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May 30, 2007

Currie, Osterhaus Pharmacy Honored For Teaching Pharmaceutical Care

Jay Currie, clinical professor in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, and Matthew and Marilyn Osterhaus of Osterhaus Pharmacy in Maquoketa have been selected to receive a 2007 Crystal APPLE (Academic-Practice Partnerships for Learning Excellence) Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

The award recognizes the contributions of individuals in academic pharmacy and pharmacy practice who partner to develop exemplary experiential learning and patient care environments for pharmacy education.

Currie and the Osterhauses were honored for their efforts in establishing an outstanding community pharmaceutical care rotation at Osterhaus Pharmacy. Currie, who serves as associate head of the UI College of Pharmacy's Division of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy, directs the college's professional experience program, which includes the pharmaceutical care rotation for pharmacy students and the one-year, postgraduate community pharmacy residency program. Matthew and Marilyn Osterhaus, both graduates of the UI College of Pharmacy, serve as preceptors at their pharmacy.

The rotation is a five-week experience in which students work under the supervision of pharmacists whose practices provide pharmaceutical care to their patients. The environment is such that the pharmacist's responsibilities focus on patient care and outcomes, and it demonstrates a commitment to teamwork among health care professionals and facilitates the continuity of care for patients.

The group will receive the Crystal APPLE Award at the AACP annual meeting July 17 in Orlando, Fla.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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