It has been certainly an interesting fall season including a winter-preview (snow in late October); the fall semester is going by very quickly with all the required and elective courses being offered for students in their first, second and third professional year. It is very exciting to see the successful implementation the third professional year curriculum. This coursework includes an advanced pharmacy practice laboratory with activities such as immunization training and interprofessional patient care with physician assistant students at UNE, an eight hour pharmacotherapeutics course, pharmacy law and ethics and a pharmacy seminar series. The faculty members continue to improve and advance courses in the first and second professional year as well as offering innovative and specialized electives for students in the second and third professional year.
One of the most exciting aspects of our College is the continued growth of our student organizations and the variety and scope of their activities. Our students have been very active in organizing speakers, fundraising activities, community and service activities, social events and traveling to professional meetings. The College is providing partial support for students in the second and third professional year to attend the ASHP Midyear Conference in New Orleans so they can start to become familiar with the residency and residency showcase process. The College is looking forward to the chartering of our Kappa Psi Professional Fraternity Chapter this semester and our Phi Lambda Sigma, the National Pharmacy Leadership Society Chapter next semester. We have also developed our own honor society which will serve as the foundation for future chartering of our own Chapter of Rho Chi, Pharmacy’s Academic Honor Society.
I have the wonderful opportunity to teach a leadership elective this semester to a group of students in our second and
third professional year. In this elective, we read and discuss a series of readings related to leadership, personal and professional growth. In one of our recent readings titled Peaks and Valleys: Making Good and Bad Times Work for You–At Work and In Life by Spencer Johnson (2009), we are reminded of the importance for each of us to develop our own sensible vision. If one identifies his or her own sensible vision, this is the key to a successful and happy life professionally and personally. I think this idea also applies to the development of the College of Pharmacy at the University of New England. The faculty, staff members and students are working collaboratively to develop our collective sensible vision as a College known for educating pharmacists that will be recognized for their commitment to patient and family care, to serving where they work and live as well as their profession and their commitment to provide evidenced based care for their patients. Our pharmacy graduates will be intellectually curious and willing to be risk takers and entrepreneurs in leading advances for the enhanced roles that pharmacists will play in patient, family and community care as well as promoting public health.
Simply stated, this means educating pharmacists to work on health-care teams with the ability to practice in diverse and contemporary pharmacy settings. The work and dedication of our preceptors is a critical element to achieving our sensible vision and we need you to help us shape this vision by serving as a preceptor. Our Office of Experiential Education is working diligently to secure introductory and advanced pharmacy practice sites for our students starting in May 2012. We are very thankful for all of you who have served as a preceptor for our students in their introductory pharmacy practice experiences and hope you will consider being a preceptor for our students in their advanced pharmacy practice rotations. Our Office of Experiential Education would be happy to provide additional information for our upcoming experiential education programs or if you know someone who might want to serve as a preceptor for our students.
We also hope that you might help us to achieve our sensible vision by becoming part of our College of Pharmacy as a friend, mentor, founder or fellow through our annual giving campaign (http://une.edu/pharmacy/giving.cfm). The funds raised from these donations will be used to support student scholarships, student travel to local and national conferences, competitive grant funding for students engaged in research and travel for global educational opportunities.