Faculty Highlight: Kimberly L Barefield, PharmD, MBA, CDE, BCPSJanuary 2, 2018
This month's faculty highlight features Kimberly L Barefield, PharmD, MBA, CDE, BCPS, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice.
Why did you choose a career in pharmacy education?
During my career as a hospital pharmacist I enjoyed precepting students in both institutional
and clinical aspects of inpatient practice. A former supervisor approached me regarding
a career in pharmacy education which would allow me to continue practicing and bring
my experience into the classroom. I had thought about Academia in the past, but really
had not pursued a position. I wanted to be a teacher while growing up, but then became
interested in science upon entering college. A career in pharmacy education does give
me the best of both worlds. It allows me to continue practicing as a clinician, but
also offers more time to be dedicated to teaching and precepting of students.
What advice do you have for a person considering a career in pharmacy?
It is a rewarding career that requires a lot of patience and understanding. I have
experience in many different areas of pharmacy practice, and find that working in
pharmacy education allows me to continue practicing clinically while bringing this
experience into the classroom.
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