As the founding dean of the D'Youville College School of Pharmacy, I am privileged to be working with an experienced leadership team and a vibrant faculty to prepare students for challenging careers as pharmacists. Open in fall 2010, we are New York State's newest school of pharmacy, although we are building on a longstanding tradition of student-centered education and community service at D'Youville College.
Pharmacists must embrace myriad responsibilities: to their patients, to other health care professionals, to society, and to their profession. Our mission is to produce compassionate graduates with a strong commitment to these important responsibilities.
As the practice of pharmacy evolves from a product-focused to a patient-focused model, pharmacists are vital members of a patient's healthcare management team. Graduates of our program will learn to effectively collaborate with healthcare practitioners to help patients manage and optimize their medication regimens.
Our Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree is designed to integrate the natural and social sciences with practice experience in a team-based setting, so that students will be able to learn, remember, and apply what they have been taught. Students will begin practicing pharmacy as soon as they enroll. Early practice experiences allow students to:
- Solve problems related to medications
- Learn to communicate with patients
- Manage themselves and others
The practice experiences become increasingly more challenging as students move through the curriculum, with the fourth year focused on all experiential learning. In all, students will complete over 2,100 hours of practice experience during their program, enough to prepare them to enter practice upon graduation.
I invite you to explore our website, visit our campus, and learn more about our school and our commitment to training the next generation of pharmacists.
Dr. Gary Stoehr, Dean
School of Pharmacy