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Angela Riley will start March 1 as assistant dean of experiential education for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
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Angela Riley to join pharmacy school
February 24, 2016Tweet
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Founding Dean Gloria Meredith announces the hiring of Angela Riley as the assistant dean of experiential education for the school. Riley will begin her duties at Binghamton on March 1.
“Angela is a very key hire for us,” Meredith said. “Thirty percent of our curriculum is experiential education and it’s difficult to find the right person who is knowledgeable and talented, and who can work well with the community sites – hospitals, drug stores and nursing homes, rural health centers, home health agencies, rehab centers ...
“It’s a hard job to do well because if we don’t get it right, students may not get to do the rotation of their choice,” Meredith added. “We’re very fortunate to land Angela at this stage of our development.”
Riley, who is a registered pharmacist in Illinois, earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Southern University and her doctorate in pharmacy from Midwestern University. She comes to Binghamton from Chicago State University College of Pharmacy, where she has worked in the Office of Experiential Education and Continuing Professional Education since 2009.
“The Office of Experiential Education is the conduit through which relationships are developed and maintained,” said Riley, who will develop curriculum that structures how students learn in community and health system settings and also work with partners in the community who will serve as preceptors, teaching the future pharmacists.
“I will start by developing the relationships in the community to place students,” Riley said. “It’s about showing students diverse practice areas to introduce and develop their clinical skills. These relationships are also to expose our community partners to Binghamton so they understand the program and the type of pharmacists we are grooming.”
This is not the first time Riley has worked at a newly established school. In 2009, she began the same process after Chicago State established its college of pharmacy. While there, she built relationships with partners for 11 classes of students, 90 students per class. “Because students are with us for four years, there will be different levels of experiences and goals for them based upon their successful matriculation through the program,” she said. “We expect our pharmacist partners/preceptors to develop and assess the students’ growth at every stage in the curriculum. The students, while gaining didactic knowledge, will also have to practice, retain and build upon practice skills learned in each year within the experiential program.”
Riley will work with the preceptors – the pharmacists our students are placed with – to ensure they understand Binghamton University’s programmatic goals and desire to expose future practitioners to their setting, while teaching practical skills for budding clinicians.
Upon arrival to Binghamton, Riley plans to prep for licensure as a pharmacist in New York state and begin developing partnerships with experiential programs that have been established at Binghamton in social work and nursing. “Expanding the existing partnerships will increase opportunities for pharmacy students to gain interprofessional experiences,” she said. “Such experiences broaden the perspective of all the professions on campus. Interprofessional education is definitely a priority for our future student experiences.”
Additionally, Riley plans to engage every pharmacist within a three-hour range of campus, and then write the curriculum and programmatic goals for students.
“It may be extremely challenging because Binghamton is three hours away from many critical care centers throughout the state,” she said. “But Binghamton is known for having great students and we hope that practitioners locally and abroad will seek opportunities to precept.”
Riley met with directors at UHS and Lourdes hospitals during her interview process and found them supportive of the vision Meredith has shared for the pharmacy school.
“That’s what we need,” she said. “The support of our local institutional pharmacy directors motivates me to go above and beyond my previously determined goals. It is the team of preceptors, within the community, that will determine the success of our experiential program. Great preceptors develop great pharmacists, and that will help us achieve our goal.”