Rural Pharmacy Program(RPharm)
While there is a clear shortage of pharmacists in the United States, Illinois faces a dual problem, both a pharmacist shortage and the maldistribution of pharmacists across the state. These trends are predicted to continue for the foreseeable future. The Illinois Workforce Information Center projects an annual average shortfall of 730 pharmacist positions statewide, due to increases in both employment and retirement. Of these, approximately 350 positions will be in the Chicagoland area and the remainder will be spread throughout the state. Expanding UIC's College of Pharmacy into Rockford to address these needs makes economic and academic sense. Having one of the nation's top five pharmacy programs in Rockford will help retain future pharmacists for this region of the state.
The Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health already operate degree programs at the Rockford campus. Pharmacy has a presence on the campus through our faculty members who provide both teaching and clinical services. All of the programs at Rockford are well known for being interdisciplinary and translational in focus, and there is a history of collaboration among faculty members in the areas of research, education and service. Sharing resources with the College of Medicine's rural medicine (RMED) program will help the College of Pharmacy recruit, teach, and return students to rural communities in our Rural Pharmacy program (RPharm). One of the most exciting opportunities will be for the University of Illinois to create a unique educational curriculum that takes advantage of the synergy of future doctors and pharmacists, studying side-by-side in the classroom, laboratory and medical clinics, and preparing them for the workplace.
Please contact our Student Affairs Office, at (312) 996-7242, if you are interested in learning more about the RPharm program.
Click here for a downloadable brochure on the Rural Pharmacy Education Program (RPHARM).