The College of Pharmacy offers continuing education and training for professionals, community outreach through health fairs and education, and special programs to engage and inspire youth.
Training Programs For Communities and Professionals
Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic Center Training Programs
The HOPE Center is a premier source of health outcomes and pharmacoeconomic research and training. The Center’s faculty has expertise in developing and conducting research, educational conferences, and interactive live and online training programs.
Medication Management Center
The Medication Management Center provides a number of services including continuing education around chronic disease management, medication counseling, formulary management and health and wellness screenings. The pharmacists at the center have a combined 50 years of community pharmacy experience and 20 years of experience with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. They are licensed to provide services throughout the United States. Continuing education includes:
- Brown bag medication reviews
- Health and wellness screenings at community health fairs
- Presentations for small or large groups on medication management or other services from the center
Arizona Drug and Poison Information Center
The first poison center in Arizona answers phone calls from 14 of Arizona's 15 counties and helps people who are worried about poison, medicines and bites and stings from venomous creatures. The certified specialists answer about 100 calls per day. Education about how to prevent accidental poisonings and what to do when you encounter a rattlesnake or scorpion is also an important part of the public health hotline's mission. The center provides the following outreach services:
- Presentations at a variety of locations including community organizations, businesses, senior citizens' groups and professional conferences
- Presentations with live venomous creatures of Arizona: rattlesnakes, gila monsters and scorpions
- Exhibits at health fairs and other events
- Educational materials including brochures, magnets, telephone labels
- Educational programs in poison prevention
- "Train the Presenter" poison prevention programs for teachers and health care professionals
PharmD Community Outreach, Health Fairs and Presentations
Throughout their years of pharmacy school, PharmD students at the college participate in a wide range of health education events, disease screenings, charity events and community service activities. Each year they provide free services to thousands of Arizonans. In many cases, the projects and events are sponsored by one of the student organizations at the College of Pharmacy. Other times, students take part in large events or projects - the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure or Ronald McDonald House, for example - sponsored by national organizations.
Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants (ALEC)
ALEC is located at the University of Arizona to assist faculty, student and staff researchers working in the field of water sustainability to detect, quantify and speciate organic and inorganic micro-pollutants – including dissolved and nano-particulate components - in complex environmental matrices.
The laboratory utilizes state-of-the-art mass spectrometry and associated analytical techniques to study a variety of samples. Training is available on instruments in the lab.
Training Programs For Youth Through College-Age Students
Early each summer, the College of Pharmacy sponsors PharmCamp for middle school students. The one-week long summer program introduces students to different health professions and helps them learn more about the roles pharmacists play in clinics, community pharmacies, hospitals and other locations. Usually, the college collaborates with one or more school districts to select the "campers." In recent years, the program expanded to include camps in Yuma, Phoenix, Casa Grande, Nogales and Sierra Vista, as well the traditional Tucson event.
Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC)
SWEHSC promotes training of graduate students and new investigators into the area of environmental health sciences. There are opportunities for young scientists to mentor senior high school students and undergraduates. Our Cellular Imaging, Genomics, Proteomics and Integrative Health Sciences Facility Cores provide investigators and their laboratories with access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and technical expertise to advance their research endeavors.
Keep Engaging Youth in Science (KEYS) Research Internship
Through the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, the College of Pharmacy is a co-sponsor with BIO5 of KEYS, Keep Engaging Youth in Science, a program that offers summer research internships to high school students.
The Environmental Health Sciences-Transformative Research Undergraduate Experience is a program that offers research experiences and support services to prepare UA undergraduates to be successful graduate students.