Rana Mehdi Ibrahima is a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Wayne State University, Michigan, USA in 2001 (1996-2001) which is a 5 years internationally accredited program, and a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from University of Florida, Gainesville, USA in 2008 (2005-2007) which is a 3 years internationally accredited program as well. Throughout my Doctorate of Pharmacy degree, I extensively studied 9 semesters where each semester concentrated on a specific body organ and clinical disease. In order to graduate from the Doctorate of Pharmacy program I had to finish 32 CPAís (Clinical Practice Assessment) which requires me to complete a 1 year clinical residency. I did my residency in various clinical settings at Bluewater Health Community hospital in Sarnia, Ontario; London Health Sciences Center in London, Ontario; Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, USA; and Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, USA. I evaluated, monitored, and participated in the drug therapy selection for many patients in the cardiac care, Hemodialysis, Psychiatry, and palliative care settings mostly. During my career, I worked as Pharmacy manager at Rite Aid Corporation in the USA for 5 years. During such time I was actively involved in changing the pharmacy profession from pure dispensing to patient centered care. I was involved in many disease prevention presentations, healthcare education and counseling, and many health promotion activities. I have been employed at the University of Sharjah, College of Pharmacy on a two-year renewable contract since August 2008. In this matter, I would like to highlight some points in my profile focusing on the following three areas.Teaching: Since joining the University of Sharjah college of Pharmacy, I was actively involved in teaching both Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy courses starting from the first level till the last. The Pharmacy Practice courses that I taught with their tutorials cover a variety of subjects related to public health, health promotion, menís and womenís health, communication and interviewing patientsí skills. They also cover patient centered care concept and other social pharmacy issues like adherence, illness behavior, and hospital admission and discharge process. On the other hand, Clinical Pharmacy courses cover a wide range of diseases and therapeutic management for these diseases including renal failure, psychiatric illness, oncology-principles of chemotherapeutic agents, transplant issues and clinical toxicology and palliative and end of life supportive care. In the development of teaching and learning activities, I introduced the concepts of self learning, problem solving, and problem based learning in many courses. I used innovative teaching methodologies including team-based learning (TBL), research based assignments, case studies and case based assignments.
Rana Mehdi Ibrahim's Research interests are: DIABETES MELLITUS TYPE II: REVIEW OF ORAL TREATMENT OPTIONS, Continuous Outpatient Warfarin counseling and its effects on adherence, Community Pharmacists' Involvement in Breast Cancer Health Promotion in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Perception of the physicians to the role of clinical pharmacists in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Improving and assessing writing skills & practices of pharmacy students.