Perhaps the most important aspect of my career, is the education of future pharmacists, and at times other allied healthcare professionals. Much of my teaching centers currently on didactic classroom lectures, hands-on lab experiences, and advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE) at my clinical site. The following are the descriptions of some of my teaching services.
"To have a group of cloistered clinicians away completely from the broad current of professional life would be bad for teacher and worse for student. The primary work of a professor of medicine in a medical school is in the wards, teaching his pupils how to deal with patients and their diseases." - Sir William Osler
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
Congestive Heart Failure Transitions in Care
Rotation Type: Ambulatory Care
Location: UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus
Student Requirements: P3 (Last year at accelerated pharmacy program)
Description: The rotation is centered on serving as a supportive pharmacist at an ambulatory clinic for patients with heart failure. The goal is to reduce readmission rates of patients, especially in regards to recent CMS changes. As such, the pharmacist and students work alongside nurse practitioners, nurses, and physicians as an interdisciplinary team to identify high risk patients for exacerbations of disease that may necessitate hospitalizations. The student accompanies nurse practitioners to see patients in the clinic and help in regards to medication and lifestyle education. This includes medication reconciliation, medication therapy review, and education of patient diet and lifestyle activities that may be adverse to their disease state.
Fundamentals of Aging
Student Requirements: P2
- Medication Therapy Management and Prescribing Cascade
- Renal and Urological Disorders in the Elderly
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory Issues in the Aging
- Ethical and Socioeconomic Considerations in the Geriatric Patient
- Case Studies - Considerations in the Geriatric Patient
Medical Applications for Pharmacy Students
Student Requirements: P1
Synopsis: This lecture is given to pharmacy students in Drug Literature. Utilizing an iPad, the lecture focuses on identifying the roles of mobile medical applications and mobile devices play in pharmacy practice. Students are shown how to evaluate apps, given examples of high quality apps and questionable apps available. Lastly, students are shown what apps may be used in their educational experiences on campus and on rotation.
Note: Side effects of this lecture leads the presenter to be then sought after most questions related to apps and device selection by students there after. Beware.
Self Care Therapeutics
Student Requirements: P1
- Minor Burns and Wounds
Physical & Clinical Assessment
Coordinator for Year Round Class w/ Lab
Student Requirements: P2
- SOAP - Preparing Notes for Clinical Practice
- Drug Induced Dermatological Reactions
Synopsis: This class is actually spaced over the Fall and Summer semesters. Lectures deal with assessing patients and their diseases, performing clinical assessments (e.g. BP, SMBG), and hands-on training with pharmacological delivery devices (e.g. nebulizer, inhalers), through a mixture of didactic lectures and laboratory practice. The class uses a flipped classroom model as well to help supplement students prior to class about the topic prior to engaging in practice.
Colleges: Optometry, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy
- Pharmacology for GI Disorders Part II (PA)
- Pharmacology of Pain and Inflammation (PT)
- Pharmacology for Infectious Diseases (OT)
Synopsis: One of the benefits of my university is the number of different healthcare colleges available. While the pharmacy school was the original college, in recent years other allied healthcare colleges have opened up. This presents the opportunity for pharmacy to conduct pharmacology lectures for those colleges students, and great opportunities for interdisciplinary care activities around the campus.
UMass Pharmacy Residency Research Seminar
Audience: PGY-1 & PGY-2 Pharmacy Residents
Synopsis: The seminar focuses on educating residents on research, with a focus on helping them with their research project required for accreditation standards by ASHP. Topics include coming up with a research question, data collection, statistical analysis, creation of a medical poster, giving a medical presentation/podium talk, and creating a manuscript for publication. The seminar is held year round, spaced around key events related to their research experiences, such as conference events.
Other Teaching Services
While this is not an all inclusive list, other duties around campus include participation in other lectures, facilitating laboratory and small group activities, and other academic functions not worth boring you with.