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Peers and colleagues thank DiPiro for eight years as dean

Colleagues, friends and peers gathered at the Smith Building last week to say thank you to Joseph T. DiPiro, Pharm.D., for eight years of leadership as dean of the School of Pharmacy. DiPiro is stepping aside as dean but plans to continue teaching and will serve as associate vice president of faculty affairs. A nationwide […]

Dean’s search update — June 10, 2022

Search firm and initial meeting VCU has retained executive search firm WittKieffer to assist in hiring the next dean of the School of Pharmacy. The search committee met on June 2; Art Kellermann, senior vice president for VCU Health Sciences and CEO of VCU Health System, provided the charge. At that meeting the committee discussed: […]

Graduate Awards celebrate research, scholarship, service

The 2022 Graduate Awards luncheon recognized success among the SoP’s graduate students. In his keynote speech, Dean Joseph DiPiro, Pharm.D., told the audience of students, faculty and staff, “We are in the right field. There is a lot of need and a lot of opportunity in pharmacy.”   A highlight was the presentation of the first […]

Dean search update: May 20, 2022

Dear School of Pharmacy Faculty and Staff: I am Jean Giddens, dean of the VCU School of Nursing, and am delighted to serve as chair of the search committee for the next dean of the School of Pharmacy. My interest in leading a successful search is fueled by a deep commitment to the mission of […]

“You are resilient,” Class of ’22 is told at first Hooding and Diploma Ceremony since 2019

By Greg WeatherfordVCU School of Pharmacy An air of celebration and excitement accompanied the School of Pharmacy’s 2022 Hooding and Diploma Ceremony — even more than usual for an event like this. As several speakers noted, and as all recognized, this was the first such celebration to be held in person by the school since […]

School receives top awards as ‘diversity drives excellence’ at 2022 PACME ceremony

“Each PACME winner is an exemplar of the power of relationships.” By Amanda HeymannVCU University Public Affairs Kelechi (K.C.) Ogbonna, Pharm.D., associate dean for admissions and student services in the School of Pharmacy, received the Riese-Melton Award, given each year for contributions made in advancing cross-cultural relations, at the 2022 Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment awards […]

Ferguson brings focus on health equity to Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellowship

Amanda Ferguson, Pharm.D., has been named the American College of Clinical Pharmacy-American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Virginia Commonwealth University Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow for 2022-23. This fellowship offers pharmacists an opportunity to gain insight into health care policy analysis and development through immersion in the congressional environment. Over the course of the year, fellows are mentored in legislative […]

From technology to patient care, alums from the Class of 1972 reflect on the last 50 years

Ahead of their 50th SoP reunion, Preston Hale and Empsy Munden share where their careers have taken them and how the profession has changed.  By Leah Small  A few years after graduating from the VCU School of Pharmacy in 1972 — when it was still common to use a manual type writer to label prescriptions […]

Opioids and HIV: The mystery of the ‘bouncer’ in the brain

By Greg WeatherfordVCU SoP News The opioid epidemic that has devastated families and lives across the U.S. in the past decade has brought along with it another deadly problem: HIV. The two conditions have long been intertwined. As the use and misuse of opioids has increased and spread, rates of HIV have as well. To make […]

What I like about pharmacy

For American Pharmacists Month, we asked some of our faculty leaders what they value about pharmacy. Their responses are as varied as the career options available to pharmacists.

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