Cincinnati Pharmacy Newsletter

Dean's Message

Neil  Mackinnon

Neil Mackinnon

Greetings alumni and friends of the Winkle College of Pharmacy,

Welcome to the first edition for the 2020-21 academic year of Cincinnati Pharmacy, the quarterly electronic newsletter of the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

The new academic year promises to be unlike any other due to COVID-19. As a university, and as a college, most instruction will be done remotely, keeping the safety of our students, faculty and staff as our primary consideration. Some activities, such as our skills lab, will be done in person, albeit with precautions such as wearing masks, following social distancing guidelines, and frequent cleaning of spaces. We are planning on the usual time frame for the fall semester, but students will not return to UC in person after the Thanksgiving Break. All tests and assessments will be done remotely using a secure test-taking platform called HonorLock.

Sadly, our usual college outreach and alumni events such as the Keeneland trip, golf outing, Homecoming weekend, and receptions at pharmacy and health care conferences such as the ASHP Midyear meeting will not occur. At the same time, our college’s Alumni Council has been planning new and creative ways for us to continue to engage you and to interact.

While it is a virtual event for 2020, our college’s annual White Coat Ceremony will proceed for our incoming PharmD Class of 2024. I wish to thank all who sponsored one or more white coats for a member of this class. As has been the case since we began this event, all white coats have been sponsored by alums and other friends of the college.

This August, we are welcoming the first students who are part of our new BS/MS dual degree co-op program in chemical engineering and cosmetic science. Also new this fall is our graduate certificate in caring for the underserved, which current PharmD and nursing students can complete. We have also launched the search for the inaugural director of our newly approved online MS program in pharmacogenomics and personalized health care.

So, while the 2020-21 academic year looks very different, we remain committed to our mission to develop progressive pharmacy practitioners and researchers to lead the evolution of healthcare.

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

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