Newsmaker: Melissa Somma McGivney
Noteworthy: Elected president of the board of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Educational Foundation. Its mission is to foster research, education and the development of practice models that advance patient care.
Family: Husband, Phil, and son, Joseph.
Occupation: Associate professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, and director, Community Pharmacy Residency Program.
Background: She also has taught at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre and UPMC St. Margaret near Aspinwall. She has been at Pitt for 10 years.
Education: Received Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed residency in ambulatory care at UPMC Presbyterian.
Quote: “I don't know that everyone knows that they can expect more from their pharmacists, not just getting a prescription behind a counter. Our students are trained to take care of people and teach them how and why they're taking medications.”