Brianne Bakken is an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy (MCW SOP) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has an administrative practice site at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, where she serves as a Pharmacy Manager working on strategic projects related to operations, technology, patient/medication safety and education.
Bakken’s primary teaching responsibilities at the MCW SOP include healthcare systems, practice development and management, leadership, informatics and residency preparation. She is passionate about educating and developing pharmacists of the future that are ready to tackle problems facing the healthcare industry with innovative, entrepreneurial and clinical approaches that will ultimately improve patient care. Bakken also serves as the Pharmacy Director of the Health-System Management and Policy Scholarly Pathway offered in conjunction with the MCW School of Medicine. While at MCW, Bakken was instrumental in developing the Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program and now serves as one of the faculty directors of the program, which provides education and training for pharmacists, residents and preceptors.
Bakken is a member of the Midwest Pharmacy Workforce Research Consortium, which produces the National Pharmacist Workforce Survey, a systematic nationwide survey of pharmacists that is conducted every five years. Her research interests include residency training, practice model innovation, ambulatory care pharmacy, health-system pharmacy, leadership aspiration, women in pharmacy, work-life balance, burnout, discrimination and harassment.
Bakken has been an active member of several professional associations including the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the American Pharmacist Association (APhA), the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA) and the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW). Her professional interests include pharmacy practice model innovation, residency training, informatics and technology, LEAN process improvement, leadership development, health policy and advocacy, and interprofessional education. Bakken is passionate about advancing women in pharmacy and women in leadership. She is an active member of the Women In Science Committee and Council for Women’s Advocacy at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and also serves on the Zada Cooper Planning Committee at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.
Bakken grew up in Humboldt, Iowa and received her PharmD from the UI College of Pharmacy in 2015. She completed a PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. During her residency, Bakken received her Masters of Health Administration (MHA) degree from the UI College of Public Health, and served as Preceptor and Adjunct Faculty at the UI College of Pharmacy.