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University of Iowa News Release

May 16, 2006

Pharmacy Residency Program In Community Care Reaccredited

A University of Iowa College of Pharmacy residency program in community-based pharmacy practice has been reaccredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

The six-year accreditation, which was formally approved in late April, was based on an ASHP-APhA report following a survey and site visit conducted last fall. The College of Pharmacy program is the first in the nation to be reaccredited.

The 12-month residency program, established in 1997 and administered through the college's Division of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy, develops graduate pharmacists' clinical skills in community pharmacy settings. Pharmacy residents spend time providing patient care; develop, implement or sustain pharmaceutical care services at the community pharmacy; and participate in ways to better understand or facilitate changes in pharmacy practice.

Although a pharmacy practice residency is not required following completion of the college's doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program, the residency is valuable to many College of Pharmacy graduates, noted Jay Currie, Pharm.D., UI clinical professor and director of the residency program.

"By continuing their education in an advanced practice pharmacy, residents gain knowledge, skills and experience in both patient care and practice innovation that usually takes many years to acquire in practice," Currie said.

Seven community pharmacies in eastern Iowa serve as residency sites for the program: A Avenue Pharmacy and Hy-Vee Pharmacy in Cedar Rapids; Main at Locust Pharmacy in Davenport; Mercy Family Pharmacy in Dubuque; Osterhaus Pharmacy in Maquoketa; Shepley Pharmacy in Mount Vernon; and Liberty Pharmacy in North Liberty.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, mailto:david-pedersen@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu.