The University of Mississippi The School of Pharmacy Facebook Flickr Pharmacy Matters

School unveils new facility
at medical center

Pharmacy Alumni Weekend
set for March 30-31

Meet your new alumni chapter officers, board members

Alumna heralded as 1,000th member of MPhA

Alumni gear up for golf, scholarships

Honor student wins national scholarship

New Investigator Award
goes to Khanna

Pharmacy Matters home


School unveils new facility at medical center

Chancellor Dan Jones receives a tour of pharmacy's new education and research building at the UM Medical Center from Dean Emeritus Barbara G. Wells.


he School of Pharmacy celebrated completion of a new education and research building on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center with a Feb. 23 dedication ceremony. The new facility gives the Oxford-based school a central home in Jackson.

Leigh Ann Ross, the school's associate dean for clinical affairs, said the building will provide a sense of community for faculty and students in Jackson.

"The most important thing is, it will bring us all together," Ross said "It will increase our face-to-face interaction, and that is going to increase morale, both for students and faculty." Students in the pharmacy school spend three years of pre-pharmacy training and two years of professional training in Oxford before transitioning to Jackson for their third professional year. The new classroom and research building, which is the newest addition to the Medical Center, will be home for those students at UMMC as well as faculty and researchers with the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Students spend their final professional year undergoing advanced practice training at clinical sites across the South. The school has been offering the Doctor of Pharmacy, or Pharm.D., since 1998.

The new building's cutting-edge amenities also promise to enhance learning and research, thanks to fully equipped research laboratories and unique classrooms outfitted with videoconferencing technology.

"This technology provides us the ability to be innovative in our educational offerings," Ross said.

Lauren Bloodworth discusses a case with students in one of 17 new classrooms.

Located on the northeast side of campus, the two-story, 29,692-square-foot building includes 17 classrooms, three research laboratories and a 173-seat auditorium. With a modern design that complements the look of most other facilities on campus, the building features expansive windows overlooking the Norman C. Nelson Student Union and the Guyton Research Building.

The basic science laboratories on the second floor support a second mission of the facility: research.

"Specifically, the laboratories are designed to handle four to eight researchers, and they provide an environment to perform a broad spectrum of translational research," said John Cleary, professor of pharmacy practice.

The laboratories are geared toward investigating patient-care problems largely concerning pharmacotherapy and pharmacogenomics, he said. Cleary, who has been performing collaborative research with the Department of Infectious Diseases for 25 years, said that he and his pharmacy colleagues work in partnership with many other departments.

The new labs will provide space for researchers, both faculty and students, to expand their focus on medication therapy issues.

"It's critical that our students be good problem solvers so they can contribute to the scientific basis for recommendations regarding medication therapy," Cleary said.

A new research laboratory in the education and research building

The building's classrooms, meanwhile, are tailored to the school's educational model of problem-based learning. The rooms fit small groups of students who use flat-screen monitors to study patient cases and map out what Ross terms learning issues.

She said the number of classrooms, and the building's advantages as a whole, will aid in the goal of boosting the school's class size to 115.

"The classrooms will help the overall experience, and that word will get out to students who are looking at pharmacy school," she said.

Visit us at, Facebook and Flickr.