Faculty Clinical Practice

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-Dr. Abrons primary practice is in the delivery of preventative health services through health screenings and health education services. She practices related to the Mobile Clinic and health screenings in underserved patient populations in Dominica, West Indies.
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Dr. Beckett serves as the clinical pharmacist with Broadlawns Family Medicine Residency program in Des Moines, Iowa. She assists the 28 medical residents with research projects and presentations, pharmaceutical management, and education. Her research interests include anticoagulation, diabetes and endocrinology, active learning techniques, and chronic disease management.
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Dr. Ernst’s clinical practice interests are in the area of infectious diseases and appropriate use of antimicrobial agents. Her clinical practice site is the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics infectious diseases consult service. While on service she participates in daily medical rounds with the infectious diseases consult service, providing drug information and drug therapy evaluation to physicians, residents, and medical and pharmacy students. She is also a member of the pharmacy and therapeutics committee and the antibiotic advisory subcommittee at UIHC. Her interests include appropriate use of antimicrobial agents, pharmacoepidemiology and antimicrobial resistance.
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Dr. Ernst is a Clinical Professor in the College of Pharmacy, and in the Department of Family Medicine, Carver College of Medicine. His practice areas within the Family Medicine clinic encompass both the outpatient and inpatient settings where he is engaged in direct patient care, as well as traditional provision of drug information and pharmacotherapy consultation to physicians and allied health care providers in the clinic. He maintains active practice and research interests in the areas of hypertension and geriatric patient care. He is an active participant in the pharmacist-directed anticoagulation case management service, as well as the multi-disciplinary geriatric assessment clinic. As a faculty member of the Department, he participates directly in the education of medical residents and allied health professional students in the Family Medicine Residency Program.

In addition to his patient care responsibilities in the Department of Family Medicine in Iowa City, Dr. Ernst is also a consultant clinical pharmacist at the Unity Point Mt. Vernon Family Practice Clinic in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where he provides outpatient anticoagulation services.

Dr. Ernst has published numerous review articles, research articles, book chapters, and monographs encompassing a broad array of topics commonly encountered in the primary care setting.
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Dr. Farley currently practices as the clinical pharmacist member of the hospitalist team at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. He works closely with the hospitalist group of Internal Medicine physicians at Mercy. His responsibilities at Mercy include attending rounds, making clinical recommendations, reconciling medications and adjustment of numerous medications under a collaborative practice agreements, among other things.
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Dr. Fravel is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy with primary teaching roles in the Pharmacy Practice Lab series the Fluid, Electrolyte, Nutrition, GI and Renal Therapeutics course. She received her Pharm.D. from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2006 and completed a two-year Specialized Ambulatory Care Residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in 2008. Dr. Fravel is also a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Anticoagulation Clinic and the Renal/Hypertension Clinic at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She serves as a preceptor to residents in both of these clinical settings.
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Dr. Brett Heintz joined the Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS) in September 2012. At the ICVAHCS he maintains a high-level internal medicine / infectious disease clinical pharmacy practice, including evaluation of patients, providing therapeutic interventions, rounds with providers, collaborates with consult services, order/adjust medications and labs per protocol, precepts University of Iowa college of pharmacy students and ICVAHCS pharmacy residents, serves on various college of pharmacy and institutional committees, and delivers educational and other academic responsibilities. In addition, he serves as the antimicrobial stewardship pharmacy program director and provides assistance with outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT). In his previous position at UC Davis Medical Center and the UC, San Francisco School of Pharmacy he served as member of the adult/pediatric antimicrobial stewardship programs, provided clinical services on the internal medicine and infectious disease services, and co-coordinated an OPAT service.
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The major focus of my clinical service is to provide critical reviews of proposed research studies on behalf of the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee. I review, on the average, 15 new research protocols each month (range 6-20 per month). I participate in the Institutional Review Board (IRB) meetings (6/month) that approve all research projects that will involve human subjects. In addition I review and approve approximately 17 IRB research proposals per month that require a modification. Lastly, research protocols must be reviewed on an annual basis and there are about 30 protocols that get reviewed and approved each month at the IRB meetings.

My goal is to provide these consultative services and develop a clerkship experience that will generate interest and skills for students who will pursue research in their future residency or faculty appointments.

A portion of my time is also spent providing back-up coverage in the hospital drug information center when the current staff member is on leave or is away from the center on other business and creatively through the development of drug information applications for mobile devices. There is also regular interaction with the residents that provide DI and MUE services.

I provide an advanced practice experience in an underserved country one rotation cycle per year. I have taken students to Kenya, Nicaragua, Belize and Ethiopia in past years.
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Dr. Jacobsen is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Pharmaceutical Care. His primary practice sites include general cardiology, hypertension/nephrology, and anticoagulation. He serves as a preceptor to residents and Pharm.D. students. He is also an Assistant Professor (Clinical) with the University of Iowa and teaches in various courses at the College of Pharmacy. Dr. Jacobsen received his Pharm.D. degree from the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and completed an ASHP-accredited Specialized Residency in Ambulatory Care at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. In addition to his areas of practice, his interests include interprofessional collaborative care, vitamin D deficiency, cardiovascular disease, and motivational patient interaction.
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Dr. Kauer is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Her practice focuses on patients admitted to the combined internal medicine-psychiatry inpatient unit, with services also provided to the non-vascular neurology inpatient unit. Current areas of professional concentration include improving outcomes in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal and in management of delirium.
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Dr. Knockel is a community pharmacist with Hartig Drug in Iowa City, Iowa, where she is involved with dispensing, administering immunizations, and providing medication therapy management to a diverse population. Prior to joining the faculty, she practiced at Hy-Vee Pharmacy in Iowa City for 10 years, where she helped implement an AADE-accredited diabetes self-management education program.
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Stephanie works as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for the Bone and Marrow Transplant Unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
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Dr. McDanel is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). Dr. McDanel obtained this position after graduating with PharmD degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2001. Dr. McDanel subsequently completed an ASHP-Accredited Specialized Residency in Primary Care at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2002. She has been a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist since 2004 and a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist since 2012. Her current clinical practice sites include the Anticoagulation, Pharmacotherapy, Drug Allergy and adult Allergy/Immunology Clinics.
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Clinical Pharmacist in the Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Division at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
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Mr. Ponto is Board Certified in Nuclear Pharmacy and has a primary appointment as Chief Nuclear Pharmacist in the Department of Radiology, Division of Nuclear Medicine in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. In his practitioner role, he is responsible for directing the administrative, operational, and professional activities of UIHC’s nuclear pharmacy lab. Routine tasks include the ordering, receiving, storage, preparation, quality control testing, dispensing, and disposal of radiopharmaceuticals and related drugs and supplies. He also provides both didactic and experiential instruction to nuclear medicine technology students, radiology and nuclear medicine residents, and others. He is an active participant in the varied and diverse research efforts relating to radiopharmaceuticals, notably clinical trials.
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Dr. Reist practices as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. His primary area of practice is in the Department of Family Medicine Geriatric clinic where he serves on an interprofessional team caring for older adults. Prior to returning to the College of Pharmacy to teach full-time, Jeff worked in hospital, community and long-term care pharmacy practices.
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Dr. Sayler practices at UnityPoint Family Medicine at East Des Moines, which is a teaching clinic for 18 family medicine physician residents. In addition, the clinic site has 6 faculty physicians and a nurse practitioner. The East Des Moines Family Care Center provides a variety of ambulatory patient services. Dr. Sayler’s clinic services include anticoagulation clinic, diabetes education, smoking cessation, and chronic disease management. She also attends inpatient rounds at Iowa Lutheran Hospital with the residency service. Iowa Lutheran Hospital is a private, community hospital which services a diverse patient population. She serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students completing a family medicine rotation and incorporates them into all areas of her practice. Dr. Sayler’s professional interests include diabetes, adherence, patient education techniques and chronic disease state management.
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Dr. Swegle is a faculty member and clinical pharmacist for the Mercy Family Medicine Residency in Mason City. The Family Medicine residency is a training program for 18 residents and is affiliated with Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. The residency program serves as a teaching center for students of various disciplines including medicine, nursing, and pharmacy. His practice area focuses on drug therapy management for patients in the hospital, ambulatory, and nursing home settings. In addition, he works with the Palliative Medicine team and is the clinical pharmacist for Hospice of North Iowa. Dr Swegle serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students and pharmacy practice residents.

In addition to teaching responsibilities, he serves as a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Subcommittee and the Institutional Review Board for Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. He also collaborates with the Palliative Medicine team and serves as a clinical pharmacist for Hospice of North Iowa.
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Dr. Vos is a Clinical Associate and Director of Preceptor and New Site Development for the Professional Experience Program at the College of Pharmacy. Additionally, she sees patients in the Pediatric Pulmonary and Allergy Clinic at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Her practice interests include pediatric pharmacotherapy, allergy and pulmonary medicine, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Vos develops and delivers preceptor educational programs, supports pharmacists in developing experiential learning sites, and contributes to quality assurance programs within experiential education. She serves as a preceptor for an international health care experience for students in Punta Gorda, Belize where she practices pharmacy in a clinic for underserved patients. Dr. Vos also serves as a preceptor for students completing an elective experience in pediatric ambulatory care.
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At the Family Medicine Center, prescription, over-the-counter medications, herbal therapies and dietary supplements are reviewed to determine whether the patient’s medications are appropriate, effective and safe. I work as a team with the patient and their provider to create a plan to resolve medication-related problems or concerns that have been identified. Anticoagulation therapy is managed through a collaborative practice agreement with physician colleagues. I participate in inpatient rounds on family medicine patients and meet with patients following hospital discharge.