We value innovation in teaching methods and practical learning experiences, individual and intellectual curiosity, life-long learning, professional leadership and personal qualities of honesty, integrity and respect. We believe that continual exposure of our students to a variety of patient care settings and practice-based research complements classroom learning and provides the optimal learning experience.
The mission of the department of pharmacy practice is to support the College of Pharmacy's mission statement
through teaching, practice, service, research, and high quality professional development.
Our goal is to produce doctor of pharmacy graduate practitioners who will fill local, state and national leadership roles in patient care as a direct result of their quality experience in our program. We will achieve this by:
- Educating our student pharmacists to be life-long learners who are competent scientist clinicians in a variety of health care settings
- Contributing to the profession of pharmacy by serving as leadership role models in professional organizations and community programs, and achieving local and national recognition for our efforts.
- Demonstrating to our students the benefits of innovation in teaching and research
- Partnering with our students to better serve the community by engaging in scholarly activities that lead to improvements in health care delivery and enhanced health outcomes
Approved by the Department of Pharmacy Practice 2011
The department of pharmacy practice consists of 14 on-campus faculty members, seven residents, 25 clinical faculty members, and over 400 affiliate preceptors in a variety of pharmacy environments. Our faculty have expertise in specialized areas of pharmacy practice, including ambulatory care, cardiology, drug information, infectious disease, neurology & psychiatry, pharmacokinetics and pharmacy administration to name a few.
PracticeWe focus on the integration of therapeutics and science into practical, patient-oriented pharmacy care. Faculty members are not only encouraged, but expected to maintain a role as a practicing pharmacist, and we are involved in a variety of practice settings including inpatient, physician office and local health departments.
Our faculty members are continuously involved in high quality professional development. This development is very broad, and includes, but is not limited to, keeping up with current trends in medicine, involvement in legislative issues, certifications for practice in specialty pharmacy areas, and continuing education in the art of teaching. We strive to be not only competent current practitioners, but also the best educators possible!
Training Programs and Workshops
Our department members are continuously involved in activities that enhance their skills in leadership, teaching pedagogy, and the practice of pharmacy. During the past year, our faculty members have participated in the following training programs and workshops:
- “Teaching a Superior Online Course”, which provides our faculty with skills to use state-of-the-art technology to teach students “live” or “online”.
- On-campus workshops to use today’s most cutting-edge software programs to aid in teaching, including Blackboard, Elluminate, Movie Maker, and a variety of presentation and audience polling technologies.
- Pharmacist Immunization Delivery Training Course. All department members are certified in immunization delivery, allowing not for not only personal provision of such services, but oversight and assistance to students doing the same.
- Teaching Partners Training Program. A teaching mentorship program designed to provide new educators formal mentorship from the seasoned educators. Regular readings, discussions and experimentation in pedagogy that stem from these activities enable participants to become ever-stronger teachers.
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) – all department members are certified as ACLS providers and are tasked with the continued education in order to keep this certification current. In addition, all department members will be certified as ACLS instructors by January 2012.
- Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) – Our department members are actively seeking this rigorous certification program, with 25% of the department having achieved this prestigious recognition.
- ACCP Research and Scholarship Training Program
- ACCP Leadership and Management Training Program
Maintaining active membership (including leadership roles) in professional organizations provides our faculty members a venue for staying current in the profession as well as shaping its future. Our department members are active members in multiple professional organizations, including, but not limited to:
- The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)
- The American College of Clinical Pharmacists (ACCP)
- The American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
- The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
- The Findlay Area Pharmacists Association
- International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes
- The Northwest Ohio Pharmacists Association
- Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA)
- The Ohio Society of Health Systems Pharmacists
- Toledo Pharmacists Academy
National Collaborative Programming
The Patient Safety & Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC) - a collaborative with HRSA and the Wood County Health Department (WCHD). This effort was awarded the Health Outcomes Management Award by HRSA in 2011.
Our faculty members strive to promote practice-focused research that will allow our students to expand their understanding of:
- Direct patient-care related issues
- Economical impact of healthcare decisions
- Drug therapies that will improve the lives of others
Scholarly activity and research are important for the continuous development of the pharmacist, the training of our students and the advancement of the profession. Our department members are involved in grant writing, publications and a variety of presentations at the local, state, and national level. The following are examples of the types of activities in which our department’s faculty and students are involved.
Our faculty members strive to stay in touch with the community and current healthcare practices. Service to the community allows for personal growth and development and brings real-world perspective into our teaching and research.
We seek to incorporate active and problem based learning into our teaching at every opportunity. We teach an innovative didactic curriculum that combines pharmaceutical science and its application to practice. In addition, we boast an innovative experiential teaching model.