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A Practitioner’s Guide to a Successful Academic Career in Teaching, Service, and Scholarship. Maureen Knell, Pharm.D., BCPS Associate Clinical Professor Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administration University of Missouri – Kansas City Saint Luke’s Multi-specialty Clinic

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a practitioner s guide to a successful academic career in teaching service and scholarship
A Practitioner’s Guide to a Successful Academic Career in Teaching, Service, and Scholarship
  • Maureen Knell, Pharm.D., BCPS
  • Associate Clinical Professor
  • Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administration
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • Saint Luke’s Multi-specialty Clinic
  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting 2008
objectives
Objectives
  • Discuss strategies for creating teamwork in the health care environment that enhance academic productivity
  • Describe the challenges associated with meeting obligations to both a school of pharmacy and a health care institution
  • Identify ways to incorporate patient care and institutional projects into a plan for personal academic success.
confessions from an accidental academician on surviving and enjoying the adventure
Confessions from an “accidental academician” on surviving and enjoying the “adventure”
adventure daring and exciting experience calling for enterprise and enthusiasm
Adventure:daring and exciting experience calling for enterprise and enthusiasm
  • --- Oxford American Dictionary
how did i get here
How did I get here?
  • Never thought I’d be a professor of pharmacy
  • “Clinical” track position
  • Developed new practice site in ambulatory care
    • Internal Medicine
    • Anticoagulation Clinic
    • Chronic Pain Clinic
clinical faculty
Clinical Faculty
  • Definition varies from institution
  • UMKC Workload Guidelines – Pharmacy Practice Division
    • 50% teaching
    • 20% research/scholarly activity
    • Service 10-15%
    • Pharmacy practice (direct patient care) – 10-15%
    • Areas overlap/flexibility!
academia the adventure
Academia - The “Adventure”

(First steps to launching into a practice/education-based academic career)

  • Approach as a long-term commitment
  • Make sure it’s the right “fit”
getting the lay of the land
Getting the lay of the land
  • Do you have what it takes?
  • Do you know what it takes?
  • Is it the “right” environment?
    • Practice/institution
    • School of Pharmacy
characteristics of the academic adventurer
Characteristics of the Academic Adventurer
  • Desire and attitude
  • Strong work ethic
    • Pay your dues, but don’t be abused
  • Continually looking for good ideas (can be simple!)
  • Interest in self improvement/continual learning
  • Developing practice expertise
characteristics of the academic adventurer1
Characteristics of the Academic Adventurer
  • Good organization/ time management skills
  • Goal oriented
    • professional goals
    • personal goals
  • Commitment to involvement
    • Students
    • School
    • Institution
    • Professional organizations
characteristics of the academic adventurer2
Characteristics of the Academic Adventurer
  • Adaptability
  • Ambassador
  • Diplomat
  • Visionary
  • Negotiator
what is success
What is “success”
  • Professional
  • Advancement (promotion/tenure)
    • Clearly defined
  • Altruistic/humanitarian
    • Patient
    • Students
    • Service
  • Personal
all good adventures follow a plan framework for success
All good adventures follow a plan (framework) for success
  • Teaching/education
  • Practice
  • Scholarly Activity
  • Service
is it the right environment
Is it the “right” environment?
  • Does the practice/institution provide and support the foundation for your academic success?
  • Does the school of pharmacy provide and support the foundation for your academic success?
teaching practice scholarly activity service
Teaching, Practice, Scholarly Activity, Service…
  • Cohesive understanding between institution and the school of pharmacy
    • Day to day responsibilities/roles
    • Short-term and long term professional goals
    • Agreed upon outcomes
  • Flexibility to meet changing needs/interests
luggage supplies and necessities
LUGGAGE, SUPPLIES and NECESSITIES
  • Logistics
    • Orientation, policies, procedures, personnel, resources
  • Mentor(s)
  • Faculty mentoring program
  • Team members (collaborators)
luggage supplies and necessities1
LUGGAGE, SUPPLIES and NECESSITIES
  • Support the development of expertise
    • Certifications (practice)
    • Education (workshops)
    • Networking (institution, school, profession)
  • Support engagement and involvement
    • Students
    • Profession
    • Institution
    • Service
keys to success
Keys to success
  • Find all kinds of mentors in all areas
    • Try to identify them in advance
    • Look beyond your division/school
    • Be proactive
    • Observe (what balance works for them?)
    • Collaborate
  • Find and/or help develop good “team members”
    • Support academic pursuits
    • Learn together
    • Collaborate
keys to success1
Keys to success
  • Teaching/Education
    • Dedicate time to improving
    • Innovate to enhance learning
    • Apply to didactic and experiential teaching
    • Measure changes/outcomes
keys to success2
Keys to success
  • Practice
    • Find your “champion(s)”
    • Work to develop an integrated team
    • Plan your services based on:
      • Student learning opportunities
      • Your interest/expertise
      • Reality of time
      • Needs of the institution/practice
      • Quality of the service
key to success
Key to success
  • Practice
    • Clearly define your role
    • Start small and build
    • Collect “baseline” data/information of the practice before you start
    • Provide value and show others your value
    • Measure changes/outcomes
keys to success3
Keys to success
  • Scholarly activity
    • Analyze outcomes of what you do (teaching/practice/service)
      • (find a mentor to help with analysis)
    • Present results --- posters, publications
      • Work “ahead” of results
keys to success4
Keys to success
  • Scholarly activity
    • Target “priorities” for publication
    • Let some of your ideas “go”
      • Collaborate / pass them on to others
      • Shelve for future
    • Document your work
      • Use promotion portfolio as a record (master copy)
      • Update annually (or more frequently)
      • Ideally, thin out for promotion
keys to success5
Keys to success
  • Service
    • Make it meaningful, when possible
    • Networking opportunities
    • Opportunities for student and professional organization engagement
    • Hone leadership and organizational skills
keys to success6
Keys to success
  • “Work Smarter, Not Harder”
  • Integrate teaching and practice (even service) and scholarly activity
    • Teach what you practice
    • Document/measure/analyze what you do through scholarly activity
    • Have a “scholarship” plan before you begin a project
  • Use students/residents!
    • Takes extra time, but provides more manpower
    • Makes student work meaningful
    • Opportunities for you to be the mentor
keys to success7
Keys to success
  • Professional balance
    • Say “no” or negotiate
    • How does an opportunity fit with your professional goals/objectives and life?
    • Once at “critical mass” trade, don’t add jobs/responsibilities
    • Re-evaluate if “on track” with promotion, other measures of success annually
    • Seek annual feedback from the institution/team
keys to success8
Keys to success
  • Work-life balance
biggest challenges
Biggest Challenges!
  • Serving two “masters”
  • Promotion (tenure)
  • You’re the “bad” guy/gal (student perspective)
  • Job never ends! (time management)
  • Work-life balance
it s not just a job
It’s not just a job…
  • Find your rewards!
my top 10 reasons
My Top 10 Reasons

10. I have a Chair and Dean, but I’m my own boss

9. There is never a dull moment

8. Students keep work challenging

7. I enjoy being a mentor

6. We have developed a quality, collaborative, direct patient care practice

my top 10 reasons1
My Top 10 Reasons

5. I have developed strong and respectful relationships with our healthcare team

4. Overall, I have time management flexibility

3. I love hearing “ You changed my life”

2. It fits my work-life balance

1. It’s a challenging and fulfilling combination!

regardless of the pharmacy career path you chose be sure you enjoy the adventure and the rewards
Regardless of the pharmacy career path you chose be sure you…enjoy the adventure and the rewards!
resources and acknowledgements
Resources and Acknowledgements
  • Draugalis JR, Dipiro JT, Zeolla MM, Schwinghammer TL. A carerr in academic pharmacy: opportunities, challenges and rewards. Am J Pharm Ed 2006; 70 (1). Article 17.
  • Acknowledgements: Stephanie Schauner, Tatum Mead, John Knell (graphics).