The Washington State University Doctor of Pharmacy program has hired two new clinical assistant professors as part of the WSU Doctor of Pharmacy program extension on the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences campus in Yakima, Washington.

Damianne Brand-Eubanks, Pharm.D., and Christina Buchman, Pharm.D., began their faculty appointments this summer and will begin teaching this month.

Brand-Eubanks earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Washington State University, completed a post-graduate residency at Yakima Memorial Hospital, and has been a practicing pharmacist in the Yakima Valley ever since.

“Damianne knows the needs of this community and can apply that to the preparation of our student pharmacists who are interested in practicing in rural areas or targeting underserved populations,” said Angela Stewart, who is the director of the WSU Doctor of Pharmacy program extension in Yakima.

Brand-Eubanks is also a Washington certified pharmacy preceptor and holds additional certifications in CPR/AED, pharmaceutical compounding, emergency contraception and immunization/vaccination distribution. Prior to WSU she spent six years working as a clinical pharmacist for Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, a small, rural community health clinic.

Brand-Eubanks joined the Experimental and Systems Pharmacology Section at the WSU College of Pharmacy in Yakima on the first of June. She will be teaching first-year student pharmacists in Integrated Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmacy Calculations this fall, as well as Integrated Pharmacology II, and Pharmaceutics II—including the lab, next spring.

“I am extremely excited about the integration of our newly implemented teaching and learning styles. I am also excited to work closely with pharmacy students through their foundational education years, since I primarily worked with fourth-year rotation students formerly,” said Brand-Eubanks.

Brand-Eubanks plans to also conduct research, which will focus on interprofessional experience perception, and expansion of experiential and collaborative opportunities for pharmacists and student pharmacists, she said.

“I am most interested in advancing the pharmacist’s role on the healthcare team, particularly with medication therapy management strategies and advancing the reach of collaborative practice agreements,” said Brand-Eubanks.

Buchman earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy, and has completed two yearlong post-graduate residencies. Her first pharmacy residency specialized in pharmacy practice at Oregon State University’s Student Health Service Pharmacy in Corvallis, Oregon. Her second residency at the University of Montana in Missoula specialized in drug information, where she also served as a pharmacy preceptor.

“This combination of experience has left me with a great passion for teaching and promoting the importance and abilities of pharmacists in community and ambulatory settings,” Buchman said. “I really enjoy interacting with students at all levels, both in the classroom and in the pharmacy.”

Buchman is a licensed pharmacist in Washington, Oregon and Montana. She also holds certifications in basic life support, adult immunization, aseptic technique, and teaching.

Buchman joined the Department of Pharmacotherapy at the WSU College of Pharmacy in Yakima on July 16. This fall, she will be teaching first-year student pharmacists in the Communications Lab, Pharmacokinetics, and Health Care Systems, as well as teaching the Advanced Pharmaceutical Care Lab, Pharmacogenomics, and Pharmacotherapy next spring.

“Christina has experience lecturing in both traditional and active classrooms as well as teaching physical assessment in a lab class. These skills will allow her to really hit the ground running when classes start this month,” said Stewart.

“I am looking forward to the new active learning model that we are implementing across all the classes. I like the hands-on approach that is so vital to lab classes, and am looking forward to bringing some of those techniques into other classes to enhance student learning,” said Buchman.

[August 11, 2015] By: Lori J. Maricle