2013 Pacesetter – Mid-sized – Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy

Thanks to Thomas Mattei, who holds a doctor of pharmacy, with the help of other key leaders of Duquesne University’s Mylan School of Pharmacy, its Academic Partners Program was established, helping change the mission of the school and increasing its success in receiving extramural funding.

The School of Pharmacy is now seen as a community health care provider and part of the regional safety net for underserved, vulnerable residents of the region and as a resource to improve the success of its academic partners.

Mattei, who is associate dean of professional programs, set up the Academic Partners Program as a collaboration of health care organizations, civic groups, churches, safety net providers and employers of pharmacy-related service programs that enhance health outcomes, quality of life and health resource utilization of the patients, clients, employees and residents served by the program, which utilizes faculty and staff of the School of Pharmacy.

In addition to providing direct disease management and wellness programs, a considerable portion of the school’s involvement is to help identify residents within a particular service area that have undiagnosed or under-treated diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia and asthma, and their subsequent referral for appropriate care.

The program provides clinical rotations for student pharmacists in partner sites including acute care hospitals, ambulatory care centers, physician offices, senior living campuses, homeless shelters, pediatric facilities, employer sites, mobile health units, community pharmacies and the school’s academic research centers of care and service.

Due to Mattei’s efforts and the success of the program, the school has been recognized nationally, statewide and locally.


How to reach: Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy, (412) 396-6000 or www.duq.edu


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