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pre pharmacy society umdprepharm@gmail com studentorg umd edu prepharm


Get on the ListServ...Join Our Facebook Group…Visit Our Website…CMNS Updates


MAY 2, 2011


Welcome! Don’t forget to sign-in

  • Active Membership Requirements
  • Executive Board Elections!
  • Community Service Events
    • Sign Up!
  • Drug of the Week: PEMs
  • Summer Rx Opportunities presented by
    • Pre-Pharmacy Society Executive Board
active membership requirements

3 Meetings per semester

  • 3 Hours of Community Service per semester
    • Please do not wait until till the end of the semester to fulfill your community service hours
    • Exceptions will not be made
Active Membership Requirements
pre pharmacy executive board 2011 2012

President: Joseph Goble

  • VP of Student Affairs : Sandy Lim
  • VP of External Affairs: Krishna Dalsania
  • Secretary: Melissa Etchison
  • Treasurer: Edward Neuberger
  • Public Relations Co-Chair: Ben Moy
  • Public Relations Co-Chair: Long La
  • Community Service Co-Chair: SahilSheth
  • Community Service Co-Chair: Lauren Biagiotti
Pre-Pharmacy Executive Board 2011-2012
umb open house

When: Tomorrow, May 3rd, 4pm–8pm

    • Board Bus @ 3:45pm
    • UMB Pharmacy School Tour 5-7pm
    • Board Bus @ 7:15pm
  • Where: UMB School of Pharmacy
  • What: Private Pre-Pharmacy Society Tour!
UMB Open House
drug of the week

Drug of the Week

Protein Epitope Mimetics (PEM)

protein epitope mimetics pem

PEM are medium sized (0.7-2 kDa), fully synthetic cyclic peptide-like molecules that mimic the two most relevant secondary structure motifs involved in Protein-Protein Interactions (PPIs): The ß-hairpin and the α-helix.

  • Hence, PEM molecules can be viewed as functional minimizations of proteins. PEM are among the most potent and selective molecules known to modulate PPIs, GPCRs with large ligand-binding domains and enzymes. PEM Technology is, therefore, well suited to discover and optimize drug candidates that interfere with targets difficult to modulate with classical small molecule approaches
Protein EpitopeMimetics (PEM)
one type antibiotic pol7080

POL7080 is a Pseudomonas specific antibiotic with a novel mode of action, (The antibiotics work by deactivating a protein vital for the formation of the bacteria's outer cell membrane.)

  • POL7080 is the first of a new class of antibiotics derived from the PEM Technology platform. In preclinical studies the compound was highly active on a broad panel of clinical isolates including multi-drug resistant Pseudomonas bacteria with outstanding in vivo efficacy in septicemia, lung and thigh infection models. Its novel mode of action has been published in Science
One type: Antibiotic POL7080

Gram Positive

Gram Negative

Cytoplasmic Membrane







Some Antibacterial Compounds Weaken Peptidoglycan





blocks peptide


Cleaves NAG-

NAM bonds

why important

Researchers from a privately held Swiss biotech company Polyphor and the University of Zurich said the potential medicines are effective against a type of bacteria known as "gram-negative," and offer hope for new treatments for serious and often life-threatening infections, (specifically those that cause lung infections).

  • A report in December found that gram-negative bacteria account for around 63 percent of infections in hospital intensive care units. Experts commenting on that study said they feared resistance among gram-negative bugs was rising while the number of medicines to treat them was shrinking.
  • Drug of the future?
Why Important?
additional information

Drug-resistant bacteria kill about 25,000 people a year in Europe and about 19,000 in the United States.

  • Polyphor is planning to start Phase I clinical trials in healthy volunteers in the second quarter of this year and had begun out-licensing negotiations with potential pharma partners.
Additional Information

  • Fasan, R., Dias, R., Moehle, K., Zerbe, O., Obrecht, D.,Mittl, P., Grutter, M.P., and J.A. Robinson. 2006. Structure–Activity Studies in a Family of b-Hairpin Protein Epitope Mimetic Inhibitors of the p53–HDM2 Protein–Protein Interaction. ChemBioChem. 7:515–526.
pharmaceutical issue

Pharmaceutical Issue

Should birth control be available to women

(16 years old or older) without a prescription?


Pharmacy Access Amendment Act: would give the Board of Pharmacy and the Board of Medicine authorization to set up guidelines for consumers to pick up birth control without going to the doctors office (proposed bill as of February 2011)

  • Would allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control to certain women

“Pharmacists are extraordinarily overeducated for what they do on a day-in and day-out basis. There is a lot of capacity for a pharmacist to do more than they do.”

  • Logically, most pharmacists, who possess skills far beyond putting pills in bottles should be more than capable of asking a patient questions and assessing whether hypertension, a history of heart disease, and other factors should prevent that patient from going on birth control. Under this bill, they would do just that, and write or not write a birth control prescription.

Expand access to contraception

  • Conserve valuable resources and reduce costs
  • Greater health care options for thousands of women
  • Prevent unnecessary doctors visits in an already overcrowded healthcare system

This bill would just be the first step in implementing a program like this

  • This program would only be available to women who do not smoke or have hypertension
  • Unsure whether a program like this would actually work

Should pharmacists be able to prescribe women with birth control?

  • Is it a health risk for women to not be screened by a doctor before receiving birth control?
  • Would this lead to promiscuity in young girls?
  • Is this any different from acquiring the “morning after” pill?

intern health management services

Intern Health Management Services

  • Type: Internship
  • Location: Arlington, VA
  • Point of Contact: NRECA – General Inquiries(703) 907-5500
  • Minimum Hours Requirement: No
additional information1

Provide a summer intern with an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience working in the Health Management Services department

  • There are several projects an intern will assist with this summer including: 1. Revision of existing EAT SMART Kit (which requires updating per the release of the new USDA Dietary Guidelines) 2. Wellness audits (co-ops’ wellness programs are audited once every 4 years for compliance with program parameters) 3. Supporting the Pharmacy Benefits group (e.g. updating Commercial and Medicare Part D tracking document, organizing Medicare Part D letter project) 4. Review and recommendations of Reuters articles for posting on MyHealth Online
Additional Information
who can apply

Rising college junior or senior with: 1. Track record of academic achievement 2. Knowledge, background and experience or major field of study in:

        • Health Promotion, Nutrition, Nursing or Marketing/Communication

3. Ability to be very detailed oriented 4. Ability to be very organized 5. An energetic personality 6. Ability to multi-task and work on several projects at once

Who Can Apply?


    • Type: Internship
    • Location:  Gaithersburg, MD
    • Minimum Hours Requirement: N/A
    • To apply:
  • 1. Visit
  • 2. Search REQ# ID: 5297 under Careers tab
  • 3. Fill out personal profile (including resume)
internship drug delivery and devices

 Duties and Responsibilities:

    • literature searches
    • assessment of novel drug delivery technologies
    • feasibility studies on novel/traditional drug delivery systems in a lab setting
    • At the end of internship, present findings on a poster
Internship: Drug Delivery and Devices


    • currently enrolled as an undergraduate/graduate with engineering, pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, biology or other relevant background 
    • minimum one year of undergrad education complete
  •  Applicants considered for multiple position vacancies for which they are qualified, so only one profile needs to be completed
  • Any questions/assistance on application process:
    • Medimmune Recruiting Desk
      • (1866)428-9942
children s national medical center

Children’s National Medical Center

  • Type: Internship/Volunteer
  • Location: Children's National Medical Center
  • 111 Michigan Ave, NW, Washington DC
  • Point of Contact: Eric P. Hoffman
  • 202-476-6029
  • Minimum Hours Requirement: N0
research fields

Go to:

  • Center for Neuroscience
  • Center for Clinical and Community Research
  • Center for Cancer and Immunology Research
  • Center for Genetic Medicine Research
  • Center for Molecular Physiology Research
Research Fields
center for genetic medicine research click any of following links and email lead researcher

Asthma and lung disease 

  • Diabetes 
  • Inborn errors of metabolism 
  • Macular degeneration 
  • Muscular dystrophies 
  • Sickle cell disease 
  • Obesity and metabolic syndrome 
  • White Matter Disease
Center for Genetic Medicine Research--> Click any of following links and email lead researcher

Very pertinent experience

  •  New lab starting this summer with awesome technology!
  • Paid or Unpaid, but great experience, mentors, and probably recommendation regardless
  • Commute
  • Mice testing
  •  Interview- Be sure to express why your interested/be enthusiastic
    • Ask questions
    • Mostly tour and meeting of lead researcher
    • Dress up, Bring resume
    • Talk about experiences in Biology/Chemistry Labs
university of maryland medical center

University of Maryland Medical Center

  • Type: Volunteer
  • Location: 29. S Greene Street, Baltimore
  • Phone: 410-328-5600 for any questions
  • Min. Hours Requirement: Yes; at least 4 hours during a regular time slot

Complete the volunteer application and turn it into the volunteer office. Fax number is 410-328-2924.

  • Once you have completed the necessary paperwork, return it to the volunteer office and call (410) 328-5600 to schedule your interview. No interviews until June.
  • Complete the health form, and bring in documentation of your immunization records. If you don't have any proof of your immunization, you may need to have your blood drawn.
  • Complete a mandatory orientation (see orientation checklist) and annual training session.
links to forms

Application -

  • Health Form-
  • Orientation Checklist -
Links to Forms:
reference request

In order to get an evaluation, certificate or letter of recommendation, you must complete at least 75 hours of volunteer service in one department.

  • The 75 hours of service must be completed consecutively from the start date. Regular attendance ensures that volunteers get fully trained and get to know the staff that they work with. It also enhances the volunteer experience and enables volunteers to make a real contribution to their unit or department.
Reference Request
umd health center pharmacy

Type: Volunteer

  • Location: University Health Center
    • On campus!
  • Point of Contact: Elizabeth Zapata
  •  (301)314-8095
  • Minimum Hours Requirement: 3 to 4 hr/week (min 2 hr shift)at least 40 hr/semester

UMD Health Center Pharmacy

more information

 Application Process: FIRST COME FIRST SERVED!

    •  Email Elizabeth Zapata 4 weeks prior to start of semester
      • Resume
      • Class Schedule
      • Personal Statement
  • Only 25 new volunteers per semester in Health Center
  • Once you are chosen as a volunteer:
    • HIPAA training
    • Orientation in the Pharmacy
  • For more information, visit:
More Information
what you ll do as a volunteer

Provide patients with OTC medicines

  • Provide patients with their prescriptions and take payments
  • If Pharm Tech certified: prepare and handle medications
  • Gain valuable experience for your application!
What you'll do as a Volunteer
washington hospital center

Washington Hospital Center

  • Type: Volunteer 
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Point of Contact: (202) 877-3192
  • Minimum Hours Requirement: No
becoming a volunteer


    •  Must complete online application at
  •  Interview
    • A reference letter from a professional source
    • One page summary about you, career plants/interests, and why you want to volunteer
Becoming A Volunteer
contact information

Main Phone: (202) 877-7000

  • Washington Hospital Center

     110 Irving Street NW     Washington, DC 20010

  • For more information, visit:

Contact Information
the george washington university hospital

The George Washington University Hospital

    • Type: Volunteer
    • Location: Right when you get off the Metro at the Foggy Bottom-GWU stop
    • Point of Contact: Volunteer Office- (202) 715-4188
    • Minimum Hours Requirement: Yes- 4 hours a week for 6 months or 100 hours total
    • More Information:
  •         1.


    • must be 18 or older
    • submit an online application
    • background check
    • Physical
    • drug screen
    • orientation prior to start date
  • If you have questions, call 202-715-4188 or submit an email through a form that they provide
pharmacy technician

Get paid, real-time experience

  •  Locations: Retail Pharmacies, Hospitals, Clinics, Grocery stores, NIH? FDA?
  •  Get approved First!
    •  Study and take the examination on a scheduled date
    • Apply for an approval from PTCB 
  • Contact and inquire your desired work location

Pharmacy Technician

more information1

More Information:

1. For an application for Board approval:

2.After a successful examination, you earn a 'CPhT' after your name

More Information
johns hopkins hospital

Johns Hopkins Hospital

  • Type: Work as a Pharmacy Technician
  • Location: Pharmacy Department at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD (Carnegie Building).
  • Point of Contact: 410-614-5611 
  • Minimum Hours Requirement: No
other requirements

Need to be certified!

  • More Information:
  • REQ ID:32769
Other Requirements
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