Cheryl Abel, BA, PharmD
Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Vice Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice-School of Pharmacy
MCPHS University
Cheryl Abel is a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Vice Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at MCPHS University School of Pharmacy-Worcester/Manchester. Upon receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the MCPHS University in Worcester, Massachusetts, Cheryl went on to practice community pharmacy for two years prior to joining MCPHS University. Cheryl’s teaching surrounds pharmacy practice foundations, self care therapeutics, patient education and cultural sensitivity. She is actively involved in her community and was the 2013 recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia. She is devoted to patient education both in the classroom and in the community.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Background: Our client population is becoming increasingly diverse. Cultural competence is an important skill set for health care providers to serve this diverse client population, improve healthcare outcomes and engage in collaborative work with colleagues. Interprofessional education (IPE) activities for healthcare students provide a vehicle to develop and enhance cultural competence. In this study, we sought to investigate the effect of university-wide interprofessional activities on cultural competence among students from four health care programs and explore student characteristics.…