Jonathan Ference, associate professor of pharmacy practice at Wilkes University, was recently elected president of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Educational Foundation. In this role, he will guide other board members in establishing the strategic direction for the foundation.
Ference, of Wyoming, Pa., also serves as director of pharmacotherapy education at the Wyoming Valley Family Medicine Residency Program. He received his doctorate of pharmacy from Wilkes University’s Nesbitt College of Pharmacy and Nursing. He completed a specialty residency in family medicine and a faculty development fellowship at UPMC St. Margaret’s, Pittsburgh, Pa. Before returning to Northeast Pennsylvania, he spent four years on faculty as an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine Tulsa, Okla.
Ference is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist whose clinical activities include working in an outpatient pharmacist-patient care clinic and serving as a consultant for the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital’s Family Medicine Team. He has published several book chapters and original, peer-reviewed manuscripts and presented at international family medicine conferences. His teaching activities focus on evidence-based medication decision making as well as cardiovascular and endocrine therapeutics.
The educational foundation’s mission is to foster research, education and the development of practice models that advance patient care. It currently provides research grants and supports both the student pharmacist pain counseling competition and the student poster presentations at the association’s Mid-Year Conference.