What makes the student experience at PCOM so rewarding? Below are some of the top
reasons to consider a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education at PCOM School of Pharmacy.
1. Strong interprofessional training to prepare for a career in collaborative healthcare
Pharmacists are trained to function cooperatively with healthcare professionals to
maximize health outcomes. Pharmacists provide optimal management of medication for
chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension and many others. The collaboration
of healthcare professionals, such as physicians and pharmacists, can help to ensure
that patients properly take their medications as prescribed and avoid any harmful
effects. PCOM School of Pharmacy students receive extensive interprofessional training with medical, physical therapy and nurse practitioner students throughout all four
years of the program.
2. Depth, breadth and quality in experiential education
PCOM prepares students for post-graduate careers through high-quality hands-on pharmacy
practice experiences. Our Office of Experiential Education provides students with everything they need from site procurement, student placement,
scheduling and point of contact support. PCOM provides over 1,600 hours of experiential
training in over 40 different areas of pharmacy practice in the greater Atlanta metro
area, across the state of Georgia and other parts of the United States and Puerto
3. Options to customize your PharmD education
PCOM School of Pharmacy provides students with options to customize their education.
Our concentrations in the third professional year of the PharmD program allow students to tailor their elective experiences to their own unique interests
by developing a specialized range of expertise and skills in multiple areas of pharmacy
practice including medical cannabis, ambulatory care, acute care, managed care and nuclear pharmacy.
4. Dual degree and additional training opportunities to prepare for an evolving workforce
PCOM students and alumni can add to their traditional pharmacy education through enrollment
in our dual degree and certificate programs in business administration, pharmaceutical marketing, health informatics and public health. Additional training and education give PCOM graduates an edge in a competitive and
dynamic job market.
5. Outstanding teaching laboratories and simulation technology prepare students for
PCOM School of Pharmacy’s modern facilities and educational technology provide students
with the opportunity to learn and develop skills on campus so they are well prepared
for experiential training. PCOM’s modern teaching laboratories are the perfect educational environment to train students in the practical skills
they need to become pharmacists. The PCOM Georgia Simulation Center utilizes standardized patients and human patient simulators so students can practice
clinical skills, develop crucial communication abilities, and demonstrate achievement
of clinical competence prior to entering fourth-year rotations.
6. A commitment to diversity
As a nationally recognized leader in supporting diversity in higher education, PCOM
provides a welcoming and dynamic learning environment that supports and promotes an environment of mutual respect for all members of the campus
7. Research opportunities to build knowledge and skills
Basic science and clinical research and scholarship activities are important ways
in which students can build upon a curricular knowledge base. PCOM students are actively involved in research, including research electives, work study opportunities and faculty and preceptor
8. Student education and development through a commitment to community service
The PCOM School of Pharmacy mission includes service to our surrounding community. PCOM’s Co-Curricular and Service Learning Programs allow students to extend learning beyond the classroom and into the community at
large. These programs are designed for students to develop skills such as leadership,
cultural sensitivity, self-awareness, professionalism, innovation and service orientation
through a range of educational, direct and indirect patient care events and other
general community service events.
9. A PGY-1 residency program to develop strong clinical practitioners
The 12-month PCOM School of Pharmacy Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY-1) Residency Program prepares residents for careers as clinical pharmacists or in academia. In partnership
with WellStar North Fulton, residents will have opportunities to educate other healthcare
professionals, patients and students.
10. An immersive learning environment
By creating an interactive learning environment, PCOM School of Pharmacy faculty are helping students retain information, develop
critical-thinking skills and prepare for clinical experiences. This immersive learning
model of instruction allows instructors to make complicated concepts easier to understand
by utilizing real-world, engaging scenarios.
11. A small "family" atmosphere
Our small class sizes provide opportunities for students to engage with our expert faculty. This student-centric, personalized approach creates a "family" atmosphere for our
students—a home away from home.
12. Regional health systems partners for our introductory and advanced rotations
At PCOM School of Pharmacy, we have strong partnerships with world-class regional
health systems and teaching hospitals including WellStar, Northeast Georgia Health
Systems, Emory, Piedmont and Northside Hospital. We also provide students with the
opportunity to do some or all of their fourth-year rotations at home.
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