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Dean MacKinnon's Spring 2019 Message

by Neil MacKinnon | Feb 27, 2019

Dean Neil Mackinnon

Greetings alumni and friends of the Winkle College of Pharmacy,

Welcome to the first 2019 edition of Cincinnati Pharmacy, where we share new things going on at the college, our practice partners, and accomplishments of our alums. Please allow me to point out a few highlights in this issue:

First, our new partnership with Cincinnati Children’s to offer a certificate in pediatrics to our PharmD students. This is the first of several new certificate programs we hope to launch at the college. PharmD students can apply to enroll into the pediatric certificate program in the second semester of their P1 year. For those students who are accepted into the program, they will complete two elective courses in pediatrics, complete a higher percentage of their P4 rotations in pediatrics as well as other activities with Cincinnati Children’s, such as a journal club. We are blessed to have Cincinnati Children’s as our neighbor and as a fantastic partner for the college. As you may be aware, in summer 2018, the hospital rose from No. 3 to No. 2 among pediatric hospitals in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. In recent years, we have strengthened our research with Cincinnati Children’s, including co-funding a new faculty position (Timothy Phoenix, PhD) and later in 2019 we expect to launch a new graduate program in pharmacogenomics in partnership with the hospital.

Second, we feature an interview with cosmetic science alumna Mary Magsombol-Karaan. Mary has helped develop products for a number of companies such as Benefit Cosmetics and Nude Skincare. Just this January, another 23 students started our distance learning graduate program in cosmetic science, with total enrollment now exceeding 140. As a comparison, when I became dean in 2013, we had 16 students in the program. Last summer, we partnered with the Department of Chemistry at UC to launch a BS/MS dual-degree co-op program in cosmetic science, the first program of its kind, with the first eight students beginning the program. In summer 2019, we will expand that program by partnering with UC’s Department of Biology as well. You may be surprised how many health and beauty products have been created, in part, by our alumni. 

To me, these two stories—while quite different in content—share the theme of innovation. In this 200th year of our university, it is wonderful to continue to see innovation.

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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