IMPROVING LIVES THROUGH THE BETTER USE OF MEDICINES

Welcome to the Department of Clinical Pharmacy. Our faculty are pioneering new approaches to improving lives through better use of medicines with collaborative health services, precision pharmacotherapy, and translational research. We provide direct patient care through innovative, nationally recognized service models, and are advancing the profession with the next generation of educators and innovators through our PharmD Curriculum, Pharmacy Residency Programs, Clinical Pharmacy Translational Science PhD, and Clinical Pharmacy Translational Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program.

Congratulations to the following residency award recipients:

  • Emily Ashjian, Ambulatory Care Specialist- Amb Care Preceptor of the Year
  • Lydia Benitez Colon, Oncology Specialist- Oncology Preceptor of the Year
  • Randy Regal, Internal Medicine Specialist- Residency Preceptor of the Year

Faculty Spotlight

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Emily Ashjian earned her Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Washington and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy with highest honors and highest distinction. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at the University of Michigan, serving as Chief Resident both years. Dr. Ashjian is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy and Ambulatory Care Pharmacy and is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist.

Emily provides care for patients in internal medicine at Briarwood Medical Group, a Michigan Medicine patient centered medical home, and with the Multidisciplinary Chronic Kidney Disease team at Michigan Medicine. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic she has transitioned her clinical practice from in person visits to a telehealth model. She has continued to precept learners ranging from P2 IPPE students to PGY2 Ambulatory Care residents virtually using a synchronous format and will be introducing this year’s class of third year pharmacy students to telehealth in the ambulatory care environment as she coordinates the conversion of Pharmacy Practice Skills III to a virtual, synchronous format this fall. Emily is passionate about pharmacy residency training, serving as the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program Coordinator and co-coordinator of the Michigan Medicine Residency Teaching Certificate Program.

Emily’s research interests and recent publications focus on the impact of innovative clinical pharmacy services on patient outcomes, cardiovascular risk reduction, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease. She also has interests in experiential education and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She aims to empower patients to implement evidence-based medication changes and recommendations made for their chronic disease states in both primary care and specialty settings, and envisions a role for interprofessional student teams to provide education and support, a project she is currently pursuing through her participation in the 2020 University of Michigan Interprofessional Leadership Fellows Program.