URI doctor of pharmacy candidate wins top
prize in national journal,s essay contest
KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 22, 1999 -- Holly Mattoes laughed while recalling
her mother,s advice about choosing a major when she was an undergraduate
at the University of Rhode Island.
"I wanted to major in English because I wanted to be a writer, but
my mom didn,t want me to, said the 27-year-old North Providence resident.
"She felt that science held many more options.
Almost 10 years have passed since those family conversations. Mattoes,
who will earn her doctor of pharmacy degree from URI in May, has won national
acclaim for her ability to report on complex scientific research findings
through crisp, readable English.
U.S. Pharmacist, the Journal for Pharmacists, Education, awarded Mattoes
the top prize for her essay on treating advanced heart failure in the second-annual
U.S. Pharmacist Essay Challenge, which was sponsored by Sanofi Pharmaceuticals.
Her essay was chosen from a field of 35 other entries from students across
The essay will be published in the February journal, and URI,s College
of Pharmacy will receive a $1,000 check from the contest in Mattoes, name.
Mattoes, whose resume is as detailed as someone who,s been in the work
force for years, was able to satisfy her mother,s wishes and still follow
her own dreams when she earned a bachelor,s degree at URI in microbiology
in 1993. She minored in English.
Mattoes, the daughter of Daniel and Eileen Mattoes, of North Providence,
is the first in her family to graduate from college. "I like medical
writing, she said.
It,s a good thing since Mattoes, 13-page essay, "In-Hospital Treatment
Strategies for Advanced Heart Failure, took three months to write and cites
29 medical and pharmaceutical references. It concludes that advanced heart
failure patients require individualized treatment regimens and frequent
Mattoes, the former microbiology director at New England Reagent Laboratory
in East Providence, is currently a licensed clinical lab scientist, and
medical technologist, said the family-like atmosphere at URI,s College of
Pharmacy played a major role in her success.
She said two professors, Marilyn Barbour and David McKindley, helped
her fine tune her paper. "The faculty members do a lot for the students,
Mattoes said. "Everyone knows each other.
A combination therapy using agents from various drug classes are necessary
to achieve the desired therapeutic response, she says in her paper. "Hopefully,
the treatment of acute advanced heart failure will be more closely examined
by clinical trials in the future, and more cost-effective therapies will
As she approaches graduation in May, Mattoes is considering numerous
career choices. "I like microbiology and pharmacy education, and I
want to use the knowledge I gained from both fields. But I really want to
work with patients.
In her required clinical work as a doctoral student, Mattoes worked with
geriatric and cancer patients at Rhode Island Hospital, veterans at the
Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center and with patients at Roger
Williams Medical Center suffering from infectious diseases.
"I enjoyed the contact with the patients during my clinical rotations,
But what about her dream of becoming a writer. "I hope to do a lot
of medical writing, she said. "I would consider a career in medical
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