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The slideshow accompanying Dr. Scott Singleton's presentation about the PharmD-PhD program at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy during the information sessions for prospective PharmD applicants on August 12, 2009. To see the video of the session, visit

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  • 1. PharmD Information Session Pharmaceutical Sciences PharmD-PhD Career Track Scott F. Singleton, PhD Director of Graduate Studies Thursday, August 13, 2009
  • 2. what is a PhD? Doctor of Philosophy from the Latin Philosophi Doctor, meaning "teacher of philosophy" the most advanced academic degree awarded by universities in a wide array of disciplines in the sciences and humanities a requirement for a career as a university professor or researcher in many fields a research degree Thursday, August 13, 2009
  • 3. why a PhD? always learning work one-on-one with a mentor creating new knowledge (information): transition from a consumer of knowledge to a producer of knowledge transition from being taught to self-teaching transition from problem-solving to teaching PhDs direct the investigations Thursday, August 13, 2009
  • 4. why Pharmaceutical Sciences? pharmacists/pharmaceutical scientists care about drugs (more so than MDs) what should be targeted to address an unmet need? how to make new drugs? how to make drugs or drug candidates better (making academic concepts viable)? how to better use medication to effect better patient outcomes how to effect better patient outcomes through information or policy discoveries in the lab lead to new routine standards of practice Thursday, August 13, 2009
  • 5. fast facts each of our PhD students receives full financial support, including a competitive stipend (as either a Research or Teaching Assistantship), paid tuition, and health insurance our students complete the PhD program in approximately 5 years our graduates find desirable positions in academia, research institutes, federal agencies, patent law, and pharmaceutical & biotechnology industries our location in UNCs health sciences complex in the world- renowned Research Triangle provides a great atmosphere of collaboration with other UNC scientists as well as those at Duke, NC State University, and numerous biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in Research Triangle Park Thursday, August 13, 2009
  • 6. Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD MS DPET DPOP MCNP MOPH PPEE Thursday, August 13, 2009
  • 7. 103 PhD students in 4 tracks DPET 18 MOPH DPOP 32 12 MCNP 41 Thursday, August 13, 2009
  • 8. a unique perspective STAGE 1 STAGE 2 STAGE 3 STAGE 4 Discovery Optimization Assessment Outcomes Pharmacotherapy Pharmaceutical Medicinal Chemistry Molecular & Outcomes & Pharmaceutics Experimental & Natural Products Therapeutics Policy TARGET DISCOVERY DRUG DELIVERY CLINICAL ASSESSMENT ECONOMIC & TARGET VALIDATION DRUG SAFETY & EVALUATION OF HEALTH OUTCOMES OF DRUG DESIGN DRUG EFFICACY DRUG CANDIDATES DRUG THERAPIES The School's PhD program has four multidisciplinary concentrations that reflect our collaborative approach to science. Thursday, August 13, 2009
  • 9. sequential PharmD-PhD program two complete curricula & degrees take PhD courses in place of PharmD electives get involved in research during PharmD can save 12 18 months Thursday, August 13, 2009
  • 10. how do I know if I should consider it? chemistry clinical drug trials biology computer science epidemiology drug discovery economics drug delivery pharmacology sociology psychology engineering Thursday, August 13, 2009
  • 11. how do I know what to study? find some papers begin reading them at 10 pm if it didnt put you to sleep, then you should join a lab doing that kind of research Thursday, August 13, 2009
  • 12. how do I find out more? Scott Singleton Director of Graduate Studies Craig Lee Mike Jarsfter DPET - Dir. Grad. Admiss. MCNP - Dir. Grad. Admiss. Rick Hansen DPOP - Dir. Grad. Studies Mike Jay MOPH - Dir. Grad. Admiss. Amber Allen Student Services Manager Thursday, August 13, 2009
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