The Department of Pharmacy Practice includes faculty members who are licensed pharmacists and maintain clinical practices in their areas of expertise including ambulatory care, geriatrics, oncology, neurology, infectious diseases, HIV and internal medicine. Additionally, this department includes faculty who are accomplished researchers in health outcomes and pharmacoeconomics. Many faculty have advanced certifications in their respective fields and are active across a broad range of professional organizations. Faculty in the Department of Pharmacy Practice are responsible for teaching both required and elective Jefferson School of Pharmacy (JSP) courses related to the clinical and administrative sciences such as pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis and pharmacotherapy, physical assessment and clinical skills, drug information and literature evaluation, preventive healthcare and self-care, healthcare communications and patient counseling, healthcare delivery systems, pharmacoeconomics, medication safety and pharmacy law.
Experiential learning is at the core of the curriculum, and students have opportunities for real-world experience in a diverse number of practice settings through both the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs). The IPPEs take place during each semester of the first three years of the curriculum, while the APPEs occur during the student's final professional year. JSP students complete a total of twelve experiential courses in different pharmacy practice settings placed throughout the curriculum, each of which allows students to apply knowledge and skills being taught in the classroom. JSP students have hundreds of practice sites and preceptors from which to select their practice experiences, assuring that each student receives an individualized set of learning experiences consistent with their unique professional interests.
The department's state-of-the-art facilities include the Pharmacy Practice Simulation Center, a 3,000-square-foot facility which includes a Center for Informatics, a simulated community pharmacy, patient counseling areas and a sterile compounding area. A variety of active, lab-based activities have been conducted in this Pharmacy Practice Simulation Center that provide students with the opportunity to develop and apply skills in areas such as medication therapy management, immunization delivery, preparation of intravenous medications, patient counseling, chemotherapy preparation and handling, pharmaceutical care plan development, pharmacoeconomic modeling, drug information and literature evaluation.
Dr. Cynthia Sanoski is Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Sanoski is a nationally recognized clinical pharmacy specialist in the area of cardiovascular diseases, including cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure. She has published numerous articles and book chapters related to the management of various cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Sanoski has been active in a number of professional pharmacy organizations. In 2007, she was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. From 2009-2012, she served as the Treasurer and as a member of the Board of Regents of this organization. In 2010, Dr. Sanoski was the recipient of the Duquesne University Distinguished Alumnus Award. She is also a graduate of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Leadership Fellows Program.