The University of Rhode Island Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
As I participated in the commencement ceremony for the URI College of Pharmacy Class of 2014, I couldn’t help but think back to my own 1982 graduation from URI. That diploma from over three decades ago proved to be quite valuable. Over the years, I have realized that the value of that degree from URI is not so much a function of the quality of my University back in 1982, but a reflection of the quality of our programs and our graduates NOW.
At the URI Distinguished Achievement Award ceremony on Oct. 25, Paul Hastings ’84 received a 2014 Presidential Award for his professional achievements, leadership, and community service. Hastings is chairman and chief executive officer of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, a leader in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries for more than 20 years. In addition, two College of Pharmacy graduates, Anthony Palmieri III ’71, M.S. ’73, Ph.D., Jean-Marie Pflomm Pharm.D. ’96, were recognized with the DAA Dean’s Award.
The College is engaged in active assessment of all of its academic programs. We continuously collect and analyze data so that we can demonstrate that our programs are meeting expectations of both internal and external stakeholders. As of the end of August, 99% of the graduates had passed their NAPLEX boards and 96% had passed law exams. This year, law exams were taken in 17 different states!
Rhode Island has one of the highest opioid overdose rates in the country, but the University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy is playing a key role in helping to reverse that trend. Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Jeffrey Bratberg and Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Kelly Orr have led efforts to make an anti-overdose drug more accessible to Rhode Islanders.
Turning gold into nanoparticles, and other summer fun for students enrolled in biomedical science initiative led by URI
In a lab on the second floor of the University of Rhode Island’s pharmacy building, Rhode Island College student Sarah Bilida holds a clear plastic tray of thimble-sized cups of bacteria. Some of the cups are bright purple – the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria is thriving. And because of a federally backed research program led by URI, Bilidia and college students across the state may have thriving careers in biomedical research.
The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy gratefully acknowledges the alumni, corporations, faculty, foundations, friends, students and parents whose gifts have been received by the College between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.
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