UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
The mission of the University is to serve all the people of the state, and ultimately the nation, as a center for scholarship and creative endeavor. The University exists to expand the body of knowledge; to teach students at all levels in an environment of research, free inquiry, and personal responsibility; to improve the condition of human life through service and publication; and to enrich our culture.
To complement this mission, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has embarked upon an ambitious vision — that of a Bimodal School of Pharmacy — with the explicit goal of becoming the nation’s leading program in pharmacy education. The goal of a bimodal school is to achieve excellence in both sponsored research and the creation of progressive pharmaceutical care practices.
To fulfill this mission the School:
- prepares its students for entry into the practice of pharmacy in North Carolina as informed, caring, ethical, and enlightened citizens and professionals;
- advances the knowledge, expertise, and competence of pharmacists through postgraduate education;
- discovers, analyzes, applies, and communicates knowledge about pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical care through basic and applied research
- extends existing and newly acquired knowledge, knowledge-based services, and other resources of the School to meet local, state, national, and international needs.
In 2010, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy partnered with the University of North Carolina at Asheville and Mission Health System to expand the School’s doctor of pharmacy program to the area in an effort to address the pharmacist shortage in parts of western North Carolina by educating more pharmacists in the region. The satellite program, based at the UNC Asheville campus, welcomed its first class of seventeen in fall 2011 with plans to enroll up to forty students in the future. These students are based at UNC Asheville and receive classroom instructions from faculty at the Chapel Hill site via interactive, real-time video-teleconferencing technology, as well as from faculty based at Asheville. Upon completing all degree requirements, the students graduate with a doctor of pharmacy from UNC-Chapel Hill.
MAHEC’s mission is to train the next generation of healthcare professionals for Western North Carolina through quality healthcare, innovative education, and best practice models that can be replicated nationally.
We value Excellence, Innovation, Compassion, and Collaboration. We represent these values through: Quality Education, Innovative Ideas, Compassionate Care, Community Partnerships, and Professional Standards
Pharmacy Practice at MAHEC
Since 2001, clinical pharmacy services have been a mainstay at MAHEC. Five faculty pharmacists, one part-time pharmacist, and two pharmacy residents now serve as the team members responsible for managing drug therapy in collaboration with the physician. Pharmacists provide comprehensive medication management services in a variety of clinics, including Anticoagulation, Osteoporosis, Transitions of Care, Employee Wellness, and Pharmacotherapy. MAHEC patients see the pharmacist for many reasons including insulin titration, managing and accessing medications, device training, and Medicare Annual Wellness Visits. In the first four months of 2014, there were over 1,000 visits with a pharmacist at MAHEC. Our practice model is touted nationally both through publications and presentations, including at the meetings of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the American Pharmacists Association, and the National Osteoporosis Foundation. In 2014 alone, MAHEC pharmacists shared our practice model at the American Geriatrics Society, National AHEC Organization, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative meetings
Provider Shortage in Western North Carolina (WNC)
The provider shortage seen on a national level is also felt in WNC. Thirteen of the 16 counties that MAHEC serves are recognized as Medically Underserved Communities by HRSA.
In June 2014, MAHEC joined forces with Mission Medical Associates and other independent primary care practices in WNC to form Mission Health Partners, whose goal is to improve the cost and quality of care in WNC. Team-based care, as modeled by MAHEC, is heavily emphasized in this partnership and the expanded role of the pharmacist is integral to its success. The formation of this organization will create a need for specially trained Ambulatory Care pharmacists to establish clinical services in medical practices in this rural region. This innovative PGY2 residency strives to fill this need by embedding a resident into a medical practice that does not have pharmacy services with the goal of continuing pharmacy services once the residency is complete.