Sally Arif, PharmD, BCPS (AQ Cardiology)

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice


Midwestern University
Chicago College of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Alumni Hall, Suite 350
555 31st St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Office: (630) 515-6466
Email: sarif@midwestern.edu

EDUCATION

PharmD Pharmacy University of Kansas School of Pharmacy 2005
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Inova Fairfax Hospital 2006
PGY2 Internal Medicine Residency IU Health 2007

RESEARCH SUMMARY

Project I:

Impact of Cardiovascular Health Screenings in the Middle Eastern Community of Chicago

This project was funded by American Heart Association, Community Innovation Grant. There are currently 60,000 Arab-Americans in the Chicago area, of which many have little to no access to healthcare. The most prevalent disease states affecting this population are hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. The goal of the student-led Middle Eastern Pharmacist Association (MePA), a Special Interest Group of American Pharmacist Association (APhA), is to provide health screenings targeting these disease states at no cost.  Patients are provided a venue to comfortably seek out attention for their unmet health care needs and students are able to gain confidence in providing education and health tools to patients.  It has been become important for the group to evaluate the impact of the organization, which was completed through retrospective study evaluating the impact of health screenings over the past two years. Our current prospective study is ongoing to evaluate the impact of the health education provided on patients on improvement in health awareness/understanding.

Project II:

Student learning through provision of medication reconciliation services at a large academic hospital

Student pharmacists are able to contribute to the practice setting while also developing their own clinical skills during Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs).  These skills include: effective communication, problem solving, critical thinking, cultural competency, providing patient centered care, and application of what was learned during the three years of didactic studies.  One activity that helps students achieve these goals is engagement in the process of medication reconciliation. Medication reconciliation provides students the opportunity to be responsible and accountable for their work while applying the skills listed above. In an effort to address the current need to improve the medication reconciliation process at a large academic hospital, students assigned to APPE rotations at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC), a 667 bed academic hospital, are taught the process of medication reconciliation during their first day of hospital orientation. Students are then expected to provide admission medication reconciliation services to patients throughout the hospital under the supervision of a clinical pharmacist or preceptor. This prospective study is designed to assess student learning and perceived changes in perceived value, skills, and attitudes after providing medication reconciliation services over the course of one academic year.

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