have renowned researchers who interact,
mentor and teach our students, translating
knowledge from the laboratories into the classroom.
The landscape of medicine is ever-changing
and the opportunities in pharmacy are endless.
Donna Beall -
Associate Professor, pharmacy practice
patients for bone density at a Condon, Mont., tavern is just another day
for Donna Beall. She doesn’t bat an eye at the prospect of taking
blood pressures in a church or testing for diabetes in a firehouse. “In
small towns we sometimes just set up wherever we can,” she says.
director of the IPHARM (ImProving Health Among Rural Montanans) program,
Beall, her students, other faculty members and a clinical pharmacy specialist
travel to every corner of Montana to screen for markers of heart disease,
diabetes and osteoporosis. “Many of these screening services are
not widely available in rural areas,” Beall says. “The program
also provides a great learning experience for students.”
she’s not on the road logging some of the 38,000 miles the program
has covered in the last two and a half years, Beall is teaching third-
and fourth-year pharmacy students in a College of Health Professions and
Biomedical Sciences classroom and in her office at Curry Health Center.
assist Beall in consulting with student-patients on proper use of medications
and what the effects and side effects of those medicines might be, as
well as on the importance of actually taking what is prescribed.
improve how student-patients take their medication,” she says. Two
students work with Beall in Curry on eight-week rotations, and fourth-year
students are on a revolving list to crisscross Montana with IPAHRM. “All
these experiences are bridges between what students learn in class or
lab and the real world,” she says.