Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and AdministrationJoined USJ: 2015
From Critical Care to the Classroom
After spending six years working as a clinical pharmacist in the Intensive Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Alexander Levine, PharmD., was eager to move to academia. His focused expertise on critical care came with him – in the form of teaching, research, publications, and course development. Transitioning from a hospital setting to a university felt right to Levine, who always enjoyed the teaching aspects of his work in the ICU. “In my day to day responsibilities as a clinical pharmacist, I was able to reach only so many people. But when you’re teaching 90 students, you’re able to reach out to that particular person, and then maybe they go on to teach somebody else,” Levine said. “It’s nice to be able to have a much farther reach with teaching.”
Innovation in Teaching
In order to maximize his reach, Levine began collaborating with a fellow pharmacy professor to integrate a unique teaching technique in his courses: problem-based learning. “A lot of the curriculum at the School of Pharmacy tends to be more innovative,” Levine remarked. With this in mind, Levine’s technique will not mimic traditional teaching practices; instead of lectures, students receive patient cases to review. They also practice problem solving within a small group, much like they will in the field. By preparing students to collaborate with their peers, Levine sends them into their future careers with the best education possible.
Mentorship in Research
As a research mentor at his previous institution, Levine enjoyed guiding students in developing their research. That experience prepared him to take on a similar role at USJ, where he mentors students in their research endeavors. “As a faculty member, it is a great opportunity to work with students and help them facilitate their research,” Levine said. By offering insights from his own research experience, Levine provides students with the knowledge and support needed to complete integral research in a highly-competitive field. Levine views a mentorship relationship such as this as a reciprocal partnership and always looks for chances to collaborate with students.
B.S., University of Connecticut
BCPS, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Pharm.D., University of Connecticut