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Xavier University of Louisiana, founded by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, is Catholic and historically Black. The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. This preparation takes place in a diverse learning and teaching environment that incorporates all relevant educational means, including research and community service.

Xavier’s mission and vision

The mission of the Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacists to impact medically underserved communities, particularly African Americans, in an effort to eliminate health disparities through patient-centered care, community service and scholarly work.

The vision of the Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy is to be the premier institution preparing pharmacy practitioners who demonstrate outstanding leadership and dedication to the medically underserved populations in our society, while striving to eliminate healthcare disparities. The College of Pharmacy has been integral in educating a diverse student population and remains committed to achieving excellence in all of its endeavors. It seeks to continue to expand its regional, national, and international leadership in the pharmacy profession by broadening its achievements in student development, scholarship and service. It strives to improve its ability to provide excellence in pharmaceutical care and education by strengthening its ability to act strategically in relation to the rapid and dynamic changes in the profession.Xavier University

How the partnership with UMCNO helps advance that mission

Partnership with UMCNO advances our mission to eliminate health disparities by virtue of the location in the Greater New Orleans area and the population it serves. UMCNO’s hospital and clinics see a diverse patient population that includes medically underserved patients, providing an exceptional environment for both the faculty and students to serve these patients through pharmaceutical care while preparing future pharmacists to impact medically underserved communities. The partnership with UMCNO also presents a unique opportunity in Interprofessional Education where pharmacy students interact with and learn from physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers to promote improved patient care through working in multidisciplinary teams. As a teaching hospital with highly skilled physicians, nurses and pharmacists, UMCNO provides an environment where our student can strive to become leaders in pharmacy practice and healthcare thus enhancing our students’ ability to demonstrate outstanding leadership and dedication to the medically underserved populations in our society.

The Xavier learners who rotate through UMCNO

The students that we send through UMCNO are in different stages of their pharmacy education. We begin sending students to UMCNO in their second year of the PharmD program to participate in the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience-II (IPPE-2) to experience hospital pharmacy. Third year students participate in the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience –III (IPPE-3) to experience clinical pharmacy. The fourth year students are in the Advanced Pharmacy Practice (APPE) rotations where experiences range from hospital to clinical pharmacy rotations (Ambulatory care, Internal Medicine and Critical Care). We have a total of 176 college of pharmacy students that participate in rotation through UMCNO each academic year.

The clinical learning environment at UMCNO

The most rewarding aspect is the interprofessional teaching and learning environment, where our students are able to learn with and from other health care professionals. Additionally pharmacy practice is a rewarding experience especially when practiced in a teaching environment like UMCNO. The XUCOP faculty enjoy their participation in the Pharmacy & Therapeutic Committee, Antibiotic Stewardship programs and rounding with physicians and medical students.

1. Our learners (pharmacy students) also provide that interprofessional environment to the students at UMCNO in the medical profession as well as other health professions, which enhances patient care through their knowledge of pharmacotherapy. This can be looked at as a symbiotic relationship.

Current initiatives

The College of Pharmacy is fully engaged in Community Outreach as part of our health disparity initiative. We conduct over 30 health fairs, including “brown bag” and patient counseling, each year. Health fair projects could be an area where UMCNO and Xavier University College of pharmacy could collaborate in eliminating health disparities, especially as some patients use health fairs as their primary source of annual health maintenance visit. We want to increase our interprofessional education collaboration with UMCNO to include the Nursing and Physician Assistant programs. We are currently collaborating with the Dental School in their Interprofessional Education initiative.

Visit Xavier University's College of Pharmacy Web page to learn more.

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