The Department of Pharmacy Practice is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Through innovative teaching methods, the Department provides the skills necessary to foster critical thinking and the optimal use of medications, while promoting professionalism. The graduate program trains students to conduct and advance health systems research. The faculty and graduate students initiate and collaborate in research focusing on the improvement of patient care and public health while incorporating current research findings into daily practice. The Department provides leadership and service to the University, the community, and healthcare professionals through the provision of patient care, educational activities, and participation in professional and governmental organizations.The Mission focuses on 3 areas:
The Department of Pharmacy Practice is responsible for the education of pharmacy students in the acquisition, integration and application of new pharmacotherapeutic knowledge to the care of all patients. The educational mission is accomplished through teaching pharmacotherapeutics and traditional practice skills to pharmacy students in the classroom, as well as through the provision of early and advanced practice experiences, also known as the "capstone" experiences, at both established and innovative practice sites. The Department is committed to the use of innovative technology to advance the educational mission and to the development of elective tracks that provide graduates with state-of-the-art knowledge and experiences. The development of skills emphasizing professionalism and personal responsibility, life-long learning, communication, critical thinking and decision making are the primary focus of the educational programs of the department. The mentoring of pharmacy students to reach their full potential as competent and caring pharmacists, educated and ethical citizens, and future leaders respected both in their profession and community is the core tenet of the department.
The Department of Pharmacy Practice supports pharmacy residencies and fellowships to provide pharmacists with opportunities to advance their competency as practitioners, educators and scholars to the benefit of the citizens of Rhode Island and beyond.
The Department of Pharmacy Practice is responsible to the profession and society for generating, disseminating and applying research that advances patient care, the profession of pharmacy and the education of pharmacy students. The research mission is accomplished through scholarship that generates new knowledge on pharmacotherapy and health promotion, develops new practice models and includes the scholarship of teaching. The Department is committed to creating an environment that supports and respects diverse programs of scholarship and encourages the highest quality of research by all faculty, fellows, residents and students.
The Department of Pharmacy Practice is responsible for providing leadership in the promotion of rational and effective pharmacotherapy that advances the quality of healthcare in Rhode Island, as well as regionally and nationally. The Department also serves the College and University through leadership and participation in activities of the entire academic community. The service mission is accomplished through activities ranging from direct patient care, education of other health professionals, and development of innovative practice models to leadership on boards of trustees of health systems, and University and legislative committees, as well as through other professional, healthcare and governmental organizations.