Pharmacology expert appointed

Victoria Richards
Victoria Richards
Nov. 15, 2011 - A pharmacology expert dedicated to optimizing the physician/pharmacist relationship has joined the faculty of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.

Victoria Richards recently joined the faculty as an assistant professor of medical sciences. She will teach pharmacology to medical students. She is also designing the curriculum.

"I want to be able to be part of merging that very important relationship between the pharmacist, the patient and the physician," Richards said. "Pharmacology is really an umbrella that covers all the medical disciplines."

Richards comes to Quinnipiac from the A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, where she was an assistant professor of pharmacology.

Because schools of osteopathy stress an integrated approach in training physicians, Richards is well prepared for Quinnipiac's medical education model.

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine will follow an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum, one that will integrate medical students with their peers studying other health disciplines in the School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing.

In January 2010, Quinnipiac began the complex accreditation process to establish a medical school with an emphasis on primary care. The University plans to enroll the charter class by Fall 2013.

"Victoria brings all the assets we are looking for in our founding faculty," said Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. "She has experience in interprofessional education and teaching pharmacology across an integrated curriculum. She also has experience in course and curriculum development and leadership."

Richards earned her doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Arizona, Tucson and a master's degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She received her bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine.