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Dean’s Message | Spring 2020

The situation unfolding around the globe has highlighted in a dramatic way the importance of health care professionals. As a dean, I am not on the front lines working in a hospital or pharmacy. I do have a window into that world through my wife, Teri, who works as a pharmacist here in the Central Valley. As I reflect on the role I have to play during this historic time, there is one question continually on the forefront of my mind. How do we continue to train outstanding, compassionate leaders in health care? The answer is simple, the same way brave individuals from all corners of the health care system are able to face these overwhelming challenges, through teamwork.

I am thankful for my team of faculty and staff. I am impressed by their willingness to meet new challenges with creativity and flexibility. I am grateful for the steadfast support of our alumni, donors and friends. The way they care about Pacific students is admirable and encouraging. I have never been prouder of our students. Their resilience and determination are to be commended.

The collection of stories in this issue of the Dean’s Letter highlights what our faculty and students have done and will have the opportunity to do in the future. These stories fill me with optimism.

Melanie A. Felmlee, PhD, assistant professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry, has received a four-year $1.15 million NIH grant for research that focuses on the differences in the way males and females process GHB. Doctor of pharmacy student Taylor Chan ’21 was accepted to a prestigious rotation at the FDA. Our doctor of audiology (AuD) students got an in-depth look at cochlear implant research from leading experts at the Experts in Audiology Research Seminar. Last October a team of four doctor of physical therapy students, led by one of our alumni, distributed wheelchairs in Ecuador.

I am also very pleased to report the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology recently awarded our AuD program accreditation and our master of science in speech-language pathology program re-accreditation. The master of science in athletic training also has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Thank you to everyone who played a role in the accreditation process for your diligence and outstanding work.

Remember to take care of yourself as we take care of each other.

Be well,

University of the Pacific - Phillip R. Oppenheimer
Phillip R. Oppenheimer, PharmD
Professor and Dean
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