One Good Story

making a difference

Now is a time of great change in the American healthcare system. Access has become a national imperative, and new policies and practices are being developed to create a value-based system focused on patient outcomes. Traditional roles of point-of-care providers are also evolving, and there is increased dependence on interprofessional teams and information technology. Additionally, advances in life sciences are providing new and sophisticated therapies and diagnostics that enable the dream of personalized medicine.

In One Good Story, we highlight the exciting initiatives and industries ACPHS students and alumni are part of through their curriculum and careers.

We hope that you, as a next generation pharmacist and healthcare professional, not only enjoy these inspirational stories, but also are inspired to make a difference in people’s lives and in the healthcare system as a whole.

The Human Side of Healthcare

Beyond teaching students in the classroom, ACPHS faculty help our students to see their patients as more than just a disease through real world experiences. From Albany’s South End to the mountains of Vermont, our focus on the human side of health care sets teaching and learning apart at ACPHS.

Bridges to Industry | Center for Biopharmaceutical Education & Training

Many ACPHS alumni have joined the leadership roles in the pharmaceutical industry due to their strong backgrounds in all aspects of pharmaceutical science. They should be followed by many more, since industry dynamics are skyrocketing the need for talent. It is imperative that ACPHS develop new course and program offerings to prepare our students for additional career paths. That’s the need behind our new Center for Biopharmaceutical Education and Training – a specialization in emerging technologies found in the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry. The Center will be the first of its kind in New York State and will set ACPHS apart from other schools of pharmacy across the nation. By offering practical experience that will be immediately translatable to the needs of employers, we will educate the next generation of life science professionals in biotechnology and biomanufacturing to meet expanding workforce needs.

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ACPHS Scholarships

Scholarships are very important at ACPHS. They not only help us recognize academic excellence, but also are a key component of our competitive financial aid packages. In this month’s One Good Story, hear from students as they talk about how scholarships generously funded by ACPHS alumni and friends help them achieve their professional dreams.

To learn more about scholarships, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (518) 694-7256 or If you’d like more information on endowing a scholarship, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at

CPESN of Upstate New York

John Croce ‘84, owner of Four Corners Pharmacy in Delmar, N.Y. and Zarina Jalal ’12, owner of Lincoln Pharmacy in Albany, N.Y., discuss their involvement in the Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Networks (CPESN) of Upstate New York, a clinically integrated network of community pharmacies that coordinates patient care with broader care teams to provide medication optimization activities and enhanced services for high-risk patients.