Dr. Uden begins his interview by discussing his childhood and high school experience in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. He then reflects on his coming to the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate, his early experiences with pharmacy practice, memorable classes, and his interaction with the medical school. He then describes the development of the Pharm.D. program and changes in the popular image of a pharmacist. He then discusses the significant relationships he formed with Dr. Lawrence Weaver and with peers through the professional fraternity Kappa Psi. He then reflects on his post-graduate work at the St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center, his increasing involvement with pharmacokinetics, and his growing interest in clinical research. Dr. Uden then describes his time at Minneapolis Children’s Medical Center, his role there as Director of Pharmacy, and his work in pediatric and emergency care. Dr. Uden then discusses his return to the University of Minnesota as a faculty member and reflects on his experience with tenure policies and procedures. He then discusses the growth of clinical pharmacy and the pharmaceutical care movement. He then describes the Pharmacy Rural Education Program (PREP), as well as the development of the Rural Health School and his role as interim director. He then reflects on the deanship of Gilbert Banker, the state of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in the 1990s, and the dynamic between Rho Chi and Lo Chi. Dr. Uden concludes by discussing the Doctor of Pharmacy Program for Practicing Pharmacists (DP4) and reflecting on his experience as Associate Dean of Students.
Dr. Donald L. Uden was born in Minneapolis and raised in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. He earned his B.S. in pharmacy in 1975 and Pharm.D. in 1976, both from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Dr. Uden completed a fellowship in pulmonary medicine and clinical pharmacokinetics at the St. Paul-Ramsey Hospital and Medical Center in 1977. He began working at the Minneapolis Children’s Medical Center in 1979. There he served as Assistant Director of Pharmacy Services from 1979-1980, as Associate Director of Pharmacy Services from 1980-1983, as Director of Pharmacy Services from 1983-1985, and as Director of Research Administration from 1987-1992. Dr. Uden also worked at the St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center, serving as Director of Clinical Pharmacy from 1985-1987. Dr. Uden returned to the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy as Instructor of Clinical Pharmacy in 1977. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1981, to associate professor in 1985, and to full professor in 2002. He also served as Associate Dean for Student Services from 2000-2007. Dr. Uden died on March 21, 2020 at the age of 67.
Ruhrold, Lauren N.; Uden, Donald L..
Interview with Donald L. Uden.
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