Letter: Proud of UNE pharmacy educators

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During these uncertain economic times, America’s colleges and schools of pharmacy continue to be a significant source of economic stimulation in their local communities, states and regions, and the College of Pharmacy at the University of New England is no exception.

As we celebrate American Pharmacy Educator Week (Oct. 24-30), I would like to recognize the important fiscal and societal contributions that UNE’s College of Pharmacy makes to the state of Maine. Our local pharmacy educators and our dedicated staff will help shape the future of tomorrow’s health care through their important work of discovery, learning and providing care every day.

Programs at our nation’s 120 accredited pharmacy institutions attract crucial grants and research funds, generate tuition revenues and support hundreds of jobs. The more than 5,900 pharmacy educators across the country play a vital role in improving the public’s health by providing critical patient care in hospitals, clinics and community pharmacies, and often provide care to the most under-served populations.

Faculty and staff at UNE’s College of Pharmacy have performed many health-care related activities since the college opened in the Fall of 2009. Our College of Pharmacy also demonstrates significant economic value to various stakeholders through its developing clinical and pharmaceutical science research programs. Our Doctor of Pharmacy students are now and will continue to be engaged in many patient-care activities through their various internships and experiential programs.

We are very proud to be a part of the Maine community.

Gayle A. Brazeau, dean and professor
UNE College of Pharmacy
Portland

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