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July 22, 2021 – COP Alum Highlighted in Pharmacy Today

Class of 2020 alum Allison Waldvogel, PharmD, was featured in “A minute with…” in the June 1, 2021 edition of PharmacyToday. The article can be found at

May 25, 2021 – COP Members Selected for AACP Walmart Scholars Program

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Ziny, Class of 2021, and her mentor Associate Professor Dr. Danielle Candelario on being selected to participate in the AACP Walmart Scholars Program this summer! More information on this program can be found at

April 1, 2021 – COP Residency Match Rates Announced

The PGY1 residency match rate for the Class of 2021 was 83.3%. The PGY2 residency match rate for Class of 2020 graduates was 83.3%

March 24, 2021 – All School Research Consortium COP Winners

P2 student Lejla Cukovic won Best Research Talk at the All School Research Consortium. Her project was "Assessment of Antibiotic Prescribing for Influenza in the US Outpatient Care Setting". Dr. Ateequr Rahman was her research mentor.

P2 student Karina Luna (student co-author Jerry Jacob) won Best Poser for "Remediation Efforts and the Effect of NAPLEX First-Time Pass Rates". Her research mentors were Dr. Danielle Candelario and Dr. Sean Kane.

March 19, 2021 – Student Receives USPHS Award

Shujie Lin, Class of 2022, received a U. S. Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award. This award is given to students who demonstrate excellence and dedication in public health initiatives.

February 3, 2021 – COP Professor Presents at IPhA Event

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Christie Bertram, PharmD, BCIDP, gave a presentation titled “Bam...bam...what? Understanding the Role of Monoclonal Antibodies and Convalescent Plasma in COVID-19” at the IPhA Town Hall Meeting on February 3, 2021.

January 28, 2021 - COP Alum Publishes Article

COP alum Dr. Betty Derza (Class of 2020) had her article “Evaluating Amantadine as a Potential Treatment for COVID-19” published in the Pharmacy Times. The article can be found at 

January 25, 2021 - COP Student Awarded Scholarship

COP student Daria (Dasha) Polyarskaya (Class of 2021) is one of the Dr. K. Michael Welch Legacy Scholarships for the academic year. This award is given to RFUMS students who have strong academics with a commitment to community service and interprofessionalism.

January 01, 2021 – COP Faculty Administer COVID Vaccines
Pharmacy Practice Professors Danielle Candelario, PharmD and Sneha Srivastava, PharmD helped with the Lake County Health Department (LCHD) Drive-Thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Waukegan, IL. LCHD vaccinated over 660 individuals last week. It was an incredible effort and turnout from employees, volunteers and healthcare workers in the community.




December 14, 2020 – COP Welcomes New Faculty Member

Welcome to new COP faculty member Rachel Neu, PharmD, MPharm, BCPS to the College.  Dr. Neu is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and will have a practice in internal medicine. 






December 14, 2020 - COP Summer Research Poster Winners 

Congratulations to the following winners for best poster in the Summer Research Poster Session!

Third place:  Ravyn Hickerson, Class of 2023 [Dr. Cannon, Dr. Michener]. The Examination of Entrustable Professional Activities in Pharmacy Students

Second place:  Sara Mehmood, Class of 2023 [Tehreem Khaliq, Leyla Cukovic, Yelena Sahakian, Dr. Rahman] Affects of Practicing Social Distancing on COVID-19 Infections and Deaths: A Retrospective Study 

First place:  Tehreem Khaliq, Class of 2022 [Noopur Walia, Sara Mehmood, Yelena Sahakian, Dr. Rahman] Impact of Retrospective Face Mask Usage on COVID-19 Infections and Deaths

November 9, 2020 – COP Faculty and Student Participate in ICC Flu Clinic
The ICC sponsored a drive-through flu vaccine clinic for uninsured patients on October 17 and November 7. COP Pharmacy Practice faculty members, Khyati Patel, PharmD, Assistant Professor and Jessica Cottreau, PharmD, Chair and Associate Professor, provided vaccinations, Danielle Candelario, PharmD, Associate Professor provided leadership, and COP Class of 2023 student Karina Luna served as an interpreter, greeter, and coordinator of interpreters.







November 2, 2020 COP Student Has Article Published in ICHP Newsletter
David Courteau, COP Class of 2022, wrote an article for the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists newsletter titled “Rosalind Franklin University College of Pharmacy Making Mental Health a Priority.” View article.

November 2, 2020 - COP Student Named to ICI Executive Officers Board
COP Class of 2023 student Anna Sandler was named to the 2021 Interprofessional Clinic Initiative Executive Board of Officers as the Executive Officer of Care Coordination for the 2021 Interprofessional Community Clinic. 

October 22, 2020 – COP Alum Wins Award
Angelina Raimonde, PharmD, Class of 2020, was awarded the NextGeneration Future Pharmacist Award, sponsored by Parata Systems and PharmacyTimes! She was nominated by COP Faculty member Eris Tollkuci, PharmD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice. The nomination was supported by Jamie Dillig, PharmD, Director of Outreach and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at RFU and Brian Hrad PharmD, Pharmacy Manager at Rush Oak Park Outpatient Pharmacy. Dr. Raimonde is currently a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident at Rush University Medical Center in the Inpatient Pharmacy.

October 22, 2020 – COP Students to Compete at ASHP Midyear
Class of 2021 students Mphamvu Kalengamaliro and Karolyn Mosbacher have won the 2020 ASHP Local Clinical Skills Competition at RFU College of Pharmacy. They will represent the RFU COP at the National Competition held during the 2020 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December. Good luck!

October 20, 2020 – COP Students in AACP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge
Congratulations to Class of 2021 students, Dasha Polyarskaya, Kat Lichtenwalter, and Alyshah Ismaili, for making it to Round 4 of the ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge!  This put them in the top 16 teams out of the 109 teams that competed. View a complete list of schools for each round. Congratulations to this team on their success!!  Thanks for representing RFU COP!! 

October 2020 – COP Faculty Holds AACP Forum
Brad Cannon, PharmD, Director of Experiential Education and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, in his role as the AACP Speaker of the House of Delegates, hosted “Speak Up with Speaker Cannon.” This was an open forum to discuss the Annual Meeting, actions the House took, and how information is being shared with schools in a virtual format.

October is American Pharmacists Month
October is American Pharmacists Month, and the COP is celebrating with events such as a Career Fair/Residency Showcase, Trivia Night, the 5th Annual Quest for the Best Pharmathon, and an awards ceremony. Click here to see Governor Pritzker’s proclamation declaring October 2020 American Pharmacists Month throughout Illinois.