NMA: Nonprescription Medicines Academy

Emily Ambizas

Current Academic Appointment:

  • Associate Clinical Professor
  • Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice
  • St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions

Education:

  • BSPharm and Doctor of Pharmacy Degrees from St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
  • Credentials: Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP)
  • Certificate Training Programs: APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery; APhA Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services in the Community
  • Certificate Trainer: APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery

Instructional Area:

  • Advanced Concepts in the Management of Allergy and Immunology (elective)
    • Topics include Allergic Rhinitis and Atopic Dermatitis,
  • Introduction to Pharmaceutical Care
    • Lecturer for the role of the pharmacist in wellness and self-care
  • Drugs and Disease of the Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Systems
    • Topics include constipation, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, hemorrhoids, lactose intolerance, bloating and gas, motion sickness
  • Ambulatory Care in the Community Setting APPE (required)

Teaching Innovations:

  • Assisted with the incorporation of self-care instruction into our pharmacy practice simulation laboratory.
  • Assisted with the development of self-care activities to be incorporated into the introductory pharmacy practice experiences.

Publications

  • Ambizas EM. OTC Products: Coppertone KIDS Continuous Spray SPF 70+. Pharmacy Today. 2009;15(7):24.
  • Ambizas EM. A white paper: Value of the community pharmacist. Protect Pharmacy Patients Coalition. New York State Pharmacist: Century II. Official publication of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York. 2008:82(6): 16-21.
  • Ambizas EM. Cetirizine (ZYRTEC®) available over-the-counter. Nonprescription Medicines Academy website 2008.
  • Ezzo DC, Ambizas EM. Hypertension: how pharmacists can help patients. US Pharmacist. 2007; 32(2): 99-106. (ACPE-accredited continuing education program)
  • Balbisi EA, Ambizas EM. Riboflavin in prophylactic treatment of migraine. US Pharmacist. 2005;30(5):32-38.

Posters

  • Ambizas EM. Utilizing Video Vignettes to Teach Self-Care in a Pharmacy Practice Laboratory. Nonprescription Medicines Academy Annual Meeting. Cincinnati, Ohio: September 2009.
  • Patel PN, Ambizas EM. Language interpretation and translation services in pharmacies for Limited English Proficient patients. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting; Boston, Massachusetts: July 2009.
  • Patel PN, Ambizas EM. Caring for Limited English Proficient patients: a continuing education program for pharmacists. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting; Boston, Massachusetts: July 2009.
  • Ezzo DC, Conry JM, Ambizas, EM, Sulli MM. Incorporating medication education into a novel program for homeless patients. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting; Boston, Massachusetts: July 2009.
  • Ambizas EM, Ezzo DC, Sulli MM. Self-Care and nonprescription medicine learning activities in a community introductory pharmacy practice experience. Nonprescription Medicines Academy Annual Meeting; Cincinnati, Ohio: September 2008.
  • Ambizas EM, Ezzo DC, Sulli MM. Evaluating the use of vitamin E supplementation. American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting; San Diego, California: March 2008
  • Ezzo DC, Ambizas EM, Sulli MM. Evaluating pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine-containing nonprescription medications. American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting; San Diego, California: March 2008.
  • Ambizas EM, Etzel JV, Harris M. Evaluation of weight loss supplement labeling information: potential for misuse and harm. American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting; Atlanta, Georgia: March 2008.
  • Ambizas EM, Etzel JV, Brocavich JM. Teaching non-prescription medication curricula in a pharmacy practice laboratory. The Nonprescription Medicines Academy Annual Meeting; Cincinatti, Ohio: September 2005.
  • Conry J, Sulli M, Ambizas E, et al. Development and delivery of a patient assessment program for community pharmacists. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy; Cincinnati, Ohio: July 2005.

Presentations

  • Ambizas EM, Brocavich S, Muccino P, Scanlon E. A panel discussion of pandemic flu plans and preparation in a variery of institutions. St. John's University; Queens, New York: November 2009. (panel discussion/ ACPE–accredited continuing education program)
  • Ambizas EM. Self-care and nonprescription medicines for children. Homeless Leadership Academy. St. John’s University; Queens, New York: July 2008.
  • Ambizas EM Self-care and nonprescription medicines for mom. Homeless Leadership Academy. St. John’s University; Queens, New York: July 2008
  • Ambizas EM. The role of the pharmacist in weight loss: how can we help? St. John's University; Queens, New York: January 2008. (ACPE-accredited continuing education program)
  • Ambizas EM. Clinical Oppurtunities in the community pharmacy. St. John's University; Queens, New York: April 2007.
  • Ambizas EM. Pharmaceutical care and the community pharmacist. St. John's University; Queens, New York: November 2004. (ACPE-accredited continuing education program)
  • Ambizas EM. Home diagnostics. St. John's University; Queens, New York: November 2004. (ACPE-accredited continuing education program)

Professional Organization Involvement

  • Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
  • American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
  • American Pharmacists Association
  • Pharmacists Society of the State of New York
  • The New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical Community Pharmacy Practice
  • Medication Therapy Management
  • Self-Care and nonprescription medicines
  • Immunizations

Practice Site

  • Rite Aid Pharmacy

Years Attending NMA

  • Since 2004