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College’s Community Residency Program Achieves Accreditation

Published on 27 May 2015

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the only institution in the region that can offer an accredited community pharmacy residency to new graduates, thanks to a recent vote by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

“A community pharmacy residency is the ideal way to expand the pharmacists’ knowledge in order to help patients,” says Jack Burke, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, professor and associate dean for post-graduate education. “ASHP accreditation means we’re achieving some very high standards.”

The College’s multi-site residency program is based at three partner institutions: L&S Pharmacy in Charleston, Mo.; Schnucks Pharmacy and Walgreens Pharmacy, both in St. Louis.

“We specifically chose to work with these partners for their devotion to their patients and history of innovation,” says Nicole Gattas, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice and residency program director. “Community pharmacists are the most accessible health care team members. They’re an amazing resource and advocate for their patients.”

Richard Logan, Pharm.D., is the site coordinator at L&S Pharmacy. David Chism ’94 is the site coordinator at Schnucks, and Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., BCACP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, is the site coordinator at Walgreens.

“Residents often help implement new or expand current patient care services at their residency site,” says Gattas. “The direct result is a better experience for the patient, and for all of the resident’s future patients.”

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