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UMSOP Announces Formation of New Department of Practice, Sciences, and Health Outcomes Research (P-SHOR)

P-SHOR merges expertise of two existing departments.

Group photo of faculty, staff, and students in the new P-SHOR department.

By Andrew Tie
September 21, 2022

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy has announced the merger of two departments into the new Department of Practice, Sciences, and Health Outcomes Research (P-SHOR).

The Departments of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) and Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS), which were one department prior to 2003, have been rejoined to reflect their synergy and historical collaboration. The P-SHOR name was voted upon by faculty and staff after an opportunity to submit suggestions and the work of a small cross-departmental group that identified key words to reflect the joint expertise, influence, and impact of PHSR and PPS.

“The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s success and high-profile reputation have been positively influenced by PPS and PHSR and their research, academic, clinical, and outreach initiatives,” said Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP, dean and professor of the School of Pharmacy. “This merger brings together many existing partners under one name and structure. I have long been impressed by the good work in both departments and expect continued growth and impact under P-SHOR.”

P-SHOR’s shared projects and initiatives include the Lamy Center for Drug Therapy and Aging, the Ellen H. Yankellow Health Outcomes Fellowship, joint service on PhD dissertation committees, co-teaching of Doctor of Pharmacy courses, and funded grants that support faculty from both departments, including the AdhereP4. The merger will also include streamlining administrative and business operations.

Jill Morgan, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, professor and chair of PPS, will lead P-SHOR. C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, professor and chair of PHSR, remains on faculty as a professor and executive director of the renowned PATIENTS Program.

“Thank you to everyone who worked hard on the naming process,” Morgan said. “Thanks to all the vice chairs for their continued work, and thanks to the transition team for their work. I am excited to see where this merger will lead as we come together to establish our new collective mission and vision for the P-SHOR department.”

The PhD and MS in PHSR programs will retain their names while being administered by P-SHOR.

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