Beyond Academics: Looking at the Whos, Whats, and Whys in Pharmacy Education



Academic pharmacy is ingrained in Patrick McDonnell’s DNA. He has spent nearly three decades of his professional career at Temple University School of Pharmacy: first as a student; then as a resident; and, since 1999, as a teacher. In his coursework he passes on the lessons and experiences learned over years as a practicing pharmacist—especially the thousands of stories he has been collecting about adverse drug reactions.
We spoke with Professor McDonnell, guest editor of this issue, about what draws him to his work in both the hospital pharmacy and the classroom, and the unique and vital role pharmacists play in delivering safe, efficient patient care.

Author Biographies

Patrick J. McDonnell, PharmD, Temple University School of Pharmacy

Patrick McDonnell is a clinical professor of Pharmacy at Temple University School of Pharmacy. He received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of Scranton in 1987 and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Temple University in 1997. He completed a residency in Pharmacy Practice at Temple University Hospital in 1998. Professor McDonnell was honored with the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2006 and a Fellowship from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 2014. He also serves on the editorial board of the Patient Safety Authority, works in conjunction with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, and has numerous publications and presentations in drug-induced disease, medication safety, and adverse drug reactions. At the School of Pharmacy, Professor McDonnell teaches course work on medication safety topics and adverse drug reactions, and is the coordinator of the Medication Safety Track offered to students who wish to focus on the safe use of drugs and to mitigate patient harm from error-prone situations.

Eugene Myers, BA, Patient Safety Authority

Eugene Myers ( is the associate editor of Engagement and Publications for the Patient Safety Authority. He previously served as the editor-in-chief of Communications, Office of Institutional Advancement, at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, and is an award-winning author of seven novels for young adult readers.

Man standing on books with test tube and woman standing in front of bottles of pills.



How to Cite

McDonnell, P. J., & Myers, E. (2022). Beyond Academics: Looking at the Whos, Whats, and Whys in Pharmacy Education. Patient Safety, 4(SI), 42–45. Retrieved from
Bookmark and Share