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School of Pharmacy Names New Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning

Dr. Agnes Ann Feemster to lead program that accounts for more than 30 percent of the School’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum.

By: Malissa Carroll
Monday, August 29, 2016

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Agnes Ann Feemster, PharmD, BCPS, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, has been named the new assistant dean for experiential learning at the School. A member of the School’s faculty since 2014, Feemster brings more than 15 years of clinical, leadership, and management experience to her new role.

“The Experiential Learning Program (ELP) at the School of Pharmacy is an integral component of our Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum,” says Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School. “The program strives to develop in each student pharmacist the professional judgement and competencies needed to meet the responsibilities of a practicing pharmacist in a wide range of settings. Dr. Feemster has served as a preceptor for pharmacy students and residents for 20 years, and has significant experience in health-system pharmacy and management, as well as an outstanding reputation in pharmacy organizations across the state. I am excited to welcome her into her new role, and look forward to all that she is sure to contribute.”

The Office of Experiential Learning at the School of Pharmacy recruits and oversees preceptors – full-time or part-time pharmacy practitioners and other professionals who serve as affiliate faculty for the School and supervise students during their experiential rotations – as well as manages introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences for students, which account for more than 30 percent of the School’s PharmD curriculum. As assistant dean for experiential learning, Feemster will work with staff in the Office to increase the School’s roster of ambulatory care rotations and implement experiences focused on the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners’ Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process and Entrustable Professional Activities.

“Being named assistant dean for experiential learning is an incredible honor, and I am excited for all of the opportunities that the future holds for me in this new role,” says Feemster. “I look forward to working alongside staff in ELP to continue providing high quality preceptors, sites, and services to cultivate the best learning experiences for our students and ensure that they emerge from our program as lifelong learners prepared to advance the pharmacy profession and to meet the current and future health care needs of the patients they serve.”

Feemster received a bachelor’s degree in pre-professional health studies from Clemson University, and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed her PharmD at the University of South Carolina, and later pursued a pharmacy practice residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Her research interests include pharmacy practice management and leadership, medication safety, educational methods and outcomes, pharmacy informatics, global health, and interprofessional education.

Before joining the School of Pharmacy, Feemster was interim director of pharmacy at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she also served as assistant director of clinical pharmacy, investigational drug, and central production services. Now a member of the School’s Curriculum Committee, she leads the pharmacy practice management and health-system pharmacy course in the PharmD program, manages the practice lab experience for first-year student pharmacists, and coordinates the international training program in PPS.

“As one of the top ten schools of pharmacy in the United States, our School takes pride in fostering students’ success through innovative curricula, superior practical experiences, and professional engagement. This new role represents a tremendous opportunity for me to continue serving our faculty, students, and preceptors in a new, more dynamic capacity,” she adds.

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