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Medical faculty to teach pharmacy students

by Beth Krane - December 12, 2005

Starting in fall 2007, faculty from the UConn School of Medicine will teach pharmacy students about anatomy and physiology.

The new courses, which will be offered to second-year pre-pharmacy students, will be taught at the Storrs campus by a team of up to a dozen medical school faculty.

“If you look at elite schools of pharmacy across the country that also have medical schools at their universities, this is what they’re doing,” says Robert McCarthy, dean of pharmacy.  

“We’re continually raising the bar for our students,” he adds.

The school graduated its first class of students to earn the six-year doctor of pharmacy degree, which includes two years of pre-pharmacy instruction, in 2001.

This year, the school is enhancing its pre-pharmacy curriculum to include anatomy and physiology courses, as well as a new physics course that will be geared to health science majors, says Andrea Hubbard, associate dean of pharmacy.

McCarthy says the pharmacy school sought School of Medicine professors to teach the new courses to ensure that the focus will be on human rather than animal anatomy and physiology.

Dr. Bruce Koeppen, dean for academic affairs and education in the School of Medicine, says the faculty are donating their time and are committed to making the new courses successful.

“Everyone felt this was in the best interest of the pharmacy students because, as they move forward in their careers, they’re going to be working side by side with doctors,” Koeppen says. “They’re part of the health care team.”

The faculty who will teach the pharmacy students also teach first- year medical and dental students.

The courses will not include a lab component but may include visits to the gross anatomy lab at the Health Center.

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