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Dean's Message


The VCU School of Pharmacy has a nearly 120-year tradition beginning with the Medical College of Virginia and continuing to the present. Our school is dedicated to graduating outstanding future pharmacists and scientists who will improve human health, foster exemplary research and provide sustaining contributions to interprofessional patient care.

Our School of Pharmacy offers everything that is expected of a top pharmacy program, starting with faculty members who are among the best in the world and serve as leaders in their clinical and scientific disciplines. The school is an integral part of an academic medical center, with an emphasis on interprofessional education and training in health care models of the future. We have research programs in diverse areas such as medicinal chemistry and drug discovery, drug delivery, clinical sciences, health policy and outcomes.

Our program has an exceptional balance of practice and community engagement along with basic and applied pharmaceutical research. Recently, the school was recognized with AACP’s Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award. Also, many of our faculty members are funded by the NIH.

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers and positions of prominence within the profession, and our alumni are strong supporters of the school. We are fortunate to have the Inova Fairfax Hospital and the University of Virginia Health System as satellite sites where our students learn and train.

Our school offers a comprehensive package of education and training opportunities beginning with the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree and including combined, master’s (M.S.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) graduate programs in the pharmaceutical sciences. We also have well-established residency programs for further training in pharmacy practice, community pharmacy and other areas.

We are respectful of our traditions in pharmacy and mindful of the needs to serve society and to assure the best use of medications. Our faculty are always striving to improve health care through their research and service. If you visit the School of Pharmacy or enroll in a degree program, you will find people here who are committed to being the best with a focus on students and patient care.

Joseph T. DiPiro, Pharm.D.
Dean, VCU School of Pharmacy
Archie O. McCalley Chair

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