Sharon Rush, R.Ph., received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree in 1986. She practiced as a staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager, Central Texas Immunization Coordinator and PGY1 residency preceptor during her 23 years with a large community pharmacy chain and continues to practice with the company on a reduced scale. She has been involved with different patient care programs such as pharmacy-based immunizations, health screenings, Medication Therapy Management and Disease State Management. She is a certified instructor for the APhA “Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery” certification program, the APhA “Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services in the Community” certificate program, the NACDS Point of Care certificate program and the American Heart Association Basic Life Support course. She provides the annual 3-hour continuing education Immunization Update for the Texas Pharmacy Association and the University of Texas College of Pharmacy Pharmacy Practice Seminar.
Professor Rush joined the faculty of the Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice in July 2010. She is the Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience coordinator for the Clinical Skills: Community Care course for the third year professional students and the Austin/Temple/Waco Community Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience regional coordinator for the fourth year professional students. She teaches the undergraduate course “Drugs in Our Society” and the signature course “The Savvy Healthcare Consumer” that helps the University’s undergraduate students learn how to navigate our complex health care system. She is a faculty facilitator for Pharmacotherapy II / III labs and the new Interprofessional Education program that includes students from the College of Pharmacy, Dell Medical School, School of Nursing and School of Social Work.
One of her biggest passions is serving as an advisor for two student community outreach initiatives: Project Collaborate and Know Your Medicine. These initiatives offer free health screenings and comprehensive medication reviews to the underserved populations in our four core campus areas throughout the state. Along with dedicated student leaders and pharmacist preceptors, these initiatives work with community organizations to provide services that directly impact a patient’s health outcome.
She is a member of several national, state and local organizations such as the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Pharmacists’ Association, the Texas Pharmacy Association and the Capital Area Pharmacy Association. She was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Texas Pharmacy Association from 2012-15 and now serves on their Workforce Taskforce, Public Policy Council, Vaccination Registry Project Management team, Education Advisory group and others. She serves as a Director on the local Capital Area Pharmacy Association board.
Professor Rush is a member of the Community-Wide Health Information Exchange Consensus Development Summit and the Travis/Williamson County Service Committee and Community-Based Organizations workgroup. These groups are comprised of healthcare providers from different areas of practice and non-profit community organizations that work together to identify and promote best practices in the areas of health information exchange and public health for the Travis and Williamson County area.
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.