School of Pharmacy

2022 Dean's Report

School of Pharmacy Interim Dean, Rennolds Ostrom

Update from the Dean

The Chapman University School of Pharmacy students, faculty, and staff had an amazing 2022. While the pandemic still has lingering effects on our school and community, we are operating as normal with fully in-person classes, clinical rotations, and research laboratories. Our 2022 graduating class of pharmacists was the fifth in our history, marking the end of the start-up phase of our school and our transition into a period of maturation. Our students continue to demonstrate their excellence on regional and national stages, including Vivian Ly ’24 who was first runner-up nationally in the ASHP patient counseling competition. Our mock trial team came in a very close second nationally at the ACPE Conference in Dallas, TX. Additionally, CUSP students swept the major competitions at the CSHP Seminar, winning the Quiz Bowl, the Clinical Skills Competition, and (for the 4th consecutive year) the Music Video Competition. Not only do our students set the bar for achievement, but they also demonstrate the caring, empathy, and professionalism of the trusted healthcare professionals that they are becoming.

Our faculty boast many successes of their own. Dr. Ajay Sharma was awarded a 5-year R01 grant totaling over $1.7M from the National Eye Institute to study diseases of the ocular surface. Dr. Sherif Elshahawi was awarded a R21 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop novel chemistry for the next generation of antibiotics. Dr. Amy Kang was awarded a Futures Grant from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and is a co-investigator on a new clinical trial focused on antibiotic treatment of bone and joint infections based out of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. We had five faculty ranked in the top 2% of all scientists worldwide in standardized citation metrics. CUSP faculty continue to demonstrate the power of the teacher-scholar model by bridging the classroom, the clinic, and research to change the future of healthcare.

2023 brings more growth and innovation at CUSP, with many exciting new developments ahead. Chapman Pharmacy continues to be at the forefront of keeping patients safe through education, training, and awareness. With CSHP, we founded the Pacific Coast Patient Safety Conference and are sponsoring the second annual meeting this March. We thank our many community and corporate partners, including Providence, City of Hope, Hoag, Memorial Care, CHOC, Amgen, SCAN Health Plan, and Cedars-Sinai. I am incredibly proud to be part of the innovative and inclusive CUSP community of students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and am excited to see all that we will accomplish in 2023.

Enrollment by Program as of Fall 2022

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6:1 Ratio of Students to Faculty
980 Site Placements
90% First-Time NAPLEX Pass Rate
74% Match Rate PGY-1 Residency

Research by the Numbers: 2021-2022

54 Proposals Submitted
33 Awards Received
$7.8 million awarded
#35 Ranking Among Colleges of Pharmacy, Nationally

Research Highlights

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How Chapman Faculty is Advocating for Transparent Labeling System for Pharmaceutical Prices Alongside Other Leading Experts

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Chapman Professors Lead Way in Precision Medicine and Advocate for Cutting-edge Testing and Prescription Tool

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Chapman Researcher Uses Unconventional Methods to Develop Antibiotics with Improved Activity and Drug Structure 

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Faculty & Student Recognition

Chapman University professor distributing vaccines

Faculty Dr. Amy Kang Awarded ACCP Futures Grant

She is one of three recipients of the “Junior Investigator” Futures Grants, which designates her as one of the clinical pharmacy’s most promising early-career contributors to future clinical research. Dr. Kang is the only faculty member across all universities to receive this award in 2022.

Vivian Ly at the APhA conference

First-Year Pharmacy Student is Runner-Up in National Contest

As a participant in Chapman's pre-pharmacy program, Vivian Ly had become heavily involved with both the undergraduate and graduate student opportunities at Chapman Pharmacy. In the first year of her studies for her PharmD, she seized an opportunity and become victorious among students much her senior at other institutions. 


“People were surprised it was my first year but that was to my advantage,” says Ly. “I was just really excited to show off the skill set I do have.”

Chapman Faculty

Several Chapman Pharmacy Faculty Found to be in the Top 2% of Scientists Cited on a Global Scale

“This database shows the caliber of Chapman’s faculty and reinforces our trajectory toward becoming a top-tier institution that emphasizes high-level research and the best quality of education for our students,” said Chapman President Daniele C. Struppa.

CUSP Highlights

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Students Set New Records at a California-wide Pharmacy Conference 

Pharmacy students won all three categories at the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists Seminar 2022, a feat never done before in state history. Three records were broken, launching Chapman Pharmacy to victory among some of the top pharmacy colleges in the world. 

CUSP faculty pose with signage at the 2022 event

Inaugural Pacific Coast Patient Safety Conference

Chapman University School of Pharmacy partnered with the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists to create a one-of-a-kind conference focused on improving the patient experience and safety. It returns with great demand in March 2023 in Napa, California. 

Students prepare their rebuttal

CUSP Students Reach Finals in National Mock Trial

Dr. Reza Taheri coached six PharmD students to victory at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy competition. The Chapman team was the respondent to “COVID-19 has permanently changed the scope of pharmacy practice” in the semifinals.

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Post Graduate Training Programs

Under the leadership of Dr. Jelena Lewis, our Director of Residency and Fellowship Programs, post-graduate opportunities continue to expand. The Chapman-SCAN Health Plan-Providence Medical Foundation Post Graduate Year 1 Managed Care Pharmacy Residency received a full 8-year ASHP accreditation in 2022. Chapman serves as the sponsoring organization for this residency program. Additionally, the school continues to provide support to students enrolled in the Pharm.D. program who seek postgraduate training. Last year, the ASHP match rate for postgraduate year 1 residency training increased to 74%.

CUSP Welcomes New Faculty and Leadership

Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman

Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman

Dr. Schwartzman joined as a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice in late June 2022. 

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Dr. Saeidreza Harirforoosh

Dr. Saeidreza "Sam" Harirforoosh

Dr. Harirforoosh joined Chapman Pharmacy as a Professor and Instructional Faculty in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences in August 2022.

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Dr. Jennifer Totonchy

Dr. Jennifer Totonchy

Since joining CUSP in 2016, Dr. Totonchy now serves as the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies effective in July 2022.

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Alumni Updates

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Matches Made in Heaven

The Class of 2022 saw the highest residency match to date for graduates of Chapman Pharmacy at 74%- Even more incredible when compared to the national average, which sits annually in the mid-60% range. In total, 28 graduates were matched with a PGY-1 residency directly after graduation.

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CUSP Alumni honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards at Chapman Family Homecoming

Alumna Dr. Alexa Andraos (Pharm.D. ’19) was honored at the 2022 Chapman Family Homecoming Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony. 

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CUSP Alumni Board members

Alumni Advisory Board Expands

Chapman Pharmacy alumnus grows stronger every year. Since graduating earlier in 2022, Jenna Stewart, Aafiya Moulvi, and Taesung Isaac Lee have joined the AAB leadership team. 

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