First Cohort of Pharmacy Leadership Grads Walk Together
Three University of Cincinnati (UC) graduates, Zack Dumont,
Katelyn Johnson, and Travis Jacob will forever be able to jest that
they graduated at the top of their class.
That’s because they are the first graduates of the
University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of
Pharmacy’s Pharmacy Leadership online master’s degree
program. The program began in fall 2016.
"I know the achievement has opened doors—which door
I’ll go through, I’m not yet sure. Regardless of my
destination, I’ve been able to apply so much of what
I’ve learned to my every day practice (and life!)” says
Dumont, BSP, ACPR.
Dumont’s director, Kelly Babcock, BSP,at Saskatchewan
Health Authority in Regina, Canada, says that when he heard about
the program it seemed a logical step for Dumont, who Babcock says
is an "up-and-comer” at the Health Authority.
Babcock says that since completing the coursework and the
numerous mentorship sessions with Dumont, and discussing course
material, "it seems like it (the program) is perfect for developing
leaders in pharmacy. I would recommend it to anyone.”
Dumont will travel from Canada to attend Commencement on April
27 and Johnson and Jacob will also attend.
"Having this degree has prepared me for what to expect and how
to be a proper leader within pharmacy. I cannot wait to put this
degree to use,” says Jacob, a staff pharmacist at Cincinnati
There are currently 14 other students enrolled. Students can
earn either a certificate or a master’s degree in pharmacy
leadership. Winkle College is one of the first pharmacy schools in
the country to design a completely online graduate degree and
certificate program in pharmacy leadership for candidates who
already hold a professional pharmacy degree.
Students can complete this program from anywhere in the world
and the courses are targeted toward working pharmacists. The
college partnered with UC’s Carl H. Lindner College of
Business and College of Allied Health Sciences to incorporate
courses from their Master of Business Administration (MBA) and
Master of Health Administration (MHA) programs into the curriculum.
Pharmacy-specific courses and capstone projects are also
incorporated to ensure that the program is truly
"I am excited to watch how these and future graduates of the
program will apply the leadership and management skills gained in
advancing their own careers as well as the profession,” says
Jenelle Sobotka, PharmD, professor and program director.
The online pharmacy leadership program addresses a gap in the
profession. For the past 25 years, Sobotka says, there has been an
emphasis on direct patient care training, "which is still the heart
of our profession, but we now need pharmacists with leadership
skills critical to continue expanding our patient care roles and
ensure these pharmacist services are recognized and valued in the
health care delivery model.”
While other programs in pharmacy administration already exist in
the country, they require in person attendance and are typically
combined with a residency program, says Neil MacKinnon, PhD, dean
of the college.
"We know that many pharmacists who are working full-time and
have other family or life commitments are unable to relocate to
pursue pharmacy leadership training. Our program was developed with
those types of pharmacists in mind,” he says.
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