During this transformational time at the College, we continue to build on our historic strengths as we prepare for an exciting future. We are continuing the work of our founders as we take bold steps to become globally prominent in pharmacy and health care education, interprofessional patient-centered care, and collaborative research.
Enhancing Our Curriculum
This fall, we implemented a new Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum with an integrated bachelor’s degree. We have also formed a collaborative program with the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Business Administration to allow our student pharmacists the ability to work toward a Master of Business Administration degree or a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration at UMSL while still enrolled at the College.
We are looking to develop similar collaborative programs with other institutions in relevant areas.
Utilizing our location in one of the world’s finest biomedical research centers, the College is building partnerships with premier health care and educational institutions to establish cutting-edge research and patient-care initiatives. We are also finalizing discussions with health systems and community pharmacists to significantly expand our impact on transitions of care and link hospital and community pharmacists.
The College has co-founded the Center for Interprofessional Education with Goldfarb School of Nursing and Washington University School of Medicine to jointly educate students in the health professions to provide evidence-based, patient-centered interprofessional care.
Taking Bold Steps
To better accomplish our bold vision, the College has also implemented a new organizational structure that includes two schools: the School of Pharmacy and the School of Arts and Sciences. We have new leadership at the College, including a new dean for the School of Pharmacy: Dr. Bruce Canaday, a national leader in pharmacy.
Lastly, we have begun the largest construction project in our history. We are expecting completion of our 213,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art academic and research building and library in May 2015. We are also anxious to begin a second phase of construction, which will include a second residence hall, a new dining facility, a recreation center, a student center, and a gymnasium. This construction will help transform the College into a global leader in health care and pharmacy education.
Historic changes are happening at the College as we usher in this new era.
Our enhanced curriculum and collaborative degree programs, new research programs, new international and local community initiatives, new organizational structure, and new construction project are allowing us to build on our past as we strive to meet our vision.
I want to thank all of you for the many ways you support the College. Our continued success could not be possible without you, and I look forward to the next chapter in our rich history.