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Pharmacy Alumni Association honors grads

The MUSC Pharmacy Alumni Association awarded Arnold W. Karig, Ph.D., L. Mel Rauton Jr., and Kelly W. Jones, PharmD, the 2009 Distinguished and Honorary Alumnus Award March 6 during the College of Pharmacy’s campus alumni homecoming.
The MUSC Pharmacy Alumni Association awarded Dr. Kelly W. Jones, from left, L. Mel Rauton Jr. and Dr. Arnold W. Karig with the 2009 Distinguished and Honorary Alumnus Award March 6.

MUSC Pharmacy Alumni Association has, since 1990, presented distinguished alumnus and honorary alumnus awards to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the pharmacy profession and/or to their alma mater or whose accomplishments otherwise merit special recognition.

Arnold W. Karig, Ph.D.
Karig, MUSC’s South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) campus dean, was presented with the association’s Honorary Alumnus Award. Karig received his Ph.D. in clinical pharmacy from Purdue University in 1971. He earned a Master of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Iowa in 1967. Additionally, he received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Rutgers University College of Pharmacy and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biology from Rutgers University-Newark College of Arts and Sciences.
Karig joined the MUSC faculty in 1970. He has served as associate dean and interim dean of the MUSC College of Pharmacy and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Karig also has served as director of  the Division of Pharmaceutics and Pharmacy Practice with the Department of Pharmacy; assistant professor of pharmacy, associate professor of pharmacy and professor of pharmacy practice. Prior to coming to MUSC, Karig’s professional experience included a residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and teaching assignments in clinical pharmacy at Purdue University.
Karig’s contributions include establishment of the Family Practice Pharmacy as a model teaching site for pharmacy students in 1972, initiation of the Advanced Clinical Pharmacy courses in Family Medicine for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program in 1975 and development of the Program for Advanced Clinical Pharmacy training at three extramural Family Practice sites. From 1972-1978, he served as a member of a team of College of Pharmacy and College of Medicine faculty that developed the Data Stat Computer Pharmacy System for community pharmacy practice.
Among his many honors during the past 20 years, Karig has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including the MUSC Foundation’s Distinguished Faculty Service Award in 2007, the SCPA’s Bowl of Hygiea Award in 2000 and Pharmacist Recognition Award in 1998.

Kelly W. Jones, PharmD
Jones received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy in 1986 and Doctor in Pharmacy degree in 1988. He then served a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine during which Wayne Weart, PharmD was his preceptor.
Jones currently is an associate professor in family medicine at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. He also serves as adjunct associate professor for the Department of Community Pharmacy Practice and Administration at the MUSC campus, and is an adjunct clinical assistant professor for the University of South Carolina-Columbia's SCCP. As president of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association (SCPA), Jones has been a frequent lecturer for professional associations and other pharmacy groups and is a strong proponent of evidence-based medicine. Jones served as president of the MUSC Pharmacy Alumni Association from 1994-1996. His recent awards include the 2003 Faculty of the Year Award from McLeod Family Medicine Center, Teacher of the Year at McLeod Family Medicine in 2001 and MUSC Preceptor of the Year for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program in 1996.

L. Mel Rauton Jr.
Rauton received his pre-pharmacy education at the University of Georgia and the College of Charleston before graduating from MUSC with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1988. After working with K-Mart Pharmacy, he joined the Prescription Center, a Charleston pharmacy founded more than 50 years ago by MUSC pharmacy graduates. Rauton became a junior partner in 1999 and purchased the business in 2005. Raunton recently started a new enterprise, Palmetto Custom Compounding, on Rutledge Avenue.
During the last seven years, Rauton has served in numerous positions in the SCPA, including regional director, speaker-elect, speaker and, most recently, as president and chairman. He has been a delegate to the S.C. APhA House of Delegates for the last three years. At MUSC, his educational system support has included work with pharmacy compounding labs at the MUSC campus.

Friday, April 17, 2009

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