Professor Lynch tells his students that simply filling the prescriptions accurately is not enough. He teaches them to mix empathy with the application of science. "As a pharmacist, you can't have one without the other."
His research specializations include diabetes self-management, hypertension and women's health issues in medically underserved populations. He teaches his students that they need to be able to understand and relate to people in vastly different situations than their own.
His students will have the opportunity to learn this firsthand through the diabetes education self-management program he is developing for the medically underserved in East St. Louis and Washington Park. "Students will be the instructors," he said. "Real world experience is so meaningful."
He acknowledges that everyone learns differently and he keeps that mindset, adjusting his teaching style to fit the needs of his students. "When I see that my students finally get it-when they realize they can make a difference: That's the best part of the job."
He is proud to be part of the development of the SIUE School of Pharmacy. "We are filling a huge void in Southern Illinois," he said. "It's very exciting for me to be able to tell students that this opportunity exists for them."