The University of Mississippi
School of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy Practice


Leigh Ann Ross

The Department of Pharmacy Practice was created in 1978 and has grown to be the largest of the six academic departments in the School of Pharmacy. Pharmacy Practice is currently home to approximately 25 full-time and 30 part-time/adjunct faculty members, located on both the Oxford and University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson) campuses.

Our Department administers approximately 60 percent of the professional pharmacy curriculum, including the Professional Experience Program. We are fortunate to have over 250 extraordinary preceptors in sites in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee who provide high-quality introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences for our students. Pharmacy Practice faculty direct courses in all years of the curriculum and many are involved in post-graduate residency training programs. We strive to incorporate active learning into our courses. Created 15 years ago, the third professional year Problem Based Learning (PBL) course series is one example of our Department's commitment to promoting self-directed learning and to developing our students as life-long learners. More recently, a Skills Laboratory and introductory practice experiences were implemented in the first years of the professional program to prepare students for involvement in patient care activities. These innovations are evidence of the Pharmacy Practice faculty's commitment to provide the very best educational opportunities for our students.

The Department of Pharmacy Practice contributes to the School's research and scholarship mission through basic science, clinical and community-based research programs. Specific areas of interest include infectious diseases research, pediatric clinical trials, obesity assessments and interventions, and models to advance the practice of pharmacy through medication therapy management services. Due to the hard work of our faculty, our Department has seen an increase in external funding for research and in scholarly output in recent years. We are excited about opportunities to create and disseminate new knowledge.

The Department of Pharmacy Practice is deeply committed to the service mission of the School of Pharmacy. Our faculty are involved in service activities within the School and University, our profession, and our communities. In addition to traditional academic service, such as committee work and student advising, most Pharmacy Practice faculty provide direct patient care services in institutional, ambulatory, and community settings. A number of faculty have obtained board certification in their clinical area of expertise. Pharmacy Practice faculty are leaders in pharmacy and many hold elected offices in our state and national pharmacy organizations.

This is an exciting time in pharmacy. With new practice models emerging, pharmacy is uniquely positioned to change the health care environment. The Department of Pharmacy Practice faculty are working with our colleagues, students, and alumni to ensure that our graduates are prepared for the challenges ahead. We are committed to providing leadership within our profession, to sharing our research findings and experiences with others, and to improving the lives of Mississippians through work in our communities. We invite you to learn more about our efforts through the information provided on this site. If the opportunity arises, we would be delighted for you to visit our Oxford or Medical Center campus to learn more about the work within the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Very truly yours,
Leigh Ann Ross, Pharm.D.
Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs