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Sandra J. Dirks, Pharm.D.

Drake University College of Pharmacy

Dr. Sandra J Dirks
2507 University Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50311 United States

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Phone 515-282-2245
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Education, Certifications & Awards

Doctor of Pharmacy degree;Creighton University
2005 CPNP Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Award
2005 Hartig Faculty Development Award
2002 AACP Council of Faculties Innovations in Teaching



psychiatric pharmacy
addiction medicine
chronic pain management
adverse drug reactions
drug interactions
appropriate drug seection
medication management
therapeutic drug monitoring


About Drake University College of Pharmacy

Twenty years of pharmacy practice experience with a specialty in psychiatric pharmacy

Areas of Expertise

medication, medical, psychiatry, side effects, pain

Expert Witness Categories

Healthcare, Pharmacy, Mental Health, Psychopharmacology, Addiction, Malpractice - Medical

Summary of Experience

Assistant Professor
Clinical Specialist Psychiatry
Drake University
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Broadlawns Medical Center
Developed and implemented pharmaceutical care services for the in- patient adult psychiatric unit and the child, adolescent and adult outpatient clinics. Collaboration with psychiatrists and the mental health director to identify services that best meet the needs of patients. These services focus on staff development, patient education and monitoring patients' drug therapy to identify and prevent drug therapy problems, and developing clinical pathways and monitoring protocols to ensure patients have positive outcomes with the most cost effective therapy. Currently developing implementation plans for Iowa Medicaid Pharmaceutical Case Management Services at BMC. Serving as a liason between the pharmacy and psychiatry departments is another important role of this position. This practice also serves as an educational site for Doctor of Pharmacy students completing their advanced practice experiences. Other faculty responsibilities include committee work, academic advising and teaching in therapeutics and two elective courses in substance abuse and children's mental health



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