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Pharmacy Fusion discusses psychopharmacology in Idaho and at ISU

Dr. Eric Silk joins Pharmacy Fusion host Dr. Walter Fitzgerald to discuss advancements in state law that allow psychologists to prescribe mental health medications for clients suffering from a variety of mental health disorders.

Idaho ranks 49th in the United States for physicians per capita. Specifically for mental health care providers, the entire state is considered a shortage area and is consistently among the top 15 states for highest suicide rate annually. A unique program at Idaho State University, clinical psychopharmacology, puts students and faculty in a unique position to bring about positive change in the area of access to mental health care.

Walter L. Fitzgerald, Jr. serves as Dean of the College of Pharmacy, and Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences, at Idaho State University. He received the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1979 from Mercer University School of Pharmacy in Atlanta. In 1982 he received the Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Tennessee, College of Graduate Health Sciences, in Memphis. And in 1983 he received the Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis, School of Law.