Spotlight on New Faculty — An interview with Malgorzata Slugocki

 

Interview by Catherine Krawiec
Photo by W. Scott Giglio  
 
Fairleigh Dickinson University welcomes Malgorzata Slugocki, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice for the School of Pharmacy.
 
slugockiFDU: Tell us about your new position…
 
Malgorzata Slugocki: I am the new clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice. My primary role is to coordinate the patient care laboratories that expose our students to the practical aspects of the pharmacy profession. The laboratory component of our curriculum is designed to integrate with the respective therapeutics lectures, which allows the students to directly and immediately apply their didactic knowledge to realistic clinical situations.
 
FDU: How did you become interested in this field?
 
MS: Teaching has always been an area of interest to me. After graduating from the pharmacy school at Long Island University, I started practicing as an infusion pharmacist, which developed into an eight-year career. An infusion pharmacist is responsible for compounding intravenous medications that are usually administered over a period of time. I practiced specifically as a home infusion pharmacist, which focuses on intravenous therapies that can be safely administered in a home setting: antibiotics, total parenteral nutrition, pain medications, or chemotherapy. Upon discovering this opportunity [at FDU] I was immediately drawn to the non-traditional, highly - integrated curriculum and the small class size. These characteristics of the program create multiple opportunities for student interaction in a smaller learning environment.
 
FDU: What is something that you would like to contribute to FDU? 
 
MS: I feel that my extensive practical experience in the field of pharmacy fits ideally with the structure of the laboratory. The specific areas of my experience that can be of particular value to the students include home infusion therapies, total parenteral nutrition, and post-transplant pharmacotherapy.
 
FDU: What is something that you hope your students will take away from your class?
 
MS: I hope that after attending and completing the laboratory sessions, my students will find a level of comfort and enjoyment as pharmacy providers, and will have acquired the communication as well as practical skills necessary to become valuable members of the health care team.
 
FDU: What is one piece of advice you can give to your new students?
 
MS: If I could give a piece of advise to my students, it would be to realize and appreciate, early on, the responsibility that comes with practicing pharmacy. Completing this program is not possible without efficiency and organization: attend classes, study hard, and plan everything else around it.