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How pharmacy education differs from U.S. to Germany

Editor’s note: Ashley Artmann is a doctor of pharmacy student at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. To document her five-week rotation in Germany, Artmann is blogging about her experiences learning about German pharmacy education and practice. Find this and additional posts from Artmann at aeartma.blogspot.com.

Last Tuesday we ventured via bus and train in the rain to Düsseldorf to visit their university and pharmacy school.

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education

Preventing medical miscommunication means fewer medical errors

For a patient about to undergo surgery, a medical error is just about the last thing someone would want to worry about.

Upwards of 100,000 deaths occur in the United States each year because of medical mistakes. One of the biggest factors contributing to the problem is miscommunication or lack of communication between multiple health care professionals.

To address the problem, University of Minnesota health professional education programs are embracing the age-old mantra of learning to work together in class and competition.

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in-the-news

35 years later, plane crash survivor works to give back

At 63-years-old, Sheryl Ramstad is making a bold career move. After nearly four decades in law, she just obtained her Master of Nursing degree from the University of Minnesota.

“I have a passion for burn victims, burn patients and burn survivors,” Ramstad told KARE 11 last week. “I can provide a perspective to burn victims that there is life after burns.”

Ramstad’s unique perspective stems from an experience she had as a student pilot in 1979. During her first solo flight, the plane’s engine sputtered over St. Paul leaving Ramstad to guide the lifeless aircraft back to the ground…

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education

Are pharmacy schools graduating too many students?

Here’s a bit of health care news you probably haven’t heard too much of lately: America is graduating too many future health care providers.

Yet according to Dan Brown, Pharm.D., a professor of pharmacy practice at Palm Beach Atlantic University, that’s exactly the case when it comes to graduation rates at United States pharmacy schools.

University of Minnesota professor and pharmacist workforce researcher Jon Schommer, Ph.D., disagrees.

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expert-perspectives

New “chill out” drinks target students in need of a break

Most energy drinks promise college students a quick boost to help power through the day, but a new line of beverages is formulated to do just the opposite.

“Relaxation drinks” are trading sugar and caffeine for ingredients like melatonin, valerian root and L-theanine to promote a calming effect.

With names like (Bob) Marley’s Mellow Mood and Just Chill, the products are gaining attention in the marketplace. They accounted for over $32 million in sales in 2012…

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news-and-notes

$10 million gift to U of M aimed at transforming health care delivery through nursing

Together a Minnesota-based foundation and the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing are stepping up to address an acute shortage of primary care providers, rising health care costs and the rapidly growing needs of an aging population by committing to educate an additional 500 advanced practice nurses over the next 10 years.

The visionary $10 million gift announced today by the Bentson Foundation is designated for scholarships for new students in the School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The gift will infuse the region with more doctorally-prepared nurses in family practice, pediatrics, geriatrics, midwifery, nurse anesthesia and other fields.

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