Cincinnati Pharmacy Newsletter

Dean's Message

Neil  Mackinnon

Neil Mackinnon

Greetings alumni and friends of the Winkle College of Pharmacy,

Welcome to the spring 2020 edition of Cincinnati Pharmacy, the electronic newsletter of the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

We have finished the 2019-20 academic year and our Class of 2020 has graduated. Due to COVID-19, it has been a semester unlike any other we have experienced. I know that some are wishing that 2020 could start over again. At the same time, during this pandemic, many have stepped up, including our nation’s pharmacists. I want to express my gratitude to those of you who provide direct patient care during this incredible time of need. So, on behalf of the college, thank you!

Despite the challenges with COVID-19, our college’s faculty, staff, students and preceptors have adjusted and have carried on. We switched to remote teaching after the spring break and recently finished the semester. The University of Cincinnati will continue with remote teaching through at least the end of the summer semester. Our PharmD student rotations in March were adjusted but all of our students graduated on time, even if we are unable to do a typical, in-person commencement ceremony. Our Class of 2021 started their first APPE rotations in May but those rotations look quite different.

I would like to extend a very special thank you to all of our donors who sponsored a gift for our graduating P4 students. In its second year, the Winkle College of Pharmacy’s Mortar and Pestle campaign went over goal! This year, 67 alumni and friends sponsored 100 gifts at $50 each ($5,000 total) meaning all our 2020 PharmD graduates will receive a wonderful keepsake from the college. We plan on giving the gifts out in person at a later date.

On the research side of things, we have also switched to remote research and several college faculty have transitioned their research programs to COVID-19 research, including myself. I’ve been working with Ana Hincapie and faculty in the UC Department of Geography and the UC Department of Mathematics to model out the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on healthcare resources. Please read more about our research. Our college has a newly created Research and Innovation Fund and the first round of funding has just concluded. You can make a donation to our Research & Innovation Fund.

On May 21st from 6-7pm, I will be hosting a very special event for our alumni and friends of the college, a virtual town hall, providing updates about how the college has responded to COVID-19 and the move to remote learning. You can submit questions ahead of time to me via email or in the registration form. We will also feature alumni who are on the front lines to share their experiences. More info and registration are available online.

Finally, I wanted to share some good news with you. Our college rose three places in the new US News & World Report rankings, passing the University of Oklahoma, University of Arkansas, Northeastern University, the Medical University of South Carolina and Auburn University. Pharmacy school rankings only come out every four years.  Our college is also the first mention in a UC story about graduate school rankings.

I wish you a wonderful week and Go Bearcats!

Neil MacKinnon
BSC(Pharm), MSc(Pharm), PhD, Dean and Professor

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