Focus on Practice Partners With Alissa Lee, PharmD
Alissa Lee, PharmD, is the clinical coordinator of
the pharmacy department as well as the residency program director
for the PGY-1 pharmacy residency program at The Christ Hospital. As
clinical coordinator, she has oversight of clinical pharmacy
activities and is responsible for the Pharmacy and therapeutics
committee which manages the hospital formulary, pharmacy policies,
and drug protocols. Lee is also responsible for the educational
efforts of the pharmacy department such as pharmacy grand rounds,
pharmacist competencies, and publishing a quarterly pharmacy
How did you get to this position?
I have been very fortunate to hold a number of different
pharmacy positions in my career. Each one has taught me a great
deal and helped me become a well-rounded practitioner. . I am
originally from Southeastern Indiana and earned a bachelor’s
degree in chemistry from the University of Dayton prior to
enrolling in pharmacy school at the James L. Winkle College of
Pharmacy where I earned my BS (‘01)and PharmD (‘02)
degrees. I completed an American Society of Health-System
Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency
followed by an ASHP accredited PGY-2 residency in critical care,
both at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. After
residency, I accepted a shared faculty position at Rutgers School
of Pharmacy and the University Medical Center at Princeton, New
Jersey. I returned to Cincinnati several years later and worked as
a clinical specialist at the UC Medical Center before leaving
clinical pharmacy to work as a medical science liaison in
infectious diseases for several years. In 2011, I joined The Christ
Hospital as the Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
and initiated the antimicrobial stewardship program. In 2014, I
transitioned to my current role of clinical coordinator.
As a practice partner, what experience do you offer PharmD
For the past three years, I have precepted an Institutional
introductory pharmacy practice experience (IPPE) at The Christ
Hospital for second year pharmacy students. Each year I coordinate
this experience for four to six students. Additionally, I precept a
Drug Policy/Drug Information rotation for fourth year Advanced
Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students and I have around six
students on rotation over the course of a year.
In addition to precepting for the College of
Pharmacy, I am the program director and a preceptor for the PGY-1
pharmacy residency program at The Christ Hospital. The residency
program provides training for two pharmacists each year to build on
Doctor of Pharmacy education and develop the skills of a competent
Why do you feel it is important is it to give back in this
I am extremely fortunate to have worked with and learned from
a number of professors and preceptors who have motivated me and
shaped my career. It is an honor to give back and be a part of the
training of students who are the future of our profession.
Precepting is very fulfilling and rewarding and one of my favorite
aspects of my job. I learn something from each student I precept
that helps make me a better pharmacist. .
What do you remember about your training and the practice
partners you worked with as a student?
I cannot speak highly enough about the training I received
from professors and preceptors at the Winkle College of Pharmacy.
They taught me how to be a life-long learner which is so incredibly
important in our profession. The well-rounded education I received
has allowed me to pursue a number of exciting job opportunities
including post-graduate residency training, academia, industry, and
clinical pharmacy. I am certain I would not be the pharmacist I am
today if it weren’t for the preceptors and mentors during my
time as a student.
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