These advanced pharmacy practitioners—who are employed by or affiliated with the college—impact patient care in many ways, including:
- Directly caring for patients
- Working across a wide spectrum of healthcare settings
- Researching medications, devices, and systems that improve health
- Teaching future doctors
- Collaborating with interdisciplinary patient care teams
John Swegle is a clinical professor as well as a pharmacist with the MercyOne Family Medicine Residency in Mason City, Iowa.
"I work as a member of a healthcare team providing recommendations for medication management to providers, patients, and families. This occurs in various areas of healthcare including acute care, ambulatory, long-term care, and palliative/hospice settings."
Erika Ernst slows down drug-resistant bacteria—or "superbugs"—through the optimal use of antibiotics.
“By using fewer antibiotics, you can lessen the amount of [drug-resistant MRSA]. We’ve worked out a system to quickly determine who needs what, and then put patients on the most narrow antibiotic as quickly as possible.”
Advancing the Profession
Four faculty members and a graduate student are spending 5-10 percent of their work hours on a national project that takes community pharmacy innovations and scales them. Their roles include researching how well pharmacists are doing, coaching pharmacies through practice changes, and education.