Pharmacist to Head Clinical Education Center
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 26, 2008) -Michael Berger has been named clinical training coordinator for the new University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Clinical Education Center (CEC) located in Owensboro. The education center is a partnership between UK and Owensboro Medical Health System (OMHS) offering fourth-year UK pharmacy students the opportunity to complete advanced clinical pharmacy practice experiences in the Owensboro area.
UK College of Pharmacy students will be based at the center and complete 10 one-month rotations in clinical pharmacy settings at OMHS as well as in community pharmacies and other clinical settings in the area. Last year, OMHS pledged $1.2 million over five years to establish the Clinical Education Center, making it the second CEC partnership in the state following the opening of the Louisville-based program at Norton Healthcare in 2007.
Berger, a native of Fort Thomas, Ky., is a 2003 graduate of the UK College of Pharmacy and is licensed in Kentucky and Indiana. He has held previous clinical pharmacy positions at Owensboro Medical Health System as well as at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind., and at Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Ky.
As coordinator, Berger will oversee the clinical rotations of all Owensboro CEC students and facilitate the expansion of clinical pharmacy services at Owensboro Medical Health System and in other pharmacy settings in the region.
Owensboro Medical Health System serves an 11-county region in Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana with a full-service hospital employing a workforce of more than 2,900. In addition to hospital and rehabilitation services, OMHS includes the HealthPark, a medical-based fitness center, home health services, a wound healing center, two outpatient diagnostic centers, the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center and the McAuley Clinic. OMHS also operates Pennyrile Pulmonary Critical Care, Western Kentucky Rheumatology Center, Owensboro Community Health Network, Kentucky BioProcessing, MultiCare in Madisonville, Ky., and Riverfront Medical Clinic in Tell City, Ind.
The UK College of Pharmacy is among the top five pharmacy schools in the nation and students graduating from the program have consistently had the highest first time pass-rates in the U.S. on the national licensing board exam (NAPLEX). The college is an international leader in pharmacy education, clinical care and pharmaceutical research and currently enrolls 498 students in the Doctor of Pharmacy program with more than 90 percent of students from Kentucky.
Currently, a new 286,000-square-foot College of Pharmacy building is under construction on the UK campus. The new facility -- which will be the largest academic building ever built in Kentucky -- is targeted for completion in 2010 and will allow additional expansion of class sizes and clinical and research programs.