First Class Of Clinical Pharmacy Grads

First Class Of Clinical Pharmacy Grads To Provide Improved Patient Medicinal Care















The first graduates of a new doctoral program in clinical pharmacy will receive their degrees at a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, May 1, at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The 15 graduates of the program – the first of its kind in Israel --will receive a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree from The Hebrew University, the equivalent in pharmacy of a doctor of medicine degree. The new program was initiated three years ago with enrollment of the first students; it replaced the former master’s program in clinical pharmacy.

Clinical pharmacy incorporates aspects of pharmacology, toxicology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapy and finds its expression within the framework of patient care. The clinical pharmacist is responsible for identifying problems connected with patients’ medications, finding solutions to those problems, and trying to prevent them. The new graduates will work alongside medical doctors in hospitals and health clinics.

“Research has shown that the use of unsuitable medicines is the fifth highest source of mortality in the US,” said Professor Amnon Hoffman, head of the program. “More people die from medical errors than from road accidents, breast cancer or AIDS. More involvement of pharmacists in guiding patients towards correct, responsible and cautious use of medicines can prevent this phenomenon in many cases. Our new graduates of this program are expected to make a great contribution to the health of patients, and they will serve as groundbreakers for those who come after them.”

In addition to Prof. Hoffman, others who will speak at the graduation ceremony, which will be held at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday in the Rubin Auditorium on the Ein Kerem campus of the university, will be Hebrew University President, Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson; Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Professor Eran Leitersdorf; Director of the School of Pharmacy, Professor Shimon Benita; Professor Shimona Yosselson-Superstine, supervisor of the applied care aspects of the program; Director of the National Insurance Institute, Professor Shlomo Mor-Yosef; and a representative of the graduating students.