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Experiential Programs

Austin, Temple, and Waco Regional Internship Program
PHOTO Regional Director
Regional Coordinators
Cities Encompassed by the Region
Interesting Facts about the Region
Types of Internship Experiences Available in the Region
Internship Facilities
Things to Consider When Choosing Where to Live
Base Campus/Where Studends will Gather for Meetings
Availability of Services on Affiliated Campus

REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Debra Lopez, Pharm.D., CDE, BCACP, BCPS
dlopez@austin.utexas.edu


PHOTO Dr. Lopez completed her doctor of pharmacy at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in 1999. She then completed an Ambulatory Care Specialty Residency at Blackstock Family Practice in conjunction with the University of Texas.

As Clinical Associate Professor in the division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice, Dr. Lopez lectures for numerous courses, including Patient Assessment, Non-Prescription Therapeutics, and Pharmacotherapy in Special Populations.

Dr. Lopez is the Regional Director for the Austin/Temple/Waco region. She works to develop clinical practice sites, serves as a resource to student pharmacist-interns during the internship, and recruits and serves as a resource to preceptor-faculty (preceptors) and practice sites.

Dr. Lopez also works in a general pharmacist-managed clinic at Blackstock Family Practice. As the residency director/preceptor, she provides a Post Graduate-Year 2 Residency in Ambulatory care and has a rotational site for PharmD students. Dr. Lopez is also faculty at Blackstock Family Practice and teaches family medicine residents.

She is a faculty advisor to the Hispanic Association of Pharmacists(HAP) and is active in local, state, and national organizations. She is past-president of Capitol Area Pharmacists Association (CAPA) and has been a director for academies in Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA).


REGIONAL COORDINATORS


Advanced Community Practice Coordinator:
Sharon Rush, R.Ph.

PHOTOSharon Rush joined the faculty of the Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice as a Clinical Assistant Professor in July 2010. Her focus is on the Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience in the P3 year where she coordinates the Clinical Skills: Community Care course. She teaches the undergraduate course "Drugs in Our Society" and the signature course "The Savvy Healthcare Consumer". She serves as an advisor for the College's community outreach initiatives, especially Project Collaborate.

Prof. Rush received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree in 1986 from The University of Texas at Austin. She has practiced as a staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager, Central Texas Immunization Coordinator and PGY1 residency preceptor and continues to work regular relief shifts to keep up-to-date.

In her new role as the Austin/Temple/Waco Community APPE Coordinator, Professor Rush wants to help coordinate the transition between the introductory and advanced practice experiences. By enriching the introductory experiences, she hopes to better prepare the students for their APPE rotations so the focus can be on more direct interactions with the patients instead of basic learning.

She is a member of several national, state and local organizations. She was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Texas Pharmacy Association in 2012 and is the current Secretary on the local Capital Area Pharmacy Association board.

Her areas of interest include the clinical and direct patient care aspects of community practice and their impact on improving the health outcomes of her patients. These aspects include Medication Therapy Management, immunizations and health screenings.


Inpatient Coordinator for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences:
Holli Temple, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP
holli.temple@austin.utexas.edu

PHOTO As a Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Temple is the Course Coordinator for Introduction to Patient Care and the associated Care and Respect for the Elderly (CARE) Program. Additionally, she is the Hospital and Clinical Coordinator for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.

Previously, Dr. Temple practiced pharmacy at North Austin Medical Center (NAMC) from 1995 – 2011.  Her responsibilities at NAMC focused on implementing and managing clinical pharmacy services. In addition, she facilitated the Medication Safety Group and served as the NAMC representative to the Austin Multi-Institutional Review Board.   From 2000-2011, Dr. Temple precepted students on Adult Medicine and Institutional Pharmacy rotations and served the UT College of Pharmacy as the Institutional Coordinator for the Austin/Temple/Waco region.

Dr. Temple completed her B.S. in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in 1992, her B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Texas in 1994, and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Texas in 1999.


CITIES ENCOMPASSED BY THE REGION

Most rotations are in Austin and Temple but other cities include the following:


INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE REGION

Austin is the fastest growing city in the United States and the 16th largest city in the country. It is the 4th most visited city in Texas.

2011 Census
Austin 820,611
Austin Metropolitan Area 1,716,289

Sports  
Austin Ice Bats http://www.icebats.com
Austin Outlaws http://www.austinoutlaws.com
Texas Longhorns http://www.utexas.edu
Round Rock Express http://www.roundrockexpress.com
Texas Stars http://www.texasstarshockey.com
   
Cultural Activities  
LBJ Museum & Library http://www.lbjlibrary.org/
Museums http://www.austin360.com
   
Entertainment  
Austin Zoo http://www.austinzoo.org

Live Music - 6th Street http://www.austin360.com
   
Other  
Capitol Metro http://www.capmetro.org


TYPES OF INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES AVAILABLE IN THE REGION
Academia*
Adult Medicine
Ambulatory Care
Anticoagulation
Clinical Pharmacy Management
Community Pharmacy-Independent
Community Pharamcy-Chain store
Community Pharmacy Management (chain and independent)
Compounding Pharmacy
Critical Care
Drug Information
Geriatrics
Hematology/Oncology
Herbs and Phytomedicine*
Hospital Pharmacy Management
Infectious Disease
Infusion
Institutional
Long-term Care
Managed Care
NICU / Maternity
Nuclear Pharmacy
Pediatrics
Pharmacy Association Management
Pharmacoeconomics
Pharmacoinformatics
Poison Control
Prescription Benefits Management
Psychiatry (adult, child and adolescent)
Rehabilitation
Texas State Board of Pharmacy*
Transplant

*Unique to our region

-mandatory meetings periodically on the last Friday of certain rotations


INTERNSHIP FACILITIES

The following is not a comprehensive listing of all training sites in the ATW region:

Austin State Hospital http://www.mhmr.state.tx.us/Hospitals/AustinSH/AustinSH.html
Brackenridge Hospital http://www.seton.net/locations/brackenridge/

Brackenridge Hospital Childrens Hospital
Brackenridge Hospital Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas

Central Texas Poison Center http://www.sw.org/web/patientsAndVisitors/iwcontent/public/poison/
en_us/html/poison.jsp

Central Texas Veterans Administration http://www.centraltexas.va.gov/
Darnall Army Medical Center http://www.hood-meddac.army.mil/default.asp

Darnall Army Hospital
Darnall Army Hospital


North Austin Medical Center http://www.northaustin.com/

North Austin Medical Center
North Austin Medical Center

St. David's Medical Center http://www.stdavidsmc.com/
Scott & White Hospitals and Clinics http://www.sw.org/
Seton Medical Center http://www.seton.net

Seton Central Seton Northwest
Seton Central Seton Northwest

South Austin Medical Center http://www.southaustinmc.com/
Veteran's Administration Hospital http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?id=133



THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING WHERE TO LIVE

The ATW Regional Program utilizes a wide variety sites from of a geographic perspective. Because of the wide geographic distribution of sites and the size of the metropolitan area, students should plan on an average commute of 30-60 minutes to their assigned sites. When choosing temporary housing, students should look for centralized locations with easy freeway access.



BASE CAMPUS/WHERE STUDENTS WILL GATHER FOR MEETINGS

All group meetings, practical exams and orientations are held at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy unless otherwise directed.



AVAILABILITY OF SERVICES ON AFFILIATED CAMPUS

University Health Services

http://www.utexas.edu/student/health/

University Libraries http://www.utexas.edu/libraries/
Texas Union http://www.utexas.edu/student/txunion/
Rec Sports http://www.utrecsports.org/

SUMMARY

The ATW Regional Program offers a variety of sites and training opportunities for students. The diversity of sites and preceptors is clearly one of the strong points of the program making it an excellent choice for experiential rotations.


Last Reviewed: March 6, 2014

College Information

Mailing Address:
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas
at Austin
2409 University Ave.
Stop A1900
Austin, TX, USA
78712-1113

Email Address: pharmacy
@austin.utexas.edu

Phone:
1-512-471-1737

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