Pitt is one of the first programs in the country to offer a PhD in clinical and translational research in the pharmaceutical sciences. To date, the Clinical Pharmaceutical Scientist program has graduated in excess of forty students who have been recruited to academic, government, and pharmaceutical industry positions. Pitt is a national leader and innovator in training clinical pharmaceutical scientists. Recently, faculty have published the core competencies for clinical pharmaceutical science PhD programs (Am J Pharm Educ. 2011 March 10; 75(2): 22) a novel model for the clinical training of post-PharmD graduate students (Am J Pharm Educ. 2007 April 15; 71(2): 32), and have developed an innovative interprofessional course in translational research (Clin Transl Sci. 2013 Feb;6(1):50-6).
The School of Pharmacy is one of 16 schools of the University of Pittsburgh, all of which are located on the Pittsburgh campus within easy walking distance. Our University is among the very few that have six schools of the health sciences and that are located on the same campus as the School of Engineering and the Department of Chemistry. The environment is incredibly rich in opportunities for learning and for collaborating on research. Within the School of Pharmacy, the Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate program brings together highly motivated domestic and international students with diverse backgrounds who seek training in medicinal chemistry, biomedical pharmacology, and pharmaceutics, as well as clinical pharmaceutical sciences. The nearly 40 students in the program learn together through coursework, seminars, and participation in graduate student life through the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly and the student chapter of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.
The Pittsburgh campus serves as the home of both the University of Pittsburgh and its partner, UPMC, one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation, and in fact, the world. Pitt is a leader in NIH funding—a universally recognized benchmark of research excellence. The University of Pittsburgh joined the distinguished ranks of the top ten NIH-funded academic institutions in 1997 and has steadily climbed the rankings within this elite group since then, now ranking number five in both number of NIH grants received and overall NIH funding. As one of the first institutions to receive an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award, Pitt has established the Clinical and Translational Research Institute that has augmented the already outstanding infrastructure for training and supporting multidisciplinary clinical and translational researchers.