New Leadership Program for PharmD Students

Wal-Mart Pharmacy and the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy will partner in a leadership program for UConn pharmacy students beginning this fall. This partnership represents one of the few leadership initiatives between Wal-Mart and schools of pharmacy in the United States. Skills developed by this curriculum can be readily used by UConn students in the classroom and laboratory, in pharmacy student organizations, during experiential rotations, and eventually as leaders within such settings as hospitals, community pharmacies, residency programs, and national pharmacy organizations. In subsequent years, this program will result in the development of a Pharmacy Leadership Curricular/Career Track in which students will participate in multiple elective and experiential courses focused on expanding the breadth of their experience as a way to develop into the next generation of pharmacy leaders.  “Developing leaders in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences is an important part of the program here at UConn,” says Andrea Hubbard, associate dean of the school.  “We are excited about this partnership with Wal-Mart Pharmacy and the opportunities it offers our students.  Cultivating leaders and providing them the ability to improve their leadership skills as students will be a long-term benefit not only to the school, but to the profession of pharmacy.”

 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. began in 1962 and serves customers in retail outlets, online and on mobile devices in 27 different countries. It opened its first pharmacy in 1978 with over 4300 pharmacy locations throughout the United States. Wal-Mart offers many career paths which can benefit from these leadership skills acquired in pharmacy school. The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy offers challenging programs in pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical sciences. World class faculty, cutting-edge research, and innovative graduate and professional programs position the School of Pharmacy as one of the top choices for pharmacy education in the United States.