The Dell Pediatric Research Institute opened in April providing a college home to new faculty researchers including Dr. John diGiovanni, who specializes in the field of childhood cancers, and Dr. Rong Cui,who studies non invasive delivery of vaccines.
The college implemented changes to the Pharm.D. curriculum including a restructuring of classes and the addition of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences.
The college partnered with the Austin Technology Incubator and the City of Austin to create the UTech Dorm Room, a venture that provides laboratory space for entrepreneurs to develop life-science technologies.
Patrick Davis and Arlyn Kloesel were among faculty members named to Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards for 2010.
Julieta Scalo and Kelly Daniels become the first two students to enroll in the college’s new Ph.D. Program in Translational Sciences, a cooperative program involving UT Austin and three other University of Texas System institutions. The program trains scientists to move health and medical discoveries from the research laboratory to the patient at a faster pace. Dr. Chris Frei is one of the key faculty members leading the program.
The college delved into the world of massive open online courses (MOOCs) with the launch of Take Your Medicine. The 13-week course was offered through edX, a non-profit consortium representing the world’s top programs of higher education and was developed by Dr. Janet Walkow, executive director and chief technology officer of the college’s Drug Dynamics Institute. More than 23,000 students worldwide enrolled in the course.
The college participated in the revolution of education by flipping Pharmaceutics I from a lecture-focused to an active learning experience. Drs. Bill Williams and Hugh Smyth led the teaching team for the program that was universally well received by students.
The college also joined the rest of the university community in anticipating the country’s first medical school to be established at a tier-one university in decades. The Dell Medical School was announced as anticipating its first class to begin in Fall 2016.
In the greater Austin area, three of four low income senior citizens faced a hard choice during the past year – pay for food or pay for medical care. Students and faculty from pharmacy, nursing, social work, communication, and dentistry had a chance to walk a mile in the shoes of some of their future patients and clients at the Poverty Simulation, an inter professional education event designed to teach participants about disparities in living conditions within a community. The event was hosted by the college.
A new class aimed at building a collaborative team approach to healthcare launches in September. The class, with students representing nursing, medicine, pharmacy and social work and team led by faculty from each of these disciplines seeks to help students understand the unique contributions of each discipline to successful healthcare. The college’s interprofessional education initiative is directed by Dr. Veronica Young with participation from several pharmacy faculty.