Fairview pharmacists Kim Ehlert and Rachel Espinosa are leaders in their field—and they've been presented with a unique opportunity to share their expertise.
The two were recently selected to participate as mentors in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Pharmacist Mentoring Program. This national program pairs experienced pharmacists with new pharmacists seeking to specialize in cystic fibrosis.
“We are excited to be able to be CFF mentors,” says Rachel. “Some cystic fibrosis centers have pharmacists who are new to the care of cystic fibrosis patients. We hope to give them the benefit of our experience and make them aware of the extensive network of available cystic fibrosis-related pharmacy resources available.”
Pharmacists like Kim and Rachel who specialize in cystic fibrosis have expertise in the medications used to treat cystic fibrosis, as well as in the disease itself. They work closely with clinicians and patients to ensure appropriate treatment.
Rachel, who specializes in pediatric cystic fibrosis patients, and Kim, who specializes in adult cystic fibrosis patients, will each mentor an “apprentice” pharmacist from outside of Minnesota who is relatively new to the field. The mentorships will take place over a three to four month period and will include conference calls, a one- to two-day site visit, phone and email interactions, and an online post-visit evaluation.
During the site visits, Kim and Rachel will provide their apprentices with hands-on observations and experience working with patients with cystic fibrosis and their families at the Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center.
“Pharmacy care for the cystic fibrosis population is a very dynamic field,” says Kim. “Through this mentorship program we can share the latest expertise and information directly with our apprentices, and in the clinical context of the Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center.”
Kim has 12 years of experience working alongside CF clinicians and patients; Rachel has two years of experience.
“I congratulate Kim and Rachel on being selected to serve as mentors in this important program,” says Jordan Dunitz, MD, director of the adult cystic fibrosis program at the Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center. “It is a testimony to their expertise and it serves the goal of improving care for cystic fibrosis patients no matter where they are treated.”