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Strategic Plan


GOAL: Provide high quality, innovative education in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences

  • Strengthen inter-professional education collaborations and student experiences with other health professional schools
  • Incorporate state of the art pedagogies to enhance the student learning experience
  • Promote and deploy best practices in assessment
  • Develop online courses for enrolled pharmacy students and specialized online CE and certificate programs for current practitioners
  • Establish certificate and graduate programs that draw on current strengths in clinical and translational science

GOAL: Expand and enhance experiential education

  • Develop new partnerships with experiential education sites capable of offering General Medicine APPE and IPPE
  • Recruit clinical preceptors to meet current and future experiential education needs
  • Build inter-institutional collaborations that enhance scholarship and clinical practice opportunities for faculty

GOAL: Attract the best and brightest students to all of the school’s programs

  • Ensure SPPS admissions remain competitive, flexible, accessible and diverse
  • Ensure UB/SPPS Early Assurance Program remains a compelling recruitment mechanism


GOAL: Develop and implement innovative clinical practice models with healthcare partners

  • Create a committee with the directive of overseeing clinical practice initiatives (‘Clinical Practice Committee’)
  • Construct a shared vision between the school and key affiliate sites that fosters innovative clinical practice models
  • Establish and expand faculty-driven medication therapy management programs
  • Establish and expand pharmacist-provided immunization programs
  • Establish clinical practice models that focus on transitions of care in partnership with affiliate sites

GOAL: Increase the pharmacist’s scope of practice

  • Develop a pharmacy services corporation, enabling UB SPPS faculty to provide clinical services and translate best practices to the community
  • Partner with statewide organizations to promote and sustain legislation that increases the scope of pharmacy practice


GOAL: Increase externally-funded research

  • Increase submission of grant applications
  • Develop systematic, top-down approach to pursue programmatic grants
  • Increase success rate of grant applications
  • Develop SPPS information stream to educate PI’s on award options
  • Establish a seed funding program to promote new research and funding

GOAL: Improve UB’s reputation as an institution that develops leaders in pharmacy research

  • Establish a “Research Stars” program to provide a selected group of PharmD students to gain research expertise
  • Develop a sustainable funding model to support research training of PharmD students
  • Provide training and funding to enable faculty to advance basic science discoveries toward commercialization 

GOAL: Increase SPPS research and commercialization through industry partnerships and promotion of entrepreneurship

  • Establish new consortia to develop and foster areas of research focus, following CPT model
  • Develop on-campus research meetings to promote SPPS research

GOAL: Increase productivity in scholarship

  • Increase publications and presentations
  • Increase opportunities for faculty with significant clinical responsibilities to engage more effectively in research and scholarly activities


GOAL: Establish continued and sustainable health-related outreach activities that promote education and scholarship in our community, nationally and globally

  • Create a dedicated school-wide outreach team
  • Increase student involvement and awareness of healthcare issues in underserved populations
  • Establish a sustainable program in one globally underserved area
  • Establish a sustainable program in one underserved, community-based site
  • Create a sustainable and viable funding source to support service initiatives

GOAL: Provide the opportunity for participation and promote leadership in government, scientific and professional organizations

  • Provide the opportunity for leadership training internally and externally
  • Enhance involvement of faculty and students in professional and research organizations
  • Establish a funding model for ongoing support for faculty and students to attend and present at professional and research conferences
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