Educating Men & Women to Become Exceptional and Socially Responsible Pharmacists Regis University’s School of Pharmacy is committed to being the foremost school of pharmacy in the United States where students are encouraged and educated to become leaders in pharmacy practice, research, education and public service. Students graduate as professionals who are able to make a positive impact on the dramatically changing role of pharmacists in our transforming society by being knowledgeable, skillful and principled. They are educated for excellence in healthcare, evidenced not only by their understanding and abilities, but also by their quality of care, integrity, compassion, advocacy, service and leadership. To achieve these goals, faculty members implement a rigorous foundation in the pharmaceutical sciences, while offering innovative practice models and opportunities to explore novel applications of basic and clinical research. An emphasis on lifelong learning is exemplified throughout. MissionVision, Values & StrategiesCurriculum & Teaching Method To support the university’s mission, the mission of Regis University School of Pharmacy (SOP) is to educate men and women to become exceptional and socially responsible pharmacists. We commit to the Jesuit tradition of values-centered education focusing on personal development and leadership in the service of others, including the underserved. Through our commitment to team-based education, we develop knowledgeable, skillful, and principled practitioners. Our learners excel in critical thinking and communication skills and are prepared to improve and transform health care in a global community. We are committed to community engagement, professional leadership, and scholarly activities that contribute to the advancement of pharmacy education, pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmacy practice. Vision The School of Pharmacy’s vision is to educate graduates who will become leaders in the pharmacy profession, and who will excel in public service and interprofessional health care. We support this vision with faculty who excel in teaching, scholarship, and service, and by being the premier innovator in integrated team-based education. Values We hold the following core values: Integrity – Honesty, fairness, respect for individual worth Quality – Excellence, ability, reputation Initiative – Purpose, innovation, life-long learning Commitment – Justice, engagement, community Service – Spirituality, compassion, caring Leadership – Inspiration, collaboration, accomplishment Over-arching Strategies We commit ourselves to: Prepare professionals able to practice effectively in the changing health care environment. Encourage exploration of ethical issues, spiritual dimensions, and cultural differences. Provide educational opportunities that facilitate learning, critical thinking and effective communication. Promote a student-centered learning environment that respects the unique needs of the individual. Cultivate the development of leadership skills in service of others. Collaborate with the broader community to meet current and anticipated health care needs. Foster respect for human diversity. The pharmacy program is a four-year course of study from which students graduate with a doctoral Pharm.D. degree, the entry level degree into the pharmacy profession. Our Pharm.D. curriculum has been recognized for being both innovative and groundbreaking. It imparts a comprehensive foundation in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, social administrative, and clinical sciences by combining integrated content with Team-Based Learning. Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a relatively new teaching method in the field of pharmacy education that has a widespread history of proven success in medical and business schools. Unlike traditional teaching methods in which information is learned through a lecture format, in TBL students learn the discipline of pharmacy through a working group approach. They are divided into teams of five or six members who work together for an extended period of time to learn subject matter. Prior to class, study material is assigned to students for independent review. During class, they apply their gained knowledge to relevant activities with their teammates. The aspect of integrating course content throughout our pharmacy curriculum reinforces topic areas, giving our students a comprehensive and dynamic fund of knowledge by the time they graduate. Regis University School of Pharmacy is one of two pharmacy schools in the country currently using TBL as the primary teaching method, and it is the only pharmacy school combining integrated content with the TBL method. Experiential Program In addition to classroom instruction, the Pharm.D. program has an experiential component that provides students with a variety of learning situations where they receive hands-on experience under the guidance of professional preceptors in hospital and clinic settings. These settings often afford the opportunity to interact with diverse and multicultural patients, enhancing an appreciation for different cultures and perspectives. Students begin their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) in the second semester of their first year. Regis University School of Pharmacy enjoys enthusiastic and far-reaching support from the clinical community in the Denver metro area and beyond. Our students have been welcomed by the pharmacy community, and through their knowledge and professionalism have affirmed the confidence community leaders have placed in our program. In addition to practice experiences, service learning activities are integral components of our experiential program, allowing students community outreach both locally and abroad. See Service Learning for an in-depth look at this unique program.