Department of Clinical Pharmacy

Faculty & Staff

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Betsy M. Elswick

Clinical Associate Professor
1124-M Health Sciences Center North
Box: 9520




Clinical Associate Professor
Director, PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency
Clinical Pharmacy (SOP)

Coordinator, School of Pharmacy Alumni Association
Alumni Relations (SOP)


PharmD, West Virginia University, 2001

Betsy Meredith Elswick, PharmD, is Clinical Associate Professor, in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, at West Virginia University School of Pharmacy.  Dr. Elswick currently serves as residency director for the PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency program with Kroger and Waterfront Family Pharmacy. In addition, Dr. Elswick is coordinator for the WVU School of Pharmacy Alumni Association. She received her degree from WVU School of Pharmacy in 2001 and subsequently completed a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency with Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Dr. Elswick has received widespread recognition for her role as course coordinator for the School’s Pharmacy Advocacy and Leadership elective. She actively engages student pharmacists to serve as advocates for their profession and patients and leads annual trips with her students and residents to both Capitol Hill and the state’s capitol to learn more about the role of the pharmacist in policy development and health care reform. Dr. Elswick has served on ad hoc committees for the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy to finalize the rules to allow pharmacist delivered immunizations, collaborative practice agreements, and revisions to the Pharmacy Practice Act. She is Past-President of the West Virginia Pharmacists Association and has served as a state delegate to the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) House of Delegates on numerous occasions. As an appointed member of APhA’s Policy Committee and Policy Reference Committee, Dr. Elswick has been actively engaged at a national level in the development of professional policy statements. Her past awards have included the 2005 Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award, the 2006 WV Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award, 2007 Outstanding Teaching Award, 2007 WV State Journal Health Care Heroes Award, 2010 NCPA Leadership Award, and 2010 Bowl of Hygeia. In 2011, she received WVU School of Pharmacy’s Excellence in Teaching and Last Lecture award, given by the School’s visiting committee. Dr. Elswick also received the 2014 Adult Immunization Award from the West Virginia Immunization Network for her work in educating, promoting and providing adult immunizations to citizens of West Virginia. Her research and professional interests include the role of the community pharmacist in improving patient outcomes, as well as topics related to advocacy and leadership.


Elswick B. Taking the unfamiliar road to advance the profession. Student Pharmacist. Student Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. January/February 2013.

Weitzman A, McDowell K, Elswick B, Blommel M. Consumer Perception of Pharmacist’s Role in Diabetes: Results of Operation Diabetes Initiative.  JAPhA. 2009; 49(6): 716-721.

Blake KB, Madhavan SS, Scott VG, Elswick B. Medication therapy management services in West Virginia: Pharmacist’s perceptions of educational and training needs. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 2009; 5:182-188.

Sundaram M, Smith MJ, Revicki DA, Elswick B, Miller LA. Rasch analysis informed the development of a classification system for a diabetes-specific preference-based measure of health. J Clin Epidemiol. 2009; 62(8): 845-56.

Barrickman A, Garofoli G, Elswick B. Evaluating the Use of Video Technology to Augment Injaler Counseling Strategies in the Community Pharmacy Setting. Presented at the 2014 APhA Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL. March 2014.

Ventricelli D, Elswick B.

Kelly K, Agarwal P, Scott G, Elswick B, Tworek C. Pharmacists Perceptions of Tobacco Sales in an Elevated-Risk Population. 34th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions Society of Behavioral Medicine. March 20, 2013. San Francisco, CA.


2014 - Centennial Hall of Fame, WVU School of Pharmacy

2014 - Adult Immunization Award, West Virginia Immunization Network (WIN)

2011 - West Virginia University School of Pharmacy Excellence in Teaching “Last Lecture” Award

2011 - American Pharmacists Association Good Government Pharmacist of the Year Award

2010 - Bowl of Hygeia Award

2010 - National Community Pharmacists Association Leadership Award

2009 - Lincoln High School Hall of Fame

2008 - Rho Chi, Faculty Membership, WVU School of Pharmacy


PHAR 793: Pharmacy Advocacy and Leadership
PHAR 762: Ambulatory Care Clerkship/Partner for Promotion Clerkship
PHAR 720: Patient Health Education
PHAR 703: Practicum I: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice Experience
PHAR 710: Practicum II: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice Experience II
PHAR 700: Pharmacy as a Profession
PHAR 701: Pharmaceutical Care Lab I
PHAR 712: Pharmaceutical Care Lab II
PHAR 724: Pharmaceutical Care Lab IV
PHAR 735: Pharmaceutical Care Lab V
PHAR 736: Pharmaceutical Care Lab VI
PHAR 739: Therapeutic Patient Monitoring
PHAR 737: Disease, Prevention and Health Promotion
PHAR 732: Non-Prescription Drugs
ATTR 650: Medical and Surgical Aspects of Athletic Training