Profession Point.

Most of my job entails teaching.  This requires not only “in the classroom” lectures but also having students spend time with me in my clinic.  I take about 14 students per academic year on rotations/clinicals/professional clerkships with me at my family medicine outpatient clinic.  With me, students assist medical residents and physicians with medication therapy management.  We review medication lists for drug-related problems, screen for appropriate vaccinations, complete components of the physical exam, educate patients and caregivers about disease states and drug therapy and answer drug-related questions to name a few!  Most students are with me 2-3 at a time for an 8 week block.  Every academic year I also have a group of 6 students that spend time with me throughout their last year of didactic coursework that is more of a longitudinal experience.  Most of my in the classroom teaching is related to Men and Women’s health topics – which have over the years become a HUGE passion of mine.  These topics include: contraception, pregnancy, menopause, sexual dysfunction and so on.  Most of this teaching occurs in the spring semester.

Other responsibilities of my job include student advising, committee participation and scholarship.  Scholarship refers to research and publication activities.  I conduct much of my “research” utilizing my students through various projects at my clinic and most of that work has been turned into poster presentations which have been presented by my students or myself at various pharmacy and family medicine conferences around the country.  For the last year and a half or so however, I have been working with students and colleagues on some major papers for publication.

The first article was a review of the newest guidelines created for the treatment of pediatric pneumonia.  I worked with 3 pharmacy students on this paper which was published earlier this year.  It was about a 6 month process of reviews, editing and acceptance to the Journal of Family Practice, but it was a very rewarding experience to share with my students.  Below is a link to the article abstract if you want to take a peek:

http://www.jfponline.com/Pages.asp?AID=10990&search=1

The other two articles are ones that I worked with some of my colleagues at the school of pharmacy to complete.  We wrote two different papers related to predictors of academic struggle and progression in a pharmD program.  Both papers were accepted and published earlier this year.  One is published in the Amercian Journal of Pharmacy Education and the other is in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.  Recently the paper entitled “Admission Variable Predictive of Academic Struggle in a PharmD Program” was highlighted on Medscape.  If you are not familiar with Medscape, it contains a wealth of information related to healthcare.  Below are the links to both of the articles if you are interested:

http://www.ajpe.org/doi/pdf/10.5688/ajpe7718

http://download.journals.elsevierhealth.com/pdfs/journals/1877-1297/PIIS1877129712000949.pdf

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