Academics

Curriculum

Our pedagogical approach to pharmacist education prepares our graduates to fulfill the role of pharmacist that modern healthcare practices demand today.

Yes, today’s pharmacists are drug information experts, but their value to society doesn’t end there. Pharmacists collaborate as part of a highly trained healthcare team to treat and counsel patients. After all, many pharmacists enter the profession because they want to help others.

A Curriculum with a Focus

If that is the reason you want to be a pharmacist, our curriculum is right for you. Our pharmacist education focuses on providing you with the knowledge, skills and professionalism that you need to practice in any healthcare setting and address the needs of any patient. Four pillars keep our curriculum focused.

1. Practice Experience

You begin clinical experiences in your very first year as a pharmacy student and continue in each semester after that. These real-life experiences culminate in nine five-week rotations during your fourth year. We believe effective pharmacist education is one in which students learn in the classroom and then immediately apply that knowledge in an experiential setting. Instruction complements the practice experience. The practice experience complements classroom instruction.

2. Pharmacotherapy

You get your initial exposure to pharmacotherapy in your first semester in Professional Orientation II: Top 200 Drugs.  You build on this pharmacotherapy foundation in Problem Based Learning (PBL) courses.  During this course, you solve problems as you, five classmates and the professor discuss a variety of cases.  You practice this problem-based learning approach in many courses so it becomes second nature to you as a pharmacist.  

3. Professionalization

We expect professionalism to become second nature to you as a pharmacist as well. Such courses as Current issues in Healthcare and Biomedical and Business Ethics focus heavily on professionalization so that you:

  • Develop critical thinking skills.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Learn how to manage ethical dilemmas.
  • Strengthen communication skills.
  • Understand pharmacy law.

4. Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmacy is a science-based profession. We integrate prerequisite knowledge from biochemistry, physiology and other sciences when you take Patient Assessment I: Biological Sciences Integrated during your first semester. This helps build a solid foundation for you to link pharmaceutical sciences to clinical cases as you progress in your studies.

Goals

We have carefully mapped out goals for you to achieve each semester.

The goals for your first semester as a pharmacy student are to:

  • Begin to develop your professional communication skills and your practice skills in a community practice environment.
  • Develop your professional leadership skills.
  • Introduce you to drug order processing and basic compounding of select pharmaceutical dosage formulations.
  • Provide an orientation to the professional program and pharmaceutical care plans and lay the basic science foundation for contemporary pharmacy practice.

The second semester goals for you are to:

  • Begin integrating the biological sciences into pharmaceutical sciences and practice-related coursework as well as developing an understanding of the basis of the mechanisms of drug actions.
  • Develop the sterile technique and skills necessary for parenteral medication preparation and administration.
  • Develop your initial practice skills in a community practice environment.
  • Develop an understanding of where pharmacy fits into the total U.S. healthcare system.
  • Introduce you to the biomedical information resources that are available to the pharmacy practitioner and begin to develop your skills of using these resources and handling biomedical information questions appropriately.

The goals for the third semester as a pharmacy student are to:

  • Continue incorporating the pharmaceutical sciences into practice-related course work in concert with a legal and ethical practice implication.
  • Develop a community outreach project working in concert with peers.
  • Develop your initial practice skills in an institutional practice environment.
  • Provide a framework for the legal, professional, ethical and community-cognizant practice of pharmacy.

The goals for the fourth semester as a pharmacy student are to:

  • Continue incorporating the pharmaceutical sciences into practice-related course work and to develop your medication monitoring skills.
  • Develop a community outreach project working with peers.
  • Develop your patient assessment skills and define and educate your roles in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and basic life support.
  • Introduce the concept of pharmaceutical care tailored to the needs of a diverse community and develop your clinical literature evaluation skills.

The goals for the fifth semester as a pharmacy student are to:

  • Continue incorporating the pharmaceutical sciences into practice-related course work.
  • Develop your managerial skills in an ethical context.
  • Help you assess the role of complementary and alternative medicine in patient care.
  • Provide basic clinical skills experience in pharmacy practice in either ambulatory care or internal medicine settings.

The goals for the sixth semester as a pharmacy student are to:

  • Continue incorporating the pharmaceutical sciences into practice-related course work.
  • Develop an understanding of cost-benefit analyses.
  • Develop and promote leadership.
  • Develop your basic clinical skills in a practice environment.
  • Help you develop a holistic approach to pharmaceutical care.
  • Refine professional communication skills following research and interpretation of data surrounding a contemporary health care issue.

During your fourth year as a pharmacy student, you are involved in full-time, five-week practice rotations for 45 weeks. The sequence of rotations may vary. Prerequisites for all fourth-year rotations include satisfactorily completing all first-, second- and third-year courses and demonstrating a mastery of the skill sets on the comprehensive annual assessment.

Postgraduate training

The Wingate University School of Pharmacy has conducted pharmacy residency training since the school was founded in 2003.

The clinical service experience offered by our faculty and adjunct preceptors naturally led us to offer the Medical Information Fellowship in partnership with Fresenius Medical Care.

Through this postgraduate program, we strive to become a nationally recognized leader in the education of students and post-graduate pharmacists. As a result, we place a strong emphasis on developing traits needed to serve the profession, including:

  • Attitudes
  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Values

More information

The mission

The mission of the Fresenius Medical Care and Wingate University School of Pharmacy Medical Information Fellowship program is to provide pharmacists interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare industry with expertise regarding the activities of the Medical and Regulatory Department. This department consists of Clinical Research and Development, Medical Affairs, Medical Information and Communication and Regulatory Affairs.

The fellowship offers exposure to all areas with a focus on medical information and communication (MIC). This area correlates with potential future career opportunities for pharmacists in the industry. The fellow has opportunities within the academic environment and there are opportunities to collaborate with faculty to conduct research and publish in the biomedical literature. To learn more, we invite you to meet our fellowship alumni.

The Fellowship

The Fresenius Medical Information Department provides accurate, timely, concise and unbiased medical and drug information to healthcare professionals nationally. The department serves as a training site for 4th year pharmacy students and for a post-doctoral specialty fellowship under the direction of Dr. Dixie Ann Sawin, Director of Medical Information. We’d also like to introduce you to the faculty and preceptors for this fellowship.

The Fresenius Medical Care fellow will develop their personal list of goals and objectives for the fellowship, which allows for a tailored experience.

In addition to these individual goals, the fellow is expected to engage in experiences that address the goals and objectives listed below.

Medical Information and Research

The MIC division is responsible for answering questions from external healthcare providers (HCP). These questions are submitted by
phone, fax or online at the Fresenius Medical Care website. The resident will:

  • Develop a strong knowledge base about end-stage renal disease and its management, dialysis and Fresenius products and pharmaceuticals.
  • Attend educational conferences and seminars in order to further enhance their educational experience.
  • Gain an understanding of the role and responsibilities of medical information in a pharmaceutical and device industry setting.
  • Learn about the prerequisites and pertinent FDA and federal legal and compliance regulations regarding medical information in an industry setting.
  • Learn the skills needed to develop accurate, fair and balanced
    information about pharmaceuticals and medical devices provided to healthcare professionals, consumers and managed care organizations.
  • Update or create Standard Response Letters (SRL) and perform literature searches to stay abreast of the latest scientific information in relevant areas.
  • Participate in drug information projects or task forces.
  • Assist in the evaluation of existing and new products (pharmaceuticals and medical devices).
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of departmental Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Continuing Medical Education

The ADVANCED RENAL EDUCATION PROGRAM© (AREP) reinforces Fresenius’ vision of improving clinical outcomes, morbidity, mortality and quality of life for patients with ESRD and CKD through fair, balanced and scientifically sound education programs for healthcare professionals. The mission of the program is to enhance the knowledge of healthcare professionals and enable them to provide the best possible care to their patients. The fellowship will enable fellows to:

  • Gain an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the continuing medical education function in industry.
  • Assist in the development and updating of interactive e-learning courses in the field of nephrology and dialysis.
  • Create new educational content or conduct reviews of existing educational content for the AREP website and live program.
  • Participate in the development of an abstract, poster or presentations for national medical congresses.
  • Perform in-depth literature searches for the development of various educational materials.

Teaching Experience

The fellow will be given the opportunity to be actively involved in teaching at Fresenius Medical Care and Wingate University School of Pharmacy. They will:

  • Gain academic experience at the School of Pharmacy and have the opportunity to attend relevant lectures, seminars and other relevant programs.  The fellow will also participate in the renal pharmacotherapy module and biomedical informatics courses at Wingate University.
  • Participate in precepting pharmacy students from Wingate University School of Pharmacy and UNC-Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy.
  • Actively participate in the various medical information teaching programs at Fresenius Medical Care.
  • Develop and present talking points to MRA.
  • Participate in and give Journal clubs.

Fellowship alumni

Year Resident Post Fellowship Position
2016-2017 Monica Timmerman Medical Science Liaison with Shire
 2015-2016  Rosa Kim  Academic Fellowship at Touro College of Pharmacy
 2014-2015  Kerry Anne Rambaran  Pharmacotherapy Specialty Residency at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center at Lubbock
 2013-2014  Lindsey McCombie  Staff Pharmacist
2012-2013 Sarah White Drug Information Residency at Medical University of South Carolina
2011-2012 Connor Hanrahan Drug information Specialist Intermountain healthcare

Faculty and preceptors

These faculty members and preceptors in the Medical Information Fellowship are dedicated to the success of medical information fellows.

Rainer Himmele, MD, MSHM
Vice President, Medical Information and Education Department
Longitudinal Preceptor

Dixie-Ann Sawin, PhD, MS
Director, Medical Information Fellowship

Huaying Su, PharmD
Senior Liaison, Medical Information and Communication Department

Corrine Zeller-Knuth, PhD
Longitudinal Preceptor, Manuscript, IRB Approval, Journal Club and Presentation of Medical Information Fellowship

Amy Janik, RN
Lead Clinician and Longitudinal Preceptor, Medical Information Fellowship

Heather Kehr, PharmD, BCPS
Primary Preceptor, Teaching Component of the Medical Information Fellowship and Wingate University Liaison

Janine Douglas, PharmD, BCPS
Preceptor, Teaching and Drug Information Service Components of the Medical Information Fellowship

Apply

Applicants must be a graduate of a college or school of pharmacy accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education. Applicants must be licensed or eligible for licensure in the State of North Carolina. The applicant must demonstrate academic excellence, a strong desire to practice drug information in an academic setting, excellent personal management skills and strong written and verbal communication skills.

Application materials must be received by the program director and include the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts of all pharmacy-related coursework
  • Letter of Intent describing your interest in medical information and completing your postgraduate training in an industry setting
  • Three (3) letters of reference completed by healthcare professionals able to comment on your clinical ability and work ethic
  • A writing sample (may be a journal club or published manuscript)

How to Apply

Please submit all application materials to:

Dr. Dixie Ann Sawin
Director of Medical Information
Fresenius Medical Care-Renal Therapies
309 East Morehead Street, Suite 240
Charlotte, NC 28202

If you have any questions about the application process, please email Dr. Sawin.

Experiential learning

The Office of Experiential Education handles the rotations for the School of Pharmacy students.

Wingate University School of Pharmacy students receive hands-on learning experiences called rotations, which begin in their first year of study. Arranging and scheduling rotations for students in every year of the doctoral program is the primary task of the Office of Experiential Education.

With one office on the Wingate campus and another on the Hendersonville campus, we help serve the students and preceptors.

If you have questions about the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) or the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience(APPE), please contact the appropriate program director.

The P4 Rotation Calendar details the 45 weeks of clinical experience.

Our course list is extensive with several areas of concentration.

See the full list

Some pharmacy students are interested in differentiating their skill set with a graduate business degree. Others are interested in entering the business and senior management side of the pharmacy industry at some point in their career. Regardless, Wingate University offers an affordable PharmD/MBA Dual Degree option for students that can be completed in as little as four years.

Program Details about PharmD/MBA dual degree