A Pharmacist’s Role In the Pandemic

Kevin Sneed, PharmD, Dean of the USF Health Taneja College of Pharmacy, discusses the role pharmacists play in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Sneed stresses how pharmacists are helping find promising treatments, connecting with patients virtually to go over their medication regimens and further strengthening the healthcare sector’s approach to fighting the pandemic. This is the seventh in an eight-part series looking at the way COVID -19 is impacting the way we live, work and access health care.

Video by Allison Long




Virtual Reality and Pharmacy

January 3, 2020

From patient education about how medicine will affect their body to physicians practicing for surgery – virtual reality (VR) is going to play a huge role in health care in the future. VR also allows for an almost life-like experience without the expense of a cadaver. Kevin Sneed, PharmD, Associate Vice President of USF Health and Dean of the Taneja College of Pharmacy, is excited about the future of virtual reality technology and says that when it’s incorporated into health care, the technology, “won’t look much different than a pair of glasses”.





The Importance of Nurturing Faculty, with Dr. Victoria Rich

August 13, 2019

Victoria Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the USF Health College of Nursing and senior associate vice president of USF Health defines how she leads by the acronym “FAST”: fundraising, accreditation, strategic planning, and tenure and promotion. The ‘T’ in “FAST” represents the importance of nurturing faculty and how that, in turn, nurtures the students. “If I don’t give faculty the resources and recognition to be valued or the feeling that they’re learning and they’re part of something that’s bigger than they are, that shows in every student,” says Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN.




Nurturing & Mentoring Faculty, with Dr. Laura Swisher

May 20, 2019

The mission of the University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences is to demonstrate excellence in movement sciences through interprofessional education, evidence based clinical practice, research and service. The key to successful curriculum starts with nurturing and mentoring the faculty. “They’re the ones who will make the difference for all of the students,” says Laura Swisher, PT, PhD, director of the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences and assistant dean of Interprofessional Education for the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences. Great faculty are not only competent, but caring.





Interprofessional Education

November 27, 2018

Due to the complexity of health care, patients need more than just a physician, nurse, pharmacist, physical therapist working with them individually. Results show that when a team of medical professionals work together, patient outcomes improve. Interprofessional care within hospitals and other medical practices is already underway, but, “academia has really been a little slower in actually preparing our health care providers,” says Victoria Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing, senior associate vice president of USF Health, and nursing professor. USF Health is at the forefront of making sure interprofessional education is a critical part of the curriculum.







CAE VimedixAR with Microsoft HoloLens

July 13, 2018

Beginning in Fall 2018, the USF College of Nursing will incorporate an augmented reality ultrasound simulator into the classroom. The CAE VimedixAR with Microsoft HoloLens is “changing the way we study anatomy and physiology,” says Victoria Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing, senior associate vice president of USF Health, and nursing professor. “We’re finding that there’s a shortage of faculty that actually teach those two courses and we’re also finding, truly, a shortage of the availability and the cost to have cadavers.” The augmented reality technology allows users wearing the HoloLens headgear to visualize and interact with moving 3-D holograms of the circulatory, respiratory, and skeletal structures of the body. “We think it’s going to be absolutely fantastic for the education of all health care providers,” Dr. Rich says.





The Three A’s: How Patients Choose a Physician with Richard J. Sobieray

May 18, 2018

Patients consider more than a physician’s ability when deciding who to visit for their medical needs. “I think folks assume that if a physician provides great care and has a great reputation for that care, that that’s really the only thing that matters from a patient’s perspective,” says Richard Sobieray, MHA, MsEd, CPA, senior associate vice president and chief financial officer for USF Health and vice dean of finance and administration for Morsani College of Medicine. Ability is still one of what Sobieray calls “the three A’s,” but it comes third in priority. The first two are availability and affability. Even though there’s a particular order patients follow, “all three of these go hand in hand,” Sobieray says.




 Success is Inevitable When Shared with Hospital Partners with Richard J. Sobieray

November 16, 2017

Hospital partnerships support USF Health’s teacing mission and clinical programs. These partnerships are important because, “they offer us the ability to make sure that we’re training the right provider of the future and meeting the needs of both our hospital partner and USF Health,” says Richard Sobieray, MHA, MsEd, CPA , senior associate vice president of network integration for USF Health and senior associate dean for Morsani College of Medicine. “Their success clinically, is our success clinically.”


The New Model of Health Care with Richard J. Sobieray

November 16, 2017

Health care is transitioning to a new business model, shifting away from the volume of services delivered. . The new model focuses on the value and outcomes of patient care.. Sobieray says  the patient experience is a vital component. “It’s about how soon are we going to get that patient healthy, keep them out of the hospital and allow them to lead a more productive life.”


Striving to Be the Best in the Region with Richard J. Sobieray

August 7, 2017

The USF Health practice plan is transforming itself. Sobieray says USF Health Care and its business practice is actively improving and modernizing to help advance quality patient care. Change is tough, but it can happen when working together toward the same common goal. Mr. Sobieray says the community, the physicians and the patients deserve it.


Patient Feedback Leads to Practice-Wide Changes with Richard J. Sobieray

July 17, 2017

USF Health constantly engages with the patient. Sobieray says that USF Health shares data on care concerns and processes with the patient in a very transparent way. This strategy allows USF Health to put an action plan together and make appropriate changes that improve the patient experience.


Patient Care with Richard J. Sobieray

June 30, 2017

USF Health is working tirelessly to implement evidence-based medicine to ensure patients receive the best possible care in a safe environment. Sobieray says it’s really important to meet patients’ expectations, and always keep them at the center of how every health care provider in the USF Physicians Group practices medicine.

Patient Experience with Richard J. Sobieray

June 15, 2017

USF Health continues to reinvent itself as it faces the demands and challenges of today’s health care. Richard J. Sobieray, MHA, MsEd, CPA, senior associate vice president for health administration at USF Health and chief executive officer for USF Physicians Group, says the goal is to collaboratively work together with all health care disciplines to enhance the overall business practices and patient care. USF Health has created patient experience programs that allow patients to engage with their health care providers to improve care – using surveys, a consistent open line of communication and transparency.



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