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College of Pharmacy announces winner of Toby Clark Resident Research Award

Ohio Northern University’s Raabe College of Pharmacy, in partnership with the Ohio Pharmacy Resident Conference (OPRC), announced the winner of the first Toby Clark Resident Research Award on Friday, May 13, 2016.

Tara Fehrenbach, a post-graduate year 1 (PGY1) resident working for Kroger in Cincinnati, Ohio, received a plaque inscribed with her name and award year.

More than 100 residents from Ohio and the surrounding states attended the 2016 residency conference. Fehrenbach was selected from 12 other finalists for the award, which will be displayed inside Ohio Northern’s Robertson-Evans Pharmacy Building.

“Tara provided an excellent presentation of her study looking at improving the health of women in a grocery store chain-pharmacy setting,” said Dr. Karen Kier, Ohio Pharmacist Residency Conference (OPRC) committee member and OPRC presentation evaluator. “Her program was innovative and would be easy to implement within pharmacies throughout the United States. Tara’s project was an example of how a pharmacist can take their training and change the lives of patients.”

The award honors Toby Clark, BSPh ’67, an ONU alumnus who was dedicated to pharmacy leadership and the education of students and residents. He served as director of pharmacy at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and the Chicago Medical Center. He served as a faculty member of the University of Missouri, the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy, the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the South Carolina College of Pharmacy.

Additionally, Clark held multiple leadership positions in pharmacy organizations, including North American vice president and treasurer of the Section of Hospital Pharmacy of the International Pharmacy Federation (FIP), past officer of the Southeastern Michigan Society of Hospital Pharmacists and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Greater Kansas City, and lead residency accreditation surveyor for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

The Ohio Pharmacy Resident Conference takes place on the campus of Ohio Northern University each May and provides pharmacy residents the opportunity to satisfy ASHP residency standards. Pharmacy residents must complete and present the results of a research project at the end of their PGY1 residencies.

OPRC was formed in 2013 to accommodate Ohio-based residencies that wish to take advantage of a smaller, one-day, centrally located conference.

For more information about the Toby Clark Resident Research Award or future residency events, contact Dr. Michael Rush, director of ONU HealthWise, at 419-772-3933 or