Faculty in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy strive to prepare students for contemporary pharmacy practice by developing communication, problem-solving, and life-long learning skills and the ability to apply knowledge learned in the pharmaceutical sciences to patient care. Our goal is to produce pharmacists who have a high level of patient care skills and the ability to accept leadership roles in the profession. Our graduates are also well-prepared to enter postgraduate residency and fellowship training programs.
Department faculty teach required courses in the PharmD curriculum such as the four-course Pharmacotherapeutics sequence, the six-course Pharmaceutical Care Laboratory sequence, the six-course Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) sequence, Therapeutic Patient Monitoring, Nonprescription Drugs, Patient Health Education, Clinical Pharmacokinetics, Immunology/Biotechnology, and Medical Literature Evaluation.
Elective courses offered by the faculty include Advocacy and Leadership, Pediatric Pharmacotherapy, Geriatrics and Gerontology, Acute Care Case Studies, and Critical Care Pharmacotherapy. Department faculty members also serve as preceptors for the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) in the fourth year of the PharmD curriculum.
The Department and School offer postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) residencies in drug information (with Mylan Pharmaceuticals) and community pharmacy (with the Waterfront Family Pharmacy and Kroger Pharmacy). Postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) residencies are available in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and geriatrics (the latter in affiliation with Charleston Area Medical Center). PGY1 residencies and a PGY2 residency in critical care are offered by West Virginia University Hospitals (http://pharmacyresidency.wvu.edu). A joint School–Hospital Residency Committee provides oversight for the residency program.
Departmental faculty also assist West Virginia pharmacy practitioners in developing and enhancing the skills needed to provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care services.