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David Baker

david-bakerAssociate Professor of Pharmacy Administration
Department of Pharmaceutical & Administrative Sciences

Email:     dmbaker@wne.edu
Phone:   413-796-2412
Office:    CSP 327

Office Hours:  Walk-in or by appointment.


Education: 

   Certificate 2007 Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery, American Pharmacists Association
   J.D. 1994 Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University, Carlisle, PA
   M.B.A. 1994 Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
   ASHP Hospital Houlton Regional Hospital, Houlton, ME
   Residency 1982
   B.S. Pharm. 1981 
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


Courses Taught:

   PHAR 516: Pharmacy Ethics
   PHAR 517: Health Care Policy & Delivery
   PHAR 520: Healthcare Communications
   PHAR 616: Practice Management I
   PHAR 626: Practice Management II
   PHAR 650: Evolution of Pharmacy Elective
   PHAR 726: Pharmacy Law
   PHAR 807: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience – History of Pharmacy Research Elective

   MPJE Pharmacy Law Review


Research Interests: 

Dr. Baker’s general areas of interest in scholarly research include pharmacy history, law, and education.  Some specific topics within those research areas include:

I.  Pharmacy History:

  • Triggering Events of Pharmacy School Founding: Joint project with a student to determine the event upon which each U.S. pharmacy school based its individual founding date.
  • Founding Dates of U.S. Pharmacy Schools & Colleges: Joint project with a student to determine, through survey, literary and Internet research, the openings, closings and mergers of all U.S. pharmacy schools since the founding of the first one in 1821.
  • History of the Hampden College of Pharmacy: A joint project with a student to write and publish a history of the former Hampden College of Pharmacy, a Pharmacy.
  • Online Guide to U.S. and Canada Pharmacy Museums & Collections: A joint project with a pharmacist and a student to identify, contact and compile listings regarding all U.S. and Canadian pharmacy museums and collections.  The compilation is to be posted on the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy website for use by the general public.
  • Pharmacy Filmography: Joint project with pharmacy practice faculty, a pharmacist and a student to identify, collect, and review movies and television shows that depict either pharmacists or pharmacies.
  • The Voices of Pharmacy Past (VoPP) Project: A project involving the historical archiving of video-recorded interviews, conducted by pharmacy students, of pharmacists who entered practice prior to 1980.

II.  Pharmacy Law:

  • Propose Federal Legislation to Legalize Medical Marijuana: Joint project with two students to investigate and propose federal legislation (through publication) placing medical marijuana into C-II and distributing it through the normal healthcare systems.
  • Determination of How State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) Handle Medical Marijuana Dispensing: Joint project with one student to investigate through survey and legal research whether each state’s PDMP records medical marijuana dispensing and makes such available to providers checking the PDMP system.

III.  Pharmacy Education:

  • Implementation of an Experiential Pharmacy Communications Course and Evaluation of an Experiential Pharmacy Communications Course: Joint project with 4 pharmacy practice faculty and the College’s Instructional Designer to develop, teach and evaluate an experiential pharmacy communications course.
  • Design and Validation of Course and Instructor Assessment Tools: Joint project with 3 fellow faculty to design new course and instructor assessment tools, and then, to validate the assessment tools for reliability.


Publications (last four years):

  • Baker DM, Nguyen U. The Historical Events Upon Which U.S. Pharmacy Schools Were Founded [abstract/poster]. Am J Pharm Educ. 2015; 79(5):. Poster presentation at: 2015 AACP Annual Meeting; 2015 July 13; National Harbor, MD.

  • Baker DM, Nemec EC. Pharmacy on the Small Screen: The Television Portrayal of the Profession, [abstract/poster]. Am J Pharm Educ. 2015; 79(5):. Poster presentation at: 2015 AACP Annual Meeting; 2015 July 13; National Harbor, MD.

  • Baker DM, Nguyen U. Cyclical History of U.S. Pharmacy School Openings and Closings. History of Pharmacy SIG Newsletter: “Pharmacy Chronicles: Past, Present, and Future;” 2015 Spring; 2: 4-5.

  • Baker DM. Teaching Pearls: An Exercise to Engage Students in the History of Pharmacy. History of Pharmacy SIG Newsletter: “Pharmacy Chronicles: Past, Present, and Future;” 2015 Spring; 2: 12.

  • Baker DM, Nguyen U, Losito N and Hodzic M. Voices of Pharmacy Past Project: Student-Conducted Oral Histories to Preserve and Archive Past Pharmacy Practices [abstract/poster]. Am J Pharm Educ. 2014; 78(5): 108-109. Poster presentation at: 2014 AACP Annual Meeting; 2014 July 27; Grapevine, TX.

  • Nemec EC, Baker DM. Pharmacy on the Silver Screen: Portrayal Through the Ages, [abstract/poster]. Am J Pharm Educ. 2014; 78(5): 102. Poster presentation at: 2014 AACP Annual Meeting; 2014 July 27; Grapevine, TX.

  • Baker DM and Nemec EC.  A Survey of Grading Scale Variations in Doctor of Pharmacy Programs. Currents in Pharm Teaching and Learning 2014; 6: 194-202.

  • Baker DM.  Rev. of Pharmacy Ethics: A Foundation for Professional Practice, by Robert A. Buerki & Louis D. Vottero.  Am J Pharm Educ. 2014; 78(1): Article 24.

  • Collier IA, Baker DM.  Implementation of a Pharmacist-supervised Outpatient Diabetes Treatment Clinic.   Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2014; 71(1): 27-36.

  • Baker DM, Nemec EC, Hakala C., Capoccia K. The Great Debate: Leading Questions versus Open-Ended Questions –Which Gets the Most? [abstract/poster]. Am J Pharm Educ. 2013; 77(5): Article 109: 121. Poster presentation at: 2013 AACP Annual Meeting; 2013 July 14; Chicago, IL.

  • Baker DM, Collier IA. Creation of an Active Learning, Experiential Healthcare Communications Course Relevant to Pharmacy Practice [abstract/poster]. Am J Pharm Educ. 2013; 77(5): Article 109: 124. Poster presentation at: 2013 AACP Annual Meeting; 2013 July 14; Chicago, IL.

  • Baker DM. Rev. of Heroes of Pharmacy: Professional Leadership in Times of Change, 2nd ed., by Dennis B. Worthen. Am J Pharm Educ. 2012; 76(7): Article 139.

  • Baker DM, Nemec EC. A Survey of Grading Scale Trends in Professional Graduate Doctorate Programs [abstract/poster].  Am J Pharm Educ. 2012; 76(5): 93-94. Poster presentation at: 2012 Annual Meeting of the AACP; 2012 July 15; Kissimmee, FL.


Professional Presentations (last four years):

  • Baker DM, Higby GJ (presented by, due to acute illness). “Historic Milestones in Federal Pharmacy Law: The Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938 - The Elixir That Made Drugs Safe.” Speaking presentation at: 2015 AACP Annual Meeting; 2015 July 14; National Harbor, MD.

  • Baker DM. “Annual Update on Pharmacy Law.”  Two-hour pharmacist continuing education speaking presentation at: Western Massachusetts Pharmacists Association meeting; 2014 September 17; West Springfield, MA.

  • Baker DM, Collier IA. “Developing an Active Learning, Experiential Communications Course for Non-Communications Majors.” Speaking presentation at: Lilly International Spring Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning; 2014 May 31; Bethesda, MD.

  • Baker DM. “Review of Recent Statutory and Case Law Regarding Pharmacy Practice.” Two-hour pharmacist CE presentation at: Western New England University College of Pharmacy’s A Continuing Pharmacy Education & Preceptor Development Conference; 2014 May 20; Springfield, MA.

  • Baker DM. “An Update on the Common Law of Pharmacy.”  Two-hour pharmacist continuing education speaking presentation at: Western Massachusetts Pharmacists Association meeting; 2013 September 18; West Springfield, MA.

  • Wei Q, Baker DM, Collier IA.  “Use of the Surveys as Self-Assessment and Peer-Assessment Tools in a Pharmacy Healthcare Communications Course.”  Speaking presentation (performed by Dr. Wei) at: The 10th Annual Desire2Learn Users Conference; 2013 July 16; Boston, MA.

  • Baker DM. “History PRN: Adding Historical Content Throughout the Pharmacy Curriculum - Course Specifics and Ideas from New England.” Speaking presentation at: 2013 AACP Annual Meeting; 2013 July 15; Chicago, IL.

  • Baker DM, Collier IA.  Creation of an Active Learning, Experiential Healthcare Communications Course Relevant to Pharmacy Practice.  Poster presentation at: 2013 AACP Annual Meeting; 2013 July 14; Chicago, IL.

  • Baker DM, Nemec EC, Hakala C, Capoccia K.  The Great Debate: Leading Questions Versus Open-Ended Questions – Which Gets the Most?  Poster presentation at: 2013 AACP Annual Meeting; 2013 July 14; Chicago, IL.

  • Baker DM. “Pharmacy Case Law Update” and “Massachusetts Pharmacy Laws, Bills and Regulations of 2013.”  Two one-hour pharmacist continuing education speaking presentations at: A Continuing Pharmacy Education & Preceptor Development Conference; 2013 June 11; Springfield, MA.

  • Baker DM.  “Massachusetts’ Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana Act.”  One hour informational public speaking presentation at: Joint Meeting of Westfield Planning Board and Health Board; 2013 February 5; Westfield, MA.

  • Baker DM.  “Medical Marijuana: Legal Considerations.”  One-hour pharmacist/physician/nursing continuing education speaking presentation at: Central Western Massachusetts Veterans Administration Healthcare System; 2012 November 20; Leeds, MA.

  • Collier IA, Baker DM. Implementation and Utilization of a Pharmacist-Supervised Outpatient Diabetes Treatment Clinic. Poster presentation at: 2012 New England Pharmacists Convention; 2012 September 27-28; Mashantucket, CT.

  • Baker DM. “Pharmacy Law Update: 2011-2012.”  Two-hour pharmacist continuing education speaking presentation at: Western Massachusetts Pharmacists Association meeting; 2012 September 19; West Springfield, MA.

  • Baker DM. “Pharmacy Regulation: What’s New and on the Horizon?” and “Medical Marijuana: Should Massachusetts Be Next?”  Two one-hour pharmacist continuing education speaking presentations at: A Continuing Pharmacy Education & Preceptor Development Conference; 2012 May 24; Springfield, MA.


Professional Reviews (last four years):

  • Pharmaceutical Public Policy: reviewed and critiqued seven chapters of new textbook, Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning (2015).

  • Abood RR. Pharmacy Practice and the Law, 7th ed.: review of book for future 8th ed., Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning (2014).

  • Poster Judge for American Pharmacists Association 2012 Annual Meeting’s Contributed Papers Program, New Orleans, LA.

  • Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer Journal of Dietary Supplements: 2012 - Present

  • Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning: 2011 – Present

  • The Annals of Pharmacotherapy: 2000 - Present

  • The Journal of Pharmacy Technology: 2005 - Present


Hobbies and Interests: 

   Genealogy, history, hiking, fishing, gardening, backpacking