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Joan Hardman

Veteran of pharmacy services in Northwest suburbs leads College of Pharmacy's experiential education

Posted: 08/26/2013

Joan Hardman, a registered pharmacist and leader in the region’s pharmacy field for nearly three decades, has been appointed director of experiential education at Roosevelt University’s College of Pharmacy. Hardman joins the College formally having served on the Dean’s Professional Council for the past two years in an advisory capacity.

A resident of Bloomingdale and formerly the director of pharmacy services for Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, Hardman will oversee the Office of Experiential Education, establish partnerships with community pharmacies and short and long term care facilities, assign pharmacy students to clinical experiences throughout all three years of the PharmD program and evaluate students’ skill and knowledge development at their respective clinical sites.

“As a long-time pharmacy professional, Joan Hardman understands the broad base of pharmacy practice and the diverse experiences that our pharmacy students must obtain in order to succeed as professionals,” said George MacKinnon, founding dean of the College of Pharmacy and Vice Provost for Health Sciences.

“She will be a key leader in establishing an exciting, well-rounded experiential program that will provide our students with important hands-on practice as well as a variety of opportunities for learning about pharmacy and working with other members of the healthcare team while in the field,” he said.

 Hardman, who has held a number of posts over the last 30 years with Alexian’s pharmacy services, has been working closely since July to place members of the College’s inaugural class, graduating in 2014, in their first six-week advanced pharmacy practice experiences that begin on Monday, Aug. 26 and continue until May 2014. Along with the Office of Experiential Education, she is also responsible for placing the College’s first and second-year pharmacy students in weekly, introductory pharmacy practice experiences. The Office of Experiential Education oversees approximately 1,000 student placements annually.
In Roosevelt’s unique three-year PharmD program, students spend their final year of study completing clinical rotations. In all, six rotations totaling 1,440 hours of internship are required in ambulatory care, hospital, community pharmacy settings as well as long-term-care facilities and emergency rooms before members of the College’s inaugural class graduate in May 2014.
“The model for today’s pharmacist is to be a patient-centered professional. Roosevelt University’s vision for its pharmacy students clearly reflects that model and I am honored and pleased to be able to work with these students who are the future of our field,” said Hardman. “My goal is to offer students as many different kinds of experiences as possible,” she added. “I believe students can learn from our practitioners and partners in the field and that these practitioners can learn from our students as well.”