The Doctor of Pharmacy Commencement Ceremony was held on Friday, May 29, 2015 at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia.
Victor A. Yanchick, PhD, delivered the keynote address for GA-PCOM’s second graduating class for the Doctor of Pharmacy program.
Yanchick is the Dean Emeritus and Senior Executive Director of the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where he served as Dean and Professor of the School of Pharmacy for 18 years. Dr. Yanchick has been a major force nationally in supporting curricular reform and has been a leader in promoting geriatrics and interprofessional education, having given more than 250 invited presentations to professional groups and conferences. He was presented the Parenteral Drug Association Research Award twice - once for his work on drug/plastics interactions and again for his work on the use of low molecular weight dextrans in endotoxic shock.
Before his long-standing employment at VCU, Dr. Yanchick served 11 years as Dean and Professor of Pharmacy at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy. He began his academic career at the University of Texas at Austin where he served as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Executive Associate Dean.
Dr. Yanchick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and a Master of Science degree in Hospital Pharmacy from the University of Iowa before completing one of the first American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited residency programs at the University Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Yanchick earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University and taught the School’s first clinical pharmacy course.
Dr. Yanchick was elected to the National Academies of Practice. He was appointed as a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) Commission to Implement Change in Pharmacy Education. He then served three terms on the AACP Board of Directors where he was elected Chair of the Council of Deans in 2005 and President of the AACP in 2008.