Dr. Andrew Traynor Returns to College of Pharmacy as Assistant Dean of Experiential Education and Faculty Member
Andrew Traynor, PharmD, BCPS, has accepted the position of assistant dean of experiential education, effective June 30, 2020. He also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems.
Dr. Traynor is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Following his residency graduation at the college, he served as assistant professor and assistant residency director for the Ambulatory Care Residency Program on the Duluth campus.
Most recently, Dr. Traynor worked at Concordia University Wisconsin's School of Pharmacy in Mequon, Wisconsin. There he was a professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. He was also the residency director for their PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program and coordinated the teaching skill development of pharmacy residents in the Milwaukee area. Dr. Traynor's teaching has focused on the development of patient care and leadership skills and his focus in pharmacy practice has included the spread and sustainability of comprehensive medication management in ambulatory settings through residency education and academic and practice collaborations. His work has been recognized for its innovation and excellence.
“I am so excited to return to my pharmacy home and work in experiential education with all the wonderful preceptors and organizational partners of the University of Minnesota. Together we will shape our future colleagues and help patients live their best lives through optimal medication use. Though starting this position and the challenges we are facing during a pandemic and civil unrest are of a complexity I never imagined, I know that Minnesota pharmacy leads and takes pride in developing our future colleagues,” said Traynor.
In his new role, Dr. Traynor serves as an innovative and collaborative leader with a vision for advancing pharmacy practice through experiential education. He will have oversight of the Office of Experiential Education where his responsibilities will include program leadership, and program quality assurance and continuous improvement.
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The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, the only school of pharmacy in Minnesota, offers its program on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. Founded in 1892, the College of Pharmacy educates pharmacists and scientists, and engages in research and practice to improve the health of the people of Minnesota and society. The college is part of the health sciences, which are home to the University of Minnesota’s six health professional schools and colleges as well as several health-related centers and institutes.