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The pace of change in health care is rapid, but perhaps no sector is experiencing evolution as quickly as the field of pharmacy. Pharmacy leaders are essential to a well functioning health care system. They are responsible for developing, implementing, managing and collaborating on many complex services and activities which contribute to the quality, efficient and cost-effective performance of health care systems -- from medication therapy management, formulary management and drug information systems, regulatory compliance, patient safety, pharmacy operations, personnel management and on-going education and succession planning.
Unfortunately, even the best health care practitioners are rarely prepared for the challenges of moving into leadership, and many pharmacy leaders today do not have the tools and resources they need to adequately address these demands. Both the development of the pipeline of leaders in pharmacy and adequately equipping the current cadre of managers and leaders are critical to the greater mission of transforming health care.
In 2003, the UCSF School of Pharmacy and the UCSF Center for the Health Professions partnered to create the Pharmacy Leadership Institute. The Institute’s activities are devoted to developing new leaders in pharmacy and empowering these leaders with the skills, information and professional networks needed to lead health systems, hospitals, and pharmacies.