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Bruce A. Mueller, PharmD, FCCP FASN, FNKF

Interim Dean and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy

Over the past 20 years at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, I have been continually impressed by the capacity of our faculty, staff, and students to adjust to the ever-changing industry of healthcare. Now, flexibility is ever-critical as we deliver the highest quality education and research while assuring the health and safety of everyone at the College. 

When the coronavirus arrived in the state of Michigan, the College of Pharmacy worked alongside U-M to ensure we were putting student and faculty safety first, quickly moving to deliver high-quality education through online platforms, and developed creative solutions for current students to complete clinical rotations and research projects in order to graduate on time. We were ready to provide support and respond to calls regarding field hospitals that were being set up from Ann Arbor to Detroit. Faculty and student volunteers worked around the clock to make over 300 gallons of sanitizer when the health system supply was depleted. We continue to donate it throughout the local community to help keep essential workers safe. 

This past summer we channeled a lot of our energy into putting safety protocols in place, obtaining personal protective equipment, reorganizing classrooms and conference spaces, and laying the groundwork for our hybrid teaching approach in the fall. Student leaders collaborated with our curriculum committee to identify best practices for virtual classrooms. We also enlisted the help of our alumni and preceptors to work on creative and safe opportunities for our students to continue to receive their pharmacy practice experience hours.  

Although the look and feel of campus has been different this fall, our commitment to ensuring a high quality educational experience has never been stronger. Some of the initiatives we have implemented are:

  • Wellness: Faculty and student wellbeing is a top priority for me this year. Everyone is social distancing, our interactions with others have changed, and returning to campus feels different. We initiated several programs to monitor and support the mental health of everyone in the College community. One example is a new faculty and student Walk & Talk program, allowing personal communication in a mindful setting.
  • Lab Kits: Teaching pharmacy laboratory skills is an important part of our education, but it is difficult to do safely in our current lab space. In response, we have developed pharmacy lab kits that students can check out and take home to practice these important dispensing skills. 
  • 1:1 Student/Dean Outreach: The deans on my staff and I have made it a top priority to ensure one of us in the office and available to meet with students on a daily basis.
  • Co-Curricular Opportunities: We streamlined information about our student organizations so students know how they can get involved with leadership and service opportunities, flu clinics, non-traditional pharmacist panels, advocacy work, and so much more. 
  • Career Development & Networking: We will continue to offer support and access to our alumni and professional network virtually with CV workshops and reviews, mock interviews, a virtual Career Gateway event, alumni networking events, and more. 

Achieving the initiatives above depends on the generosity of donors to the College’s Annual Fund. This source of expendable dollars allows us to provide students with support and extra skills that encompass a Michigan Pharmacy education. I ask that you consider making a gift to the College’s Annual Fund, today. 

Times may be challenging, but with your continued support and with all of us working together we will not only get through these times, we will thrive!

Thank you and Go Blue!

Bruce A. Mueller, PharmD, FCCP FASN, FNKF
Interim Dean and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

PS – The cost of a single lab kit is $95. Your gift will support the purchase, sanitization, and distribution of these essentials learning tools.  

When the coronavirus arrived in the state of Michigan, the College of Pharmacy worked alongside U-M to ensure we were putting student and faculty safety first, quickly moving to deliver high-quality education through online platforms, and developed creative solutions for current students to complete clinical rotations and research projects in order to graduate on time. We were ready to provide support and respond to calls regarding field hospitals that were being set up from Ann Arbor to Detroit. Faculty and student volunteers worked around the clock to make over 300 gallons of sanitizer when the health system supply was depleted. We continue to donate it throughout the local community to help keep essential workers safe. 

This past summer we channeled a lot of our energy into putting safety protocols in place, obtaining personal protective equipment, reorganizing classrooms and conference spaces, and laying the groundwork for our hybrid teaching approach in the fall. Student leaders collaborated with our curriculum committee to identify best practices for virtual classrooms. We also enlisted the help of our alumni and preceptors to work on creative and safe opportunities for our students to continue to receive their pharmacy practice experience hours.  

Although the look and feel of campus has been different this fall, our commitment to ensuring a high quality educational experience has never been stronger. Some of the initiatives we have implemented are:

  • Wellness: Faculty and student wellbeing is a top priority for me this year. Everyone is social distancing, our interactions with others have changed, and returning to campus feels different. We initiated several programs to monitor and support the mental health of everyone in the College community. One example is a new faculty and student Walk & Talk program, allowing personal communication in a mindful setting.
  • Lab Kits: Teaching pharmacy laboratory skills is an important part of our education, but it is difficult to do safely in our current lab space. In response, we have developed pharmacy lab kits that students can check out and take home to practice these important dispensing skills. 
  • 1:1 Student/Dean Outreach: The deans on my staff and I have made it a top priority to ensure one of us in the office and available to meet with students on a daily basis.
  • Co-Curricular Opportunities: We streamlined information about our student organizations so students know how they can get involved with leadership and service opportunities, flu clinics, non-traditional pharmacist panels, advocacy work, and so much more. 
  • Career Development & Networking: We will continue to offer support and access to our alumni and professional network virtually with CV workshops and reviews, mock interviews, a virtual Career Gateway event, alumni networking events, and more. 

Achieving the initiatives above depends on the generosity of donors to the College’s Annual Fund. This source of expendable dollars allows us to provide students with support and extra skills that encompass a Michigan Pharmacy education. I ask that you consider making a gift to the College’s Annual Fund, today. 

Times may be challenging, but with your continued support and with all of us working together we will not only get through these times, we will thrive!

Thank you and Go Blue!

Bruce A. Mueller, PharmD, FCCP FASN, FNKF
Interim Dean and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

PS – The cost of a single lab kit is $95. Your gift will support the purchase, sanitization, and distribution of these essentials learning tools.  

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