Amy Pittenger, PharmD, MS, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems

Amy Pittenger

Contact Info

alp@umn.edu

Office Phone (612) 625-7629

Office Address:
Mayo A-290

Mailing Address:
Room 5-110 WDH
1332A
308 Harvard St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems

Director, Interprofessional Education and Pharmacy Learning Collaborative


Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Doctor of Philosophy Curriculum & Instruction, Learning Technologies, University of Minnesota, College of Education & Human Development

Master of Science Clinical Scientist Program University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy

Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Summary

Amy Pittenger completed her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1992 and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1993 at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. After graduation, she continued her training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in the Clinical Scientist Program, where she received a Master of Science degree in Clinical Science. Following the completion of this training, Dr. Pittenger joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Dr. Pittenger returned to Minnesota to accept a position in the Scientific and Medical Affairs Division of Parke-Davis as a Medical Liaison. In 2000, Dr. Pittenger joined DaVita Clinical Research as a Clinical Scientist. In this position, she was involved in the development and coordination of Phase I-IV clinical trials. Dr. Pittenger then took a position with Upsher-Smith Laboratories, a local Minnesota pharmaceutical company that was interested in changing the technical training program for its sales representatives. In this new role, Dr. Pittenger was able to combine her previous academic, industry and research experience to developing new strategies for training sales representatives on topics such as physiology and disease state, pharmacology and clinical research evaluation.

Dr. Pittenger joined the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy in April 2005. In her position as Associate Director, she was responsible for developing and implementing new online courses for undergraduate, graduate, and health professional students. In this role, she was successful in developing innovative educational strategies that have been presented at international educational meetings and published in top tier educational journals. She also holds a faculty appointment of Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems.

In 2011, Dr. Pittenger earned a PhD from the College of Education and Human Development, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Learning Technologies Program. Her dissertation title was “Exploring the use of a Social Network to Facilitate and Integrate Long-Term Interprofessional Educational Experiences”. Her research interests include educational research, specifically evaluating the use of language via digital and collaborative virtual spaces as a teaching and assessment tool and interprofessional education.

Dr. Pittenger’s pharmacy career has included many diverse settings, including basic and clinical research, practice in the critical care setting and with underserved populations, pharmaceutical industry, and academia – specifically distance education/online teaching and now interprofessional education.

Awards & Recognition

Nominated and accepted as lifetime member into the Academy of Excellence for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota Academic Health Center 2015

Accepted as Full Member Wulling Center for Innovation and Scholarship in Pharmacy Education 2014

Nominated and Elected Academic Leadership Fellow Program, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (1 year program) 2013

Nominated and Elected Program Chair, American Educational Research Association, Computer and Internet Applications in Education Special Interest Group (2 year term) 2012

Finalist for Horace T. Morse University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education 2012

Manuscript Reviewer Acknowledgement – Voted by fellow reviewers to have reviews that are in the top 15% of quality feedback (JMCP) 2011

Teaching Excellence Award Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems 2010

Teaching Excellence Award Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems 2009

Teaching Excellence Award Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems
2008

Elected member of Pi Lambda Theta – International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education 2008

Elected member Women’s Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota 2008

Professional Associations

Educational Consultant National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education


American Educational Research Association (AERA): 2007-present

Member-Computers and Internet Applications in Education Special Interest Group (2007-present)

Elected Program Chair – Computers and Internet Applications in Education Special Interest Group (2012-2014)

Ex Officio Member – Computers and Internet Applications in Education Special Interest Group (2015 – present)

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP): 2005-present

Teaching Excellence Task Force (2008-2010)

Academic Affairs Committee-member (2015-2016)

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Research

Research Summary/Interests

Mixed-methods and qualitative methods Distance Education Interprofessional Education

Research Funding Grants

University of Minnesota Grants
“One Health Student Club Project”, Carolyn Garcia, PI (collaborative effort between Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Public Health, and Pharmacy)
1/13-12/13, Institute on the Environment grant funding. $2000

“Diabetes Experience: An opportunity for interprofessional learning around diabetes.” Sarah Westberg, Amy Pittenger, Mary Rowan, Sarah Schweiss
2011-2012 University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Phase II 1Health Grant
Funding: $20,987

“Digital writing in a doctoral level pharmacotherapy course for physical therapy students.” Amy L. Pittenger.
6/09- 12/09, University of Minnesota Center for Writing Grant funding. $5000

“Designing and Evaluating Dietary Supplement Patient Care Simulations for Eight Distinct Student Groups on Three Campuses” Kristin K. Janke, Amy L. Pittenger, Melissa A. Bumgardner
2006-2007 University of Minnesota Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) Grant funding. $8,600

Non-University of Minnesota Grants
“Integrating MTM Provided by Community Pharmacists into a Community-based ACO”. Brian Isetts, PI, 8/14-8/15, Community Pharmacy Foundation. $87,966; 3% salary offset

Rural Health Workforce Development. Amy Pittenger, PI, 9/13-8/14, Health Resources and Services Administration. $27, 388; 20% salary offset

“Advanced Nursing Education Program for Addressing Health Care Needs of People with Multiple Chronic Conditions within Interprofessional Education Model”, Merrie Kaas, PI, Amy Pittenger National Center for IPE liaison and educational design consultant.9/13 – 9/16, Health Resources and Services Administration. 1,052,875 total, approximately $350,000/year for three years; 5% salary offset 2013, 10% salary offset 2014-2016.

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, Barbara Brandt, PI, Amy Pittenger lead of Minnesota Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice network within National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education from 10/12-1/14
10/12-10/17, Health Resources and Services Administration. $800,000/year for five years

Finalist, but unfunded “Health Teams” – virtual badging for interprofessional education credentialing and motivation. Amy Pittenger, PI – co-investigators Jude Higdon and Barbara Brandt. 3/12, MacArthur Foundation. $200,000

"Assuring Quality and Diversity in Advance Practice Nursing" Catherine Juve, PI
9/11 – 9/12, Health Resources and Services Administration. $800,000; 3% salary offset

“Advancing Medication Therapy Management Services: Creating increased
awareness and utilization of MTMS CPT billing codes” Sarah M. Westerberg, PI, Amy L. Pittenger
2/09 – 7/09, Pharmacist Services Technical Advisory grant funding. $25,000

Publications

Pittenger, A.L., Chapman, S.A., Frail, C.K., Moon, J.Y., Undeberg, M.R., Orzoff, J.H. (2016). Entrustable professional activities for pharmacy practice. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 80(4), Article 57.

Pittenger, A.L., Fierke, K.K., Kostka, S., Jardine, P.J. (2016). Developing Interprofessional Facilitators and Leaders: Utilization of advanced health profession students as interprofessional (IPE) facilitators. Currents In Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 8(1), January.

Pittenger A.L., Westberg, S., Rowan, M., & Schweiss, S. (2013). An interprofessional diabetes experience to improve pharmacy and nursing students’ competency in collaborative practice. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 77(9), Article 197.

Pittenger, A.L. (2013). The use of social networking to improve the quality of interprofessional education. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 77(8), Article 174.

Pittenger, A.L. & LimBybliw, A.L. (2013). Peer-led team learning in an online course on controversial medication issues and the US healthcare system. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 77(7), Article 150.

Pittenger, A. & Olson-Kellogg, B. (2012). Leveraging learning technologies for collaborative writing in an online pharmacotherapy course. Distance Education, 33(1), 61-80.

Piascik, P., Pittenger, A., Soltis, R., Schwarz, L., Medina, M., Bouldin, A., Rose, R., Scott, S., Creekmore, F.M., & Hammer, D. (2011). An evidence basis for assessing excellence in pharmacy teaching. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 3(4), 238-248.

Lounsbery, J.L. & Pittenger, A.L. (2011) Redesign of an Online Nursing Pharmacotherapy Course. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 75(6), Article 114.

Pittenger, A.L. & Lounsbery, J.L. (2011). Student-generated questions to assess learning in an online orientation to pharmacy course. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 75(5), Article 94.

Pittenger, A.L. & Doering, A.H. (2010). Influence of motivational design on completion rates in online self-study pharmacy-content courses. Distance Education, 31(3), 275-293.

Pittenger, A.L., Janke, K.K., & Bumgardner, M.A. (2009). An online elective course on common prescription medications for undergraduate students. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 73(4), Article 69.

Gupta, S.K., Pittenger, A.L., Swan, S.K., & Marbury, T.C., Tobillo, E., Batra,V.,,Sack M., Glue, P., Jacobs, S., & Affrime, M. (2002). Single-dose pharmacokinetics and safety of pegylated interferon-alpha2b in patients with chronic renal dysfunction. Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 42(10), 1109-15.

Folan, M.M., Stone, R.A., Pittenger, A.L. Stoffel, J.A., Hess, M.M., & Kroboth, P.D. (2001). Dehydroepiandrosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate, and cortisol concentrations in intensive care unit patients. Critical Care Medicine, 29(5), 965-70.

Kroboth, P.D., Salek, F.S., Pittenger, A.L., Fabian, T.J., & Frye, R.F. (1999). DHEA and DHEA-S: A review. Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 39(4), 327-48.

Derry, C.L., Kroboth, P.D., Pittenger, A.L., Kroboth, F.J., & Smith R.B. (1995). Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of intravenous triazolam in normal and obese subjects. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 15(3).

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