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Talbert to Receive Pharmacy Educators' Highest Award


Robert L. Talbert, professor of pharmacotherapy, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award presented by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

The award, the highest recognition of outstanding contributions to pharmacy education awarded to a pharmacy academician, will be presented on July 27 at the AACP's annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas.

The award culminates a distinguished career in pharmacy education as Talbert retired from the college at the end of May.

"It is rare that one finds a professor who truly challenges a student pharmacist to be the best possible pharmacist that she or he can possibly be. Bob possesses that rare ability," said Dean Lynn Crismon, formerly one of Talbert's students.

Talbert said he is honored to receive the award but that the greatest reward of his teaching career has been "seeing the accomplishments of former students, residents and fellows, many of whom have gone on to achieve national and international recognition."

His greatest challenge, he said, has been to remain competent in a highly sophisticated and rapidly changing area of pharmacotherapy management.

"My advice to young pharmacy educators is to become passionate about learning, teaching and helping others, whether those others include patients, other professionals, learners or colleagues," he said.

"Dr. Talbert has been an esteemed pharmacy educator, internationally-recognized therapeutics researcher, and prolific scholar for nearly 40 years," said Dr. Chris Frei, who leads the college's Division of Pharmacotherapy. "He has mentored many individuals who have become national pharmacy leaders themselves. His impact on the division, college, and profession will be felt for many years."

"Dr. Talbert is among those pharmacy faculty who initiated the transformation of pharmacy education and practice by first believing that pharmacists had a larger role in patient care and then developing the practices upon which the evidence base was built," said Dr. Lucinda L. Maine, executive vice president and CEO of AACP. "We are proud to recognize the many ways he has contributed to our profession and the academy."

The award is named for the late Robert K. Chalmers, former AACP president and distinguished educator.

Talbert holds the SmithKline Centennial Professor of Pharmacy within the college. He also holds an appointment as a professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He is responsible for didactic and clerkship teaching of baccalaureate and Pharm.D. students and supervises activities of these students on the medicine service at University Hospital in San Antonio. Talbert is a member of the Drug Usage Committee and the Cardiovascular Subcommittee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for University Hospital. He has been the major professor and/or program director for more than 40 mentees and has served on the supervisory committees for 40 additional students. Two of his students won best thesis awards from The University of Texas at Austin.

The author of more than 120 scientific and professional articles and book chapters, Talbert says his greatest legacy to pharmacy is his work as editor of "Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiology Approach," soon to be released in its ninth edition. The book has been a required textbook in more than 90 percent of the schools of pharmacy in the United States and has been translated into several languages.

Talbert has been the major professor and/or program director for more than 40 mentees and has served on the supervisory committees for 40 additional students. Two of his students won best thesis awards from the University of Texas at Austin.

He received his bachelor of science in pharmacy (1971) and doctor of pharmacy (1974) degrees from the University of Kentucky and completed a residency at the A.B. Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Ky. under the direction of Dr. Paul Parker.

In 2007, Talbert was named recipient of the Russell R. Miller Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy for substantial contributions to the literature of clinical pharmacy. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Heart Association's Texas Affiliate, and in 2005, he received the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' Sustained Contributions to the Literature Award and the UT College of Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year Award.

Editor's Note: Dr. Talbert reflects upon his career in pharmacy education with Dean Lynn Crismon. View the conversation between the two educators.

In addition, Dr. Talbert delivered a "last lecture" in late May reflecting upon his career and insights gathered from his experiences over the course of that career.


Last Reviewed: June 10, 2014

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