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P1 year

A year in the life

P1 Year

P1 year is all about settling in and exploring the profession. From day one, you will be assigned a faculty mentor dedicated to helping you identify career goals and opportunities to get involved. The year is designed to be immersive but manageable. You will have classes that range from pharmacognosy to pharmacokinetics and practice-based experiences out in the community. Most importantly, we are with you every step of the way as you transition to life as a pharmacy student!

P2

A year in the life

P2 Year

This is the year in which you begin to understand the “secret sauce” behind our modular curriculum. All of our modules are designed for student participation and active learning. -- no more days spent in lectures simply taking notes. Rather than learning about medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and therapeutics in isolation, we group all of these essential areas by body system, beginning with cardiology and ending with respiratory/immunology. We design our classes to replicate practice; much of your time will be spent picking apart patient case, designing therapeutics regimens, and working with simulation mannequins alongside other health professions students. We believe interprofessional education is key and technology in the classroom is essential.

p3

A year in the life

P3 year

With the opportunity to take electives, complete service-learning hours, and fulfill dual-degree requirements, P3 year is all about choosing your journey. Our curriculum provides a variety of ways to further differentiate yourself and refine your skills. If you decide to complete your Pharm.D./Ph.D. or Pharm.D./MBA, our curriculum has built-in efficiencies to help you save time and money.

P4

A year in the life

P4 Year

Rotations, rotations, rotations! During the P4 year students complete up to nine rotations all over the world. We have an extensive network of preceptor and rotation sites throughout Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina. Beyond our local region, many students take part in rotational experiences in Hawaii, Alaska, New Mexico, and Italy -- to name a few. Whether you would like to pursue a residency, fellowship, or community position, your P4 is curated to reaffirm your interest areas and ensure you are an exceptional candidate upon graduation.

Culture of care and compassion

Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats: An opportunity for students to get to know faculty outside of the classroom setting. Faculty host students at their homes or a local establishment and often select a theme to guide the activities and food/refreshments for the evening.

Hot Ones Event

Hot Ones: The SACP (Student Association for Clinical Pharmacists) has organized a friendly competition where faculty compete against students to determine who has the highest threshold when it comes to consuming hot wings. The “competitors” eat wings, with escalating heat, while answering questions about their background and training.

SMILE event

SMILE: The Smile Chair Initiative was developed by Carina D’Alessio during her P1 year as an avenue for students to submit information via a google form so that cards could be sent to students on behalf of the School of Pharmacy. The cards communicate care so that students know they are not alone when they are going through a difficult time.

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Campus Connect: This training is provided for Pharm.D. students by University Counseling Services. It is didactic and experiential and allows students to become more informed about effective ways to support friends, family, and patients who may be struggling with mental health concerns.

Corn Hole

Corn hole: This tournament is sponsored by SACP (Student Association for Clinical Pharmacists) and offers an opportunity for students and faculty to create teams and compete for the title of Cornhole Champions!

Student picnic

Student Picnic: The school-wide picnic occurs each semester and is open to all pharmacy students, staff, faculty, friends, and family. It is an opportunity to enjoy good food and fun games.

Chili cook off

Chili cookoff: This event is hosted by Kappa Psi and offers the opportunity to come together to taste and evaluate numerous types of chili to determine a winner all the while supporting Kappa Psi.

Tails for self care

Tails for self care: This outreach is provided by VCU’s Center for Human-Animal Interaction. Certified therapy dogs come into the School of Pharmacy so that students can de-stress by playing with, petting, and taking pictures with the pups.

Mobile Fire side chats

Fireside Chats: An opportunity for students to get to know faculty outside of the classroom setting. Faculty host students at their homes or a local establishment and often select a theme to guide the activities and food/refreshments for the evening.

Mobile Hot Ones

Hot Ones: The SACP (Student Association for Clinical Pharmacists) has organized a friendly competition where faculty compete against students to determine who has the highest threshold when it comes to consuming hot wings. The “competitors” eat wings, with escalating heat, while answering questions about their background and training.

Smile event

SMILE: The Smile Chair Initiative was developed by Carina D’Alessio during her P1 year as an avenue for students to submit information via a google form so that cards could be sent to students on behalf of the School of Pharmacy. The cards communicate care so that students know they are not alone when they are going through a difficult time.

Mobile campus connect

Campus Connect: This training is provided for Pharm.D. students by University Counseling Services. It is didactic and experiential and allows students to become more informed about effective ways to support friends, family, and patients who may be struggling with mental health concerns.

Mobile Corn Hole

Corn hole: This tournament is sponsored by SACP (Student Association for Clinical Pharmacists) and offers an opportunity for students and faculty to create teams and compete for the title of Cornhole Champions!

Mobile student picnic

Student Picnic: The school-wide picnic occurs each semester and is open to all pharmacy students, staff, faculty, friends, and family. It is an opportunity to enjoy good food and fun games.

Mobile chili cookoff

Chili cookoff: This event is hosted by Kappa Psi and offers the opportunity to come together to taste and evaluate numerous types of chili to determine a winner all the while supporting Kappa Psi.

Mobile Tails for self care

Tails for self care: This outreach is provided by VCU’s Center for Human-Animal Interaction. Certified therapy dogs come into the School of Pharmacy so that students can de-stress by playing with, petting, and taking pictures with the pups.

Student Voices

Why David chose pharmacy information systems

After his father's first heart attack, David Vu decided to devote his life to helping people make better health care choices. By joining his love of technology with pharmacy, David found his future.

Why Anesa chose pharmacy

Growing up in Southwest Virginia, Anesa Hughes saw how access to health care could be a struggle for many people. Her twin sister had developed cerebral palsy and would need lifetime care. Learn how Anesa found a way to care for her community and her family.

Why Chris chose clinical care pharmacy

As a kid Chris DeMella imagined being a professional baseball player or a rock star. In school his interest in anatomy and biochemistry led him to study pharmacy, but he wasn’t sure community pharmacy was where he belonged. Learn how Chris found his career in clinical care.