Cultivating Pharmacy Practice, Driving Research & Scholarship and Advancing Education

The Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems (PCHS) advances the practice of pharmaceutical care and its role in the healthcare system for the benefit of patients & society through education, research, & service.

PCHS is dedicated to the advancement of pharmaceutical care. Pharmaceutical care was originally conceptualized by faculty within our department and continues to be an integral focus to our departmental identity. pharmacy practiceOur faculty engage in a diverse array of pharmacy practice models and services in partnership with healthcare systems, health disciplines, and the community at large to provide high-quality patient-centered care. Our faculty meet this need through patient care, practice-based research, practice innovation, and education.  Learn more about our practice faculty

Faculty and trainees within our department study the pharmacy profession, patient care behaviors, government policies, and the economic, clinical, and humanistic aspects of medications.  dataLearn more about our research and scholarship in:

  • Patient Care
  • Pharmaceuticals and Public Policy
  • Educational Research

PCHS embraces a leadership role in curricular innovation at the College. Our faculty are serving in leadership roles that are creating new learning experiences for Doctor of Pharmacy students and modeling innovative teaching and learning strategies in a variety of courses.  Learn more about our advancing education in:

  • EducationCurricular Domains
  • PharmD Emphasis - Leadership
  • Advancement of Experiential Education
  • Innovations in Teaching

graduate schoolStudy the social, psychosocial, political, legal, historic, and economic factors that impinge upon the use, non-use and abuse of drugs.  Learn more about SAPh Degree Programs

Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Stephen W. Schondelmeyer

Portrait of Stephen Schondelmeyer"We want to move away from the "fail and fix" approach to the "predict and prevent approach", which includes transparency and supply-demand databases."

Research Spotlight: Dr. Pakhomov

portrait of Serguei PakhomovDr. Pakhomov’s lab is engaged in three recent NIH funded projects. To read more about these projects click here.

 

PCHS Announcements

Headshot side-by-side of Barbara Brandt and Mark Schneiderhan

Barbara Brandt, PhD, and Mark Schneiderhan, PharmD, BCCP, have been inducted into the Academies of Excellence.

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Improving Mental Health—Are Pharmacists an Untapped Resource?

Millions of Americans are impacted by mental illness each year and as many as one in five people will experience mental illness at some point in their life. For patients with mental illness, medications are treatment critical form of treatment. This places pharmacists in a unique position to help patients with mental illness improve their health.

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Jean Moon Selected as Chair-Elect of the ACCP Pulmonary PRN and Elected as Fellow American College of Clinical Pharmacy 

What does being elected as a Fellow to ACCP and chair-elect of ACCP Pulmonary PRN mean to you?

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PCHS in the News

Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD was interviewed by Fox13 Salt Lake City for the article, COVID-19 pandemic strains the US's prescription drug supply chain.

Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD was quoted in a Medpage Today article, No Easy Fixes for Drug Supply Chain Problems.

Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD, was quoted in a CNN article,Coronavirus pandemic is causing 'unacceptable' shortages in US drug supplies, report says.”

Jason Varin, PharmD, received the Pharmacy Advocacy Award at the MPhA Annual Meeting, for his work to help pharmacies that were damaged by vandalism and looting in the aftermath of civil unrest in the Twin Cities.

Ann Philbrick, PharmD, BCPS, Chrystian Pereira, PharmD, BCPS, and colleagues had their work "Education and Attitudes on Medical Cannabis in Family Medicine Residency Programs," published in Family Medicine.

Amy Pittenger, PharmD, MS, PhD, has been appointed as part-time liaison to theExecutive Vice President & Provost’s Office. In this role, Amy will help advance discussions with academic leaders at all levels of the University to achieve its goal of developing “innovative, coordinated, and scaled systemwide distributed learning models that increase access and meet workforce needs” as part of the Systemwide Strategic Plan.

Kristin Janke, PhD, Keri D. Hager, PharmD, BCACP, and Anita Sharma, PharmD, presented evidence in support of short, targeted, patient-centered care IPPEs in this case study report, “Unpacking student learning from an early experience with the Pharmacists' Patient Care Process.” 

Ann Philbrick, PharmD, BCPS, was quoted in the Time article, “Why This Year's Flu Vaccine Will Be So Vital in the Fight Against COVID-19.”

Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD, was interviewed for the Science article, "Drug recently shown to reduce coronavirus death risk could run out, experts warn." The interview was also referenced as part of the Latin Post article, "Gilead to Launch Human Trials for Inhaled Form of Remdesivir To Treat COVID-19."

 
Jason Varin, PharmDwas interviewed for the NBC News story, "Elijah McClain was injected with ketamine while handcuffed. Some medical experts worry about its use during police calls."

Amy Pittenger, PharmD, MS, PhD, was interviewed for the Star Tribune story, "In first year, University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel leads school through health and social crises."

Todd Sorensen, PharmD, and Carrie Martin Blanchard, PharmD, MPH, authored the article, "A Partnership to Optimize Medication Use and Patient Outcomes," for Drug Topics.
 
Ann Philbrick, PharmD, was interviewed by the U of M to discuss the flu vaccine, https://twin-cities.umn.edu/news-events/talking-flu-vaccine-u-m
 
Joel Farley, PhD  and Betsy Hirsch, PharmD, RPh, were interviewed for the PolitiFact story, "What is remdesiver? Why experts are hopeful but cautious about its use for COVID-19." Hirsch was also quoted in the MedPage Today story, "COVID-19 Antibiotic Overuse Puts Stewardship Efforts at Risk."

Kylee Funk
, PharmD, BCPS, had her article "Teamwork Really Does Equal Dreamwork - How Pharmacists Might Reduce Burnout" published in the spring 2020 issue of MPhA's, Minnesota Pharmacist.
 
Diana Langworthy, PharmD, BCPS  and Scott Chapman, PharmD, were interviewed for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement blog article, "Mobilizing Student Innovations During COVID-19."

Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD, was interviewed by CBS This Morning for the story, "Pandemic exposes drug supply shortages doctors have grappled with for 'more than two decades.'"
 
Wendy St. Peter, PharmD, was interviewed by the U of M to discuss kidney health awareness, https://twin-cities.umn.edu/news-events/talking-kidney-health-awareness-u-m