Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and AdministrationJoined USJ: 2015
A Unique Transition
As a pharmacy resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital – the third largest hospital in the country – Tamara Malm, Pharm.D., was tasked with an important project: to establish pharmacy primary care services. Because of this exciting work, she was inspired to accept a teaching position at USJ’s School of Pharmacy. “When I first visited USJ – especially the School of Pharmacy – I realized that it’s an incredible environment, like a small family,” she explained.
Bringing Students into the Field
Malm connects to both institutions when she takes third-year pharmacy students on rotation to the primary care setting she established at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Taking students into the field allows Malm to prepare them for the demands of the career. She holds them to high standards, saying, “They are expected to contribute pharmacy services to every single patient, every single team, every single day, whether or not I am there holding their hand.” By providing students this high-impact learning experience (both in the field and in research) Malm introduces them to the rewards of their future profession.
A Love of Pharmacy
Malm not only aims to provide students with a strong education, but also with an understanding of the true significance of the field. Her background in pharmacy leadership fostered a love for pharmacy and those who pursue it. “Pharmacists are the most driven, focused, detail-oriented people you will ever meet,” Malm said. In her position at USJ, Malm motivates her students to move beyond their preconceived notions of career options. In their rotation at Yale-New Haven, for example, they see firsthand the role pharmacists play on medical teams, and that merging inpatient and outpatient care is possible. “I hope to expand their horizons on what a pharmacist can do,” Malm said.
Pharm.D., MPH, University of Kentucky