Unique collaboration between a private college of pharmacy and a private academic health system

Nicole Metzger, Christopher Paciullo, Melissa Chesson, Michael W. Jann, Janice Glascock, Amir Emamifar, Hewitt W. Matthews

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Advanced experiential education represents the culmination of a pharmacy student's training, where students can apply the knowledge they have learned in the classroom to real patients. Unfortunately, opportunities for students to provide the direct patient care recommended by pharmacy organizations and accrediting bodies are lacking. Additionally, academic health systems that can provide these experiences for students are experiencing hardships that have stalled the expansion of postgraduate training programs and services. Formal cooperation between unaffiliated colleges of pharmacies and academic health systems has the potential to increase the number of experiential students completing rotations in an academic environment, expand postgraduate education training programs, enhance the development of resident educators, increase research and scholarly opportunities, and expand clinical pharmacy services. This article describes the formation of a unique joint initiative between a private academic health system without a college of pharmacy and a private college of pharmacy without a hospital. The successful cultivation of the relationship has resulted in professional growth at both institutions and can be implemented at other sites around the country to synergize the efforts of academic health systems and colleges of pharmacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)634-638
Number of pages5
JournalHospital Pharmacy
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2014


  • academic medical center
  • clinical pharmacy services
  • experiential education
  • scholarship


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