2009 UW Honorary Citation Report – Schiefe

Citation recipient Dr. Rick Schiefe with Dean Jeanette Roberts

Citation recipient Dr. Rick Schiefe (left) with Dean Jeanette Roberts (right)

Dr. Richard “Rick” Schiefe is a native Wisconsinite, born in Milwaukee and raised in Brookfield and Oconomowoc.

He started at the University of Wisconsin in architectural engineering. When it became abundantly clear to Rick that he had a complete absence of artistic ability, he decided that other avenues needed to be explored.

Rick had worked evenings for several years as manager of the camera department at Walgreen’s in Brookfield, where he had been inspired by the art and science of pharmacy and the professionalism of the pharmacists who had taken him under their wing.  Coupled with his long-time fascination with chemistry, the lure of pharmacy as a profession crystallized.

Rick’s specific path in pharmacy was forever changed when, in 1971, David Angaran walked into Rick’s drug information class and announced that he would be offering an elective course in the fall called “Clinical Pharmacy.” It would involve rounding with physicians and seeing patients at the bedside. Dave also promised that it would be the toughest, most unforgiving course that the students would ever take. That was the “ah-ha” moment for Rick, starting his love affair with clinical pharmacy that continues to endure.

Rick then jumped across the pond to the University of Michigan to complete his PharmD and residency. One of the main reasons he chose the University of Michigan was that it was one of very few PharmD programs where, because of a quirky state law, the PharmD students got to dissect human cadavers in their anatomy course.

After completing his residency, Rick served on active duty with the U.S. Army Medical Services Corps as the first clinical pharmacist at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He then moved to Boston after jumping at the opportunity offered by Bill Gouveia to implement the first clinical pharmacy service in Boston at Tufts-New England Medical Center. Rick maintained an active clinical practice in neurology and infectious disease for over 30 years. He still serves as a consultant in neuropharmacology to the Department of Neurology.

Rick has always deeply enjoyed teaching and holds Associate Clinical Professor appointments with the two schools of pharmacy in Boston, Tufts Medical School and Tufts Dental School.

In 1985, Rick was appointed Editor, then Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacotherapy by its founder, Russell Miller.  After nearly 25 years, Rick still loves the endless challenges that the running of a journal provides.