Faculty Highlight: Jiehyun Lee, PharmD, BCACP, CACP


June 7, 2018

Professional photograph of Jiehyun Lee, PharmD, BCACP, CACPThis month's faculty highlight features Jiehyun Lee, PharmD, BCACP, CACP,  assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Why did you choose a career in pharmacy education?

Teaching has been my passion for a long time. Prior to joining the pharmacy world, I tutored high school students for years in math and science subjects, including SATs and AP courses. I was also a church youth group teacher for over 7 years before I moved to Georgia. I always enjoyed interacting with students and watching them grow in knowledge and as a person. During my pharmacy residency years, I was given the opportunities to precept APPE pharmacy students and teach a number of lectures at the UConn School of Pharmacy. These opportunities reaffirmed my passion in teaching and academia, and that’s when I chose to pursue a career in pharmacy education. Since then, my journey in pharmacy education has been fun and rewarding.

My mentor once said that I should see myself, not as an academic clinician, but as a clinical academician. “Clinical” may describe what I do, but my identity should lie with “academician”, recognizing that my priority is in teaching. I hope to keep my passion burning forever and continue to improve as an educator.

What is your research interest?

My main research interest is in ambulatory care pharmacy practice, which includes large areas of research topics. More specifically, I am interested in diabetes management, anticoagulation management and medication therapy management.

What advice do you have for a person considering a career in pharmacy?

Pharmacy profession is all about patient care. Whichever field of pharmacy profession you enter; patient care will always be the ultimate goal either directly or indirectly. It is important to confirm that your career passion does involve patient care. Also, be curious. Be curious to ask why. When you find answers to more and more “why” questions in your career path, or in life in general, you will be better prepared to make decisions.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Chocolate.