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Brittany Jennings
April 9, 2021

jackie_zeemanUNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Jackie Zeeman, Pharm.D. is a recipient of this year’s 2021 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) New Investigator Award.

Zeeman is one of 14 recipients of this year’s AACP award, and is recognized for her research, “Better Together: Evaluating the Me and We Competencies in Interprofessional Teams.”

“It’s an honor to be a recipient of the AACP New Investigator Award,” Zeeman said. “Many leaders in the pharmacy academy have been awarded the AACP New Investigator Award in past years and I am honored that my research is recognized as influential and impactful to the future of pharmacy.”

With the support of this award, Zeeman will investigate the personal and interprofessional competencies representative of pharmacists on interprofessional healthcare teams.

She said her goal is to measure interprofessional collaboration among team members; characterize pharmacists’ personal professional identity and interprofessional identity; and investigate the relationship between interprofessional collaboration and pharmacist team member identity.

Ultimately, she aims to determine what specific and measurable skills, competencies, and experiences students need to gain in the learning environment to be well positioned to practice in a collaborative interprofessional team.

“As healthcare professionals, we each bring our own personal professional identity and our interprofessional identity to the work we do with interprofessional teams,” Zeeman said. “This project is an important first step in the process of defining what competencies health professions students need to develop to be collaborative practice ready graduates, understand how these outcomes can and should be measured within interprofessional education curricula, and identify what achievement threshold indicates a graduate is collaborative practice ready.”

In collaboration with Dr. Meg Zomorodi, Assistant Provost and Director of the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice (O-IPEP), this work will inform the development of a coordinated assessment strategy across the O-IPEP health professions programs at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Zeeman was previously honored with the 2019 Pharmacy Education Symposium’s New Investigator Award for her work, “Identifying Traits and Building Consensus on Priority Leadership and Professionalism Attributes in Pharmacy Education.”

Zeeman is a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and an assistant director in the School’s Office of Organizational Effectiveness, Planning, and Assessment. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wake Forest University and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

After earning her Pharm.D., she completed a pharmacy practice residency at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Pharmacy. She then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Assessment of Student Learning and the Scholarship of Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

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