School of Pharmacy Faculty & Student Published in US Pharmacist Journal


When becoming a pharmacist, you promise to devote yourself to a “lifetime of service to others through the profession of pharmacy.”

As part of this oath, pharmacists dedicate themselves to improving patient care through continuous lifelong learning and unwavering professional advocacy. They also commit to doing all they can to prepare the next generation of pharmacists to follow in their footsteps.

Three of our School of Pharmacy faculty and one student have recently exemplified this oath and their commitment to knowledge development and sharing with their May 2018 publication, “Treacher Collins Syndrome,” in the monthly US Pharmacist journal. The authors, all affiliated with the Doctor of Pharmacy program at South University, Columbia, include:

  • Natasha Colvin, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, South University, Columbia
  • Harskin Hayes, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, South University, Columbia
  • Alyson Shirer, Adjunct Instructor of Pharmacy Practice, South University, Columbia
  • Arnethia Wills, Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate Class of 2018, South University, Columbia

According to their article, Treacher Collins syndrome, or TCS, is a rare genetic disease that occurs in approximately 1 in 50,000 live births and affects craniofacial development. The physical anomalies resulting from this disease can lead to hearing, eating, vision, and breathing problems.

Written to inform and support fellow pharmacy professionals, the article reviews the following:

  • TCS features
  • Risk factors
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Investigate treatment (or treatments currently in the research phase)
  • TCS in the media

“Although pharmacotherapy is not a major component of TCS treatment, familiarity with the disease, its management, and available resources may help pharmacists serve affected patients, their families, and the public,” the authors explain.

To read the full piece, visit the US Pharmacist website. Congratulations to all involved for developing this informative article and contributing to the education of pharmacists everywhere!

Source: The Oath of a Pharmacist