ACLS Certification Covers Cardiac Knowledge and Cooperative Strategies

Cary, North Carolina, pharmacist Sherif El-Refai holds a Pharm.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of Florida. His broad experience includes both pharmaceutical practice and research, and he has aided significant discoveries in the field of pharmacogenomics. A member of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Sherif El-Refai holds additional certifications in immunization, anticoagulation, and advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS).

Administered by the American Heart Association, ACLS certification requires knowledge of not only post-cardiac-arrest care, but also of effective emergency response team dynamics. Held in large classroom sessions and smaller, case-based testing scenarios, the ACLS certification program presents critical knowledge for a wide range of healthcare professionals who may face cardiovascular emergencies, including healthcare providers in intensive care, critical care, or emergency medicine units.

The ACLS classroom program instructs students on the recognition of both respiratory and cardiac arrest, in addition to symptomatic bradycardia and other peri-arrest conditions. It addresses early management strategies for these medical emergencies, as well as airway management, basic life support skills, and relevant pharmacology. Additionally, the course assists healthcare providers in responding to instances of stroke or acute coronary syndromes. Focusing on the importance of cooperation in cardiovascular life support, the educational program also presents strategies for effective communication and leadership while working with a resuscitation team.


Distance Learning at the University of Florida

Spending nearly six years in the health-care field, Sherif El-Refai returned to school to obtain a master of business administration. Enrolling at the University of Florida, Sherif El-Refai was a student in the Hough Graduate School of Business and received an MBA in May 2013.

Understanding the necessity for distance learning, the University of Florida launched its MBA program online to offer students the flexibility of furthering their education while living out of state, working full-time, and traveling. Recognized by U.S. News & World Report and The Economist as one of the best programs in the nation, the university’s masters of business administration program offers nearly all its curriculum online and only requires students to visit the Gainesville campus one weekend per term. The visit gives students the opportunity to meet faculty, take finals, and commence the next term.

Depending on preference, two Internet programs are available. The two-year option spans 27 months and is available for all undergraduate programs. The one-year option is an accelerated 16-month curriculum. The program stipulates that a student must graduate with a business degree within the previous seven months to be considered. No matter the choice, all students entering the university’s online MBA program must possess two years of full-time, professional work experience.

Undervalued Reasons for Getting an MBA

Sherif El-Refai is an experienced pharmaceutical professional who studied in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to holding his doctor of pharmacy degree, Sherif El-Refai recently earned a master of business administration from the University Of Florida’s Hough Graduate School of Business.

While many professionals pursue a master of business administration (MBA) in hopes of receiving a larger paycheck or gaining improved employment, there are several additional benefits that can be attributed to a continued business education. Enhanced perspective is one overlooked advantage of taking two years off to gain an MBA. In today’s deadline-driven business landscape, few professionals are provided the opportunity to step back, evaluate their environment, and consider how things might be done in different ways. An MBA classroom is the perfect place to discuss current issues and future trends of the business world.

Business school is not always viewed as a networking opportunity, particularly by those who step away from their professional career to enter into an MBA program. A number of successful business leaders, however, have completed MBA programs; establishing relationships at school can result in an important connection or partnership down the line. Finally, while some students go on to establish and run their own enterprises, many more join the leadership at successful businesses. Further, engaging in and, at times, leading an MBA class discussion is excellent preparation for the boardroom meetings and project reviews that define a business professional’s life.

Musical Inspiration Series: Taylor Guitars

In a first of many posts, I will highlight different influences to inspire the many musicians out there to produce melodies and get their creative juices flowing.

Acoustic guitars, more so than electric guitars, have a distinct sound that is recognized the world over. Taylor guitars are the epitome of capturing that unique sound and applying it to their trade of manufacturing guitars. Headquartered in el Cajon, California and manufacturing in El Cajon and in Tecate, Mexico – their guitars are easily considered the best sounding and easiest to play guitars in the world.

From Taylor Swift to Jason Mraz to Black Sabbath co-founder Toni Iommi – many famous artists have expressed their love for Taylor guitars and how the instrument holds key to their musical inspiration.

The featured image above is a picture of my, Sherif El-Refai, Taylor guitar. Will it push me across my musical boundaries?

A Bried Analysis of World Cup 2014 in Brazil

A Bried Analysis of World Cup 2014 in Brazil

These last four years have flown by so quickly that we already find ourselves in the midst of a new episode of the World Cup, filled with the same football fanatics, sideline entertainment and the palpable amount of glory. Here is a brief analysis created by yours truly, Sherif El Refai.