Edo-Abasi McGee Named GA-PCOM Innovative TeacherJuly 11, 2018
Dr. McGee designed a course for third year Doctor of Pharmacy students to gain confidence
prior to rotations.
A panel of her peers recently named Pharmacy Practice Assistant Professor Edo-Abasi McGee, PharmD, BCPS, as the Innovative Teacher of the Year at Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM). Her affinity for teaching is evident as she says, “I love seeing the light bulb
come on with my students.”
Selection criteria used by the judges include the degree to which the innovation varies
from standard teaching methods, the level of active engagement by the students, and
the sustainability of the teaching method.
Three years in the making, Dr. McGee designed the elective course, Antimicrobial Stewardship,
for third year Doctor of Pharmacy students who are preparing for rotations the following semester. The objective is
for the students to gain confidence when offering their opinions to the medical team
while on patient care rounds. Methodology includes structured classroom debate on
different case-based scenarios through two active learning methods known as “Think-Pair-Share”
and “Fishbowl Debate.”
The “Think-Pair-Share” method facilitates the thought process about issues presented
in the course. It works this way: Pre-assigned student groups gather to discuss an
issue. Each group works together comparing notes and creating lists to support their
argument. Group members choose a final position and edit the list down to their best
argument. Finally, the group presents their position to the class.
The “Fishbowl Debate” concept facilitates discussion by allowing five individuals
to group their chairs in a circle. An extra chair in the circle encourages a student
from outside the group to join the discussion. Students engage as either a presenter,
a teammate or as the first responder, the student who is assigned to read the assigned
text and share pertinent points.
Dr. McGee plans to survey pharmacy practice preceptors to evaluate whether student
learning outcomes are improved through the critical thinking and oral and written
presentation skills practiced in the course.
Dr. McGee earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of the Sciences in
Philadelphia. Prior to joining PCOM School of Pharmacy as a faculty member, she served
as a University of Georgia Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences preceptor for internal
medicine with a focus on antimicrobial stewardship. In addition, she worked as a clinical
pharmacist at Athens Regional Medical Center for seven years.
Dr. McGee completed a Post Graduate Year One residency at Emory University Hospital
in Atlanta. She holds membership in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the
Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists, and the Georgia Society of Healthy System
The Georgia Innovative Teacher selection committee included Chair Xinyu (Eric) Wang, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Rebekah Thomas, PharmD, PA-C, BCPS, BC-ADM, assistant professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies; Michael Selby, PhD, assistant professor of anatomy in the Department of Biomedical Sciences; Esther
Lim, MD, research officer; and Michael J. Sampson, DO, associate professor of family
medicine/sports medicine and the associate dean and chief academic officer of PCOM South Georgia.
The Philadelphia campus award was presented to Cathy Hatcher, PhD.
- This article was updated on August 29, 2018 to correctly identify Xinyu Wang, PhD
as an associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences instead of
the Department of Pharmacy Practice as originally written.
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