Dr. Speedie begins part one of her interview by describing her early life and educational background. She reflects on her undergraduate education at Purdue University, discussing her early experiences working in community pharmacies and her exposure to laboratory research. She briefly discusses her time in graduate school and reflects on her return to Oregon following graduation. She discusses her move to Baltimore, as well as her becoming assistant professor and department head at the University of Maryland. Dr. Speedie then reflects on being recruited to the University of Minnesota. She discusses the appeal of an administrative position, as well as her ongoing interest in teaching and research. She reflects on the chaotic state of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy upon her arrival, the mentorship she received, and the openness of the pharmacy profession to women. Dr. Speedie then discusses some of the College’s more famous research projects, including investigations into epilepsy, HIV, and opioids. She then details the founding of the Rural Health School and the impetus behind the Duluth expansion. She concludes by comparing revisions made to the College of Pharmacy curriculum in 1995 and 2013 and by reflecting on faculty responses to those changes. Dr. Speedie begins part two of her interview by offering some additional comments about curricular design and the contributions of specific people to that project. She then reflects on changes in pharmacy practice in the mid 2000s, describing the significance of medication therapy management (MTM), collaborative practice, and pharmaceutical care. She then discusses the changing status of the Pharm.D. degree. Dr. Speedie then reflects on the founding and vision behind the Doctor of Pharmacy Program for Practicing
Pharmacists (DP4). She then describes the relationship between academic and practicing pharmacists and discusses Dr. Lawrence Weaver’s role in bridging these groups. She discusses the significance of the Center for Leading Health Care Change and the Academic Health Center (AHC). She briefly reflects on the difficulties involved with connecting the College of Pharmacy and Fairview Health Services and with securing physical space for the College. Dr. Speedie concludes by commenting on her position as the first female dean and on the future of pharmacy enrollments.
Dr. Marilyn K. Speedie was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. She earned her B.S. in pharmacy in 1970 and Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy in 1973, both from Purdue University. Before graduating, she became assistant professor of pharmacognosy at Oregon State University. She then moved, in 1975, to the University of Maryland to become assistant professor of pharmacognosy. Dr. Speedie was promoted to associate professor in 1980 and full professor in 1991. While at the University of Maryland, she also served as chairman of the Department of Biomedicinal Chemistry (1989-1993) and as chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (1993-1995). She then became dean and professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, positions she held from 1996 to 2017. In addition to her university commitments, Dr. Speedie served for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy as president (2006-2007) and on the board of directors (2005-2008). She also served on the board of directors for the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (2007-2017) and two terms on the board of trustees for the United States Pharmacopeia (2010-2020).
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Interview with Marilyn K. Speedie.
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