Anthony Olson, PharmD

Ph.D. Student, Social and Administrative Pharmacy,

Anthony Olson

Contact Info

olso2001@umn.edu

Mobile Phone 952-215-1874

Lab Phone 952-215-1874

Office Address:
130 Life Science
1110 Kirby Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Mailing Address:
University of Minnesota – College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice & Pharmaceutical Sciences
232 Life Science
1110 Kirby Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Ph.D. Student, Social and Administrative Pharmacy


PharmD, University of Minnesota, Duluth MN, 2015

MEd, George Mason University, Fairfax VA, 2009

BA, St. Olaf College, Northfield MN, 2007

Summary

Anthony W. Olson is pursuing a PhD in Social & Administrative Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota – College of Pharmacy, where he also earned a PharmD in 2015. His long-term research interests are related to an improved understanding, development, and evaluation of pharmacist-delivered patient-centered care within health systems and policy. Dr. Olson currently serves as the Post Graduate Officer in the American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Pharmaceutical Research & Science as well as the Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates for the Minnesota Pharmacists Association.

Expertise

I study the theory and application of patient-centered care approaches as it relates to pharmacist practice and patient care services. The work is grounded in patient-centered care principles; health behavior theories; decision-making theories; and cognitive, social, and behavioral psychology. Areas of research specialization include: (1) patients' processing of medication information and resultant decision-making, (2) team-based care, pharmacist, and patient effects on the delivery of pharmacist services, (3) evaluation of patient experience with pharmacist services, (4) health services program evaluation, and (5) health systems improvement.

Findings from these areas of research contribute to: (1) improved quality of patient-centered care by pharmacists, (2) the development and delivery pharmacist services, (2) an understanding of patients' knowledge, use, and evaluation of pharmacist services, (4) decision-making about the feasibility of drug therapies and pharmacist services for improving patient care outcomes and containing health care costs.

Awards & Recognition

2017: Albert I. Wertheimer Leadership Fellowship in SAPh – University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy
Awarded annually to a graduate student that has demonstrated a desire to pursue a leadership role in pharmacy.

2016: SAPh First Year Fellowship Award – University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy
Awarded by graduate faculty that teach in the first year of the Social & Administrative Pharmacy Ph.D. program to the top first year graduate student for academic performance, scholarly activity, and engagement.

2016: Practice-Based Research Methods Fellowship, Funding provided by Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) – Centers of Excellence in Practice-Based Research Learning
A 10-month program funded by an AHRQ grant (P30HS021648-01) which provided training in concepts, skills, and methods for conducting practice-based research and building practice-based research networks. Fellows also presented concept papers and specific aims at the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Practice-Based Research Network Conference in June of 2017.

2015: Commencement Speaker, Class of 2015 – University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy (Duluth)

2015: Lilly Achievement Award – University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy
For a graduating student who exemplifies scholastic & professional achievement, leadership ability, & ethical conduct.

2014: Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award – United States Public Health Service
Awarded by U.S. Deputy Surgeon General to student pharmacists demonstrating a commitment to public health. 

Professional Associations

American Association of College of Pharmacy (AACP)

American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA)       

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Patient Centricity, Pharmacist-delivered Patient-centered Care, Pharmacist Services, Pharmacist Workforce

Publications

  • Schommer JC, Tieger PD, Olson AW, & Brown LM. (Jan 2017). Applying Personality Type Theory to Develop Individualized Wellness Plans for Reducing Chronic Disease. Innovations in Pharmacy, 8(1). Retrieved from http://pubs.lib.umn.edu/innovations/vol8/iss1/7/
  • Olson AW, Schommer JC, Mott DA, & Brown LB. (Oct 2016). Financial Hardship from Purchasing Medications for Senior Citizens before and after the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010: Findings from 1998, 2001, and 2015. Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy, 22(10).
  • Gionfriddo MR & Olson AW. (Nov 2015). “Engaging Patients in Healthcare and Decision-Making: Understanding and Facilitating the Process,” in Social and Behavioral Aspects of Pharmaceutical Care. Third Edition, Nathaniel M. Rickles, Albert I Wertheimer, Jon C. Schommer, Editors, Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2015.
  • Schommer JC, Tieger PD, Olson AW, Brown LM, & Tomaszewski DM. (Oct 2015). Development of the adherence predictive index for medication taking. Innovations in Pharmacy, 7 (1). Retrieved from http://pubs.lib.umn.edu/innovations/vol7/iss1/11

Teaching

Courses

Course Instructor:Phar 4200: Drugs and the United States Healthcare System, undergraduate and graduate level elective online course (Fall 2015 - present)

Teaching Assistant: Phar 6706: Foundations of Pharmaceutical Care (Fall 2016), Phar 6720/40/50: Pharmaceutical Care Skills Labs (Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018), Phar6736: Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy (Fall 2018)