Robert Bechtol, MS

Ph.D. Student, Social and Administrative Pharmacy
Minor in Evaluation Studies,

Robert Bechtol

Contact Info

becht080@umn.edu

Office Address:
7-168 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address:
University of Minnesota-College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems
7-159 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Ph.D. Student, Social and Administrative Pharmacy
Minor in Evaluation Studies


MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Toledo, OH, 2007

BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Toledo, OH, 2005

Summary

Robert A. Bechtol is currently pursuing a PhD in Social and Administrative Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy. Prior to going back to graduate school, he served as a Clinical Assistant Professor (Lecturer) for seven years in the PharmD and bachelors-level programs at the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He has experience teaching students about the U.S. health care system, global pharmaceutical industry, and basic definitions and concepts involved with pharmaceutical marketing and management. He is currently an affiliate member of the Wulling Center for Innovation & Scholarship in Pharmacy Education. His research interest is within the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Program Evaluation. He participates in a weekly SoTL Journal Club with faculty and peers, writes for the MinneSOTL blog, and is actively engaged in SoTL-related research. His career goals are to combine his interest in teaching, program evaluation, and SoTL research through a faculty, academic pharmacy position at a College of Pharmacy.

Awards & Recognition

2016: American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Walmart Scholar Program, July 2016, Anaheim, CA

2009: American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Postgraduate Best Paper Award in the Economic, Social, and Administrative Sciences (for the paper titled “An evaluation of clinical outcomes of a community pharmacy-based medication therapy management program for diabetes and hypertension.”) at the APhA Annual Meeting, April 2009, San Antonio, TX

Professional Associations

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)

American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

Wulling Center for Innovation and Scholarship in Pharmacy Education (WCISPE)

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Mr. Bechtol’s primary research and scholarly interests is in SoTL and program evaluation. A secondary interest is in outcomes research. Some projects he is working on include assessing quality indicators of team-based learning (TBL) application activities in pharmacy education, strengths awareness, self-efficacy, and development in pharmacy, the evaluation of a leadership development emphasis area program for pharmacy students, and understanding the impact strengths development has in students’ success.

He served as the Research Coordinator of the Center for Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research during his tenure at the University of Toledo, 2008-2015.

Publications

  1. Vaidya V, Hufstader-Gabriel M, Gangan N, Shah S, Bechtol R. Utilization of smoking cessation pharmacotherapy among chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer patients. Current Medical Research and Opinion. 2014; 30(6): 1043-50.
  2. Pinto SL, Kumar J, Partha G, Bechtol RA. Pharmacists-provided medication therapy management (MTM) program impacts outcomes for employees with diabetes. Popul Health Manag. 2014; 17(1): 21-7.
  3. Pinto SL, Kumar J, Partha G, Bechtol RA. Improving the economic and humanistic outcomes for diabetic patients: Making a case for employer-sponsored medication therapy management. Clinicoecon Outcome Res. 2013; 5, 153-9.
  4. Pinto SL, Bechtol RA, Partha G. Evaluation of outcomes of a medication therapy management program for patients with diabetes. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2012; 52(4): 519-23.

Teaching

Courses

Course Instructor:

PHPR 3260/5990: Pharmaceutical Dimensions of the Healthcare System, 2008-2015

PHPR 4550: Analysis of the Pharmaceutical Environment (undergraduate course), 2010-2015

PHPR 4780: Internship in Pharmacy Healthcare Administration, 2013-2015

PHPR 6520: Analysis of the Pharmaceutical Environment (graduate course), 2008-2015

Graduate Teaching Assistant:

Phar 6742: Practice-based Problem Solving with Evidence-based Methods: Foundations, Spring 2017

Teaching Assistant Coordinator for the ECP/SAPh Teaching Assistant Pool (assisted with many different courses in the pharmacy curriculum), Fall 2015-Fall 2016

Guest Lecturer:

PHPR 6530: Research Methods in Administrative Pharmacy (graduate course), 2008-2015

PHPR 4600/6600: Seminar in Administrative Pharmacy, 2008-2015

Advising

Served as a graduate-level, master thesis advisor or committee member for 5 graduate students, 2010-2015

Served as an undergraduate advisor for 20+ bachelor-level students, 2010-2015