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ETSU pharmacy students go global

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JOHNSON CITY (April 1, 2014) – Students at East Tennessee State University’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy now have the opportunity to spend a portion of their training studying in places like Ireland, Scotland and Hungary.

School officials announced today (Tuesday, April 1) that affiliation agreements had been inked with five pharmacy schools in Europe that would allow ETSU pharmacy students to spend one month in an international exchange program.

Leaders of the five schools and other guests are in Johnson City this week for the Nathan L. Yokum International Symposium on Pharmacy Education, hosted by the ETSU Gatton College of Pharmacy.

“This exchange program will provide our students with an international educational experience that will allow them to understand health care delivery systems in other countries,” said Dr. Larry Calhoun, ETSU dean of Pharmacy.  “The students will see first-hand how pharmacists function in inner city, metro and rural settings.”

Participating in the symposium are Dr. Stephen Byrne, University of Cork, Ireland; Dr.  Donald Cairns, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland; Dr. Dick Gourley, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center; Dr. Gabor Halmos and Dr. Miklos Vecsernyes, University of Debrecen, Hungary; Dr. Helena Kelly, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland; Dr. Antal Samu, Hungarian Private Pharmacists Association, Budapest, Hungary; Dr. Noel Stenson, The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, Dublin; and Dr. Romana Zelko, Semmelweis University, Budapest.

Calhoun said six ETSU Gatton College of Pharmacy students will study abroad this semester, and as many as 10 will participate each following academic year.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our students to gain a global understanding of the pharmacy profession,” Calhoun said.  “During the symposium this week, we will also discuss the possibility of additional faculty and clinical practice exchange opportunities, so we are all very excited about what these new partnerships will bring.”

The symposium was named in memory of the late Nathan L. Yokum, a Johnson City native and World War II veteran who worked as a pharmacist in Florida. He died last year and left a significant gift to the Gatton College of Pharmacy through his estate from the Nathan Yokum Trust.

For more information about the symposium or the exchange agreement program, call (423) 439-2068.