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Community Practice


The Community Pharmacy Practice Program was created in 1994 to develop a focus for the VCU School of Pharmacy in community pharmacy practice. The VCU School of Pharmacy has been a leader in recognizing the role of community pharmacy practice faculty. A majority of the VCU student pharmacists choose community pharmacy practice as their career entry. The community pharmacy practice faculty members serve as role models for the future of community pharmacy practice.

Mission

The Community Pharmacy Practice Program is dedicated to enhancing community pharmacy practice through teaching, service and scholarship.

Vision

The VCU School of Pharmacy Community Pharmacy Practice Program will be a nationally recognized leader for providing patient care in the community pharmacy setting.

Goals

  • Develop an innovative, replicable practice model for the community pharmacy setting that establishes a standard of practice.
  • Develop a nationally recognized community pharmacy practice-based research program.
  • Doctor of Pharmacy Students will be among the nation’s best prepared pharmacists for providing patient care in the community pharmacy practice setting.
  • Enhance the knowledge and competencies of practicing pharmacists and patient care associates to deliver patient care to community pharmacy patients.
  • Develop a residency, fellowship, and graduate program that is nationally recognized for producing pharmacists/scholars with expertise as clinicians/educators in community pharmacy practice.

Faculty

Dr. Kelly Goode is the Director of the Community Pharmacy Practice Program and the Director of the Community Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. She spent the past 10 years developing enhanced patient care services at the Martin’s Pharmacy sites.

Dr. Sharon Gatewood joined the Community Pharmacy Practice Program in the Fall of 2006. She is currently working with immunizations, pre-travel health, medication therapy management and diabetes at the Martin’s Pharmacy practice sites. She is the faculty coordinator for the Advanced Community Pharmacy Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience at Martin’s Pharmacy. In addition, she is the primary preceptor for the Community Pharmacy Practice Resident.

Clinical Service

Community pharmacy practice faculty are innovators and leaders in developing patient care services in the community pharmacy setting. The faculty practice in a variety of chain pharmacy settings. The Program has partnerships with Bremo, Buford, Kroger, Jefferson, and Martin’s Pharmacy.


Teaching

The community pharmacy practice faculty members provide extensive didactic teaching throughout the curriculum. Community pharmacy practice faculty members coordinate the following courses: Pharmacy Ethics, Self-Medication Awareness and Community Health, Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery, Entrepreneurial Pharmacy and Independent Practice. Other course community pharmacy practice faculty members teach in include Pharmacotherapy, Integrated Therapeutics, Introduction to Research, Introduction to Pharmacy, Pharmacy Communications, Drug Analysis, Advanced Nursing Practice: Pharmacotherapeutics, and M4 Update Course.

The community pharmacy practice faculty members precept Doctor of Pharmacy students and community pharmacy practice residents (see the section on postgraduate training).

Scholarship

Scholarly activities for the community pharmacy practice focus in two primary areas: practice-based research and teaching.  The community pharmacy practice faculty members have developed a Community Pharmacy Practice-Based Research Network for development and enhancement of scholarship activities.

Dr. Kelly Goode is interested in community pharmacy practice-based research especially in the areas of immunizations and medication therapy management.

Dr. Sharon Gatewood’s scholarship/research interests include immunizations, travel health, wellness and prevention and MTM.

Advisory Board Appointments

Dr. Kelly Goode is a specialty consultant for Pharmacist’s Letter/Prescriber’s Letter.

Dr. Kelly Goode is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association

Service

Community pharmacy practice faculty members are extensively involved with School, University, Professional, and Community Service.  Community pharmacy practice faculty members participate in the following School and University committees: Admissions, Curriculum, and Scholarship and Awards.

Community pharmacy faculty are members of the following professional organizations:

  • Virginia Pharmacists Association
  • American Pharmacists Association
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Community pharmacy practice faculty members are involved with community organizations and community service including the following:

  • American Diabetes Association
  • Project Immunize Virginia
  • American Heart Association

Additionally, community pharmacy practice faculty members donate time to several indigent clinics including Crossover Clinic, Richmond High Blood Pressure Clinic, and the Daily Planet Clinic.

Postgraduate Training

Community Pharmacy Practice Residency

Awards

Community practice faculty members have received the following awards:

  • American Pharmacists Association Community Pharmacy Excellence in Precepting Award
  • Virginia Pharmacists Association Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award
  • Presentation Merit Award, Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, American Pharmacists Association
  • VCU Distinguished Service Award
  • VCU School of Pharmacy Teaching Excellence Award
  • American Pharmacists Association Distinguished Achievement Award in Clinical Pharmacotherapeutic Practice.

Community pharmacy practice sites have received the following awards:

  • American Pharmacists Association Foundation’s Pinnacle Award
  • National Partnerships in Immunization Non-traditional Immunization Partner Award
  • Drug Topics Chain Pharmacy of the Year