Chris Dykes will use his new pharmacy degree in the military, along with his wife, classmate Lisa Olson Dykes. The two will report for officer training with the U.S. Air Force in Alabama and then be stationed in Biloxi, Miss.
Dykes, whose father is an alumnus of USC’s pharmacy school, attended the College of Charleston for undergraduate education and chose to stay in Charleston for his pharmacy education.
“MUSC would have been my choice campus-wise. And with the merger they would take the best of both worlds,” Dykes said, adding that the chance to work with faculty, including infectious disease specialists at the USC campus, was one of the highlights. “I would never have gotten that chance if it was just MUSC. And if I went to just USC, I wouldn’t have gotten our fantastic hospital at MUSC. Dr. DiPiro is bringing everybody together. He has lot of pull in the pharmacy world. It’s a coveted spot to be a part of the college now.”
Accomplishments and highlights of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy
Research funding has increased to place the SCCP in the top 25 percent of colleges. In 2004, the combined funding for both colleges was less than $2 million; it was $5 million this past year.
Despite a sluggish economy, applications to the SCCP were up 10 percent in 2010 and the average GPA of accepted applicants is the highest ever.
Students from both campuses have the opportunity to do rotations at more sites. The SCCP has established partnerships with major medical centers throughout South Carolina including Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, Spartanburg Regional Hospital, Roper St. Francis and the Veterans Administration hospitals in Columbia and Charleston.
The SCCP has launched a $30 million fundraising campaign to build a new pharmacy facility on the MUSC campus.
The SCCP has recruited nationally renowned scientists as Center of Economic Excellence endowed chairs.
The SCCP has five research and service centers: the Palmetto Poison Center, the Center for Drug Discovery, the Center for Cell Death, Injury and Regeneration, the Center for Medication Safety and Efficacy, and the academic detailing program SCORxE (South Carolina Offering Prescribing Excellence). The last two are highly integrated research programs utilizing the resources of both campuses.
The SCCP has expanded into the Upstate and established partnerships with Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS) and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS). The SCCP has 16 co-funded faculty positions in the Upstate and a full-time Upstate regional director. It expects to open a campus at GHS, where students will be able to complete their third and fourth years.