Zach Jenkins, RPh, PharmDAssociate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Director of Experiential Programs
Dr. Jenkins received his Pharm.D. from Northeast Ohio Medical University. After graduation, he completed postgraduate pharmacy residency training with Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. His primary areas of training during residency were infectious diseases and internal medicine. After completing residency training, Dr. Jenkins joined Cedarville University and maintained a clinical practice in infectious diseases with the Premier Health hospital system for 10 years. As a Clinical Specialist in Infectious Diseases, Dr. Jenkins streamlined antimicrobial therapy, reduced medical errors, implemented treatment protocols to optimize patient therapy, prevented nosocomial infections, and educated physicians, physicians assistants, and advanced practice nurses on antimicrobial therapeutics. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Jenkins was called on for his expertise in infectious diseases and antimicrobial therapy by many community stakeholders, policy makers, and media outlets. In 2021, he was named Pharmacist of the Year by the Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy (OCCP) for his teaching, clinical practice, and service during the pandemic.
Dr. Jenkins is passionate about student professional development and their clinical education. During his tenure in hospital practice, he precepted over 70 pharmacy students. He was named the 2018 Preceptor of the Distinction by students for his teaching efforts at in his clinical practice. Dr. Jenkins joined the School of Pharmacy's experiential team in 2022 where he currently serves as the Director of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) Education. Dr. Jenkins is also an expert in postgraduate pharmacy training, and he has helped dozens of students to successfully pursue residency or fellowship training following their graduate.
Dr. Jenkins is an active member of the pharmacy profession, and he currently serves within the leadership of several state and national professional organizations. His research interests include topics in infectious disease, antimicrobial stewardship, interprofessional education, experiential education, and student professional development.
Education and Credentials
- Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist
- PharmD, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
- Pharmacy Practice Residency, Summa Health System
- Teaching Certificate, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
- Teaching and Learning Certificate, American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Academy
- Antimicrobial Stewardship Certification, Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists (SIDP)
- Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor Certification, American Heart Association (AHA)
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Instructor Certification, American Heart Association (AHA)
- Wilderness First Aid Certification, National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
- Pharmacy-Based Immunization Certification, American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
- Medication Therapy Management Certification, American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
- Fong G, Chahine E, Justo J, Narayanan N, Heil E, Stover K, Cho J, Jenkins Z, MacDougall C. Assessment of antimicrobial pharmacokinetics curriculum across schools and college of pharmacy across the United States. J Am Coll Clin Pharm. 2021; epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1002/jac5.1541.
- Smith N, Tubb S, Jenkins Z, Fohner A, Anderson D. Effect of chronic oral therapeutic anticoagulation on thrombotic morbidity and mortality in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. J Am Coll Clin Pharm. 2022;5;1338-1484. doi: 10.1002/jac5.1732
- Staudt AM, Draime JA, Deitschmann N, Norfolk M, Jenkins ZN. Training student pharmacists to facilitate human immunodeficiency virus point-of-care testing. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2020 Oct;12(10):1245-1251. doi: 10.1016/j.cptl.2020.05.004.
- Jenkins Z, Laswell E, Stute N, Bluhm L. Utilizing an ICU teaching rounds simulation to enhance collaborative skills and sepsis pharmacotherapeutic knowledge. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2019;11(9):1.
- Fox N, Haines L, Bull R, Jenkins Z, Ballentine J, Burdette S, Pleiman C. Potentially inappropriate durations of anti-infective therapy at hospital discharge despite inpatient antimicrobial stewardship. Open Forum Infectious Disease. 2017;4(Suppl 1):S330.
Antimicrobial resistance, infectious diseases, antibiotic use and development, and infectious outbreaks
- Favorite Places to Visit: The Wind River Range, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Dolly Sods Wilderness
- Hobbies: Backpacking, hiking, camping, reading, board games, and baseball
I am excited about the opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of pharmacy students as they continue to grow in their faith.
Prescription Drug Recall
Dr. Zach Jenkins appears on WHIO TV to discuss why doctors might still use recalled medicine.
Immunization and the Variant Strains of COVID-19
With three vaccines available for American citizens, will the COVID-19 pandemic begin to cease? Infectious disease expert Dr. Zach Jenkins talks with Sharon Bowes about the pandemic and the new variant strains that could strengthen the virus.