Greetings from Omaha! It looks like summer is finally here. In addition to the warmer weather, our faculty and staff have been working very hard as we complete our student recruitment and admission cycle for fall enrollment.
Of course, late spring and summer are always very busy with our P1 through P3 pharmacy distance classes on campus for summer laboratories. This year, we have four distance pathway cohorts in process, which is the most we have had at one time. We have one pharmacy distance cohort of 75 P1 students, and three occupational therapy hybrid cohorts with 48 OT1 students on campus, as well as at partner locations in Anchorage and Denver. The first Omaha OT distance cohort just graduated in May, so congratulations to our new alumni from this inaugural class. These academic programs are the reasons our school is recognized nationally for innovation in health sciences education.
Fall enrollments for the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions are projected to be 85 Campus Pathway Pharmacy; 75 Distance Pathway Pharmacy; 62 Campus Pathway Occupational Therapy; 18 Greater Omaha Pathway OT; 22 Regis Pathway OT; 12 Alaska Pathway OT; and 64 Physical Therapy. We continue to grow in key areas of our school and pursue the best students across each program.
This issue of our newsletter is indeed exciting as it focuses on a number of activities in our school. Don’t miss the feature on our China initiative. This initiative began in 2007 and has resulted in significant connections with Chinese medical universities to the benefit of our students and faculty. Also, congratulations to May pharmacy graduate Tara Dammer and professor Kirk Peck, PhD. Dammer was awarded the Spirit of Creighton Award, the highest award presented to a Creighton student at commencement, and Peck was recently named chair of the Physical Therapy Department and has been featured in the news recently for his work with horses. There are many more great stories to tell in this issue, so happy reading!
Until the next newsletter, best wishes for a great summer, and I look forward to seeing many of you in the near future at one of our alumni receptions and at Homecoming in September.
With warm regards,
J. Chris Bradberry, PharmD