The pharmacy sciences, with a long and rich history in healthcare, is rapidly emerging into a critical area of importance as new technologies and a deeper understanding of medicinal properties propel pharmacists to the frontlines of patient centered care, medication therapy management (MTM) and positive intervention outcomes. Fairleigh Dickinson University acknowledges this role and has developed a four-year Pharmacy program at its Florham campus in New Jersey.
Twenty-six students from the FDU Pharmacy Program Class of 2016 have built upon their didactic curriculum by completing various Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) during their final year in laboratory rotations at BD. Vidhi Patel, Vishnu Patel, Ankit Patel and Amy Huang were mentored through their rotations by Barbara Rossi, BSPh, MA and Assistant Dean for Experiential Education, along with other highly placed BD professionals. Vishnu Patel stated, “I had numerous opportunities to interact with other BD associates who are engaged in research, marketing management and communications,” while Amy Huang observed, “The experiential rotation at BD gave me the feeling that I was a part of the company’s innovations in medical devices and systems.”
The APPE program touches only a part of the 75-year relationship between BD and Fairleigh Dickinson University. The creation of the school in 1942 can be attributed in large part to the generous financial and material support of the founders of BD. The names Becton and Dickinson have held a place of honor as the school advanced and expanded into new areas of study. The FDU School of Nursing and Allied Health came into being thanks to its sponsorship by Henry Becton in 1993, and recently introduced a doctoral program supported by BD.
In 2015, as part of a million-dollar endowment contributed to FDU by Vince Forlenza, BD chairman, CEO and president, the School of Pharmacy added a Sterile Compounding Training Facility, along with equipment and supplies. Michael Avaltroni, Dean of the Pharmacy school said “The Sterile Compounding Simulation Training Lab is a unique, state-of-the-art facility that gives a tremendous opportunity to our students, faculty and partners to learn in an immersive, interactive environment as they are exposed to a cross section of techniques and equipment.”
BD’s investment in the FDU School of Pharmacy has yielded dividends for its students. As Ankit Patel relates, “The overall BD APPE elective experience gave me a completely different perspective on how a pharmacist can positively contribute their expertise to a BD cross functional team.”