School of Pharmacy at UVA Division

Located in the heart of Charlottesville – about 70 miles northwest of Richmond – the UVA Division offers third- and fourth-year students a first-rate VCU School of Pharmacy education combined with the practical experience provided by precepting faculty active in the field.

The University of Virginia Medical Center is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the #1 hospital in the Commonwealth of Virginia for 2016 and 2017. The UVA Medical Center is comprised of 600 beds with 28,000 inpatient admissions, 61,000 emergency room visits, and 10,500 inpatient and 69,000 outpatient surgeries annually. Ten of the health system’s specialties were recognized in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” guide. UVA Medical Center is a level 1 trauma center, level IV neonatal intensive care unit and provides organ and stem cell transplant programs. Additionally, UVA is accredited by the Joint Commission and holds additional certification for Comprehensive Stroke Center, advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, ventricular assist devices, and total joint replacement (knee and hip).

UVA Department of Pharmacy has over 200 team members with 70 pharmacy student and resident preceptors who practice in various areas ranging from administration to trauma. This broad group of dedicated educators provides learners with firsthand experience in real world pharmacy practice settings.

UVA has a long relationship with VCU School of Pharmacy with approximately 30 VCU SOP alumni currently practicing with the UVA Health System graduated from. Additionally, the majority of our preceptors and faculty have completed PGY1 or PGY2 residencies including many who trained at UVA. The UVA pharmacy residents are actively involved in working with P3 and P4 students by serving as teaching assistants for P3 students and co-preceptors for P4 students. Those in UVA Division have the opportunity to make connections within the pharmacy department and hospital.

The UVA satellite campus uses state-of-the-art equipment to keep connect to peers and faculty at the Richmond and INOVA School of Pharmacy campuses. In addition to connecting for classes and labs, UVa students are able to maintain active involvement in student organizations. On-site UVa personnel facilitate connectivity for all classes and meetings. The VCU School of Pharmacy’s UVa is highly committed to supporting our learners in taking the next step in their education.

Dr. Michelle McCarthy, the Director of the VCU School of Pharmacy UVA Division, oversees daily operations and program academics. VCU School of Pharmacy alumnus, Dr. Rafael Saenz (Pharm.D. ’03) serves as the Assistant Dean of the UVA Division and Administrator of Pharmacy Services for the University of Virginia Health System.