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Michael Thomas

Clinical Associate Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Pharmacy Practice

Email:     michael.thomas@wne.edu
Phone:   413-796-2425
Office:    CSP 418

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Michael C. Thomas is Vice Chair and Clinical Associate Professor in the department of pharmacy practice.  He received his B.S. degree in Education from the College of Education and his Pharm.D. from the College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona. He completed a post-doctoral pharmacy practice residency at the Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson, Arizona and has been board certified in pharmacotherapy since 2003. After residency training he joined the pharmacy staff at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan and worked in a variety of clinical settings including cardiology, cardio-thoracic surgery, internal medicine, intensive care, and emergency medicine.  He successfully co-led a multi-disciplinary group to implement bar code medication administration technology across a five-hospital system supported by a large grant awarded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Before coming to Western New England University, he was Associate Professor at South University School of Pharmacy in Savannah, Georgia where he helped establish and maintain clinical pharmacy services in the emergency department at two hospitals in the same health-system.  He has been a preceptor for doctor of pharmacy students and post-graduate year-one pharmacy residents.  He is board certified in pharmacotherapy and a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.


  • PHAR 661: Emergency Medicine, a Simulated Approach (elective)
  • PHAR 625: Applied Pharmacy Care and Patient Management (guest lecture)
  • PHAR 710: Integrated Pharmacy Care & Patient Management: GI/Nutrition/Hepatic/Pancreatic (guest lectures)
  • PHAR 724: Integrated Pharmacy Care & Patient Management: Special Populations (guest lectures)
  • PHAR 727: Patient Care Management-Acute Care Module


Scholarly interests include safe and appropriate medication use in the emergency department and optimal education methods within doctor of pharmacy programs including the use of high-fidelity simulation.

Recent Publications

  • Ware KB, Thomas MC, Stajich Macias-Moriarity LZ. Learning new tricks: an assessment of novel versus traditional patient counseling strategies. Curr Phar Teach Learn 2015;7:584-9.

  • Macias-Moriarity LZ, Fetterman JW, Thomas MC, Stajich GV. Residency Program Director’s Perception of PGY-1 Applicants: Results of the National 35 1Ž2 second survey.  Curr Phar Teach Learn 2015;7:465-9.

  • Thomas MC, Sun S. Advanced pharmacy practice experiences for pharmacy students in emergency department settings. Curr Phar Teach Learn 2015;7:378-81. 

  • Thomas MC, Shewmaker J, Musselman M. Droperidol for the treatment of acute migraine headaches.  Ann Pharmacother 2015;49:223-40.

  • Thomas MC, Macias-Moriarity L. Student knowledge and confidence in an elective clinical toxicology course using active-learning techniques.  Am J Pharm Educ 2014;78:Article 95.

  • Thomas MC, Ademolu AO. Considerations for vaccine administration in the emergency department.  Am J Health-Syst Pharm 2014;71:231-6.

  • Patanwala AE, Thomas MC, Casanova T, Thomas R.  Pharmacists role in procedural sedation and analgesia in the emergency department.  Am J Health-Syst Pharm 2012;69:1336-42.

  • Patanwala AE, Sanders AB, Thomas MC, Acquisto NM, Weant KA, Baker SN, Merritt E, Erstad BL.  A prospective, multicenter study of medication errors intercepted by emergency department pharmacists.  Ann Emerg Med 2012;59:369-73. 

  • Thomas MC, Acquisto NM, Patanwala AE, Weant KA, Baker SN.  Key Articles and Guidelines for the Emergency Medicine Pharmacist.  Pharmacotherapy 2011; 31:454e-91e.  Available at www.pharmacotherapyjournal.org.

  • Thomas MC, Jennett-Reznek AM, Patanwala A.  Combination of ketamine and propofol versus either agent alone for procedural sedation in the emergency department.  Am J Health-Syst Pharm 2011;68:2248-56.

  • Thomas MC, Shah S.  New treatment options for acute edema attacks caused by hereditary angioedema.  Am J Health-Syst Pharm 2011;68:2129-38.

  • Thomas MC.  A practical approach to medication reconciliation by pharmacists in a community hospital emergency department. Hosp Pharm 2010;45:41-4

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
    • Member since 2009
    • Committee service includes New Investigator Award Committee and Pharmacy Practice Section Nominating Committee
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
    • Member 1998-2003; continuous since 2008
    • Section Advisory Group on Emergency Care
      • Member for five continuous years (2010-2015)
      • Served as chair, vice chair and secretary
    • National Clinical Skills Competition Final Round Judge continuous since 2012
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)
    • Member since 2000
    • Item writer for Clinical Pharmacy Challenge 2011-2013
    • Item Reviewer for Clinical Pharmacy Challenge 2015
    • College of Pharmacy Faculty Liaison
    • Faculty for Ambulatory Care Preparatory Course since 2011
    • Founding Chair for Emergency Medicine PRN