Student Support Services
Through academic counseling and personal support, the Office of Student Affairs strives to assist students in their adjustment to academic life. Staff in the Office of Student Affairs are here to listen and talk through challenges students may face, whether they be academic, social or personal, and provide outreach to students who are struggling with academics and attendance in order to assist them in getting back on track. The Office of Student Affairs provides students with a full spectrum of academic support beginning with first semester mentoring and continuing through graduation by offering a variety of services including the following:
Advising, Student Health and Wellness
Student Advisory Program
During the P1 year students are advised by the Director of Progressions. Once a student reaches their P2 year, the Offices of Academic and Student Affairs collaborate to select a Faculty Advisor for each professional student pharmacist. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors periodically, at least once a semester, to discuss academic, personal, career and professional goals.
Grade Watch Program (Ms. Sigler)
The Grade Watch Program is a partnership between students, the Director of Progressions, and faculty members who work together to recognize potential academic problems in specific courses or with individual student progression. The team surveys student achievement and attendance in courses, takes immediate and appropriate corrective action when a student deficiency is identified by an academic alert and develops strategies to improve student achievement and retention.
Benefits of the activities of the Grade Watch Program are:
- Potential problems may be detected earlier in the semester, allowing time to devise and implement strategies to keep a student on track.
- Constant monitoring of each student’s academic progression may help to develop a strategy for improving the academic performance of students with deficiencies.
- Self-directed learning skills can be enhanced in students who may need it.
Counseling Services Referral (Ms. Sigler)
The School of Pharmacy partners with professional counseling and wellness services on main campus. This is a free and confidential service to our students so that they can maximally benefit from their educational environment and continue to succeed in the lifelong task of their career development.
School of Pharmacy Living and Learning Community (Dr. Jones)
Living learning communities are college or academic-based and help you make friends in your major, get to know faculty, and help you achieve academic success. Theme housing offers opportunities to explore campus involvement and leadership but is not related to a specific college or major.
Wellness Program (Dr. Gresham-Dolby)
The student wellness program is overseen by faculty and student wellness ambassadors from each of the student classes. Efforts here include the development and distribution of wellness materials, the scheduling of wellness events / activities and a monthly newsletter that provides information regarding nutrition, exercise, student stress, time management and other wellness related topics.
Maximizing Student Potential (MSP) Program (Dr. Riley)
The Maximizing Student Potential program works with students to develop a strategic academic success action plan for reaching goals. The goal of the MSP program is to advise students experiencing academic difficulty in one-on-one sessions and suggest approaches for improving performance that are tailored to the unique situation of each student.
Co-curricular Activities and Dean’s Hour (Dr. Booth and Professor Nord)
Co-curricular refers to activities and learning experiences that occur outside the requirements of the didactic and experiential curriculum that complement, augment, and/or advance the students’ learning and professional development to meet the established learning outcomes.
The co-curriculum consists of required and self-selected activities that enhance student development related to the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes associated with direct patient care, cultural competency, effective communication, self-awareness/development, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, professionalism, and service to others, including service as citizens in a global society. The co-curriculum also encourages students to participate in self-directed and lifelong learning through professional development requirements developed by each student.
Career Planning (Dr. Kimble)
The college provides several career and professional development opportunities to student pharmacists. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Job Fair
- Announcements for available internship, rotation, and fellowship opportunities
- Classroom and group activities that provide information on academic success, personal assessment, job searches, career exploration, and transitioning into the practice of pharmacy.
Diversity and Inclusion (Dr. Campbell-Monroe)
The Marshall University School of Pharmacy Office of Diversity and Inclusion understands that research on gender, race, ethnicity, and other components of diversity such as sexual orientation or religion, impact how patients receive, interpret and act on health information. Marshall University School of Pharmacy celebrates our common goal of service to humanity and promoting diverse perspectives. We continually work to ensure our students are ready to interact with the world around them, beginning in our classrooms with a goal of graduating culturally-competent students who are prepared to be leaders and innovators in pharmacy and the rapidly changing world. Efforts in this office include:
Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion
Excellence in Diversity Awards
Health Care Pathways Initiative
Marshall University School of Pharmacy Affiliated Residencies (Dr. Riley)
Advanced training opportunities in the form of post graduate pharmacy residencies are handled by this office.
- PGY1 Pharmacy Practice
- King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, KY, ASHP Accredited
- Holzer Health System, Gallipolis, OH, ASHP Candidate
- PGY 1 Community-Based
- Holzer Family Pharmacy, Gallipolis, OH, ASHP Accredited
- Marshall Health, Huntington, WV, ASHP Candidate
- Valley Health, Huntington, WV, ASHP Accredited
Student Leadership / Research Opportunities
Student Organizations (Dr. Broedel-Zaugg)
There are multiple professional student organizations at the Marshall University School of Pharmacy, with opportunities for serving the community, growing in your personal faith, professional networking, and social and collaborative learning. Marshall University pharmacy students take advantage of a wide variety of professional student organizations that are affiliated with national pharmacy associations. Getting involved allows for networking with faculty, classmates, pharmacists and pharmacy students from across the country.
- Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP)
- The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
- Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International
- Kappa Psi (professional pharmacy fraternity)
- Phi Delta Chi (professional pharmacy fraternity)
- Phi Lambda Sigma (pharmacy leadership society)
- Rho Chi (International Honor Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Student Society of Health Systems Pharmacists-a branch of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (SSHP)
Ambassador Program (Ms. Jude-Russell)
The MUSOP student ambassador program is comprised of outstanding representatives of the school’s student body who assist the Office of Student Affairs at interview days, special events and meetings throughout the year.
Pharm.D. Honors Program
The Pharm.D. Honors Program is designed to provide exceptional students in the School of Pharmacy with in-depth training and experience in a specialized area of interest. Honors students have the option of choosing one of four honors pathways: dual degree, research, teaching or leadership. Specifically, the Dual Degree Honors program provides additional educational pathways for students to expand their post-Pharm.D. career options in both pharmacy and the healthcare industry. The Research Honors program promotes independent thinking and scholarly inquiry for student participants. The Teaching Honors program is designed to develop professionalism while also creating the next generation of pharmacy educators while the Leadership Honors program is centered on developing management, interprofessionalism and leadership ability.
School of Pharmacy Research Opportunities (various)
Students at the Marshall University School of Pharmacy have numerous opportunities to contribute to real-world experiments helmed by world-class practitioners and researchers. Students can contribute to cutting-edge research while learning modern techniques that will accompany them throughout their professions in the pharmaceutical sciences. Potential opportunities exist in the following fields:
- Dr. Ruhul Amin: Head, neck and lung cancer
- Dr. Omar Attarabeen: Pharmacy student’s perceived stress, coping behavior and self-efficacy
- Dr. Eric Blough: Nanoparticles for the treatment of sepsis, muscle atrophy and cardiovascular disease
- Dr. Chris Booth: Assessment of inpatient utilization of direct oral anticoagulant medications
- Dr. Chelsea Gresham: Assessment of inpatient utilization of direct oral anticoagulant medications
- Dr. Cynthia Jones: Metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and targeted drug delivery
- Dr. Blair Journigan: Computational chemistry, drug discovery, TRPM8 channel ligands
- Dr. Angel Kimble: Survey research on CF patients
- Dr. Craig Kimble: Pharmacy administration (community and hospital practice), Ambulatory care
- Dr. Hasan Koc: Proteomics of mitochondrial translation, mass spectrometry, pharmacoanalysis
- Dr. Timothy Long: Discovery of new antibiotics, synthesis and evaluation of antibacterial compounds
- Dr. Jeremy McAleer: Immunology, Effect of dietary fat on microbiota and pulmonary immunity
- Dr. Brittany Riley: Tackling the opioid epidemic through both primary and secondary prevention efforts
- Dr. Boyd Rorabaugh: Methamphetamine exposure on cardiac function
- Dr. Robert Stanton: Various aspects of pharmacy education
- Dr. Melinda Varney: Immunology, Hematologic malignancy, and Infection susceptibility.
Rho Chi Tutoring Services (Dr. Hambuchen)
College of Pharmacy students (P1-P3) can request individual or small group peer tutoring as needed. Rho Chi tutors assist students in improving subject knowledge, while developing academic skills and strategies. Peer tutors are faculty-recommended students with excellent academic records and have earned an "A" in the course in which they tutor. Tutors will prepare for each tutoring session and take attendance, which will be shared with the Director of Progressions.
Peer Mentoring (Ms. Sigler)
Each first-year student is assigned a peer mentor from the second-year class to facilitate the entering students’ transition into the pharmacy school and university life. First-year pharmacy students meet their second-year peer mentor during orientation week. Thereafter, student pairs meet at least twice within the first semester and as needed during the year facilitated by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Director of Progressions.
- Student IT Resources
- MUSOP SharePoint
- 2018-19 Student Handbook
- 2019-2020 Student Handbook
- Current SOP Student Policies
- Marshall University Graduate Catalog
- MUSOP Smug Mug Site
Access ELVIS, the Marshall University School of Pharmacy’s student and preceptor resource portal.
Student complaints should be submitted in writing to the Office of Student Affairs at:
School of Pharmacy
Office of Student Affairs
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755-2950
Procedures and information for submitting a complaint to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education are available at https://www.acpe-accredit.org/students/complaints.asp.