This month's faculty highlight features Kimberly L Barefield, PharmD, MBA, CDE, BCPS, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice.
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.
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.