Pharmacy residency program accreditation extended

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists grants status through 2013

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Commission on Credentialing voted to extend accreditation of the postgraduate pharmacy residency program at Millcreek Community Hospital and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine through 2013. The commission arrived at its decision based on a thorough review of the residency program’s progress report.

“For our residency program to be acknowledged as deserving of continued accreditation speaks to the successful leadership of Millcreek Community Hospital and the entire Millcreek Health System in forwarding the pharmacy profession,” said Hershey Bell, M.D., M.S., Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the LECOM School of Pharmacy. “Our residency program contributes to the advancement and expansion of the pharmacist’s responsibility to serve patients in a clinical setting and to become a larger partner in the overall health care of patients.”

The Pharmacy Practice Residency is a 12-month program established to meet the goals of general practitioners according ASHP standards. The residency provides a substantial teaching component as well as the opportunity to work with health care professionals in an interdisciplinary, multiple practice environment. A large focus of the residency program is spent in academia and teaching because of the association with LECOM’s College of Medicine and School of Pharmacy, as well as a Community / Teaching hospital (MCH).

“The extension of this accreditation makes the residency program much more attractive to pharmacy students looking for residencies,” said Tim Zurn, R.Ph., residency program director. “It speaks to the commitment that MCH and LECOM School of Pharmacy have in terms of advancing the education of our pharmacy students, especially the commitment of the faculty, staff and administration of Millcreek Community Hospital and LECOM.”

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida, LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals. Prepare yourself for medicine as your life’s profession.

April 22, 2010
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