The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) seeks applicants for Assistant / Associate / Full Professor in the Ambulatory Care practice area. The faculty position is full-time, non-tenure track (rank and salary commensurate with skills and experience). Faculty members are expected to support the vision and mission of the School of Pharmacy and the School of Osteopathic Medicine through teaching in the professional pharmacy curriculum at UCSOP and medical curriculum at WVSOM, providing experiential teaching to pharmacy students at identified clinical practice sites, assisting with Interprofessional Education (IPE) activities at WVSOM, participating in scholarly activities, being an active member of committees, and improving patient health outcomes in the state and the region through both clinic and community activities. The practice site for this position is at the Robert C. Byrd Clinic (RCBC) adjacent to the campus of WVSOM in Lewisburg, West Virginia.
Qualified candidates should have the Pharm.D. degree, completion of a one or two-year pharmacy residency (or equivalent practice experience) and be eligible for licensure in West Virginia. Prior academic experience at either a school of pharmacy or medicine is preferred. A high degree of knowledge of standards and current trends in pharmacy practice, particularly in the area of expertise, is highly desired. Board Certification in the respective area of expertise is also desired. The faculty member’s responsibilities for pharmacy education will include providing ambulatory care advanced practice experiential rotations for both pharmacy students and residents. Leading topic discussions and interprofessional activities in the clinic for both pharmacy and other health professions students will also be expected. This faculty member will be expected to work with the Clinical Education Center faculty at the Osteopathic school to develop interprofessional cases necessary to continue the interprofessional education days developed jointly by the schools. The faculty will be expected to take a lead role in the implementation and completion of these education days. Other teaching responsibilities include potential topics in neuropharmacology for the pharmacy students on the Charleston campus.
The faculty member’s responsibilities for osteopathic medical education will include both traditional lectures and active learning strategies such as application exercises and team based learning (TBL) with disciplines integrated into a presentation-based medical curriculum. Teaching duties will include delivery of lectures to medical students, as well as participation in and design of active learning sessions. The selected candidate will be teaching pharmacology in the medical curriculum with an emphasis in neuropharmacology so proficiency in the subject matter is required. A high degree of knowledge of standards and current trends in pharmacy practice, particularly in the area of ambulatory care, and previous academic experience are highly desired. Additional responsibilities include consulting with physicians and residents and participating in academic programs at the RCBC.
The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine have a long history of collaboration. Examples of this include:
- UCSOP (along with the Physician Assistant and Nursing Programs at the University of Charleston) have participated in interprofessional education days with medical students from WVSOM for several years. Faculty from the programs work jointly to develop cases, which meet the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) goals for practice.
- The School of Osteopathic Medicine and School of Pharmacy share a passion for rural practice and strive to place students in underserved areas for experiential rotations. Both programs have been nationally recognized for their work with underserved populations.
A brief position description is listed below. More complete details are available from the contact person. Additional information regarding the School of Pharmacy can be found on the website: www.ucwv.edu/Pharmacy. Additional information about the School of Osteopathic Medicine can be found on the website; www.wvsom.edu/home.
Ambulatory Care Practice:
The successful candidate is responsible for maintaining a clinical practice and education model site in the Family Medicine Residency Clinic of the Robert C. Byrd Clinic (RCBC) in Lewisburg, WV. Clinical pharmacy services will be introduced here to provide drug information support, patient education and counseling, and collaborative drug therapy recommendations to physicians of the clinic practice. Focused areas will include transitions of care, medication therapy management and medication reconciliation. Other potential services include Medicare annual wellness visits and chronic care management. Opportunities for public health and community involvement will also be expected. The faculty member’s time will involve teaching pharmacy and medical students, participating in the education and training of the residents of both programs, and providing patient-centered services at the practice site. The faculty member will also be expected to participate in both scholarship and service activities. It is anticipated the faculty member will spend 85-90% of their time in Lewisburg at the WVSOM campus and supervising pharmacy students on clinical rotations at the RCBC with the majority of the responsibilities on the UCSOP campus handled through the use of technology.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals should provide a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation (electronic correspondence is encouraged) to:
David Bowyer, R.Ph.
Pharmacy Practice Department Chair
University of Charleston
School of Pharmacy
2300 MacCorkle Avenue SE
Charleston, West Virginia 25304
About the Programs
The School of Pharmacy is an instrument of the University of Charleston, designed to prepare pharmacists who will provide comprehensive patient care, advance the profession through research and advocacy, and to serve the community as leaders in rural health care. The School fosters active participation of faculty, staff and students in an agenda of community outreach, advocacy, and activism as one of the hallmarks of the pharmacy program. The University of Charleston’s Pharmacy School offers an integrated curriculum that seeks to develop pharmacy practitioners who are able to effectively communicate with diverse populations and work as an integral member of the healthcare delivery team.
A leader in producing graduates who practice in rural settings, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine blends the ease of living in a breathtaking mountain community with a nationally recognized faculty and innovative programs. U.S.News & World Report has ranked WVSOM among the top medical schools in the nation in primary care and family medicine for the past 19 years, solidifying the school’s reputation as a place where scientific study and compassion are joined in one curriculum. Teaching facilities at WVSOM include a cutting-edge lecture hall, simulation center, multipurpose laboratory, and team based learning room.
Living in Lewisburg, WV
Nestled in the pristine, postcard setting of historic Lewisburg, West Virginia, WVSOM provides an ideal environment that enables students to pursue a state-of-the-art medical education in a beautiful and intimate, cosmopolitan setting that promises to inspire, encourage and challenge students to realize their full potential. Our postcard-perfect location in historic Lewisburg, West Virginia, provides big-city amenities amid spectacular natural beauty. National Geographic Magazine recognized the city of Lewisburg as one of America’s "Best Small-Town Escapes." Designated as one of America’s most desirable vacation destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and recently named the "Coolest Small Town in America" by Budget Travel Magazine. Lewisburg is a cosmopolitan community wrapped in small town charm.
Cultural activities abound, with antique and specialty shops, art galleries, fine dining, and year-round music and theater performances at various venues, including Carnegie Hall, which is one of only four such art centers in the world. In addition, the world-famous Greenbrier Resort is just minutes away in White Sulphur Springs.