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Dean MacKinnon's Summer 2019 Message

by Neil MacKinnon | May 16, 2019

A message from the Dean

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.

Recently, we held our college’s hooding and recognition ceremony at the renovated Music Hall as we said goodbye to the Class of 2019. In this class, there were 97 PharmD students, 3 PhD students and 35 Master’s students.

Included among the master’s students were the first three graduates of our 1+1 graduate program in drug development with Xiamen University, one of the top ten universities in China. In this program, the students complete the first year of their studies at Xiamen University and then come to UC for the second year. I have visited Xiamen University twice, along with some of our faculty, and it is a fantastic international partner for our college. We anticipate four new students joining our college in August as part of this program.

Among our PharmD students, there were 54 women and 43 men for a total of 97 graduates. Thirty-four percent of the class is pursuing a post-graduate residency. We counted at least 16 graduates who have close relatives who are also pharmacists and many of these pharmacy family members joined our graduates as they crossed the stage. Samantha Stander had the record for the most pharmacy family members who joined her on stage: five!

The 30th President of the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Neville Pinto, joined us at our ceremony and in his remarks he spoke about the history and legacy of our college and the impact it has had: “Cincinnati is one of the birthplaces of the clinical pharmacy movement, where pharmacists left the basements of our nation’s hospitals to provide direct patient care, often going on rounds with physicians.”

This year, we gave all of our new graduates a special gift- a mortar and pestle - an idea that came from our college’s alumni council. I wish to thank those of you who sponsored a gift for one or more of our graduates. As our graduates crossed the stage and received their gift from the co-chairs of our Alumni Council, they also received a card with the name of the individual who sponsored their gift.

Over the past six years, we’ve made a concerted effort to create more international opportunities for our students, with PharmD rotations and other experiences with partners in Chile, Italy and Scotland, as well as our existing medical mission trips with Dr. Patricia Wigle. This month, Dr. Mike Doherty took ten students on a study abroad trip to Australia.

Enjoy this latest issue of Cincinnati Pharmacy and Go Bearcats!

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


Twitter & Instagram: @RxDeanMac

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