Victor A. Yanchick Professorship
On the occasion of his retirement and gifts made in honor of Dean Emeritus Victor Yanchick were used to create the Victor A. Yanchick professorship in pharmacy. Dr. Yanchick served as Dean of the VCU School of Pharmacy for 18 years from 1996 – 2014.
During his tenure at VCU, Dean Yanchick worked toward establishing a strong focus on geriatrics, ambulatory care and community practice; residency fellowships; interdisciplinary programs in research and practice; faculty mentoring and development; off-campus programs and development; and integrating technology into the classroom.
Under Yanchick’s leadership, VCU pharmacy transitioned from a B.S. to Pharm.D. degree program. “When I got here,” he says, “it was part B.S., part postbaccalaureate Pharm.D. … and there was also a nontraditional program for B.S. students who wanted to earn a Pharm.D. degree.” Yanchick also developed more interprofessional rotations students and an increase in community service and community engagement.
Yanchick served as president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in 2008-09 and went on to serve VCU as the executive director of the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care from 2014-16.
Patricia Slattum, Pharm.D., Ph.D. is the Victor A. Yanchick Professor. Dr. Slattum is the director of the Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Program at the VCU School of Pharmacy, which is dedicated to improving drug therapy outcomes in older adults and is regarded as a national leader in geriatric pharmacotherapy.