The Department of Pharmacy Practice includes faculty members who are who are licensed pharmacists and maintain clinical practices in their areas of expertise including ambulatory care, geriatrics, oncology, neurology, infectious diseases, HIV and internal medicine. Additionally, this department includes faculty who are accomplished researchers in health outcomes and pharmacoeconomics. Many faculty have advanced certifications in their respective fields and are active across a broad range of professional organizations. Faculty in the Department of Pharmacy Practice are responsible for teaching JSP courses related to the clinical and administrative sciences such as pharmacotherapy, physical assessment, clinical skills, preventive healthcare and self-case issues, healthcare communications, pharmacoeconomics and medication safety.
Experiential learning is at the core of the curriculum and students have opportunities for real-world experience in a variety of practice settings through both the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs). The IPPEs take place during each semester of the first 3 years of the curriculum, while the APPEs occur during the student's final professional year. Within Thomas Jefferson University's interprofessional setting, Jefferson School of Pharmacy students frequently partner with other healthcare professionals in simulated and real-life patient care environments during their IPPEs and APPEs.
The department's state-of-the-art facilities include the Pharmacy Practice Simulation Center, a 3,000-square-foot facility which includes a Center for Informatics (CFI), a simulated community pharmacy, patient counseling areas and a clean room. A variety of active, lab-based activities have been conducted in this Pharmacy Practice Simulation Center that provide students with the opportunity to develop and apply skills in areas such as medication therapy management, immunization delivery, preparation of intravenous medications , patient counseling, chemotherapy preparation and handling, pharmaceutical care plan development, drug information and literature evaluation.
Dr. Cynthia Sanoski is Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. She has played an integral role in the development and implementation of the School's curriculum and the recruitment and mentoring of pharmacy practice faculty. Dr. Sanoski is a nationally recognized clinical pharmacy specialist in the area of cardiovascular diseases, including cardiac arrhythmias, acute coronary syndrome and acute decompensated heart failure. She published numerous articles and book chapters the management of various cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Sanoski has been active in a number of professional pharmacy organizations. From 2009-2012, she has served as the Treasurer of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.