“Preparing pharmacists from diverse backgrounds to provide care for a global community!” This is a core value of the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy.
The College of Pharmacy began its academic year in July of 2012 possessing ACPE Full accreditation status. Subsequently, it continued its monumental growth with the achievement of several notable milestones. Our second cohort of student pharmacists, the Class of 2013, graduated from Chicago State University during its May Commencement Ceremony. The College continued to be a thriving community of scholars. Student organizations grew and flourished. Students and faculty published numerous research articles and delivered scientific presentations, received recognitions (internal and external) for academic as well as professional achievements including the College’s third Schweitzer Fellow, faculty research collaborations broadened, and professional practice partnerships expanded.
This is also a very exciting time for the profession of pharmacy. Pharmacists, as some of the most highly respected members of the health care profession, have evolved from dispensers of medications to providers of health care services. With the national emergence of new roles for pharmacists to provide direct patient care within the Patient-Centered Medical Home, Accountable Care Organizations, The Affordable Care Act, Medication Therapy Management Practice, and other interprofessional team-based health care initiatives, there is a foremost demand for highly prepared pharmacists to fulfill those roles. The pharmacist’s ability to provide
care for patients is professionally rewarding and provides an opportunity to improve the health of individuals as well as the community at large.
The College’s curriculum is dynamic and embraces a student-centered learning philosophy. Through small group learning communities, students are expected to be active participants in their learning. Faculty mentors work with students to help them achieve their full academic and professional goals. The early integration of experiential education allows students to apply their classroom knowledge in community, hospital, ambulatory care and public health practice settings. These experiences place the student into a pharmacist’s role by helping patients achieve positive health outcomes though safe and effective medication use. Capstone research projects, required for program graduation, help students to “connect the dots” between scientific discovery and clinical application.
These are but a few of the significant highlights and accomplishments of the College that demonstrate our continued commitment to excellence. We offer a dynamic and challenging program, which provides high quality educational experiences, to prepare outstanding pharmacists for their roles in the “provision of care for a global community”. We congratulate you on your decision to join us during this milestone year for our program and contribute to this exceptional journey.
Miriam A. Mobley Smith, Pharm.D., FASHP
Dean and Professor
College of Pharmacy Chicago State University