School of Pharmacy at UVA Division

Located in the heart of Charlottesville – about 70 miles northwest of Richmond – the UVA Division offers third- and fourth-year students a first-rate VCU School of Pharmacy education combined with the practical experience provided by precepting faculty active in the field.

The University of Virginia Medical Center is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the #1 hospital in the Commonwealth of Virginia for 2016 and 2017. The UVA Medical Center is comprised of 600 beds with 28,000 inpatient admissions, 61,000 emergency room visits, and 10,500 inpatient and 69,000 outpatient surgeries annually. Ten of the health system’s specialties were recognized in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” guide. UVA Medical Center is a level 1 trauma center, level IV neonatal intensive care unit and provides organ and stem cell transplant programs. Additionally, UVA is accredited by the Joint Commission and holds additional certification for Comprehensive Stroke Center, advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, ventricular assist devices, and total joint replacement (knee and hip).

UVA Department of Pharmacy has over 200 team members with 70 pharmacy student and resident preceptors who practice in various areas ranging from administration to trauma. This broad group of dedicated educators provides learners with firsthand experience in real world pharmacy practice settings.

UVA has a long relationship with VCU School of Pharmacy with approximately 30 VCU SOP alumni currently practicing with the UVA Health System graduated from. Additionally, the majority of our preceptors and faculty have completed PGY1 or PGY2 residencies including many who trained at UVA. The UVA pharmacy residents are actively involved in working with P3 and P4 students by serving as teaching assistants for P3 students and co-preceptors for P4 students. Those in UVA Division have the opportunity to make connections within the pharmacy department and hospital.

The UVA satellite campus uses state-of-the-art equipment to keep connect to peers and faculty at the Richmond and INOVA School of Pharmacy campuses. In addition to connecting for classes and labs, UVa students are able to maintain active involvement in student organizations. On-site UVa personnel facilitate connectivity for all classes and meetings. The VCU School of Pharmacy’s UVa is highly committed to supporting our learners in taking the next step in their education.

Dr. Michelle McCarthy, is the Interim Assistant Dean for the VCU School of Pharmacy UVA Division and oversees daily operations and program academics. 

I definitely felt like coming to UVA was the right choice for me. My UVA advisor and APPE preceptors served as great role models and mentors for me and really helped me apply and prepare for residency. I was really excited to find out that I could stay at UVA to complete my residency training and to be able to continue working with an amazing group of pharmacists!
- PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
My time at UVA was filled with meaningful projects that will help improve patient care and advance operations within the pharmacy. I was able to work with pharmacists in varied practice areas from Solid Organ Transplant and Medication Safety to Pharmacy Administration and Infectious Diseases. The culture the pharmacy team fosters is not only conducive to learning but inspiring for my own career pathway as I continue training in my P4 year.
- Experiential student
UVA has proven to be a great fit for me. The benefit to my job is that I learn something new every day and I get to take care of a wide variety of interesting patients. The internal medicine floor is a great learning environment for students because there are so many learning opportunities and other medical students, medical residents and pharmacy residents to work with. Also the quality of the preceptors is top notch!
- Preceptor/ VCU alumni