Dinner with our 2012 Melendy Lecturer RADM Scott Giberson

by Transpharmers

Good evening blog followers!!

Today, we had the honor of dining with and getting to know our 2012 Melendy Lecturer.

Samuel W. Melendy was a strong supporter of our College of Pharmacy in its early years. As a member of the Minnesota State Pharmaceutical Association, he played an active role in promoting the establishment of a School of Pharmacy at the University, which opened under Dean Frederick Wulling in 1882. In the early years, Melendy was a frequent visitor who often times lent equipment to the school. Before his death in 1916, he discussed with Dean Wulling his will to leave a sum of money to the College for graduate scholarships and fellowships. This also included money for an annual lectureship that would emphasize the scientific, ethical and professional aspects of pharmacy. After his death, the first Melendy Lecture was given in 1943 by Dean Frederick J. Wulling. Many distinguished local and national figures have participated since, including, but not limited to past deans, alumni and also the former Vice President of the United States, Hubert H. Humphrey.

For this year, we are honored to have RADM Scott Giverson as our 2012 Melendy Lecturer. He is the chief pharmacy officer of the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Giberson advises the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the roles of Corps pharmacists. He serves as the principle consultant for the Indian Health Service on HIV/AIDS. He also has various international experience on health deployment. Overall, Dr. Giberson is distinguished for his clinical expertise and systematic contribution to public health. Here is a longer bio for your interest http://ccmis.usphs.gov/ccbulletin/articles/CPO_Pharmacy_04_2010.aspx Not long ago, Dr. Giberson and his team has put together an impressive report to the Surgeon General, advocating for recognition and expansion of clinical pharmacy practice http://www.pharmacist.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home2&CONTENTID=27673&TEMPLATE=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm His talk, entitled “A Ship Built for Sea” will address his thoughts about improving patient and health system outcomes through advanced pharmacy practice as reflected in his recent, highly acclaimed report to the Surgeon General.

Here are a few pictures from the dinner tonight with members from our college board and class reps.

– Kim

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