Marie A. Abate, Pharm.D.
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Department of Clinical Pharmacy
West Virginia University School of Pharmacy
1124 Health Sciences North
P.O. Box 9520
Morgantown, WV 26506-9520
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Dr. Marie Abate graduated from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. She is nationally known in the area of drug information and has served as Director of the statewide West Virginia Center for Drug and Health Information (WV CDHI) for the past 20 years. During that time, the Center has expanded its services from working with health care professionals only to include outreach to patients through the provision of high quality health information. Dr. Abate has worked extensively with computers for locating medical and health care related information through her activities in the WV CDHI and teaches students to critically evaluate the quality of published studies and other resources, including Internet information. She has served, primarily as principal or co-principal investigator, on over 20 funded research and educational projects totaling almost $1.4 million. A current, ongoing project involves the development of a forensics drug information database and web site in collaboration with the WV Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. With colleagues, she developed an innovative computer educational program to teach students how to interpret and assess medical literature, which has been in use at WVU for over 10 years and has also been used by other schools of pharmacy. This work received an Innovations in Teaching award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Dr. Abate has also served as Director of Assessment for the School since 2004. Prior to assuming that position and as Director, she helped develop the School's assessment plan, conducted faculty development assessment workshops, provided assessment seminars locally and nationally, and facilitated the development of surveys and tools to gather student learning outcomes data.
AAS in Medical Laboratory Technology, Macomb County Community College, 1975
BS in Pharmacy, University of Michigan, 1979
Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Michigan, 1981
TEACHING INTERESTS AND COURSES TAUGHT
Medical information resources, retrieval (including Internet and database searching skills), and evaluation, including skills needed for research study design and the critical evaluation of clinical drug studies Problem-based learning
Phar 727, Medical Literature Evaluation: Coordinator and primary instructor
Advanced Practice Experience (4th professional year), Drug Information: Preceptor
Phar 701, Pharmaceutical Care Lab 1: Instructor
Phar 712, Pharmaceutical Care Lab 2: Instructor
Phar 723, Pharmaceutical Care Lab 3: Instructor
Phar 736, Pharmaceutical Care Lab 6: Instructor
The Director (Marie Abate), Assistant Director (Matthew Blommel), and 4th professional year Doctor of Pharmacy program students currently staff the West Virginia Center for Drug and Health Information (WV CDHI), in operation for over 30 years (known previously as the West Virginia Drug Information Center). Its mission involves service provision, student/practitioner education, and research/scholarly activities to optimize access to and the appropriate use of drug and therapeutics information to improve patient care. The WV CDHI serves as a comprehensive drug and drug therapy information resource, primarily geared to health care providers throughout West Virginia. The WV CDHI also works with community groups to enhance patient and public use of high quality medical information resources.
RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP INTERESTS
Access and use of information resources by health care professionals, patients, and the public
Programmatic and student learning outcomes assessment
Forensic drug information
Blommel M, Abate MA. A rubric to assess critical literature evaluation skills. Am J Pharm Educ; 2007 (in press)
Abate MA, Blommel M. Self-assessment tool for drug information advanced pharmacy practice experience. Am J Pharm Educ 2007;71(1):Article 02.
Slain D, Abate M, Hodges BM, Stamatakis MS, Wolak S. An interactive response system to promote active learning in the doctor of pharmacy curriculum. Am J Pharm Educ 2004;68(5): Article 117.
Abate MA, Meyer-Stout PJ, Stamatakis MK, Gannett PM, Dunsworth TS, Nardi AH. Development and evaluation of computerized problem-based learning cases emphasizing basic sciences concepts. Am J Pharm Educ 2000;64:74-82.
Vanderveen RP, Abate MA, Haxby D. A literature evaluation course delivered via computer assisted instruction, electronic mail, and teleconferences: a case description. Am J Pharm Educ 1999;63:178-182.
Shumway JM, Jacknowitz AI, Abate MA, Attitudes of community pharmacists, university-based pharmacists, and students toward on-line information resources, Meth Inform Med 1996;35:142-147.
Review Articles and other Papers
Abate MA, Stamatakis MS, Haggett RR. Excellence in curriculum development and assessment (invited paper). Am J Pharm Educ 2003;67(3; Article 89):1-21.
Lee M, Abate MA, Fjortoft N, Linn A, Maddux M. Report of the task force on the recruitment and retention of pharmacy practice faculty. Am J Pharm Educ 1995;59 (Winter Supplement):28s-33s.
Baker, DE, Smith, GH, Abate, MA. Selected topics in drug information access and practice: An update. Ann Pharmacother 1994;28:1389-1394.
Abate MA. Reactions to the Study. In: Worthen DB, ed. The Millis Study Commission on Pharmacy. A Road Map to a Profession's Future. Binghamton (NY): The Haworth Press, Inc; 2006 (this represents a re-publishing of this chapter from 1999)
Abate MA, Hildebrand JR. Clinical Drug Literature. In: Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy, 21 st ed. Philadelphia: Lipincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005. p. 74-86.
Abate MA, Ponte CD. Acute Diarrhea and Its Management, (facilitators guide also prepared). In: Schwinghammer TL, ed. Pharmacotherapy Casebook: A Patient-Focused Approach, 6th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2005. p. 116-118.
Abate MA, Ponte CD. Diarrhea case study, (facilitators guide also prepared) In: Pharmacotherapy: A Patient-Focused Approach. 5th ed. Schwinghammer TL, Ed., Appleton & Lange: Connecticut, 2002, pgs. 113-115
Abate MA. Drug Information Resources & Literature Retrieval, In Book 5, Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) IV Science and Practice of Pharmacotherapy, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, 2002, pgs. 1-34.
Plenary Speaker, Curriculum Development and Educational Assessment, AACP Institute, Snowbird, Utah & Leesburg, Virginia, 2007
Rubrics, Teaching Scholars Program – Summer Institute, WVU Health Sciences Center, 2005, 2006, 2007
Assessment Overview, Course and Clerkship Directors Training, WVU School of Medicine, West Virginia University, 2006
HealthTip (Htip) – Health Information on the Internet. Heritage Village Senior Apartments, 2005
Panel discussion on “Leadership Challenges & Approaches” - Summer Institute, WVU Health Sciences Center, 2005
Assessment - Introduction, Principles, Approaches and Barriers. Health Sciences Center Faculty Development - Assessment Series, West Virginia University, 2004
Internet Cancer Information - Surf the Web Without Drowning, Breast and Cervical Cancer Conference, Stonewall Jackson resort, Roanoke, WV & West Virginia Chapter, AARP, Charleston, WV, 2003
SELECTED GRANTS AND CONTRACTS
Abate MA, Kaplan J, Kraner J, Blommel M, Jacknowitz A. "Development of a Forensic Drug Information Web Site and Concentrations Database," National Institute of Justice, $231,051, January, 2005 - present
Blommel M, Abate MA. "Information Prescriptions to Provide Reliable Internet Medical Information," WVU Public Service Grant, $ 6,800, July 2004 – present
Abate MA, Slain D, Hodges B, Stamatakis MK, “Evaluation of an Interactive Response System to Promote Active Learning and Skills Development,” WVU Research Corporation Investment in Research Stimulation, $ 19,200, 2002-2003.
Abate MA, Slain D. (Co-investigators). “Enhancing Education Through the Use of Instructional Technology,” Ortho-McNeil Laboratories, Unrestricted educational grant, $24,000, January 1, 2001.
Abate MA. (principal investigator), Stout PJ, Dunsworth T, Gannett P, Griffith R. “Computerization of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Cases with Concept Map Integration,” Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, $182,538, 1996-2000.
Stout PJ, Griffith R, Sarkar M, Abate MA (co-investigator), Dunsworth T, Nardi A. "A Problem-Based, Integrated Approach to Pharmacy Education in the Basic and Clinical Sciences," Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, $194,647, 1993-1996.
Abate MA (principal investigator), Jacknowitz AI, Shumway JM. "Development of a Computer Program for the Evaluation and Interpretation of Published Drug Studies," Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, $125,884, 1991-1994.