumman Corporation. Being both an experienced IT professional and the husband of an independent medical writer, Rob is familiar with the technology needs and challenges of medical writers. He shared tips of the trade and discussed common computer-related issues, from recovering lost files to preventing virus attacks to how to publish your own Website.

The meeting was held in the Claudia Nance Rollins Building room 1000 at Emory University.

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