Innovation in Pharmacy School Transforms Rural Care

Jan 28, 2020

Dr. James Sterrett teleprecepting with a Pharmacy Student.
Credit John Lewis/SCETV

Ryan Rosenblatt is working toward his doctor of pharmacy degree at the Medical University of South Carolina. As part of the four-year plan, he has to go to clinics to treat patients. This is done with the supervision and guidance of a preceptor: an experienced pharmacist who serves as a mentor and helps students make the right judgment calls for patients.

At MUSC, Dr. James Sterrett's pharmacy students can go to clinics throughout the Lowcountry and still connect to him as a preceptor through telehealth. MUSC partnered with Fetter Healthcare Network, a group of clinics throughout the Lowcountry, to place pharmacy students and telehealth equipment in clinics so more students can get experience without the loss of a preceptor. Students use a cart with a monitor and camera to call Dr. Sterrett from clinics.

"It's super empowering," Rosenblatt said. "It's really nice to know that if I do get stumped, or I run into a patient who really needs to have the professional touch, he's there."