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Dean MacKinnon's Spring 2018 Message

by Neil MacKinnon | Feb 22, 2018

Dean Neil Mackinnon

Greetings alumni and friends of the Winkle College of Pharmacy,
Welcome to the latest issue of Cincinnati Pharmacy, the electronic newsletter of the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of being part of a large urban research university is being part of a large Academic Health Center (AHC). The AHC includes our college, along with three other colleges: the College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, and the College of Allied Health Sciences. Also affiliated with the AHC is UC Health, Cincinnati Children’s and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, all located within a few hundred feet of the college.

Our college plays a key role in several new and ongoing initiatives within the AHC:   
First, since April 2017, I have been co-chairing the UC/UC Health Opioid Task Force. The mission of this task force is to demonstrate commitment to this significant public health issue by bringing together researchers, educators, clinicians and leaders/advocates dedicated to having a positive impact on opioid addiction locally, regionally and nationally. To date, over 50 faculty, clinicians and researchers have joined this task force and all members belong to one of the working groups: interprofessional education, interprofessional practice, interprofessional research and community outreach. Currently, each of the working groups is finalizing their recommendations on how to address this significant public health issue.

Second, our college plays a key role in the UC AHC Interprofessional Education (IPE) Committee. This group is charged with ensuring that all of the health professional students within the AHC have opportunities to participate in IPE. Recently, the national PharmD accrediting body, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), released a statement that provides new interpretation and additional guidance regarding Standard 11, IPE. In short, the expectation released updated guidance on IPE for PharmD students, and on-site accreditation teams have been asked to carefully review evidence for IPE. While our next on-site visit is still years away, we need to ensure that we are in compliance with this standard. I have  recently appointed Jill Martin Boone, PharmD, as our college’s first Director director of Interprofessional Education to ensure we are doing all we can related to IPE.

Third, I have worked with the deans at the other AHC colleges to form a new committee, the AHC Interprofessional Simulation Program/Center of Excellence Steering Committee. This new committee will work with a national consulting firm to plan and design a state-of-the-art simulation center for the AHC. Drs. Karissa Kim and Anne Metzger from the college serve on this new committee. We are hopeful that the work of this committee will lead to a shared collaborative interprofessional simulation program and center of excellence for the university.

As pharmacists, we know that interprofessional teams that train and work together is an important contributor to optimal patient outcomes. With these and other interprofessional activities and initiatives within UC’s AHC, we are well-positioned to be national leaders in IPE.

"Dean Mac"
Neil MacKinnon, PhD, Dean and Professor
University of Cincinnati James L Winkle College of Pharmacy

E-mail: RxDeanMac@uc.edu

Twitter & Instagram: @RxDeanMac

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