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Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science

The Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science offers the PharmD program, residency opportunities, and the Center for Pediatric Experimental Therapeutics. 

The department was formed to meet the ever-evolving needs of the health care and education environments, making it one of the largest pharmacy practice departments in the country. The department aims to provide excellence in education, research, and patient care throughout the State of Tennessee.

 

Leadership

Richard HelmsThe American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) defines Clinical Pharmacy as a health science discipline in which pharmacists provide patient care that optimizes medication therapy and promotes health, wellness and disease prevention.  The practice of clinical pharmacy embraces the philosophy of pharmaceutical care; it blends a caring orientation with specialized therapeutic knowledge, experience, and judgment for the purpose of ensuring optimal patient outcomes.  As a discipline, clinical pharmacy also has an obligation to contribute to the generation of new knowledge that advances health and quality of life. 

Consistent with this definition, UTHSC College of Pharmacy faculty in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science is comprised of clinical practice faculty, clinical research faculty, and social/policy sciences faculty with diverse research and practice interests.  They provide didactic instruction, PharmD investigation in the PharmD curriculum and research, training and direct practice experiences to outstanding student pharmacists. 

This department was formed to meet the ever-evolving needs of the health care and education environments, making it one of the largest pharmacy practice departments in the country.  We aim to provide excellence in education, research, and patient care throughout the State of Tennessee. 

Richard A. Helms, PharmD, BS, BS
Professor and Chair 
Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Translational Science 
Professor of Pediatrics 
Co-Director, Center for Pediatric Experimental and Therapeutics

Mission

The mission of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science’s mission supports the achievement of University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s and College of Pharmacy mission of achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the health of the citizens of Tennessee and the region by:

  • Education - Leading the offering of educational programs (professional, post-graduate, and continuing pharmacy education) that produce knowledgeable, skilled, culturally competent, and caring pharmacists prepared to optimize clinical care and healthy lifestyles, and scholars prepared to conduct research;
  • Practice - Providing leadership in the practice of Pharmacy by the development and application of policies and practices that maximize the selection, safety, and effectiveness of medications and other therapeutic modalities on human health through independent and collaborative patient care practices;
  • Scholarship - Conducting an innovative program of discovery through competitive research and scholarship;
  • Outreach - Serving as an outreach resource on developments, policies and practices related to the safe, equitable, effective and cost-efficient use of medications for the benefit of the citizens, health care professionals, and policy-makers of Tennessee and beyond.
 Vision

The vision of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science is to serve as a model for pharmacy education, practice, research and outreach in Tennessee and beyond.

Core Values

In pursuing the mission of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science the faculty and staff are guided by these shared values, which are the foundation of its practices, spirit and culture:

  • Dedication to the pursuit of excellence in education and clinical care
  • Dedication to the profession of pharmacy
  • Dedication to our students and alumni
  • Dedication to the community
  • Active engagement in the profession, public service and outreach
  • Competitiveness in research
  • Professionalism
  • Mutual trust and respect
  • Intellectual honesty and academic integrity
  • Mutual responsibility and accountability
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Cultural diversity in our faculty, staff and student body
  • Continuous quality improvement
  • An orientation to the future
  • Development of leaders

 

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Last Published: Nov 28, 2017