Angela Yarbrough is a student in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in Minneapolis and will receive her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, May 2016. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Cornell College in 1992 and her Master of Fine Arts in Costume Technology from North Carolina School of the Arts in 1997.
Driven to expand patients’ understanding of diabetes prevention and management, Angela is active in the Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance as a Coordinator for Operation Diabetes. Her current project is a partnership with the Little Earth Strong Fitness Program focusing on wellness and diabetes prevention with the Little Earth Native American community. This project provides her colleagues with an opportunity to gain expertise providing individualized care through blood sugar diagnostic testing and patient counseling skills. She envisions that these encounters will increase awareness of pharmacy practice beyond the traditional dispensing role to that of a valuable member of the interdisciplinary patient care team. This summer her service included volunteering as a medical staff member at Camp Sioux, for children with diabetes. This experience provided her with the opportunity to work as a member of an inter-professional team with nurses, dieticians, physicians and physician’s assistants while expanding her knowledge of insulin therapy.
She enjoys working directly with patients to explore concerns, provide education to promote safe and appropriate use of medications, and to ensure that every medication has an indication for its use. She uses these skills volunteering with Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic (PNC) Dispensing Pharmacy.
Angela is passionate about Pharmaceutical Care practice and plans to continue to provide patient care in the Twin Cities in a clinic setting following a residency in Ambulatory Care.