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September 2014 JCP
Awards & Distinctions


On September 27 at the 2014 Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association's annual Conference  in Pittsburgh, Pa., Dr. Nick Leon, assistant professor in the Jefferson College of Pharmacy, received the prestigious Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award.  In addition, Jefferson College of Pharmacy fourth year student Joseph Fulginiti, was presented with the PPA George H. Searight Community Service Award. This award is presented to an individual (pharmacist or student pharmacist) who has shown outstanding devotion and service to PPA and outstanding  community service, which has enhanced the image of the profession of pharmacy within his/her community.

On the same day, Jefferson College of Pharmacy students Walid Hammoud, Jonathan Valenzano, Jeremiah Warner and Marcell Vasquez presented in the PPA's “Achieving Independence” competition designed to foster the budding entrepreneurial spirit among pharmacy students to one day own their own pharmacy.  Jefferson College of Pharmacy Dean Rebecca Finley stated, “Although they did not win the competition, they did a fabulous presentation and poster communicating their plans for an innovative new business concept.”

In Philadelphia, also on September 27, the University of the Sciences bestowed the annual Alumni Award to another JCP faculty member, Dr. Gerald Meyer, associate professor of Pharmacy Practice. This award is given to an alumnus who has been distinguished by "having contributed in outstanding fashion to the profession, to science and/or to mankind."


Thomas Jefferson University (TJU), the largest freestanding academic medical center in Philadelphia, is nationally renowned for medical and health sciences education and innovative research.   Founded in 1824, TJU includes the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC), one of the largest private medical schools in the country and ranked among the nation’s best medical schools by U.S. News & World Report, and the Jefferson Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, Population Health and the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences.  Jefferson University Physicians is TJU’s multi-specialty physician practice consisting of the full-time faculty of SKMC.  Thomas Jefferson University partners with its clinical affiliate, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.