MCW Pharmacy School Design & Development

Addressing health workforce needs by developing a School of Pharmacy at the Medical College of Wisconsin

Full Project Name:An Innovative Model for Educating the Pharmacists of the Future: Pharmacy school design & developmentPrinciple Investigator:George MacKinnon III, PhD, RPh, School of PharmacyCo-Investigator:Cheryl A. Maurana, PhD, Kern Institute for Transformation of Medical EducationAward Amount:$3,024,132
Award Date
June2015
Project Duration:32 months

Project Description Narrative:


In Wisconsin, there is a continuing maldistribution of pharmacists in both rural and urban medically-underserved communities. With an aging population and changing health care system that is emphasizing team-based preventive care, pharmacists must adapt and deliver primary care to meet the rising need.

Through this funding award, MCW aims to establish a School of Pharmacy curriculum that will prepare pharmacists to provide quality care in a team setting, reshaping pharmacist training in Wisconsin to focus on the pharmacist of the future. MCW will explore a three-year curriculum that is rigorous yet time efficient, allowing pharmacists to enter residency or the workforce more quickly. The program will emphasize interprofessional education to prepare pharmacists that deliver cost-efficient primary care within a team-based model of care.

Project Updates:


• Recruited key faculty to teach in the MCW School of Pharmacy

• Established two academic departments (Biopharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Sciences)

• Successfully completed the first phase of accreditation processes through Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

• Launched the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum

• Developed course schedule and delivery methods

• Developed student and educational services

• Ensured quality introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs) and applied pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs)

• Established best practices for admission processes, student services, and educational support. The Student Affairs Office conducted 30 visits to regional colleges and universities since November 2016

• Leveraged AHW&s investment with the addition of $205,000 in extramural funding

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