Dr. Kathryn Smith wins AACP’s Innovation in Teaching Competition

Development of an innovative Pharm.D. class that sees pharmacy students working side by side with dental students to solve overlapping patient care issues earned Kathryn Smith, Pharm.D., a prestigious award.

Pharmacy and dental students collaborate to care for a mock patient.
Second-year pharmacy students and fourth-year dental students collaborate to come up with a care plan for mock patient Larry Fleming.

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, or AACP, selected Smith as a 2018 award winner of its Innovation in Teaching Competition.

Smith accepted the award at AACP’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Boston July 21–25.

In the second-year Pharm.D. capstone class, pharmacy students collaborate with dental students to evaluate a mock patient suffering from a toothache complicated by other medical conditions. Smith uses the opportunity to assess her students’ adherence to the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process.

“Overall, it is very interesting to collaborate with dental students and brainstorm our ideas to help the patient in all aspects of their health,” wrote one second-year pharmacy student in an evaluation of the class.