Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2012-01-10


A group of Samford University pharmacy students will spend part of January learning about the British healthcare system and pharmacy practice during a two-week stay in London, England.

The 26 students will visit numerous pharmacy and medical sites where they will interact with pharmacists and other healthcare providers, according to Dr. Michael Kendrach, one of three McWhorter School of Pharmacy professors teaching the course.

The trip, Jan. 14-27, will include visits to two pharmacy schools, the pharmacy department at prestigious St. Thomas Hospital, and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, where they will learn about the British licensure process for pharmacists.  Each student will spent an afternoon observing in a community pharmacy.

They will learn about early professional practices with visits to medical/pharmacy museums and sites, including an 1800’s operating room.

Kendrach says the students signed on for the elective course primarily to learn about pharmacy in a setting outside the United States, but also “to learn and experience culture in another county.”

To that end, the agenda also includes visits to St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. The Samford group will also enjoy a city tour of Oxford.

In addition to Kendrach, Samford pharmacy professors Dr. Teresa Wilborn and Dr. Kim Benner will travel with the students.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.