The administration was eager to get student feedback from the first class because the curriculum was new and in many ways so was the college.
“One advantage the Class of 2010 got was giving a lot of input into our curriculum,” said Philip Hall, interim dean of the MUSC campus. “Student feedback is a big part of our assessment plan so we review student input every step of the way. Since this class was test driving a new curriculum we were even more attuned to their input.”
Randall C. Rowen, dean of the USC campus, said the integration of the two schools was a step into new territory.
“There really wasn’t a precedent for something like this so we didn’t always know what to expect. Integrating the two colleges was a bold decision made at an opportune time,” Rowen said. “I know that most students we honor at graduation will say they are proud to be a graduate of the first class from South Carolina College of Pharmacy.”
The Class of 2010 left its mark on the curriculum, and history.
“The presidents and boards of trustees at USC and MUSC had a vision in 2004 – leverage the resources of two colleges of pharmacy to create a college on par with the best in the country,” DiPiro said. “In many respects, particularly the quality of our students and faculty, we are there. There is still a lot of work to do. But I am proud of and grateful to the many people who have enabled us to reach this milestone, especially the students of the Class of 2010.”
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.