Introduction to Comprehensive Medication Management

Course Overview

Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM) is the standard of care that ensures each patient’s medications are individually assessed to determine that each medication is appropriate for the patient, effective for the medical condition, safe given the comorbidities and other medications being taken, and able to be taken by the patient as intended. 

This course is designed to cover the key foundational concepts of CMM through a knowledge-based section and then an application-based section. In the first part of the course, you will find presentations and resources that explore the topics of philosophy of practice, the patient care process, and practice management. In the second part of the course, participants will apply pharmacotherapy knowledge and obtain feedback through case studies.

Target Audience

This program is designed for pharmacists in need of refreshing their knowledge in pharmaceutical care and its evolution to comprehensive medication management. 

Completion Requirements

Introduction to CMM is a 10 contact hour online self-study course. 

To complete this course successfully, participants must:

  • Pass the assessments with an overall average of 70% or better
  • Submit two patient case assignments
  • Complete the Course Evaluation form
Continuing Education credit and regsistration will be availble soon.

Learning Objectives


  • Define comprehensive medication management
  • Explain the tenets of the philosophy of practice
  • Discuss the significance of the patient’s medication experience and how this information is used to guide medication therapy decisions
  • Describe the functions of the patient care process
  • Describe the ten categories of medication therapy problems
  • Explain the purpose of practice management


  • Assess patient-specific data and interpret these findings to identify medication therapy problems
  • Establish goals of therapy for each medical condition and medication therapy problem identified
  • Formulate recommendations for resolving medication therapy problems, providing rationale, justification, and evidence
  • Create a plan for patient follow-up


Course Instructor

Jody Lounsbery, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Jody Lounsbery is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems in the College of Pharmacy and in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the Medical School at the University Of Minnesota. Dr. Lounsbery is faculty for the University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Lounsbery received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University Of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Dr. Lounsbery completed a PGY1 Ambulatory/Community Care Residency at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and completed a PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Dr. Lounsbery is a licensed registered pharmacist in the state of Minnesota and earned certification as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist from the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties.


Guest Presenter

Deborah Pestka, PharmD, PhD

Dr. Pestka is postdoctoral research associate at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, where she also received her PharmD and PhD. Her research and teaching focuses on improving patients' medication-related outcomes through comprehensive medication management. In addition, Dr. Pestka has worked as a community pharmacist for the past five years.


Course Layout

The content for this course is broken into four knowledge-focused modules followed by two patient case studies. Each module contains a narrated video presentation by your instructor, and a short quiz. The case studies provide an opportunity to apply your knowledge and receive feedback.