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News - 22 Apr 2014

An interview with Shelley Chambers Fox

Interview with Shelley Chambers Fox, author of the newest Remington Education title Remington Education: Pharmaceutics

Shelley Chambers Foxutical Press: Shelley, congratulations on the publication of your new book. Why did you choose to author a book on pharmaceutics?

Shelley Chambers Fox: I wanted students to have a resource that illustrated how the science of pharmaceutics applies to pharmacy practice. Each of the chapters has cases to engage students in thinking about and applying the material.

PhP:  What modules does this book relate to and which years will find it most helpful?

SCF:  In the UK the curriculum begins with a solid grounding in the physical-chemical principles, and students may find the simple explanations of interfacial tension and colligative properties presented in this text useful to understand these basic concepts. As the student progresses towards preregistration practice and pharmacist prescribing, the book's advice for patients on the use of buccal tablets, respiratory inhalers and topical applications will become of great practical use.

In the US formal courses in pharmaceutics are generally in professional year one or two of the curriculum. However, students find that they will need to know whether two drugs can be used together in the same syringe or how a respiratory inhaler works later in their training, and these concepts are part of their pharmaceutics education.

PhP:  Pharmaceutics is a huge subject - what advice would you give to any students about to start studying it?

SCF:  It can be helpful to see pharmaceutics as an outline rather than separate, unrelated facts. Ask yourself, "what is the general principle each section presents?"  Work through the questions and cases with this same question in mind.

PhP:  What advice would you give to your readers about how to use your book?

SCF:  Start by looking at the learning outcomes. They will help you see the outline of pharmaceutics. And be sure to use the problems and cases to help clarify and reinforce your understanding of the subject.

PhP:  What advice would you give to lecturers when teaching this subject and how can this book can help them?

SCF:  This text provides a consistent presentation of the subject of pharmaceutics that can be used as a supplement to lectures or could be assigned as homework to prepare students to participate in problem-based or team-based learning. There are cases in each chapter that are suitable for active learning exercises.

PhP:  Pharmacy courses are focussing more and more on the application of knowledge - how will your book help students to do this?

SCF:  Many of the questions and cases at the end of each chapter are written at an application level of mastery.

PhP:  How will Remington Education: Pharmaceutics help students pass their exams?

SCF:  The textbook provides succinct presentations of some of the meatier subjects within pharmaceutics. It is hoped that these simple presentations with examples will facilitate understanding them. The text also provides the opportunity to "work at" a challenging subject with problems and answers.

PhP:  What are the biggest challenges you faced writing this book? How did you overcome them?

SCF:  The hardest thing to do was to explain pharmaceutics clearly in as few words as possible. I accomplished this by writing and rewriting.

PhP:  And finally, what do you enjoy doing when you are not teaching pharmacy?

SCF:  I enjoy working to restore the native grasses and plants to our small farm and stream bed. I also love to snow ski.

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Shelley Chambers Fox is a registered pharmacist with experience in pharmacy practice and academia. Dr Chambers received a bachelor of pharmacy and PhD from Washington State University where her graduate work was supported by an American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education fellowship. She has taught pharmaceutics and extemporaneous compounding at Washington State University since 1991. Dr Chambers' scholarly interests include peptide chemistry and, more recently, quality assurance for compounded products and the development of methods to improve pharmacy education. In 2012 she was recognized with the Washington State University Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr Chambers lives on a small farm in eastern Washington State with her husband, a dairy scientist and some of his dairy cow subjects.

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