The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) recently selected Drake's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as one of 11 pharmacy programs to participate in its Academic-Practice Partnership Initiative.
Matt Hubble, a 1996 Drake pharmacy graduate, also was recognized by the association for his work with Drake pharmacy students at an experiential teaching site - the pharmacy at the Hy-Vee West Lakes Food Store in West Des Moines.
The Academic-Practice Partnership Initiative is a pilot program, created at the 2005 Summit to Advance Experiential Education, to improve pharmacy education and practice for pharmacy students at experiential education sites. The program offers strategies and resources to improve the quality of experiential education sites. The purpose of the pilot project was to create a portfolio of exemplary experiential sites to help promote excellence in experiential learning.
AACP selected Drake University for its excellence in the experiential teaching program in conjunction with the pharmacy at Hy-Vee West Lakes.
Hubble, pharmacy manager-educator at the store, was honored for his outstanding professionalism, innovative goals and community leadership. Developing and teaching his patient-care model, Hubble supervises fourth-year students working at the pharmacy in their advance practice ambulatory care rotation. He also works with second-year pharmacy students during their Community Practice Integrated Pharmacy Practice Experience.
Hubble, who has received the Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Hy-Vee Customer Service Award, often gives talks at various community and professional organizations. His topics include pain management, health screenings and drug-food interaction. "There was little or no expectation of patient-care activities, but he created them and was successful," said Denise Soltis, director of experiential education. "He is a wonderful role model and mentor for our students."