Sharon Rush joined the faculty of the Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice as a Clinical Assistant Professor in July 2010. Her focus is on the Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience in the P3 year where she coordinates the Clinical Skills: Community Care course. She teaches the undergraduate course “Drugs in Our Society” and the signature course “The Savvy Healthcare Consumer”. She serves as an advisor for the College’s community outreach initiatives, especially Project Collaborate.
Prof. Rush received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree in 1986 from The University of Texas at Austin. She has practiced as a staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager, Central Texas Immunization Coordinator and PGY1 residency preceptor and continues to work regular relief shifts to keep up-to-date.
In her role as the Austin/Temple/Waco Community APPE Coordinator, Professor Rush wants to help coordinate the transition between the introductory and advanced practice experiences. By enriching the introductory experiences, she hopes to better prepare the students for their APPE rotations so the focus can be on more direct interactions with the patients instead of basic learning.
She is a member of several national, state and local organizations. She was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Texas Pharmacy Association in 2012 and is the current Secretary on the local Capital Area Pharmacy Association board.
Her areas of interest include the clinical and direct patient care aspects of community practice and their impact on improving the health outcomes of her patients. These aspects include Medication Therapy Management, immunizations and health screenings.