Jessica Gardea, PharmD, BCACP

GardeaAssistant Professor of Pharmacotherapy


Education & Experience:

I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with my Doctorate of Pharmacy degree. I then completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical center in Houston, followed by a PGY-2 specialty residency in ambulatory care at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas. In 2017, I joined the UNT System College of Pharmacy faculty and became a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist (BCACP).

Teaching Areas & Interests:

Throughout residency, I gained valuable experience precepting student pharmacists. In addition, I have provided didactic lectures to multiple pharmacy schools, medical students and residents. Currently, I serve as a co-course coordinator for Clinical Case Discussions, a team-based learning course for first year pharmacy students and Pharmacy Practice Skills Lab, and also participate in Pharmacy Practice and Dermatology/EENT Pharmacotherapy. I currently precept PY4 students and PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residents on their ambulatory care rotations at the UNT Health Pavilion Central Family Medicine Clinic.

Professional Activities & Awards:

I am an active member of various pharmacy organizations including the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), American Pharmacist Association (APhA), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, and Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. I am currently the DFW- ACCP Continuing Education Coordinator and am part of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacist (TSHP) New Practitioner Committee. At UNTHSC, I serve as a Co-Advisor for the APhA-ASP chapter and represent the college of pharmacy in the Early Career Development Council. I serve as a mentor for pharmacy students through TSHP and ACCP. I earned teaching certificates from the University of Houston and UNT through my residency training, and a Teaching Excellence certificate from the Center of Innovative Learning in 2018.

Scholarly Interests:

My scholarly interests include management of chronic diseases, specifically endocrinology, cardiology, and chronic pain and naloxone education. My research during residency focused on management of diabetes, both in the inpatient and outpatient setting, and smoking cessation.

Other areas of interest include working with underserved communities, mentoring pharmacy students, leadership, and interprofessional education. In the future I look forward to continuing scholarly activities surrounding active learning exercises, along with pain and diabetes management at UNT Health Pavilion.

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