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Department of Pharmacy Practice 
PCOM School of Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy Practice furthers the mission of the PCOM School of Pharmacy by educating and training caring, competent and proactive pharmacists who contribute to the health and well-being of the residents and to support the needs of the underserved of Georgia, the Southeast region and society at-large.

The mission of the Department of Pharmacy Practice is to provide clinical and social administrative education that advances knowledge and skills through innovative and evidence-based approaches, as well as advance research and scholarship, deliver quality patient-centered care and provide service to the PCOM School of Pharmacy, the College and local community.

Learn more about the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at PCOM Georgia.

Teaching Goals
  • Collect and analyze data on active learning and critical thinking techniques and incorporate this data into didactic and experiential teaching.
  • Implement and document innovative teaching strategies that promote the scholarship of teaching.
  • Provide varied learning opportunities through the Managed Care, Acute Care, Ambulatory Care, Medical Cannabis and Nuclear Pharmacy elective concentrations.
  • Continually improve the quality of preceptor training events and continuing education seminars.
  • Expand the number, diversity—and enhance the quality of—experiential education sites.
  • Develop an improved plan for conducting existing on-site experiential education site visits.
  • Implement and monitor faculty development plans to be consistent with PCOM’s Strategic Plan.
  • Expand the teaching certificate offered by our ASHP-accredited PGY-1 residency training program with Wellstar North Fulton.
  • Develop new post-graduate training opportunities for our students in collaboration with key hospital and industry partners.
Scholarship Goals
  • Publish in reputable and appropriate journals.
  • Present abstracts and research presentations at local, state and national and/or international scientific and professional meetings.
  • Expand interdisciplinary collaboration with researchers in other departments, colleges and universities.
  • Pursue grants through federal agencies, foundations, corporations and industry.
  • Engage and grow student participation in scholarly activities.
Pharmacy Practice and Service Goals
  • Support and promote student and faculty engagement and leadership in regional, national and/or international professional organizations.
  • Develop and maintain pharmacy practice opportunities that serve the local, state and global communities by engaging faculty and students in patient-centered care activities.
  • Increase involvement in providing primary health care services to the underserved communities throughout Georgia.
  • Create and promote community partnerships between the institution and community.

Department of Pharmacy Practice
625 Old Peachtree Road, NW
Suwanee, GA 30024

John Tovar, PharmD
Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Associate Professor



The Department of Pharmacy Practice focuses on creating and disseminating scientific knowledge about the effective, safe and economical use of medications.


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Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
Pharmacy Practice Residency
PCOM School of Pharmacy

Department Faculty

Shari Allen, PharmD, BCPP portrait

Shari Allen, PharmD, BCPP

Associate Professor

Phone: 678-407-7372


Kimberly Barefield, PharmD, MHA portrait

Kimberly Barefield, PharmD, MHA

Associate Professor

Phone: 678-407-7334


Irandokht Khaki, PharmD, MS portrait

Irandokht Khaki, PharmD, MS

Patient Care Simulation Coordinator
Assistant Professor

Phone: 678-407-7360


Julia Lees, PharmD, BCACP portrait

Julia Lees, PharmD, BCACP

Assistant Professor
Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist

Phone: 215-871-6329


Hua Ling, PharmD, MS, BCCP, BCPS, AACC, CLS portrait

Hua Ling, PharmD, MS, BCCP, BCPS, AACC, CLS

Associate Professor

Phone: 678-407-7375


Shirin Madzhidova, PharmD portrait

Shirin Madzhidova, PharmD

Assistant Professor

Phone: 678-407-7333


Edo-Abasi McGee, PharmD, BCPS portrait

Edo-Abasi McGee, PharmD, BCPS

Associate Professor

Phone: 678-407-7370


Sara Reece, PharmD, BC-ADM, CDCES, BCACP, FADCES, FCCP portrait


Assistant Dean of Student and Professional Affairs
Director of Interprofessional Education, School of Pharmacy
Associate Professor

Phone: 678-407-7364


Brent Rollins, PhD, RPh portrait

Brent Rollins, PhD, RPh

Associate Professor

Phone: 678-407-7352


Essie Samuel, PharmD, BCPS portrait

Essie Samuel, PharmD, BCPS

Associate Professor

Phone: 678-407-7367


Sonia Thomas, PharmD, BCOP (Formerly Sonia Patel) portrait

Sonia Thomas, PharmD, BCOP (Formerly Sonia Patel)

Director of PCOM School of Pharmacy Residency Program
Associate Professor

Phone: 678-407-7378


John Tovar, PharmD portrait

John Tovar, PharmD

Associate Professor and Chair

Phone: 678-407-7357


Julie Wickman, PharmD portrait

Julie Wickman, PharmD

Assistant Dean of Clinical and Experiential Affairs
Associate Professor

Phone: 678-407-7356