Post-Pharm.D. Education and Training

Post-Pharm.D. Education & Training

Synopsis of Masters of Science in Pharmacy
Concurrent with Specialty Practice Residency Program

The Pharmacotherapy Division (at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio) offers an intense and challenging program which integrates advanced education and the development of clinical and research skills necessary for the pharmacist to excel as a clinical specialist with particular strengths in "bringing science to practice". The graduate is also prepared to assume a leadership role within the profession.

The mission of this program is to produce:

  • An individual educated and trained to provide advanced practice at a level commensurate with Board Certification.
  • The graduate will be prepared to successfully assume roles as a collaborator and investigator capable of developing research strategies which bring science to practice and increase our knowledge, furthering evidence-based drug therapy and disease management.
  • Future educators dedicated to excellence in teaching and training.
  • The capability of bringing science to practice thereby improving treatment outcomes will distinguish our graduates from those completing traditional residency programs.
  • The graduate will be able to engage in the discovery, dissemination, and application of pharmaceutical and biomedical knowledge to improve the health status of society.
Additional information on our program's design and rationale can be found in the MS in Pharmacy Pharmacotherapy Program Graduate Guide and in the table below summarizing Specialty Residency Opportunities.

The concurrent specialized residency training and graduate education leading to the awarding of a M.S., results in synergies and efficiencies for both the student/resident and faculty:

  1. The M.S. thesis requirement of our graduate program develops research competencies. Enhanced quality assurance is insured by close faculty supervision of graduate student research and by the oversight from the Graduate Studies Committee of the College of Pharmacy.
  2. The majority of the research will be in the translational sciences and in other areas of clinical research such as pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research. The patient oriented components of our residency enhance the graduate student's sophistication in developing their research question and in applying data at the patient's bedside.
  3. Advanced practice in a specialty area requires sophisticated knowledge and skills best taught in an integrated program employing didactic, seminar, and clinical experiential components.
  4. Advanced clinical and research skills are facilitated by experiential components that combine patient care and research functions in a variety of environments where our faculty practice.
  5. A significant portion of the experiential component necessary for the development of advanced practice skills required for the awarding of a residency certificate will be outside of the degree requirements and are coordinated through the approved plan of work.

Competitive salary plus a benefits package. During the second year funding will be provided by a variety of sources including instructional funds, clinical/institutional service contracts, and research grants.

The University of Texas at Austin and its affiliated institutions are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Qualified women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected.

Geriatrics at South Texas Veterans Health Care System     Sharon Jung Tschirhart
Infectious Disease at South Texas Veterans Health Care System
Kelly Echevarria
Kimberly Summers
Oncology at South Texas Veterans Health Care System
Rebecca Greene
Pharmacoeconomics at Univ. of Texas Health Science Center Jim Koeller
Pharmacotherapy at University Hospital
Robert L. Talbert
Primary Care at South Texas Veterans Health Care System
Tera Moore
Psychiatry at UT and Affiliated Institutions in Austin Tawny Bettinger
Psychiatry at UT and Affiliated Institutions in San Antonio
Stephen Saklad
Psychiatry at South Texas Veterans Health Care System
Cindy Mascarenas

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Last Reviewed: February 27, 2014

College Information

Mailing Address:
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas
at Austin
2409 University Ave.
Stop A1900
Austin, TX, USA

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