The University of the Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is eager to welcome its newest member, Ed Rogan, to the pharmacy family. Rogan comes to us as an adjunct professor. He earned his bachelor of science in biology from University of Illinois and received his doctor of pharmacy from University of Iowa. Originally from Chicago, Rogan followed his Californian wife to the golden coast to pursue a career as a pharmacy manager and ultimately a tenured pharmacy professor. Over the next five years Rogan hopes to learn as much as he can about the department and how it works as well as get involved with research projects. Rogan states candidly, “I just want to learn as much as I possibly can and use that to teach. There’s really a lot to learn.” Fortunately for him, Rogan has several faculty mentors he looks up to and can connect with. When asked about his relationships with the other department members, Rogan replies, “They’ve all been really helpful. I like their personalities and how everyone works together. Everyone has a really good work ethic, they’re friendly, and dedicated to putting out the best pharmacy students they possible can. I really like the family feel here; Pacific can offer everything a big school can, but they also offer the community feeling.”
Rogan joins Pacific with a wealth of experience, previously working at and independent pharmacy, El Dorado as well as Green Brothers Pharmacy where he was the pharmacy manager and ran the community site for Pacific’s Advance Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) program. APPE provides pharmacy students with hands on experience working in a pharmacy and teaching them how to adapt to different settings. For his precepting work, Rogan received the prestigious Stockton Region Preceptor of the Year award in 2006 for his excellence in facilitating students on rotations.
When asked why he chose to pursue pharmacy as a career, Rogan responds, “I’ve always been interested in science and chemistry. I also really enjoy working with people, and I think pharmacy is a good combination of those three things; I can use my interpersonal skills, my communication skills, and my abilities in science to get good patient outcomes.” Rogan was initially attracted to pharmacy because of his grandmother, who was always having what he calls ‘medication misadventures.’ His grandmother’s difficulty with medication issues triggered his desire to help others who had problems with obtaining and using medications. Rogan was finally pushed into taking the first step when his mentor in pharmacy school helped him to focus on exactly what he wanted to do. Rogan explains, “He really pushed me towards community pharmacy practice, and exposed me to things that nobody else was really doing. He was a very innovative pharmacist and was doing very interesting things, which I found fascinating. That synergy between us really pushed me into being the practitioner I am today. Pharmacy is really a crux between science and human interaction; it gives you the opportunity to work one-on-one with patients. Pharmacy just has a certain thing to it. I love it.”
As a pharmacist dedicated to the wellbeing of his community, Rogan details the pros and cons of working in the field. He states, “The positive things about pharmacy are that you build relationships with people and patients, and you begin to build trust with them and that’s one of the best parts about pharmacy practice. The negative side of pharmacy practice is the economic model; reimbursement rates can be low, so the industry is pushing pharmacists away from patients while pharmacy education is trying to push practitioners towards patients.” Rogan is an advocate for relationship building between patient and practitioner and it is this quality that makes him a great professor; he sincerely enjoys the presence of driven students who are inspired to help the community. Rogan explains, “I haven’t had any classes yet, but I feel that the greatest asset of the students here at Pacific is that they are local. They learn here and stay here because they are invested in the community, which is a really good thing.”
Though Rogan has yet to teach a class at Pacific, he has already developed a core teaching philosophy. He wants to first assess students’ initial knowledge and be able to develop a teaching model that would achieve the outcome of a student learning to master a task and essentially seeing pharmacy as a big picture. He says, “I like using active learning strategies, not just lectures. I want to challenge students and get them thinking about how they can apply the things they learn.”
In addition to his role as a professor of pharmacy, Rogan is a guitarist in a band that has recorded and released three albums, a self-taught artist focusing on drawing and oil paintings, and a photographer in his spare time. His creativity is not only used for art however, he also uses his creativity to design and teach. Explaining further, Rogan says, “By using creativity, I can be entertaining and keep my audience or students engaged, and I think it helps facilitate learning. Also, if I’m trying to solve problems, I can use creativity to approach it from a different angle.”
In regards to his appointment as the new pharmacy professor, Rogan concludes by saying, “Having the opportunity to teach here is a very significant event in my life. Now that I’ve hit this level, I’ve got to keep going. Life is about going upstairs.”