Occupation Station

Welcome to Occupation Station, a collaboration with the Office of Institutional Advancement and Center for Student Success. This podcast project is a collection of interviews with prominent alumni and friends of the College who hold careers across the pharmacy and health sciences industry. With the ACPHS student in mind, our experts detail pivotal points in their careers and discuss what led them to where they are today. Career insights from pharmaceutical and health sciences experts for tomorrow's professionals

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Monday Oct 30, 2023

In this episode of Occupation Station, host Diane Donato speaks with Christopher Fausel '96, Director of Pharmacy, Precision Genomics Oncology at Indiana University Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center. The ACPHS graduate delves into the fascinating world of precision medicine, where tumor DNA is analyzed to create personalized treatment plans. While the field presents challenges due to its rapid evolution, Fausel finds his work helping cancer patients extremely gratifying and sees a future of unlimited possibilities. He talks about his decision to become a pharmacist, his studies at ACPHS, and how his work at Stratton V.A. in Albany were all precursors to his current position. Fausel encourages pharmacy students to explore diverse opportunities during their residencies and embrace emerging technologies. Fausel's story is an inspiring reminder that pharmacy careers offer endless possibilities for making a meaningful impact on patients' lives.
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Join us for an insightful conversation with Christopher Fausel ’93 ‘96, Director of Pharmacy at Indiana University Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center. Discover the remarkable rewards of working with cancer patients, as well as Christopher's inspiring career journey. Find out how tumor DNA analysis is transforming personalized treatment plans. https://tinyurl.com/5cb82yzf
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Get ready to dive into the fascinating world of precision medicine with Christopher Fausel '93 '96, Director of Pharmacy at Indiana University Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center. Discover how tumor DNA analysis is revolutionizing personalized treatment plans. And be inspired by Fausel's advice to pharmacy students to keep an open mind to all the incredible opportunities that await! https://tinyurl.com/5cb82yzf

Thursday May 18, 2023

The biopharmaceutical industry is experiencing rapid growth, and the need for a well-trained workforce comes with that. In this episode of Occupation Station, Diane Donato talks with Dr. Michelle Lewis, executive director for the Stack Family Center for Biopharmaceutical Education and Training (CBET) and David Stack, member of the ACPHS Board of Trustees, and CEO of Pacira Pharmaceuticals about how CBET is meeting the hiring needs of the biopharmaceutical industry. CBET was created as an outgrowth of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) after the demand for biopharmaceutical training became apparent. Since CBET opened, industry leaders have been reaching out to CBET to help them grow their workforce, and ACPHS graduates have been enrolling in training to advance their careers in biopharmaceuticals. CBET has the added advantage of being able to offer manufacturing services, becoming a crucial partner for many start-up companies. Stack and Dr. Lewis talk about how the industry collaborates with CBET, how ACPHS graduates learn valuable new skills, and how healthcare will grow with advanced biopharmaceutical capabilities.

Tuesday Dec 27, 2022

A strong desire to help people has always drawn Nawshin Ahmed toward health related careers. That desire is what attracted her to ACPHS with thoughts of becoming a pharmacist. But not long into her academic career, Ahmed began to realize that pharmacy was not going to be her career destination. With advice from her thoughtful, knowledgeable and caring professors, Ahmed began to switch her focus toward the field of Public Health. After her 2016 graduation from ACPHS, she advanced to receive a master's in Public Health from the University at Albany, and a master's in Business Administration from Stony Brook University. Her strong desire to help people is now actualized through her work with government and community leaders in shaping health policies through the Pew Charitable Trusts' Substance Use Prevention & Treatment Initiative. She provides technical assistance to states seeking to improve access to treatment for opioid use disorder and to reduce the number of overdose deaths. Nawshin Ahmed’s experiences give her a great perspective on the journey from higher education to career. She tells current and prospective ACPHS students they should know that there are many paths available to them. She also says students should be open to exploring new options and shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way.

Monday Oct 03, 2022

Dr. Nardine Nakhla's career has had one common denominator since her graduation in 2007 from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences — striving to help as many people as possible. That desire is seen in her work with students, as a faculty member at the University of Waterloo's School of Pharmacy. Dr. Nakhla’s patient-centered approach also comes through in her research, which has focused on issues like smoking cessation and high-risk, non-prescription drug interactions in older people. Her professional writing also reflects her desire to help patients. Dr. Nakhla has authored four chapters for the Canadian Minor Ailments reference, one chapter for the American Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs, and one chapter for the Encyclopedia of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy.  
In this episode of Occupation Station, Dr. Nakhla talks about how her career path evolved. She entered ACPHS thinking that she would devote herself to community practice. While she and her husband do own a community pharmacy, she has achieved so much more than she initially envisioned. Hear why she calls her time at ACPHS “magical” and how the school has led to lifelong friendships and meaningful connections with professors.
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Monday Jul 11, 2022

During his eight-year tenure at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Dr. Greg Dewey accomplished many great things. In this episode of Occupation Station Dr. Dewey reflects on The Collaboratory, the Stack Family Center for Biopharmaceutical Education and Training (CBET), and the creation of two student-run pharmacies.  
The Collaboratory, a “laboratory for collaboration,” offers services which are delivered to residents in Albany by ACPHS’s Public Health Pharmacy Team and Trinity Alliance’s Wellness Advocates Linking Communities (WALC) team. Programs at The Collaboratory address social justice and social determinants of health with the shared goal of improving population health. CBET is an evolutionary leap in health sciences education and biomanufacturing workforce training. Dr. Dewey is perhaps most proud of the creation of two student-run pharmacies both situated in what would be deemed “pharmacy deserts.” The pharmacies, which are located in Albany and Schenectady, N.Y., are prime examples of social entrepreneurship and are designed to have a lasting impact on the communities they serve, while also helping to develop skills that students will benefit from. Dr. Dewey explains that social entrepreneurship involves being self-sustaining while doing public good.   
Because of his relationships with faculty, staff, and students, coupled with the development of these crucial initiatives, Dr. Dewey has found his work at ACPHS to be greatly gratifying. And because of his enormous contributions at ACPHS he will be greatly missed!
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Wednesday May 11, 2022

Wednesday May 11, 2022

In this episode of Occupation Station, meet Dan Bosley, class of '93 and now owner of two independent pharmacies, Keeseville Pharmacy and Cornerstone Drug and Gift in Rouses Point, NY. Dan always knew he wanted to be a pharmacist but didn’t originally picture himself going solo. Yet Dan was attracted to the freedom associated with working independently. He loves being able to bypass the red tape often associated with retail chains so that he and his staff can provide immediate assistance to his patients. Dan also says independent pharmacists are much more agile when it comes to trying out new solutions to healthcare needs in the community, putting them on the cutting edge of the pharmacy profession. Case in point, Dan has become hyper-connected to his local community through his pharmacy. He credits ADK Action with sparking and then supporting a plan to bring a local farmers market to his pharmacy. This eventually led to a permanent section of his pharmacies devoted to locally sourced fresh foods available for his customers. He says the ultimate goal is matching nutrition with health goals to improve the lives of patients who may be diabetic or have other conditions that would benefit from dietary changes. I’m also attaching the social media tiles and a couple of audiograms that could be used to tease the episode on your social platforms.
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Tuesday Mar 01, 2022

Kelsey Hennig '18 is the perfect example of the power of mentorship. In this episode of Occupation Station, Henning talks about the incredible guidance she received while at ACPHS and how she now tries to give that back as a clinical assistant professor at Binghamton University. Henning says it was some of that mentorship during a research opportunity at ACPHS that helped her realize her passion for the study of the patient/provider relationship.
Hennig was so impressed with the education that she received at ACPHS that she later returned as a PGY2 resident to learn more about the transitions of care field. From her experiences both as a student and now as a teacher, Hennig has a clear view of what is required for a successful learning environment. One of her greatest goals is to try to remove any sense of shame that some students have as they try to master new material. Hennig knows that to get a full understanding of any field of study a student has to be confident that making mistakes is a part of the learning process. She also shares advice with students about staying open-minded about their ultimate career goals. Hennig says earning a degree at ACPHS can take a student in unlimited and incredible directions.
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Friday Jan 28, 2022

In this episode of Occupation Station, 2008 ACPHS grad Shawn Leland talks about the personal, educational and professional ways he has been inspired to help people live longer, healthier lives. Some of that inspiration came to him through a clerkship rotation that didn’t go as planned and instead landed him at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. While engaged in his studies, he was also seeing real health challenges in people he loved. He witnessed how important drug therapies were in helping them to live their best lives. After graduation, Leland says he experienced a big realization during a European Society of Medical Oncology conference and got an idea that led him to pull together the right researchers and financers to create a tumor agnostic drug development strategy. Even the name of Leland’s company, Elevation Oncology, comes from a very inspired place. Leland has frequently been inspired along his career path; now he shares that inspiration with current and prospective ACPHS students.
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Friday Jan 28, 2022

While his work is always changing to adapt to industry needs, a typical day for ACPHS grad Salah El-Saheb involves working with biostatisticians, data scientists and clinical operations. Salah is Executive Director, Evidence Generation Leader at Genentech and his goal is to find more efficient and effective ways to conduct drug trials to bring therapies out to patients as quickly as possible. While the work is complicated, his underlying desire is ultimately to get help to those who are sick with as little discomfort on their part as possible. His skill at partnering with medical colleagues to benefit patients comes from his experience in understanding drugs and his own patient interactions. In this episode of Occupation Station, Salah talks about the work and the education that prepared him for his current role. He also has advice for students about fellowships and preparing for industry careers.
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Friday Sep 10, 2021

Joe Medicis worked his way up from the ground floor pharmacy stock room of Upstate Medical University as he embarked on a path that would continue to take him ever upward. 
That’s just one part of the story of this Class of ‘91 ACPHS grad on his journey to becoming vice president of medical affairs at Baudax Bio.  In this episode of Occupation Station, Joe talks about his early plans of becoming a pharmacist and how his education at ACPHS helped prepare him for the many new directions his career would take.  
Now Joe works with some of the top scientists around the world.  It’s exciting work that comes with the responsibility of helping to provide factual information on medicines that go on to improve thousands of lives.  Joe has great advice for current students on how to shape their best careers.  He explains how being open minded is good for students and good for the profession of pharmacy.
About Baudax Bio: 
Baudax Bio is a pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative products for patients in acute care settings. We are committed to bringing clinically meaningful therapeutic options to patients, health care providers, and payers, such as ANJESO® (meloxicam) injection, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February 2020. ANJESO is indicated for use in adults for the management of moderate to severe pain, alone or in combination with non-NSAID analgesics. 
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