FORT WORTH, Texas— Pharmacy students from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Amarillo will soon be completing their clinical rotations in Fort Worth, thanks to a new agreement with the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
The affiliation agreement establishes the UNT Health Science Center as a clinical site for students earning their Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degrees. Beginning this fall, Tech pharmacy students will do clinical rotations with health science center residents and students at JPS Health Network’s Diamond Hill clinic and several Fort Worth hospitals, including John Peter Smith, Cook Children’s and Harris Methodist.
“The students will get to experience both an ambulatory setting and the more traditional hospital-based rotation,” said Deborah Blackwell, DO, associate dean for clinical and health affairs.
As part of a physician-led team, these pharmacists-in-training will provide insight into each patient’s medications, as well as information on cost-effective alternatives that can produce the same results as more expensive medicines.
“This gives both the medical and pharmacy students experience in working within a team environment,” Dr. Blackwell said. “The pharmacy students will work directly with the physicians and consult with patients on potential drug interactions, side effects, etc.”
Two full-time faculty from Texas Tech will be on-site at the health science center to supervise the PharmD students, administer the program and develop the educational program within TCOM’s curriculum.
The affiliation will expand the opportunities for health science center faculty, residents and students to become more knowledgeable about interacting with pharmacists in providing complete patient care, as well.
Texas Tech operates several regional campuses for its School of Pharmacy, including one in Dallas. Arthur Nelson Jr., RPh, PhD, is dean of Tech’s pharmacy school, while Nicholas Blanchard, PharmD, serves as interim regional dean.
“We’re excited to expand the number of training sites for our students,” Dr. Blanchard said. “This allows us to introduce more pharmacists to the Dallas-Fort Worth community and hopefully alleviate the continuing shortage of pharmacists in the area.”
The relationship between the two institutions is likely to expand to include other educational programs in the future.
“We’re now discussing dual accreditation of their residency programs and shared rotational sites for student clerkships,” Dr. Blackwell said.
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