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SOP’s Reed Honored with National New Educator Award

Award recognizes rising pharmacy educator’s outstanding contributions to the discipline of teaching and to the education of health care practitioners.

By Malissa Carroll
October 19, 2015

The American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) has named Brent Reed, PharmD, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, as the recipient of its 2015 New Educator Award. This annual award is presented to a rising pharmacy educator who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the discipline of teaching and to the education of health care practitioners.

“Since joining the faculty at the School of Pharmacy in 2013, Dr. Reed has proven himself to be a superior pharmacy educator both in the classroom as well as in experiential settings,” says Jill A. Morgan, PharmD, BCPS, associate professor and chair of PPS. “Dr. Reed’s ability to seamlessly implement new and innovative instructional technologies in the classroom, as well as his efforts to challenge students and residents to take charge of their education on rotations, have helped him to become one of the most admired and well-respected faculty members at the School. He is truly deserving of this honorable recognition and our department congratulates him on his success.”

Reed received his Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, where he graduated summa cum laude. He completed both a pharmacy practice residency and a cardiology specialty pharmacy residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals and Clinics in Chapel Hill, N.C. After serving as a clinical assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Reed joined the School of Pharmacy, where he maintains a practice site at the University of Maryland Medical Center in the areas of heart failure and advanced cardiovascular therapies and serves and director of the School’s PGY2 Cardiology Specialty Residency Program.

“Dr. Reed often receives praise from students and residents at the School of Pharmacy for his innovative teaching style,” says Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, BCPS, CPE, professor and vice chair for education in PPS, who worked with other faculty members to nominate Reed for ACCP’s New Educator Award. “He has introduced several new learning activities into the curriculum during his short time at the School, and has embraced the concept of the ‘flipped classroom’ by encouraging students to complete didactic work on their own time to ensure that that are prepared for active learning both in the classroom and on rotations. It has been a pleasure to serve as his colleague and watch him grow as a pharmacy educator.”

In addition to his teaching efforts, Reed has published more than a dozen papers in peer-reviewed journals, co-written three book chapters, and presented his work at national professional and scientific meetings. He regularly contributes to the collaborative blog HeartMeds and is the primary author of The Unit, a blog that features perspectives on cardiology practice, health care, and the pharmacy profession.

“Beyond being a superb teacher and preceptor, Dr. Reed is an exceptional role model for future generations of pharmacists,” says Stuart Haines, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BC-ADM, professor and vice chair for clinical services in PPS, who also nominated Reed for the award. “He is not only a talented pharmacy educator, but also a gifted speaker who is able to explain complex concepts in a clear, concise manner and engage his audience through the use of a variety of interactive elements. His blog has become required reading for students and residents at the School not because he requires it, but because the topics that he discusses are timely, thoughtful, and interesting. I feel privileged to have Dr. Reed as a colleague and look forward to working alongside him to continue transforming pharmacy education at the School of Pharmacy and beyond.”

Earlier this year, Reed was named the Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacy’s 2015 Preceptor of the Year. In 2014, he received the American Pharmacists Association’s Distinguished New Practitioner Award.

“Having the opportunity to teach and interact with students and residents is what initially drew me to academia, and it continues to be the most fulfilling part of my work,” says Reed, who accepted his award at ACCP’s Annual Meeting on Oct. 18. “It is an honor to be recognized for doing what I am most passionate about, and I view this award as motivation to continue implementing new, innovative activities and technologies to engage students and residents both inside and outside of the classroom. It allows me to share both my successes and lessons learned with other educators as we work together to transform pharmacy education and ensure that our students are ready to practice at the top of their licensure in their own careers.”

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