The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) School of Pharmacy is dedicated to developing exemplary pharmacy professionals and scholars who are committed to patient-centered care, lifelong learning, discovery, and service for diverse communities of the Delmarva Peninsula, the State of Maryland, and around the world.


We are leaders in the health care community devoted to delivering patient-centered care, fostering pharmacy research, and enhancing the quality of life for all people through the development of accomplished, collegial, and caring pharmacy professionals.


We will meet our mission and vision by cultivating collaboration, compassion, cultural proficiency, ethical behavior, and innovation with integrity and respect. 

Strategic Goal I – Lifelong Learning

Develop, implement and strengthen academic programs to advance patient care, promote innovation in pharmacy practice and research, and enhance personal growth.

Key Activities and Achievements:

Goal 1.1 – Recruit, retain, and educate diverse, qualified and motivated students.

  • Implemented a new Strategic Student Outreach and Recruitment Plan. The plan focuses on increasing the size and improving the competitiveness of the applicant pool.
  • Established dual-degree programs with two institutions in an effort to increase the pipeline of students who will enter the program. The institutions include Salisbury University (3+3 program) and the College of Southern Maryland (2+3 program).
  • Established a dual-degree (3+3) program with the School of Agricultural and Sciences. The students will receive a BS in Biochemistry and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in six years.
  • The School will implement its Early Assurance Program (EAP) in Fall 2018. The EAP admits high achieving students into the Doctor of Pharmacy program from high school.
  • Completed Analysis of admissions and student performance data to identify predictors of student success at each professional year.
  • Submitted a substantive change to ACPE regarding a change in the professional program enrollment.

Goal 1.2 – Recruit and retain diverse, qualified and motivated faculty and staff.

  • The School established a faculty mentoring program in Fall 2015.
  • Dr. Miriam Purnell was hired as the Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration.

Goal 1.3 – Develop, implement and strengthen didactic and experiential education opportunities.

  • Dr. Harbester was hired as the new Assistant Dean for Experiential Education.
  • Hired Mrs. Calcagno as the new administrative assistant in the Office of Experiential Education.
  • Mrs. Morency was hired as the Experiential Education Coordinator.
  • Completed a comprehensive review of the curriculum. A taskforce will be convened to determine the next steps.

Goal 1.4 – Fully implement a comprehensive continuous professional development program.

  • The School implemented a new Continuous Professional Development program for all students.
  • Implemented the new SP3 ‘Transitioning to the Profession’ course series during AY 2018-19.
  • All SOP students began using electronic portfolios.

Goal 1.5 – Offer academic programs and opportunities to increase cultural awareness and sensitivity while enhancing cultural competency.

  • Secured agreements with several international programs. They include the Chalapathi Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chung Shan Medical University, and the Hai Phong Medical and Pharmacy University.
  • Hosted two senior pharmacy students from India who completed a rotation in Fall 2017.
  • Completed first medical mission trip to Vietnam. The faculty and students provided health education in underserved communities.

Strategic Goal II – Discovery

Increase scholarly activity and research to enhance the contribution of new knowledge and to provide opportunities for student and faculty engagement in scientific discovery.

Key Activities and Achievements:

Goal 2.1 – Increase student and faculty involvement in scholarly activity and scientific discovery.

  • Established a baseline for scholarly activity to include grants (submitted and funded); peer-reviewed publications; conference presentations; committee involvement, and service projects
  • Began graduate program in Pharmaceutical Sciences in Fall 2015. The program offers a Master’s of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. The program has graduated two Masters students and has five students enrolled in the Ph.D. program.

Goal 2.2 – Increase awareness and recognition of UMES as a source of discovery and innovation

  • The Research Committee began a lunch-n-learn series during the 2017-18 academic year. The school-wide series provides opportunities for faculty to share their research with their colleagues.

Goal 2.3 – Increase intramural and extramural funding.

  • Awarded $799,000 from Title III to provide assistantships and equipment for the Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate program.

Strategic Goal III – Interprofessional Education and Collaboration

Enhance academic and professional development opportunities focused on advancing the integrative model of healthcare practice.

Key Activities and Achievements:

Goal 3.1 – Develop, teach, practice, and promote a patient-centered, interprofessional care model.

  • The School continues to collaborate with Peninsula Regional Medical Center to integrate pharmacist services in their care model.

Goal 3.2 – Develop interdisciplinary training experiences between healthcare scientists and professionals that promote the integration of basic research with clinical observation.

  • Implemented practice site visit days for the Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty and lab visit days for the Pharmacy Practice and Administration faculty.

Goal 3.3 – Develop and implement interprofessional opportunities within the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

  • Established an Interprofessional Central Committee (ICC) that is responsible for developing interprofessional education (IPE) competencies, activities, and assessment tools for all students.
  • The ICC has developed activities for each professional year of the program.

Goal 3.4 – Develop and implement interprofessional opportunities external to the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

  • The School has implemented several IPE activities via the Eastern Shore Collaborative on Interprofessional Education (ESCIPE).
  • The members of the ESCIPE have collaborated to publish peer-reviewed articles and participate in podium and poster presentations.
  • The School recently implemented two IPE activities for the SP2 and SP3 students with the Wilmington University Nurse Practitioner Program.

Strategic Goal IV – Community Engagement

Build a positive reputation with local, state, and regional communities through Community outreach and education by faculty and student members.

Key Activities and Achievements:

Goal 4.1 – Increase service of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

  • The School has engaged internal and external stakeholders in several community events, to include the 5K Strides for Epilepsy, Substance and Opioid Abuse Awareness Response (S.O.A.A.R), Go Red (Women and Heart Disease event), and the Bubble Ball tournament (Salisbury Sunrise Rotary fund raiser).

Goal 4.2 – Encourage the academic and professional development of secondary and undergraduate students preparing for careers in the health professions and biomedical sciences.

  • Collaborated with UMES Upward Bound to establish a Summer Camp for high school students to expose them to the profession of pharmacy.

Strategic Goal V – Infrastructure and Support

Promote and sustain a campus that supports a high quality of life and learning.

Key Activities and Achievements:

Goal 5.1 – Expand current facilities to support the mission and vision of the School.

  • The School of Pharmacy and Health Professions received financial support (86.2 million) from Governor Hogan, the state Department of Budget and Management, and the University System of Maryland for the new building. The first phase of the building will provide 65,000 square feet of space for the School of Pharmacy and some spaces for the other departments. The construction phase should be complete by Fall 2021.
  • The School received 1.2 million to renovate lab space in Trigg Hall to build a new animal research facility.
  • The School held its grand opening of the NEST (Next-Level Education Simulation Training) in April 2018. The NEST is a pharmacy practice lab that allows students to simulate pharmacist activities in a community practice environment.  

Goal 5.2 – Seek, secure, and expand sources of corporate, public, and/or private funding and resources which support the educational enterprise.

  • Over 95% of the students participated in a fund raising event for the School of Pharmacy.
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