Clinical Pharmacy is defined by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy as “that area of pharmacy concerned with the science and practice of rational medication use.” Consistent with this definition, our faculty in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy is comprised of clinical practice faculty, clinical research faculty, and social/policy sciences faculty with diverse research and practice interests.
Clinical faculty typically provide direct patient care and specialize in, among other areas, geriatrics, drug information, nephrology/ transplantation, cardiology, endocrinology, psychiatry, infectious diseases, oncology and pediatrics, for example. They provide didactic instruction, PharmD investigation and direct practice experiences to student pharmacists. They participate in post-graduate year 1 and year 2 residency programs at the University of Michigan Health System.
Clinical research faculty typically focus on research programs to understand drug metabolism/excretion and targeting of medications via pharmaco-genomics, metabolomics and proteomics. Clinical research faculty are experts in psychiatry, cancer, lung, nephrology as well as specific genetic and protein coding. They provide didactic instruction and PharmD investigation in the PharmD curriculum and research training for the Clinical Translational Pharmaceutical Sciences Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program.
Social/policy faculty focus on research programs to understand medication utilization and develop and test interventions to improve it. Social/policy faculty are experts in medication adherence, patient decision-making, evaluation of pharmacists in delivering care and medication-related healthcare policy. They have specific interests in people with disabilities and/or chronic diseases. They provide didactic instruction and PharmD investigation in the PharmD curriculum and research training Clinical Translational Pharmaceutical Sciences Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program.