REWIND: “Back to the Future”–University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy (MN-COP) Leaders in Pharmacy Education

This may sound like a blog post on the 1985 American science fiction adventure comedy starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown. Good guess, but it’s not about the film. Let’s rewind back several months when we were talking about leaders from the University of Minnesota at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). This is a follow-up in the series on future leaders in pharmacy education.

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Shannon Reidt

In 2016-2017, Dr. Shannon Reidt, Assistant Professor in Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems, will serve as the Chair-Elect for the Geriatric Pharmacy Special Interest Group (SIG) at AACP. She expressed that AACP is the organization where she has felt most “at home” and that she wanted to serve in a position to give back to others. When asked how her Minnesota experiences will influence her leadership role at AACP she responded: “I hope to share the habits of scholarly teaching and strategies for the scholarship of teaching and learning with my fellow Geriatric SIG members. The College of Pharmacy has shown a renewed interest in aging and research. I look forward to working with the SIG in addressing the gaps in training pharmacy students with the skill sets to care for complex older adults with complex pharmaceutical needs.” Dr. Reidt mentioned that being a part of AACP leadership will allow her to promote collaboration among the SIG’s membership. Personally, she’s looking forward to meeting more people who share her interests and offer different perspectives on teaching and practice.

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Angela Birnbaum

Dr. Angela Birnbaum, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, will be serving as the Chair-Elect and Chair of the Programming Committee for the Graduate Education Special Interest Group at AACP. She wanted to get involved in the executive team of the SIG to increase her interaction with other graduate education leaders and help shape the face of pharmacy graduate education at the national level. When asked how her Minnesota experiences will influence her role she said: “I believe the UofM is ahead of the curve on several fronts. In the College of Pharmacy we have developed various strategies over the last decade for incorporating pharmacy students into research. I believe these approaches are valuable to other schools. By sharing our experiences we can help others find viable research paths for their students, which can aid in identifying future pharmacy faculty.” Dr. Birnbaum emphasized that being part of the AACP leadership will increase the interaction she has with other faculty and deans in colleges of pharmacy around the country, resulting in sharing of ideas that may enhance the interaction between MN-COP’s professional and graduate programs and other institutions.

Thank you, Dr. Reidt and Dr. Birnbaum, for your willingness to serve in advancing pharmacy education!