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The gift will be made over a five-year period.
“We are extremely grateful to USA Drug for this generous gift,” said Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D, dean of the UAMS College of Pharmacy. “It will serve to significantly enhance the college’s current admission process and build on our communications curriculum to develop pharmacists who excel in patient care through excellence in counseling.”
The gift will be used for several new initiatives related to the development and assessment of communications skills among pharmacy students from the time of application to the end of the pharmacy curriculum, including these new activities:
- Support of a newly developed interview that will become integral to the admissions process within the UAMS College of Pharmacy
- Support of curricular innovations that emphasize the development of communication skills needed by pharmacists in patient counseling, hiring, and managing employees, and working with other health care professionals
- Supplies for health screenings and for teaching medication therapy management skills
- Support for counseling and clinical skills competitions that build confidence in students while putting the theory into direct action
“USA Drug is proud to show our support for the college and this ambitious effort to strengthen its communication program,” said Dr. Stephen L. LaFrance, founder and chairman of USA Drug. “We have formed a productive partnership with Dean Gardner and the college and look forward to a long and fruitful association.”
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