The 2016-2017 academic year has ended at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. On May 12-13, we celebrated our students’ accomplishments at our 149th Commencement, and we welcomed the doctoral class of 2017 into the profession of pharmacy. We also celebrated a milestone with our undergraduate students. For the first time, we awarded Bachelors of Science to students completing their undergraduate studies in the College’s new curriculum implemented in fall 2014.
The end of the year also provides an opportunity to reflect on all we have accomplished as a community. Nearly three years ago, we began the largest expansion project in the College’s history by breaking ground on the Academic and Research Building (ARB). Today, after adding more than 400,000 square feet of space to campus, we are preparing to open the Recreation and Student Center (RAS).
The RAS will be a hub of student activity, and the building has been thoughtfully designed to support student life. Students will benefit from one-stop access to study space, academic and personal support resources, dining, and fitness and recreation. The building is the new home to the College’s intercollegiate athletic programs and offers student-athletes a competition gymnasium and training facilities. Faculty and staff are beginning to move into offices and students are beginning to explore the building.
As these physical changes to our campus unfold, our faculty are taking steps forward through collaborative research.
The recently established Center for Health Outcomes Research and Education, led by inaugural Director Scott Micek, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice, will bring together faculty across campus to focus on six key areas for improvement – nonadherence, delayed evidence-based treatment practice, antibiotic misuse, medication errors, suboptimal generic use and mismanaged polypharmacy. The effort was made possible by a generous contribution from Express Scripts Foundation, which in part, provided funds for the establishment of the center.
The Center for Clinical Pharmacology, led by Director Evan D. Kharasch, M.D., Ph.D., and Co-Director Karen Seibert, Ph.D., is continuing to make progress toward fulfilling its vision. On May 1, the center welcomed its first two faculty researchers, Ream Al-Hasani, Ph.D., and Jordan G. McCall, Ph.D. Recruitment is underway for three more researchers, who will hold academic appointments at both the College and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
This is an exciting time at St. Louis College of Pharmacy! I hope you will visit campus often and see our progress.
Bruce R. Canaday, Pharm.D., FASHP, FAPhA
Dean of Pharmacy and Professor
P.S. The College is hosting the 2017 Reunion Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 11. Join us on campus for a family-friendly reception, Gold Alumni luncheon and a tour of the new buildings. More information is available online at stlcop.edu/reunion.