Beth Phillips, a clinical professor in the College of Pharmacy, has been named the inaugural Rite Aid Professor in Community Pharmacy. The college’s newest professorship fosters excellence in community pharmacy practice in the clinical or tenure track.
“We are delighted for the support Rite Aid has shown in establishing this community pharmacy professorship,” said Svein Øie, dean of the College of Pharmacy. “The professorship will be key in our efforts to advance community pharmacy in our new health care environment.”
Phillips, who joined the faculty in 2007, is director of the pharmacy college’s Postgraduate Year Two ambulatory care residency program and preceptor for the Postgraduate Year One community practice residency program. During her 18-year career, she has developed two other residency programs and has trained more than 60 PGY1 and PGY2 residents. The collaboration between UGA and community sites within Athens provides a distinctive training environment for pharmacy students and residents by combining clinical practice with the development of teaching skills.
Phillips teaches didactic, laboratory and experiential courses in community and ambulatory care in the Doctor of Pharmacy and the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy programs. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2012 and mentors students in the scholarship of practice and teaching. These students present their scholarship at state and national pharmacy meetings, with many of them publishing their studies in pharmacy literature.
The Rite Aid Professorship in Community Pharmacy provides at $250,000 endowment for salary support, research or teaching assistance and travel expenses.