UMD pharmacy program marks 10-year anniversaryTen years of training pharmacists in Duluth is being celebrated this week.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Ten years of training pharmacists in Duluth is being celebrated this week.
The 10-year anniversary of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s Duluth campus will be observed in a program at 3 p.m. on Friday at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
A news release from the College of Pharmacy noted that the expansion to Duluth in 2003 was the first in what was then the school’s 110-year history. The Duluth program, which is housed in the Life Sciences Building at the university, was founded to address a “profound shortage of pharmacists in the state,” especially in rural communities.
Since then, the number of students taking pharmacy positions in the Duluth area and in nonmetro Minnesota has doubled, said Marilyn Speedie, dean of the College of Pharmacy.
The Duluth campus emphasizes providing pharmaceutical care to rural and tribal communities, the news release said. Its 240 students get involved in the community, said Randall Seifert, senior associate dean for the Duluth campus.
“At nearly 100 events held over the years, almost 2,400 patients have received more than 4,150 screening tests for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and osteoporosis — all free of charge to the public,” Seifert said.
During the past four years, College of Pharmacy students in Duluth also have conducted drives to identify potential bone marrow donors. They’ve registered more than 2,000 potential donors to date.