We will lead schools of pharmacy by demonstrating and shaping the future of pharmacy practice, integrative research and educational excellence.
Message from the Dean
For more than 100 years, the USC School of Pharmacy has sparked innovation and excellence in pharmaceutical education, research and practice. As society and the profession have evolved over the past century, we have created forward-looking educational programs, established a national model of clinical pharmacy through our work serving at-risk communities, advanced therapies that have yielded tangible improvements in people’s lives, and helped pioneer the transition of the pharmacist’s role from a dispenser of medicines to a direct provider of patient care.
Now, as healthcare reform in the United States creates an unprecedented opportunity to reduce costs and increase access, the School is seizing the moment to redefine the pharmacist’s role in improving patient treatment and outcomes. We helped lead the charge in California’s passage of Senate Bill 493, which gives pharmacists provider status and allows them to ease the burden on physicians while enhancing care.
With this statewide victory for patients and providers achieved, the School is uniquely positioned to guide such transformation at the national level. USC is home to the only pharmacy school that spans the entire spectrum of pharmaceutical development and clinical service — from drug discovery to regulatory approaches for safely moving drugs and medical devices to market, from the delivery of care in diverse settings to the evaluation of the impact of care on patient outcomes as well as healthcare costs.
The building blocks are in place. Our clinical faculty members are forging new paths and identifying best practices in diverse care environments. We have received major grants from the National Institutes of Health for the development of significant discoveries in cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, and from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to ensure the safe and optimal use of medications and to develop innovations for enhancing patient outcomes while curtailing costs. We offer pace-setting master’s degree programs that are equipping working professionals with new skills to excel in the changing marketplace. And our partnership in the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics is yielding evidence-based research on the value of pharmacists’ contributions to collaborative practice as well as a host of other issues that inform policy and will guide the future of health care.
But the window of opportunity is narrow. We must act now.
That is why the USC School of Pharmacy is embarking on a $100 million initiative that will generate crucial resources for faculty and research, academic and professional priorities, scholarships, and capital enhancements. I invite you to join us in ensuring that the School continues to set standards in education, research and clinical practice in the decades ahead.
R. Pete Vanderveen, PhD, RPh
John Stauffer Dean’s Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences