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Pharmacy Practice Releases Annual Report

Pharmacy Practice Releases Annual Report

Letter from the Head – Janet P. Engle

The Department of Pharmacy Practice, one of the largest in the country, had an extremely productive year in 2010. At the end of 2010, the department embarked on an extensive strategic planning process. The process examined all aspects of the department including research, service, entrepreneurial and educational activities. Planning will continue throughout 2011 until all units within the department have completed planning exercises. Then, a clear blueprint for future directions of the department will be produced.

The department developed a new mentoring program. The program, a requirement for anyone joining the department, matches new faculty members with established practitioners in their area of interest. A new faculty orientation program was developed and delivered for the first time in 2010. Six new faculty members participated in the program. The program will be offered on a regular basis to all new faculty hires in the department. In conjunction with the orientation, a faculty handbook was developed and distributed to all new faculty as well as others as requested. The handbook is also available electronically on the departmental website.

The department studied its current procedures for promotion on the clinical track, forming an ad-hoc committee to study the issue. After several months of meetings, the ad-hoc committee presented their report. It was reviewed and edited by the Department Advisory Committee and the new policies became effective in November 2010.

The residency and fellowship program had a very strong year. Applicant numbers and quality of candidates continue to increase. In 2010, all available PGY1 and PGY2 specialty residency positions were filled. In addition, a third community pharmacy residency was added and filled. A leadership component to the program was added that allows residents to meet with the department head on a monthly basis to discuss various topics. Residents continue to do well, advancing to positions in academia, clinical practice and industry.

Several networking events were held to foster increased interaction among faculty. These included an event held at US Cellular Field to see the Chicago White Sox play on Health Professionals Night and a Poster Networking Event where all departmental faculty displayed their scientific posters that had presented at national meetings throughout the year.

The strategic planning process includes assessing the physical facilities available to the department and making renovations as needed. In 2010, the entire residency suite was remodeled to include new work space for the residents; a state of the art conference room with videoconferencing capabilities; and small private office spaces for interviews, conferences with students, and other activities. Department space on the first floor was also remodeled to provide eight new offices for research personnel. Several faculty offices also were updated and new laboratory equipment was purchased.

With our new campus in Rockford, efforts have been made to become acquainted with Rockford students. Each semester the department head and assistant department head for education travel to Rockford to meet with the students and faculty to discuss topics of mutual interest. Faculty recruiting in Rockford has gone well with the addition of two new faculty members in 2010 to supplement the faculty clinicians who have been practicing in Rockford for several years.

Efforts to market the seven ambulatory pharmacies also continued throughout 2010. The pharmacies have a presence on Facebook and Twitter, gaining many new followers. A blog covering health-related topics continues, supported by the Drug Information Group. New marketing pieces for campus buses, light boxes, campus student centers and patient exam rooms were developed. Other targeted projects such as our flu vaccine campaign were also executed.

It has been a busy and productive year for the department. These endeavors could not have been accomplished without the hard work of faculty, staff, residents and fellows. While not all accomplishments can be featured in this report, these highlights are just a few of the many contributions the department has made to the college, university and profession of pharmacy.

The Full Annual Report can be downloaded here:

Department of Pharmacy Practice 2010 Annual Report


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