Service on Curriculum Committee
Dr. Abraham has served for over 5 years in the Curriculum Committee of the School of Pharmacy. The Curriculum Committee monitors, reviews, and revises the School of Pharmacy curricula to support faculty in delivery of the most contemporary content in the field. The committee reviews and approves new course and course change proposals (for both required and elective courses) for all programs within the school. Meetings occur monthly in the fall and spring semesters for a total of 8 meetings during the academic year. Additionally, she leads a subcommittee that focuses on the AACP Education Outcomes (Behavioral Principles, Management Principles, Practice Evaluation, and Professional Standards).
Dr. Abraham has recently published on the Course Snapshot tool used in the School of Pharmacy to efficiently and systematically review PharmD courses annually. The Course Snapshot survey covers curricular alignment and improvement questions and facilitates a review undertaken by key stakeholders including Curriculum and Assessment Committee members, division chairs, and course coordinators. Through high participation rates and an efficient system requiring modest time commitments from stakeholders, the School of Pharmacy is able to complete a collective review cycle in approximately 9.5 hours.
Scholars in Pharmacy Program Support
Innovations in Community Engagement & Leadership (ICEL) Path of Distinction
Dr. Abraham (in conjunction with Drs. Mott and Portillo) has continued her work in strengthening and training community-engaged health scholars through the creation of the ICEL Path of Distinction. The Innovations in Community Engagement & Leadership (ICEL) path of distinction provides students with the mentorship and experiential learning needed to: enable them to design, implement, and evaluate novel health service innovations and advanced patient care in the community, acquire leadership and management expertise in community settings, and strengthen community health and well-being. Click here to learn more!
Rural Health Named Option
Dr. Abraham serves as a faculty co-mentor in our Rural Health program which allows PharmD students to tailor their education to their interests and values. In this program, students learn how public heath intersects with health care in rural settings. Students completing this program will be innovators in rural practice settings, capable of serving their rural communities through expanding novel patient care models, collaborating with interprofessional colleagues, and practicing at the top of their license. For more information, click here.
Community Engagement in Health Services Research (S&A PHM 703)
Dr. Abraham received a course development grant from the UW-Madison Morgridge Center for Public Service to develop a course that prepares graduate-level students for community-engaged health services research. The goal of this graduate level course is to prepare our MS/PhD students in community-engaged scholarship. Students are trained to develop meaningful research partnerships with relevant community stakeholders throughout the continuum of their research. Students are introduced to key principles of community engagement and team science which enable them to work respectfully with community partners to identify research questions, develop community-engaged grant proposals, and appropriate methods of recruitment, data collection, and analysis. In summary, this new course is designed to increase awareness, understanding, and knowledge about the importance of community engagement in conducting health services research.
Social and Behavioral Aspects of Pharmacy Practice (S&A PHM 414)
The goals of this course are to introduce students to psychosocial and behavioral aspects of pharmacy practice and patient care, including:
- The pharmacist’s role in patient care and public health;
- Patient perspectives and factors related to health and medication use;
- Patient-pharmacist interaction and communication and
- Principles of personnel management in pharmacy practice.
Dr. Abraham coordinates the unit on personnel management in pharmacy practice. This aspect of the course covers topics such as leadership essentials and self-management for pharmacists, models for collaborative and transformational leadership, creation of desirable workplaces, team-based health care, management concepts and principles, effective performance management, successful recruitment and hiring practices, prevention of occupational burnout and fatigue and promoting professional wellbeing in pharmacy practice.