We are STLCOP Profile: Erica Crannage

Published on 17 May 2015

Erica Crannage, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, is an early-adopter in health care innovation. In less than two years, she has led the way for pharmacists in Missouri to advance patient care. As clinical pharmacist specialist at SLUCare Department of Family and Community Medicine, Crannage is directly helping patients manage their medications for blood thinners, high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking cessation. Through Medication Therapy Service (MTS) agreements with physicians, she changes medication dosages and orders and interprets tests for certain patients.

How did you get so many MTS agreements so quickly?
I’ve been proactive about working with physicians to sign these agreements. This allows pharmacists to work to the full extent of our training, and also our license.

Have you involved students in the process?
The smoking cessation agreement I work with was almost entirely written by two students based on my template. I’ve involved students in different areas, and it’s been great for them to see how MTS works in the real world. Up to this point, they’ve only studied it in textbooks and discussed it in class.

What is the best part about working at STLCOP?
Being the witness to “light bulb” moments when the classroom content information starts to click for the student.

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