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Ference

Dr.   Kimberly  A.  Ference

Associate Professor/FOP
Pharmacy Practice

Dr. Ference joined Wilkes University in 2008. Before joining Wilkes, Dr. Ference held a position as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa, OK. Her current clinical practice site is at the Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) clinic in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. VIM is a free clinic that serves working, uninsured residents of Luzerne County. At VIM, she is the Director of Pharmacotherapy. Dr. Ference also runs a pharmacotherapy service where she and her team provide several clinical services focusing on education and management for the following disease states: diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, tobacco abuse, asthma and COPD. Her areas of interest include indigent care, cardiovascular risk reduction and information mastery. 

Education and Training

  • Doctor of Pharmacy, Wilkes University
  • Primary Care Pharmacy Residency, Wilkes University (In conjunction with Wilkes-Barre Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Wyoming Valley Health Care System Family Practice) 
  • Faculty Leadership Fellowship, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center

Certificates and Certifications

  • Basic Life Support Certification
  • Breathe Well, Live Well Facilitator Training – American Lung Association
  • Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery – American Pharmacist Association
  • Open Airways Asthma Certificate – American Lung Association
  • Professional Compounding Centers of America Certificate 

Selected Teaching

  • Foundations of Pharmacy Practice (various topics)
  • Pharmaceutical Care Lab – Drug Information and Information Mastery
  • Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences

Selected Scholarship

Poster Abstracts

Manning D, Ference K, Bohan K, Robecheski A, Welch AC.  Comparing the Impact of Pass/Fail Versus Traditional Letter Grading on Postgraduate Training Rates.  Am J Pharm Educ. 2015 Jun 25; 79(5): 43-44.

Choi, A. R., T. Patel, et al. (2015). Exploring unique patient care practice: implementation of affordable care act sign-up assistance program. Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Midyear Conference. Harrisburg, PA.

Ference, K. A., J. M. Malinowski, et al. (2014). An interdisciplinary approach to developing a culture of community engagement in the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. 78: 111.

Ference K, Hirthler K, Clarke V, Easton D, Waline V. Student Perceptions of an Interprofessional Experience in a Clinic Setting. Presented at The Collaborating Across Borders Conference in Vancouver, BC June 2013

Continuing Education Presentations

“Incorporating Interprofessional Education Experiences into Everyday Pharmacy Practice - A Safe Bet for Improving Patient Care”.  Ference KA.  Presented at Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting. Grantville, PA. October 3, 2015. (1.0 hour) 

"Every Day Evidence: Working Smarter, Not harder, to be an Evidence-Based Pharmacist".  Ference JD, Logyhore DS, Ference KA.  Presented at Wilkes University Continuing Education Workshop. Wilkes Barre, Pa.  October 10,2014. (6.0 hours)

“Physical Assessment”. Ference KA.  Presented as a part of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association’s Medication Therapy Management Online Training Program. Harrisburg, PA.  July 2014.

“The Challenging Patient”. Ference KA.  Presented as a part of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association’s Medication Therapy Management Online Training Program. Harrisburg, PA.  July 2014.

“Triaging in the Pharmacy Setting”. Ference KA.  Presented as a part of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association’s Medication Therapy Management Online Training Program. Harrisburg, PA.  July 2014.

Manuscripts/Book Chapters

Ference JD, Ference KA. Asthma and COPD. In: Reinhold JA, Earl G, eds. Clinical Therapeutics Primer: Link to the Evidence for the Ambulatory Care Pharmacist. Burlington: Jones & Bartlett; 2014. p. 307-42.

Ference K . The Community Pharmacists Role in Diabetes Treatment. America’s Pharmacist. 2010 Nov; 29-51.

Longyhore DL, Ference K, Nanstiel B. An Elective Course in Information Mastery. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2011; 75 (2)1-8.

Selected Service

  • 2013-2016 Chair; Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Education Committee
  • Faculty Advisor; Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association
  • Member; Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Conference Committee
  • Chair; Wilkes University School of Pharmacy Student Affairs Committee

Selected Honors and Awards 

  • 2015 Volunteers in Medicine Appreciation Award
  • 2013 Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Pharmacist of the Year Award
  • 2013 Wilkes University Teaching Recognition and Effectiveness Committee Part Time Teaching Award

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