Profession Leaders help shape Ohio State Pharmacy Education

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April 1, 2018

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Established in 1994 by Dean Robert Brueggemeier, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy’s Dean’s Corporate Council (DCC) facilitates conversations between academia and corporate entities to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the healthcare field. Through changes in the field and at the College of Pharmacy, DCC continues to meet twice a year, counseling current Dean Henry Mann on policies and programs pertaining to teaching, research and outreach at the college.

At each DCC session, council members provide updates on their sectors of pharmacy and hear from college faculty members who present on curriculum updates. The dean merges the two topics by leading interactive discussions on timely issues in pharmacy. Past discussions included strategic planning, Generation Rx programming and how it is impacting the community, the new PharmD and BSPS curricula, and how corporate and academic entities can best partner for great mutually beneficial outcomes.

As of 2018, the council is made up of 25 members who are key decision makers in the major sectors of pharmacy. They represent managed care, chain drug stores, community pharmacy, academic organizations, health systems and drug wholesale and pharmaceutical companies. In addition to working with Dean Mann, the council members aid in the recruitment and placement of undergraduate, professional and graduate pharmacy students at externship sites, pharmacy job positions and fellowships with industry partners. The members are dedicated to advancing the mission of the college, providing individual and corporate financial support of annual goals.

“This group has been a vitally important advisory group to me. I am extremely grateful for the input and support the college receives as we strive to maintain a reputation and commitment to excellence in all of our endeavors,” said Mann.

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We caught up with a few of the current members to ask them about the impact of the council on the College of Pharmacy and how they benefit from the relationship.

How does DCC benefit the College of Pharmacy?

“The college benefits from the varied expertise of DCC members who are key decision-makers and well-informed about emerging issues in the health care marketplace. The input from DCC can help to inform strategic directions for the college and make beneficial connections for Dean Mann and the college leadership. It’s a win-win opportunity.”
– ANNE BURNS, BS ’80, RPH, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS AT AMERICAN PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION

“I think that DCC helps the faculty shape the curriculum in a way that when students graduate from Ohio State, they are prepared to practice and make a difference in a community or clinical setting. The companies and individuals represented on the council are committed to the success of the students and the college. In addition to providing feedback and industry insights, members also work to provide internships, experiential learning opportunities, scholarships and support for improvements to the college. At Meijer, we are pleased to be able to partner with the College of Pharmacy in all of these areas. I am especially excited to be a part of the remodeling of the pharmacy practice labs.”
– RICK KEYES, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF MEIJER

How has DCC evolved during your time on the council?

“DCC has been taken to a new level by the current dean who includes DCC member feedback on various topics and issues that are important to the college. Dean Mann routinely provides a college update and there is a great balance between asking DCC members for feedback on a particular topic, and allowing DCC members to bring their own topics to meetings for discussion.”
– MARCIA NUSGART, BS ’76, RPH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ALLIANCE OF WOUND CARE STAKEHOLDERS

“DCC has definitely evolved, becoming more involved in providing input on the college’s strategic planning process and having a greater focus on emerging prospectives from various pharmacy sectors.”
– ANNE BURNS

In what ways is Ohio State’s College of Pharmacy best preparing its students to be top pharmacy graduates?

“The college prepares students to be top graduates by hiring the most capable staff and faculty that are career and student focused; always looking for opportunities to develop innovative and challenging curriculum that is focused not only on developing technical skills but also on developing nontechnical leadership skills; teaching students the importance of networking; and providing high quality career planning for success post-graduation.”
– ANDY VICK, PHD ’99, PAST PRESIDENT OF DCC, CORPORATE VICE PRESIDENT OF SAFETY ASSESSMENT, CHARLES RIVER

“The faculty at Ohio State are committed to graduating students that are prepared from an academic perspective but also from a practical perspective. There is a genuine commitment to equipping students with real life practical skills that they can use to hit the ground running when they graduate. As an employer, I know that when we hire an Ohio State College of Pharmacy graduate, we are getting someone that can hit the ground running.”
– RICK KEYES

“The college attracts top faculty, who are excellent teachers; has an excellent curriculum, clinical rotations, residencies and research opportunities; continues the important clinical focus with emphasis on the patient; provides student leadership opportunities by having many student organizations and ways for students to be involved; and, works and communicates with community pharmacy, researchers and hospital leaders to ensure that the college meets their needs and prepares students for careers in these areas.”
– MARCIA NUSGART

What benefits do you receive as a member of DCC?

“I appreciate getting updates on developments at the College of Pharmacy, my alma mater, and gaining insights into the current state of BSPS, PharmD and graduate education and training. The diverse perspectives and practice areas represented among DCC members also provides important insights into emerging issues in different sectors of the profession. With APhA’s focus on advancing pharmacists’ patient care services and leadership development, it is very helpful to see how the college is approaching these two important areas at the grassroots level.”
– ANNE BURNS

“Being a member of DCC is an invaluable way of helping to make a difference and impact in the College of Pharmacy. I am able to keep abreast of the new curriculum, faculty and current issues impacting students and the college.”
– MARCIA NUSGART

“I enjoy the interaction with the faculty and staff and most importantly, the students. It gives me an opportunity to stay connected with what is happening in the practice of pharmacy and to see how it is evolving. It has been great to be able to take what I am hearing from the students and the faculty back to Meijer to better understand how we can learn from and partner with the colleges of pharmacy to improve
how we serve our customers.”
– RICK KEYES

“I am a big believer in service and serving on a nonprofit board, like DCC. It is an opportunity to share my time, talents and treasures in a way that I hope has created impact, influence and value to the college. It’s also beneficial to be able to broaden my connections and build valuable networks, gain experience on a breadth and depth of topics within the pharmacy discipline, and genuinely feel good about giving back to a college that has given so much to me over my life.”
 – ANDY VICK