Jon Schommer Named To Peters Chair In Pharmacy Practice Innovation

Jan. 15, 2015

Jon Schommer, PhD, professor and associate head in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems (PCHS), has been named the Peters Chair in Pharmacy Practice Innovation, effective Jan. 1, 2015. This position is a rotating, two-year appointment for College of Pharmacy faculty. Schommer's appointment was made following an external panel review.

The Peters Chair was established through a $13.5 million gift from William (Bill) and Mildred Peters to stimulate innovation and research that would advance the practice of pharmacy. Bill, a 1910 College of Pharmacy graduate, along with his wife Mildred owned and operated the Lowry Hills Drugstore in Minneapolis for 33 years.

Schommer has extensive experience in information processing and decision making related to the provision, use, and evaluation of drug products and pharmacist services. The work is grounded in health behavior theories; decision-making theories; cognitive, social, and behavioral psychology; and marketing models of organizational and consumer behavior.

"Individuals make the decision to-take or not-to-take a prescription medication over 500 million times a day in the United States," said Schommer. "A person's regular interaction with medications is not only a frequently and consistently occurring health care event, it also interfaces with almost all other aspects of his or her health care. As the U.S. health care system moves away from fragmented approaches and closer to a team-based, patient-centered care approach, there is a need for a way to unify and coordinate individuals' health care, even as these individuals enter and exit various components of the health care system and as they shift between their preferred identity as a person and their sometimes necessary identity as a patient. We suggest that the 'medication experience' (an individual's subjective experience of taking a medication in his or her daily life) can be used as a unifying and coordinating concept to bridge this dichotomy and that the pharmacist's role is central in this domain."

As the Peters Chair, Schommer plans to collaborate with colleagues around the country and conduct the 2015 National Consumer Survey on the Medication Experience. See pilot study findings. The 2015 survey will collect data from over 30,000 people and will describe the U.S. adult population in terms of their medication experiences and their views of pharmacists' roles. The findings will be useful and impactful for:

  • expanding the identification and description of segments of the population based on components of the medication experience
  • incorporating components of the medication experience into patient care processes
  • building systems for identifying and matching patients and providers based upon preferences and capacities in the medication experience domain.

Schommer received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a faculty fellow in the college's Center for Leading Healthcare Change and the director of graduate studies in the Social and Administrative Pharmacy graduate program.


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The 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 Academic Health Center, which is home to the University of Minnesota’s six health professional schools and colleges as well as several health-related centers and institutes.