Adams named first assistant dean of graduate and interprofessional education

Michael L. Adams, PharmD, PhD, was recently promoted as the first assistant dean of graduate and interprofessional education at Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.


In his new role, Adams is responsible for developing an interprofessional education program to integrate a team-based training component into the College’s academic programs. He will also administer policies and requirements for all current and future graduate programs at CPHS.


“Our goal is to train students to function effectively as members of an interprofessional health care team to increase the quality of care and patient outcomes in the future,” said Ron Maddox, PharmD, dean of CPHS. “With our expansion of IPE training and graduate degrees, I believe Dr. Adams has the extensive background in teaching, graduate education, curricular planning, and interprofessional education to move us forward in attaining our goals.”


Since arriving at Campbell in 2005, Adams has served in various teaching and leadership positions. Promoted to associate professor this past fall, Adams has served as chair of the College’s curriculum committee since 2011 and as the inaugural chair of the interprofessional education committee for the past two years. In addition, he was the director of Science Education Outreach from 2009-2012.


“The benefits of interprofessional practice are intuitive within the health care profession,” Adams said. “If we expect our students to practice this way, we need to be intentional about training them this way too, and I think Campbell is taking the right steps to incorporate a collaborative training model.”


A pilot event for the College’s IPE program is scheduled for January 15. Over fifty pharmacy, physician assistant and public health students will work together in collaborative teams to discuss patient-related scenarios and interact with simulated patients.


Adams holds a PharmD degree from Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and a PhD in medicinal chemistry from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Washington. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health.