Department of Clinical Pharmacy
The Department of Clinical Pharmacy provides direct and indirect patient care services to the citizens of West Virginia that support the education and training of students and promote the optimal, safe, and cost-effective use of medications. Faculty members work with statewide preceptors to enhance their ability to provide comprehensive pharmacy services in interprofessional settings.
Faculty based in Morgantown provide patient care services at Ruby Memorial Hospital in internal medicine, family medicine, and infectious diseases. Those at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center provide care to both inpatients and outpatients being treated for cancer. The Director of Pharmaceutical Services at WVU Hospitals holds an adjunct appointment as Assistant Dean for Patient Care Services. Pharmacy staff and clinical specialists at WVU Hospitals contribute to the School by serving as preceptors for experiential rotations and teaching didactic sessions in their areas of specialty. The Director and Assistant Director for the West Virginia Center for Drug and Health Information provide essential information to health care providers both locally and regionally. The Director of the School’s Health Education Center is a departmental faculty member.
At the Charleston Division of the HSC, faculty members provide direct patient care services in family medicine, geriatrics, and pediatrics in affiliation with health care institutions located in the state capital. Two faculty members at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington provide patient care to patients on the internal medicine and critical care services of the hospital. A faculty member manages the pharmacy services and provides patient care at Cabin Creek Health Systems, a Federally-Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Dawes. A faculty member cofunded with Fruth Pharmacy provides medication therapy management and other ambulatory care services at a Fruth community pharmacy in Charleston. The Director of the West Virginia Poison Center is a department faculty member providing toxicology information to prevent and treat poisonings to health care providers and the public.
At the Eastern Division of the HSC, one faculty member practices at Harpers Ferry Family Medicine Center in Harpers Ferry and provides part-time patient care services at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson. A second faculty member has an internal medicine patient care practice at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Martinsburg.
Faculty members in the department also contribute to the advancement of the pharmacy profession through involvement in professional organizations, editorial activities, serving as manuscript or grant reviewers, and providing professional or patient-oriented presentations. They contribute to the mission of the School and University through activities such as committee service and student advising.
The Wigner Institute for Advanced Practice, Education, and Research is an important outreach program to advance pharmacy practice in the state. The mission of the Wigner Institute is to advance pharmacy practice in West Virginia by providing pharmacists with the training and resources to deliver specialized pharmaceutical care services and to evaluate the impact of these services. The mission of the Wigner Institute is aligned with the service, teaching, and research missions of the School of Pharmacy.