In the year 2007, the University of South Florida accepted the opportunity to champion, coordinate, and implement the creation of the USF Doctor of Pharmacy program. There was a sense of urgency, excitement, and opportunity at that time that has carried forward to help us build what we believe will be an outstanding pharmacy school.
USF Health is a young, but mature health sciences complex. The USF College of Medicine and the USF College of Nursing were established in 1965. The USF College of Public Health and the USF School of Physical Therapy followed, comprising the USF Health Sciences Center. USF Health Sciences Center is now known as USF Health. USF Health is fast becoming a national leader in the health sciences. The USF Physicians Group, our healthcare multispecialty group practice, includes over 350 physicians and over seventy nurse practitioners that provide healthcare to patients throughout the Tampa Bay Area.
All of the colleges and schools that encompass USF Health currently enjoy a uncommon interprofessional collaboration. The faculty among USF Health colleges recognized that pharmacy, as a health discipline was a missing component of the academic and clinical profile at USF Health. Despite a formal program in place, interprofessional interactions involving the pharmacy discipline already occur regularly between all of the academic programs. With this recognition, there is enormous support for the addition of a pharmacy program to foster meaningful interaction between students, faculty, and researchers.