The University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy has created a new partnership with Primary Health Solutions (PHS),a federally qualified health center with multiple locations in Southeastern Ohio. This new collaboration provides additional practice and training sites for faculty, students and pharmacy practice residents.
“This is a new opportunity to train students and residents in underserved populations, a new practice area with a pharmacist imbedded within a primary care team,” says the college’s residency program director and professor of pharmacy practice, Bethanne Brown, PharmD.
PHS is a non-profit, safety-net health care provider serving Butler County with centers in Hamilton, Fairfield, Middletown and Oxford and has a new location opening soon in Dayton. PHS offers a comprehensive range of health care services, on a sliding-fee scale, to all residents of Butler County regardless of income or insurance coverage.
Brown will serve as one of three pharmacists overseeing pharmacy students on rotation and pharmacy residents.
Traditionally, Brown says, most people think of pharmacies as brick and mortar stores. But pharmacies also exist in hospitals, long-term care facilities and primary care practices.
With the addition of PHS, the college currently partners with four community pharmacy practice partners for the residency program including: St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy, Five Rivers Health Center and Med Managers/LifeLine.
The college has an excellent placement rate for all graduates of its residency programs prior to the completion of the residency year, Brown says.
The Winkle College of Pharmacy is one of the oldest pharmacy colleges in the United States. It is located on the University of Cincinnati Medical Campus with the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health Sciences.