Matthew A. Rewald is pharmacy technician program director and assistant professor of pharmacy at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minn. He is also the pharmacy technician education coordinator at the Mayo Clinic.
Mr. Rewald is a respected pharmacy technician, educator, and leader with an exceptional record of spearheading the development of nationally accredited pharmacy technician education and training programs. He designed and implemented an ASHP/Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited pharmacy technician training program at The College at Brockport, Rochester Educational Opportunity Center in Rochester, N.Y. The only of its kind in New York state at the time, the community-based program was recognized by ASHP/ACPE with maximum accreditation.
Rewald also designed and implemented an advanced-level, nationally accredited pharmacy technician program for the Mayo Clinic – one of the largest academic medical centers in the world. The 20-week, nationwide pre-employment training program curriculum is designed to meet the needs of a variety of learners from over 70 Mayo campuses and communities across the United States. Rewald led the initial creation of 176 hours of didactic content for the online learning management system, 128 hours of hands-on simulation-based training utilizing a hybrid of online and in-person instruction, 320 hours of experiential rotations, and an experiential training manual. He also created a customized pharmacy technician preceptor development program to train preceptors to provide criteria-based feedback.
He was also instrumental in the design and approval of the Mayo Clinic Pharmacy Education and Training Center – a state-of-the-art facility specifically designed to meet ASHP/ACPE standards for live, virtual, and simulation-based learning as part of the technician training program. Mr. Rewald, in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, also secured full-tuition scholarships for every student enrolled in the program in perpetuity.
Rewald serves on the ASHP/ACPE Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC) and was a lead content oversight manager for ASHP’s Controlled Substance Diversion Prevention Education Development. He is the 2020 recipient of the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists Outstanding Technician Award for his significant and sustained contributions to the pharmacy technician profession.
A frequent presenter on technician advancement at national and state pharmacy meetings, Rewald is the lead author of the textbook Pharmacy Calculations: An Introduction for Pharmacy Technicians.
He earned a bachelor of science in healthcare administration from the State University of New York – Brockport. In addition, Rewald is currently enrolled in the Pharmacy Leadership Academy facilitated by the ASHP Foundation.