JAMES A. TROVATO, Pharm.D., M.B.A., FASHP, (firstname.lastname@example.org) is professor and vice chair of academic affairs at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore. He also serves as the pharmacist research advisor for the Pharmaceutical Research Computing Center in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research and administrator for continuing education, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Trovato has a demonstrated history of leadership and management in pharmacy education. He is skilled in oncology therapeutics, instructional design, clinical pharmacology, and curricula development and assessment. Trovato completed a B.S. in pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Pharm.D. degree from Purdue University, and an ASHP accredited oncology residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Trovato’s recent ASHP involvement includes member, ASHP Board of Canvasses; member, Forecast Survey Panel for the ASHP Foundation’s Pharmacy Forecast report; ASHP Faculty Liaison; and faculty advisor to the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy SSHP. He is a past-president of the Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Trovato has served ASHP as chair, ASHP Board of Canvasses, vice chair, FASHP Recognition Committee, chair, House of Delegates; member, ASHP Board of Directors; chair and director-at-large, Executive Committee of the Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists; chair, Council on Educational Affairs; and multi-year ASHP Delegate.
We are all educators! As members of ASHP, pharmacists, technicians, and students, we all play a role in delivering pharmacy education. We all contribute to preparing and advancing the pharmacy workforce through teaching, mentoring, and precepting. This includes presenting or publishing educational content, delivering in-service training at your workplace, or implementing performance improvement projects. We also provide education related to the safe and effective use of medications to our patients and the public.
Most critical to advancing the pharmacy workforce is ensuring pharmacy students, technicians, and pharmacists receive the knowledge, skills, and educational resources necessary to carry out advanced direct patient care roles and responsibilities. I feel the following are key initiatives needed to prepare and advance the pharmacy workforce:
- Develop quality experiential learning sites and preceptors for pharmacy students.
- Provide education geared towards preparing pharmacy technicians and pharmacists for advanced practice roles.
- Seek out financial and physical resources to ensure adequate accredited postgraduate training programs.
- Engage ASHP faculty liaisons to identify resources to assist faculty and administrators in the planning, delivery, and assessment of didactic and experiential education.
- Launch a teaching development web-based toolkit for pharmacists, preceptors, and pharmacy technicians.
I am humbled and honored to have received this nomination and would welcome the opportunity to serve ASHP and the pharmacy profession as chair of the Section of Pharmacy Educators.