Mark A. Della Paolera, RPh, BSPharm, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

Phone Number: 
503-352-7271
UC Box: 
A192

Teaching

Throughout my career at Pacific University School of Pharmacy, I have taught within a diversity of courses including immunology, pulmonary, cardiovascular, and pharmacy practice. These courses included teaching to the first- and second-year students within our program. I currently teach in the classes below. In addition to classroom teaching, I also teach students who are in the third-year of the program taking their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (6-week rotations in pharmacy settings).

Block coordinator:

PHRM 590 | Pharmacy Practice I

PHRM 592 | Pharmacy Practice II

PHRM 683 | Pulmonology

Education &Training

2012 | Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist, Board of Pharmacy Specialties, certified 2012-2019

2012 | Certificate Awarded in Teaching and Learning, American College of Clinical Pharmacy Academy

2011 | American Pharmacists Association Immunization Certified

2008 | Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board of Pharmacy Specialties, certified 2008 - 2015

2008 | Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Washington, College of Pharmacy, External PharmD Program, Seattle

1998 | Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Oregon State University, College of Pharmacy, Corvallis

1995 | Pre-Pharmacy, Southern Oregon University, Pre-Pharmacy, Ashland

1995 | Pre-Pharmacy, Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, OR

Areas of Research & Specialization

Interest areas include implementing collaborative practice agreements, ambulatory pharmaceutical care, men’s and women’s health, anticoagulation care, inpatient & clinical pharmacy, patient teaching/advocacy, and scholarly work related to pedagogical studies.

Why I Study Pharmacy

Why did I choose pharmacy? Actually, I believe that pharmacy chose me. When I was 15 years of age, I was studying foundational courses at a local community college. I had no idea about pharmacy or even that it was a profession for which one had go to college. At that point in my life, I was not prescribed any medications and never had contact with a pharmacist. However, one day I became friends with someone who was studying her pharmacy prerequisites in the hope of one day being accepted to a school of pharmacy. When I asked why she was studying pharmacy, she explained that you had to complete courses in math, chemistry, biology, communications, psychology, and more. All of this sounded very appealing as I could see that it was a profession that was well-rounded. Upon further research, I found that the job security, income, and, more importantly, the ability to work with patients and have a direct impact on their health outcomes were even more appealing. After prayerful consideration, I believe that God destined me to become a pharmacist.

Although I believe that pharmacy chose me, I also made the most to actively choose and pursue so many different fields that the profession offers. In the past decade-and-a-half that I have been a pharmacist, I have worked in an independent pharmacy, community based-pharmacies (grocery and chain drug stores), inpatient hospital, ambulatory care (similar to family practice), and now academia where I can train and teach the next generation of pharmacists to have positive health care outcomes with their patients. Needless to say, the profession has been so rewarding. I am truly blessed.

Today, I continue to work in academia but also spend time practicing within an ambulatory care clinic and occasionally work shifts in retail pharmacies. I have thoroughly enjoyed the flexibility to jump between different fields and always love the interactions with my students and my patients. In addition, I enjoy the never ending development of drugs that come to the market and learning about them and how to assist my patients with those medications.

What I would tell a student considering a degree in pharmacy

It is always exciting to meet new potential candidates considering the profession of pharmacy. The best things that I can advise students are to consider the following: 1) do you like the sciences? (math, chemistry, etc); 2) do you have a desire to help others?; 3) do you have the fortitude to work hard consistently throughout your pharmacy education?; 4) are you dedicated to life-long learning where you will be expected to independently learn on your own? (keep up with new drugs that come to the market, learn about new ways to treat diseases); and, 5) ask yourself why your are choosing this health care profession rather than another? (i.e., what specifically attracts you to pharmacy).

Publications

McBane SE, Corelli RL, Albano CB, Conry JM, Della Paolera MA, Kennedy AK, Jenkins AT, Suchanek Hudmon K. The role of academic pharmacy in tobacco cessation and control. Am J Pharm Educ. 2013;77(5):Article 93.

Poster Presentations  and Peer-Reviewed Abstracts

M Della Paolera, J Fortner, I Croswell “Implementation, Design, and Preceptor Perceptions of a Preceptor-Facilitated Self-Care Pharmacy Practice Course.” American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Grapevine, TX. July 2014.

M Della Paolera, B Chavez, L Devaud “Development of a Substance Abuse Elective and the Effectiveness of Different Learning Modalities Employed.” Pacific University Oregon College of Health Professions, Hillsboro, OR. May 2014.

M Della Paolera, J Fortner, I Croswell “Implementation, Design, and Preceptor Perceptions of a Preceptor-Facilitated Self-Care Pharmacy Practice Course.” Pacific University Oregon College of Health Professions, Hillsboro, OR. May 2014.

M Della Paolera, B Chavez, L Devaud “Development of a Substance Abuse Elective and the Effectiveness of Different Learning Modalities Employed.” College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, Phoenix, AZ. April 2014.

J Ferguson, C Bentz, M Della Paolera, S Roush, L Stillman-Smith “Development of a Pharmacist-Assisted Tobacco Cessation Pilot Project Using a Multidisciplinary Team Approach.”. Pacific University Oregon Board of Trustees meeting (invited by Executive Dean of the College of Health Professions), Forest Grove, OR. March 2012.

J Ferguson, C Bentz, M Della Paolera, S Roush, L Stillman-Smith. “Development of a Pharmacist-Assisted Tobacco Cessation Pilot Project Using a Multidisciplinary Team Approach.” Associated Schools of Allied Health Professionals, Scottsdale, AZ. October 2011.

M Della Paolera, D Fuentes, L Christensen, J Jordan, T Vo. “Simulating an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience during a Capstone Course to Prepare Students for Clinical Rotations and Facilitate Self-reflection,” American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, San Antonio, TX. July 2011.

D Fuentes, M Della Paolera, T Vo, J Lassiter, M Krupicka, M Foeppel, P Cawley, B Fujisaki. “Supplementing Lectures with Cases, Essays and Drug Information Applications to Promote Active and Life-long Learning.” American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Seattle, WA. July 2010.

Podium Presentations

Co-presenter, “Engaging and Assisting Patients with Tobacco Cessation.” Pacific University Oregon College of Health Professions, Hillsboro, OR. July 2014.

Presenter, “Integrating Collaborative Drug Therapy Management and Tobacco Cessation into Community-Based Pharmacies.” Professional Society of Pharmacists, Monthly CE Dinner, Portland, OR. March 2014.

Presenter, “Tobacco Cessation: How Can We Help Our Patients to Quit?” Pacific University College of Health Professions, Hillsboro, OR. January 2014.

Co-presenter, “Improving Learning Efficiency: Information Processing and Learning.” Pacific University School of Pharmacy, Faculty Development Workshop, Hillsboro, OR. December 2013.

Co-presenter, “Prescription Writing Guidelines for Hygienist.” Oregon Dental Hygiene Association, Annual Meeting, Keizer, OR. November 2013

Presenter, “Implementation, Design, Modifications, and Student Perceptions and Learning within an Interprofessional Course Amongst Nine Health Professions.” The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, Orlando, FL. October 2013.

Co-presenter & Co-referee, “NASPA/NMA Self-Care Championship.” Oregon State Pharmacy Association, Annual Meeting. Portland, OR. October 2013.

Presenter, “Tobacco Cessation for Patients Receiving Dental Care.” Oregon Health Science University Dental School, Portland, OR. August 2013.

Presenter, “Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine: Tobacco Cessation Case and Expert Panel.” Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, OR. May 2013.

Presenter, “Adolescent Drug Abuse.” Pacific University College of Health Professions Interprofessional Continuing Education Seminar, Hillsboro, OR. May 2013.

Co-presenter, “Prescription Writing Guidelines for Hygienist.” Oregon Dental Hygiene Association, 2013 Expanded Practice Dental Hygiene Conference, Springfield, OR. May 2013.

Presenter, “Suicidal Behavior and Depression in Smoking Cessation Treatments.” Collaborative Education Institute Webinar. November 2012.

Co-presenter, “Prescription Writing Guidelines for Hygienist.” Oregon Dental Hygiene Association, Annual Meeting, Keizer, OR. October 2012.

Co-presenter & Co-referee, “NASPA/NMA Self-Care Championship.” Oregon State Pharmacy Association, Annual Meeting. Portland, OR. September 2012.

Presenter, “Utilization of Efficacious and Therapeutic Equivalents and Generics Part II.” Fanno Creek Clinic, Grand Rounds, Continuing Medical Education, Portland, OR. July 2012.

Presenter, “Utilization of Efficacious and Therapeutic Equivalents and Generics Part I.” Fanno Creek Clinic, Grand Rounds, Continuing Medical Education, Portland, OR. June 2012.

Presenter, “Updates for Pharmacists on COPD.” Professional Society of Pharmacists, Fred Meek Annual Seminar, Tigard, OR. November 2011.

Co-presenter, “Prescription Writing Guidelines for Hygienist.” Oregon Dental Hygiene Association, Annual Meeting, Portland, OR. October 2011.

Presenter, “Bridging Anticoagulation Care Between the Retail and Clinical Settings.” Professional Society of Pharmacists, Monthly CE Dinner, Portland, OR. October 2010.

Presenter, “Tobacco Cessation and Collaborative Drug Therapy Management.” Oregon State Pharmacy Association, Annual Seminar, Salem, OR. September 2010.

Co-presenter, “Utilizing the APPE Student Assessment Tool: Guidance for Providing Feedback.” Pacific University Oregon School of Pharmacy, Faculty Workshop, Hillsboro, OR. May 2010.

Presenter, “Tobacco Cessation and Collaborative Drug Therapy Management in a Retail Setting.” Professional Society of Pharmacists, Monthly CE Dinner, Beaverton, OR. December 2009.

Honor & Awards

National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Faculty Scholars Program; research project: Implementing Pharmacist-Assisted Tobacco Cessation Clinics in Community-Based Pharmacies. Grant award: $2,500. Fall 2014.

Scholarship Recipient to Attend, American Pharmaceutical Association Self-Care Institute, Washington, DC. June 2012.

Scholarship Recipient to Attend, American Pharmaceutical Association Self-Care Institute, Washington, DC. June 2011.

J Ferguson, C Bentz, M Della Paolera, S Roush, L Stillman-Smith, Pacific University Oregon College of Health Professions, Hillsboro, OR. Multidisciplinary Tobacco Cessation Program. University Grant Awarded: $3,000. Fall 2009.

 

Office Location: 
Creighton Hall 464
Hours: 

By appointment.

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