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Karen Kopacek

Karen Kopacek
Clinical Associate Professor
UW School of Pharmacy

777 Highland Ave.
Madison , WI 53705

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Karen Kopacek, R.Ph. is a Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. She graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy with a BS degree in Pharmacy. Karen practiced as a clinical pharmacist on cardiac and cardiovascular intensive care units at several Wisconsin hospitals prior to accepting a faculty position at the school in 2002. Her teaching responsibilities include lecturing in cardiology and teaching the Pharmacotherapy Lab for second year PharmD students. She maintains a clinical practice with the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics working with patients in Cardiac Rehabilitation and also works as an acute care pharmacist at Fort Health Care.

Pharmacists are one of the most trusted professionals in the world. What are the important skills and knowledge required to become a pharmacist? With a growing aging population and shortage of primary care providers in the U.S., pharmacists will continue to be in demand as trusted advisors in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Clinical Associate Professor Karen Kopacek reviews the academic and personal traits needed to be a successful pharmacist and how high school students can begin to prepare themselves to become the next generation of pharmacists. (Running Time 24:46)