Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Care
And Health Systems,
College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota
Brian J. Isetts has been involved in developing pharmaceutical care practices since 1992 serving first as a Research Associate for the Minnesota Pharmaceutical Care Demonstration Project. In 1994 he was asked to be the Director of Pharmacy Operations for Red Wing Corner Drug, one of 20 pharmacies in the Minnesota Project. During this time, Dr. Isetts earned distinction as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist through the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. Since 1992, he has provided pharmaceutical care to over 3,000 patients while identifying and resolving nearly 6,000 drug therapy problems. At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Isetts has been involved in establishing pharmaceutical care practices, teaching the practice to students and practitioners, and conducting research pertaining to the outcomes of these practices. His work with the Fairview Health System was recognized in 2000 earning the Buyers Health Care Action Group - Silver Prize for Practice Excellence. In 2004 Fairview and the College of Pharmacy received a Pinnacle Award from the APhA-Foundation for Contributions to Improving the Medication Use Process.
Dr. Isetts received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin, and his Ph.D. in Social and Administrative Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota, where he completed studies as a Kellogg Foundation Fellow in the Pharmaceutical Clinical Scientist Program.
Caring for the needs of another human represents the most important responsibility of a healthcare professional. Pharmaceutical care practitioners address all of a patient’s drug-related needs by achieving goals of therapy and resolving drug therapy problems. Adept practitioners combine their technical expertise with psychosocial counseling skills to artfully identify and resolve drug therapy problems. Pharmacy students and new practitioners are entering the profession at a fortuitous time as systems of care and compensation mechanisms have aligned to demand pharmacists’ proactive involvement on interprofessional health teams. The challenge facing pharmacy now is to fulfill lofty patient care expectations.
The unique contribution of a pharmaceutical care practitioner is an ability to effectively and efficiently identify and resolve drug therapy problems. It has been said that, “When a person is in good health they have many dreams, while an ill patient has but one wish.” There is no higher calling for a pharmacist than to hold the life of another human in your hands to improve their health so they can pursue their dreams. Pharmacy students and new practitioners have the opportunity to improve care to millions of patients, but the desire and will to care can only be found in one place. Pharmaceutical care pioneers spent the last 20 years providing direction and guidance to the profession of pharmacy by persevering in the face of daunting odds. The purpose of this presentation is to help participants establish a patient care practice vision and inspire pharmacy students and new practitioners to take one step everyday toward acquiring the gift of resolving drug therapy problems.
Quoted from the 2006-2007 Philip C. and Ethel F. Ashby Lecture Announcement Announcement Brochure