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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Our Yakima Extension

Since Washington State University launched their Doctor of Pharmacy Yakima extension in 2015, students interested in learning about rural health care in a medically underserved area have pursued their PharmD degree in the scenic Yakima Valley. Last year, the extension graduated their inaugural class. As the college’s history in the Yakima Valley grows, we’re taking a moment to reflect on what makes our Yakima extension so special.

Here are a few things you may not have known about our Yakima extension:

1. Students learn to be part of a health care team

Housed in the Pacific Northwest Health Sciences University (PNWU) campus, Yakima student pharmacists … » More …

Gender-affirming care part of WSU Health Sciences’ mission

Ensuring that members of gender minority groups receive competent, compassionate health care is part of Washington State University Health Sciences’ longtime commitment to serving the underserved.

Gender-affirming health care has been on the curriculum at both the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine for several years. Students are taught concepts of gender, definitions, terminology and cultural competency in addition to medical care.

“I think we are fairly cutting-edge and progressive when it comes to supporting gender-affirming care and teaching … » More …

6 questions with the new College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences dean

Following an illustrious career in researching transcriptional regulation, cell signaling, and developmental biology, Washington state native and former Cougar alumnus, Dr. Mark Leid, will return to his alma mater to lead the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences starting July 1. CPPS sat down with Dr. Leid to learn more about his personal interests and perspectives.

What drew you to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences?
I trained as a pharmacist at WSU many years ago and that training changed my life in very fundamental ways. The skills that I learned in the basic and clinical sciences here—as well as soft skills—positioned me … » More …

Celebrating college excellence

The hard work of students, faculty, and staff are essential to the success of any college and help us thrive in an ever-changing health care landscape. As such, every year the college takes a moment to recognize just a few of these students, faculty, and staff who demonstrate excellence in all that they do. » More ...

2020 Chancellor’s Excellence Award recipients

The Chancellor’s Awards are bestowed annually to students, faculty, staff and community partners who advance leadership and engagement at WSU Health Sciences. Recipients of these awards demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to the university and the community and/or support leadership development and engagement of WSU students. Of the 15 awards, six hail from the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. » More ...

WSU student group helps international students navigate life in Spokane

When Shamema Nasrin and her husband moved from Bangladesh to Spokane to attend the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, they didn’t know how to drive.

They didn’t know how to use a swipe card, pay taxes, or how to register for a Social Security number, which is required of international students.

“Everything was new,” Nasrin said recently of the couple’s experiences when they arrived in 2015. She and her husband both were pursuing doctoral degrees at WSU Health Sciences Spokane.

To help a growing number of international students attending the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nasrin … » More …

WSU Health Sciences names Mark Leid dean of WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Original Announcement from WSU Health Sciences

Washington State University Health Sciences has named Mark Leid the next dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Leid, PhD, is currently an Oregon State University (OSU) College of Pharmacy professor and the associate dean for research. He is also a WSU Pharmacy alum.

“As a native of eastern Washington and a 1983 graduate of the College of Pharmacy, WSU has always held a special place in my heart. WSU trained me and made my entire career possible,” Leid said. “The current public health crisis highlights the clear need for the continued expansion of the role of … » More …

First-ever Allen I. White speaker returns to WSU to share his revolutionary research

39 years ago, Leslie Z. Benet was the first-ever presenter for the Allen I. White lectureship. This March, he was welcomed back to the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to present his groundbreaking theory on the impact of protein binding and drug transporters on in vitro-in vivo extrapolation (IVIVE), an approach used commonly in drug development to predict the pharmacokinetics of drugs in the body from experimental models. For people studying and working in pharmaceutical sciences, Benet is basically a rock star.

“We grew up reading [Les Benet’s] books,” said pharmaceutical sciences graduate student Shamema Nasrin. “He revolutionized the pharmacokinetic field, so his … » More …

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