Memphis, Tenn. (December 6, 2012) – Michelle Z. Farland, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, is the recipient of the 2012 American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) New Educator Award. The award recognizes and honors outstanding contributions of new educators to the discipline of teaching and to health care education. She was recognized during the 2012 ACCP Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Fla.
Due to her many innovations in the classroom, Dr. Farland, who is associate professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), Knoxville campus, has helped shape the minds of her students by allowing them to evaluate patient profiles. One of her most notable innovations was implementing team-based learning at UTHSC. Dr. Farland accomplished this by transforming the content and teaching methods for the Medication Therapy Management course. In addition to inspiring student pharmacists in the classroom with this teaching approach, she incorporated pharmacy residents into the course, by allowing them to shape their teaching style.
“I am grateful to have been nominated by my colleagues,” said Dr. Farland. “It is an honor to be recognized by the members of the ACCP Awards Committee and receive this award.”
Dr. Farland received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 2005. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla., followed by a specialty residency in Ambulatory Care/Primary Care at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia Hospitals. She joined the UTHSC College of Pharmacy faculty in 2007 and was promoted to associate professor in 2012. She currently serves as the director of the University of Tennessee Pharmacist Practice-Based Research Network.
As the flagship statewide academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. Offering a broad range of postgraduate and selected baccalaureate training opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC also educates and trains cohorts of medicine, pharmacy and/or allied health students — in addition to medical residents and fellows — at its major sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. Founded in 1911, during its more than 100 years, UT Health Science Center has educated and trained more than 53,000 health care professionals in academic settings and health care facilities across the state. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.