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Playing a Critical Role in Health Care

Playing a Critical Role in Health Care

We’ve known for decades that teams of health care professionals working together benefits patients. This is why training in interprofessional education and practice is required by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The Ohio State College of Pharmacy is uniquely fortunate in its close proximity to six other health science colleges and a nationally ranked academic medical center, allowing for levels of research and clinical practice collaboration that is hard to duplicate elsewhere.

This past year, faculty, staff, students and alumni have done a phenomenal job in leveraging this collaboration in both practice and research. These interactions have led to incredible results that benefit patients.

Interprofessional research and practice is one of the best ways to revolutionize the future of healthcare and optimize patient outcomes. Pharmaceutical sciences and clinical practice play vitally important roles in the health and safety of our communities, so it is crucial as pharmacy professionals to share our knowledge as medication experts with our health care teams.

I am proud that our college has created a curriculum that emphasizes the necessity of interprofessional work, which pharmacy students complete, alongside health care colleagues.

During my last year as dean of the College of Pharmacy, I will continue encouraging faculty and students to build interprofessional opportunities that better patient care. Please enjoy reading this issue of the Script about the accomplishments of our Pharmacy Buckeyes and how they help to optimize research and patient outcomes.

Best wishes,

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Henry J Mann, PharmD, FCCP, FCCM, FASHP
Dean and Professor, College of Pharmacy
The Ohio State University

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