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Department of Pharmacy Practice

About the Department

The Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy is dedicated to providing excellence in the scholarship of pharmacy practice in the areas of learning, discovery and clinical practice. The pharmacy practice faculty members embrace collaboration with each other, the pharmaceutical sciences faculty, preceptors and other health care providers.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Pharmacy Practice is to provide clinical education that uses evidence-based approaches to optimize the practice of pharmacy, advance research and scholarship, deliver quality patient care and provide service.

The educational and research activities of the department focus on the promotion of health and well-being of patients by the generation, application and dissemination of knowledge relating to medications and medication use. The department's practice-based faculty, together with an extensive preceptor network, provides innovative, interdisciplinary pharmacy practice experiences that foster students as integral and competent members of the health care team.

Vision

The Department of Pharmacy Practice will be a national leader in:

  • Advancing pharmacy education and training
  • Producing pharmacists who are responsible for providing patient care that ensures optimal medication therapy outcomes and improves the patient's quality of life
  • Pursing scholarly activities that advance the profession of pharmacy in South Texas, the state and beyond

Goals

The specific goals of the department dovetail the college's Strategic Plan.

Education

Produce competent clinicians by providing quality instruction and training:

  1. Incorporate, collect and analyze data on active learning and critical thinking techniques.
  2. Implement and document innovative teaching strategies that promote scholarship of teaching.
  3. Provide varied learning opportunities by offering practice elective courses.
  4. Create students learning opportunities through experiences that involve direct patient care.
  5. Improve and maintain the quality of preceptor training events and continuing education seminars.
  6. Develop an improved plan for conducting existing onsite experiential education site visits.
  7. Implement and monitor faculty development plans to be consistent with the college’s Strategic Plan.
  8. Develop a college-based pharmacy residency training program.

Research and Scholarship

Create and disseminate knowledge on the rational use, delivery, safety and access to drug therapy; and actively engage in research/scholarship:

  1. Embrace minimum publishing standards that enable faculty to gain academic promotion and/or tenure.
  2. Increase the number of abstracts and research presentations at local, state, national and/or international scientific or professional meetings.
  3. Expand interdisciplinary collaboration with researchers in other departments, colleges and universities.
  4. Increase the number of grants submitted to federal agencies, foundations, corporations and industry.
  5. Assess and monitor faculty academic loads that enable faculty opportunities for scholarly productivity.
  6. Involve and increase student participation in scholarly activities.
  7. Implement and monitor faculty research/scholarship plans to be consistent with the college’s Strategic Plan.

Pharmacy Practice & Service

Serve the public, pharmacy profession and the university community.

  1. Support student and faculty involvement and leadership in regional, national and/or international professional and scientific organizations.
  2. Serve the local communities by engaging faculty and students in health-related events.
  3. Develop and maintain pharmacy practice opportunities that provide clinical care and preventative services to the community.
  4. Increase and monitor the number of faculty and students engaged in health literacy and advocacy.
  5. Create and promote community partnerships which benefit both the community as well as the department and the college.

Pharmacy Practice Faculty

Kingsville campus

Dr. Asim Abu-Baker
Interim Department Head of Pharmacy Practice
Clinical Professor for Pharmacy Practice
Associate Dean for Clinical and Professional Affairs
Dr. Abu-Baker's bio

Mark Bremick
Instructor of Pharmacy Practice
Mark Bremick's bio

Dr. Joan Everett-Houser
Instructional Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Everett-Houser's bio

Carolynn Mathews
Director of Experiential Education

College Station campus

Dr. Joy Alonzo
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Alonzo's bio

Dr. E. Paul Holder
Instructional Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Holder's bio

Dr. Theresa Ofili
Instructional Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Ofili's bio

Dr. Nephy Samuel
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Samuel's bio

Dr. Jaye S. Weston
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Weston's bio

Corpus Christi Region

Dr. Juan F. Castro
Interim Vice Chair & Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Castro's bio

Dr. Michael Horseman
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Horseman's bio

Dr. Jeffrey Luke
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Luke's bio

Dr. Anne-Cécile Mingle
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Dr. Natalie Rosario
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice


Rio Grande Valley Region

Dr. Daniela Bazan
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Bazan's bio

Dr. Stephen "Eric" Grayson
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Grayson's bio

Dr. Rene A. Verduzco
Residency Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Verduzco's bio

Temple Region

Dr. Sandy Diec
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Diec's bio

Dr. Charlotte Farris
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Farris's bio

Dr. Delaney Ivy
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Ivy's bio

Round Rock Region

Dr. Heather Hay
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Miller's bio

Dr. Robert W. Hutchison
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Hutchison's bio

Dr. Ladan Panahi
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Panahi's bio

Houston Region

Dr. Adam Brown
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Brown's bio

Dr. Merlyn Joseph
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Joseph's bio

Dr. Andrea Mora
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Vice Chair, Houston
Dr. Mora's bio

Dr. Pooja Patel
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Patel's bio

Dr. Victoria Pho
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Pho's bio

Pharmacy Practice Staff

Asim Abu-Baker, Pharm.D.
Interim Department Head
Clinical Professor for Pharmacy Practice
Associate Dean for Clinical and Professional Affairs
Phone: 361.221.0660
Fax: 361.221.0798
abu-baker@tamu.edu
Dr. Abu-Baker's bio

Rachel Garza
Executive Assistant I
Phone: 361.221.0701
Fax: 361.221.0798
rachel.garza@tamu.edu

Maria Benavides
Pharmacy Practice Assistant
Phone: 361.221.0703
Fax: 361.221.0798
cordiebenavides@tamu.edu