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McKenzie C. Ferguson, Pharm.D., BCPS

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Drug Information and Wellness Center
Phone: 618-650-5142
Fax: 618-650-5141
E-mail: mcfergu@siue.edu
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Education/Training/Background:

PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, 2006-2007, SSM St. Mary's Health Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Doctor of Pharmacy, 2006, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis, Missouri
Bachelor of Arts in Biology, 2002, Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin


Clinical interests:

My areas of clinical interest are in drug information and patient safety within the health-system setting. My background in clinical management and strong interest in drug information will enable me to join my two areas of clinical interest in a useful way from which others can learn. I also believe community involvement is a key role for pharmacists. My focus in the community setting includes speaking on a variety of drug information topics and directly interacting with patients. Through this interaction, I believe patients are encouraged to be advocates of their own health, pharmacists are viewed as approachable healthcare professionals and our profession is promoted as an integral component of the healthcare team.

Practice site information:

My current practice site is the SIUE Drug Information and Wellness Center (DIWC). The DIWC is a unit of the Department of Pharmacy Practice in the School of Pharmacy. The mission of the DIWC is to improve the quality of health care through communication, expansion, and integration of accurate, complete, and unbiased medical information ultimately benefiting health care providers, students, residents, health care professions and the community. The staff at the drug information center responds to requests for drug information only from SIUE faculty, preceptors, and contracted requestors.

The Drug Information & Wellness Center is also dedicated to supporting wellness in the community. Our participation in chronic disease management programs and health fairs not only aids community awareness, but it also teaches pharmacy students the importance of these contributions to the community.

Click here to learn more about the DIWC.

Scholarly interests:

My research interests include advancement of health literacy and patient safety and professional leadership development for students, residents and preceptors.

Other:

Organizational membership includes ACCP, ASHP, GCCP, St. Louis Society of Health System Pharmacists, and MSHP.

Professional Presentations & Publications:

Ferguson M, Yancey A, Stemler B. "Effect of Pharmacy-based Intervention on Appropriate Use of Proton-pump Inhibitors in an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility." Poster presentation at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy -2008 Annual Spring Meeting.

Roberts A, Maher A, Ferguson M, Brendle D, Huggins K. "Evaluation of an Inpatient Admission Medication Reconciliation Process." Poster presentation at the American Pharmacists Association - 2008 Annual Spring Meeting.

Elliott K, McCree K, Ferguson M. "Guideline Development for Practical Use of IVIG to Optimize Clinical and Hospital-Based Outcomes." Poster presentation at the American Society for Health-System Pharmacists - 2007 Midyear Clinical Meeting.

Maher A, Roberts A, Woodland A, Ferguson M. "Pharmacist-based Protocol for Conversion of Intravenous Antibiotics." Poster presentation at the American Society for Health-System Pharmacists - 2007 Midyear Clinical Meeting.

Contributor to: A Therapeutic Guide to Common Problems in Dermatology, St. Louis, Missouri: Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2003.