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letter from the dean;
APRIL 2020
Welcome to the spring issue of eInteractions! Spring is typically a time we can look forward to warmer weather and reflect on past achievements as we inch closer towards the end of the semester. Before we discuss just how atypical this semester is, I would like to share some great news that should not be lost in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In January, the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) granted a full eight years of accreditation for our Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. A huge team effort was involved in achieving this goal, with faculty, staff, students, preceptors, alumni, and other stakeholders stepping up to contribute to our self-study report, site visit, and highlight the spectrum of outstanding activities that happen in our College every day.

In March, U.S. News and World Report ranked the U-M College of Pharmacy the #1 pharmacy school in Michigan and #3 in the nation. We are elated to remain a leading pharmacy program, housed in the country’s #1 public research university. As in past rankings, we are the smallest of the pharmacy schools in the top 5, punching well above our weight nationally and providing an unmatched student:faculty ratio and experience for our students.

Currently, our day-to-day activities look very different than past semesters. On March 11th, in conjunction with Gov. Whitmer’s response to the spreading COVID-19 virus, the University announced that all classes and exams would be held remotely for the remainder of the semester. In the following days, our staff and faculty transitioned to working remotely, and we suspended research operations for an indefinite period. Unfortunately, this also meant that U-M commencement ceremonies, including our own, would be cancelled to avoid the risk of spreading the virus. It was not a decision made lightly but the health and safety of our community has always been our first priority. We have taken creative measures to ensure that our students will still graduate on time and are brainstorming ways to celebrate this important milestone together at a later date. We thank you for your patience as we await instruction from the University regarding proper procedures.

In situations like these, we must look for the helpers. Students and faculty from the College of Pharmacy volunteered to work with Michigan Medicine to alleviate the hospital’s hand sanitizer shortage by compounding over 2,000 bottles to date. I am incredibly thankful for the fortitude and ingenuity shown by our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors this past month. It is because of your resilience and willingness to help that the College is able to keep moving forward during this unprecedented moment in time.

I have previously closed these notes by asking you to consider a gift to our Annual Fund. Not today. Instead, if you are in the giving mood, I ask that you reach out to a friend or neighbor that may be in need, donate blood, or donate to one of the many valuable community service and health organizations around you that are struggling to support those most in need. We recognize that many of our alumni are working on the front lines of this epidemic at hospitals and pharmacies throughout the country, proving again that we are the Leaders and Best.

Stay healthy and Go Blue!

Dean Jim Dalton
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