Teaching and Training Programs
The teaching and training programs of the Department include graduate level teaching, teaching in the Pharm.D. professional program, and undergraduate teaching in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURF).
Graduate student teaching by department faculty includes didactic and research training that lead to Ph.D. degrees in Pharmacology & Toxicology, and Neuroscience. Department faculty participate in the Biological Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Neuroscience graduate programs.
Training of pharmacy students includes didactic teaching in the integrated pharmacotherapeutics, immunology, and toxicology courses of the Pharm.D. program. Department faculty also participate in training Pharm.D. students who are conducting research for their Pharm.D. research projects.
Our SURF program provides an opportunity for undergraduates to spend a summer in our Department actively participating in a research project with a faculty member and graduate students, and to participate in other departmental activities such as seminars and journal clubs.
Excellence in the teaching of pharmacology is a tradition in this department, continuing the legacy of Dr. Louis Goodman, founding chair of the Department of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine, and co-author of the world famous textbook, The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, now in its 13th edition. Dr. Donald Blumenthal, Associate Professor, is extensively involved in editing this book, its online version, and a more portable version, Goodman & Gilman's Manual of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. A number of department faculty have been recognized with teaching awards in the professional and graduate programs, including Dr. Marco Bortolato, who was awarded 2018 P2 College of Pharmacy professor of the year, and Dr. Kristen Keefe who was recently awarded the University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award.