Mission and Goals
PCOM School of Pharmacy

Vision Statement

We strive to be recognized as a national leader in educating doctors of pharmacy which influence and impact health. The school of pharmacy will be known for our academic excellence and leadership, and our graduates will be highly visible locally and nationally and engaged in advancing the profession of pharmacy.

Mission Statement

PCOM School of Pharmacy (SOP) is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of diverse communities in society by training student learners to become collaborative healthcare team members, advocates and leaders in pharmacy. The SOP achieves its mission through advancement of contemporary pharmacy practice, interprofessional education, patient-centered care, innovative research, a commitment to service, and lifelong personal and professional development.

Metrics of Success

  1. Attraction and recruitment of student learners with the commitment and capability to advance the profession of pharmacy
  2. On-time graduation of students enrolled in the PharmD program
  3. Graduates are employed in the field of their choice immediately upon graduation
  4. Faculty and staff are committed and motivated to the success of PCOM
  5. Continued growth of community partnerships with the capacity for shared contributions in human health and wellness
  6. Evidence of leadership and innovation in the advancement of the pharmacy profession and human health
  7. Graduates are engaged alumni and leaders of the pharmacy profession who would choose PCOM again

Core Values

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Collaboration/Teamwork
  • Innovation
  • Excellence
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
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Our Goals

Graduate Learning Outcomes (GLOs)

The PCOM School of Pharmacy seeks to prepare generalist, entry-level pharmacists who are able to deliver high-quality pharmaceutical care. The curriculum has been designed to prepare students to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes enabling them to contribute towards the changing healthcare environment. Specific goals of the curriculum are to provide:

Foundations for Practice
  • Foundational Knowledge – Integrate, and apply knowledge from biomedical, pharmaceutical, social/behavioral/administrative, and clinical sciences to evaluate scientific literature, explain drug action, solve therapeutic problems, and advance population health and patient-centered care.
  • Self-Directed Learner – Take initiative in diagnosing learning needs, formulating learning goals, identifying resources for learning, choosing appropriate learning approaches, and evaluating learning outcomes as part of a personal program of continuous professional development.
Practice Essentials
  • Patient-Centered Care – Provide patient-centered care as the medication expert.
  • Medication-Use Systems Management – Manage patient healthcare needs to optimize the safety and efficacy of medication use systems.
  • Health and Wellness – Design prevention, intervention, and educational strategies for individuals and communities to manage chronic disease and improve health and wellness.
  • Population-Based Care – Describe how population-based care influences patient- centered care and influences the development of practice guidelines and evidence-based best practices.
  • Evidence-Based Pharmacy Practice – Integrate evidence-based medicine principles by valuing input from patients, families and communities.
Practice Approach
  • Problem Solving – Identify problems; explore and prioritize potential strategies; and design, implement, and evaluate a viable solution.
  • Educator – Educate all audiences by determining the most effective and enduring ways to impart information and assess understanding.
  • Patient Advocacy – Assure that patients’ best interests are represented.
  • Interprofessional Collaboration – Actively participate and engage as a healthcare team member by demonstrating mutual respect, understanding, and values to meet patient care needs.
  • Cultural Sensitivity – Recognize social determinants of health to diminish disparities and inequities in access to quality care.
  • Communication – Effectively communicate verbally, nonverbally and paraverbally when interacting with an individual, group, or organization.
Self Development
  • Self-Awareness – Examine and reflect on personal knowledge, skills, abilities, beliefs, motivation, biases, and emotions that could enhance or limit personal and professional growth.
  • Leadership – Demonstrate responsibility for creating and achieving shared goals, regardless of position.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Engage in innovative activities by using creative thinking to envision better ways of accomplishing professional goals.
  • Professionalism – Exhibit behaviors and values consistent with the trust given to the profession by patients, healthcare providers, and society.

Our program incorporates active learning, interdisciplinary education and problem solving skills, affording our students the ability to practice in an ever-changing and lifelong learning profession. Students will also be exposed and encouraged to gain specialized training in residency or fellowship programs to prepare them for careers in other areas such as specialized clinical practice, research, pharmaceutical industry or academia.

Research Goals

All faculty members are expected to engage in scholarship consistent with the School of Pharmacy’s mission and expand the scientific knowledge associated with the practice of pharmacy and medicine. In its didactic and experiential curriculum, the School of Pharmacy seeks to provide exposure to students in many different aspects of pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical sciences, including clinical and basic research. Students will be instructed on the use of research in establishing evidence-based medicine and exposed to critical evaluation of clinical research publications.

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Service and Practice Goals

One of the School of Pharmacy’s goals is to attract students from Georgia and the Southeast region to help reduce the shortage of readily accessible health care providers in this region. Given pharmacists are in a unique position to assist in the care of medically underserved patients and collaborate with physicians and other healthcare providers to expand the scope of pharmacy practice, our students will be trained to perform duties as a key member of the healthcare team, provide cost-effective health care and improve patients’ quality of life.