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Deepti Vyas, Pharm.D., BCPS

Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice

Email: dvyas@pacific.edu
Phone: 209.946.7651


Deepti Vyas graduated from Purdue University with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2006. She then completed a Pharmacy Practice & Administration Residency at Moses Cone Health Systems (MCHS) in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her major project at MCHS was titled "The Use Haloperidol Versus Quetiapine for the Management of Sedation in Mechanically Ventilated Patients". She then joined UMKC School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor in 2007 and taught in the Pharmacotherapy lecture series. She also practiced as a clinical pharmacist at the University Hospital with the Internal Medicine Teaching Service. In addition to her didactic teaching, her other teaching responsibilities were in the clinical field.

She joined University of the Pacific in 2012 and teaches within the Therapeutics series and Practicum course.

Her current research includes process improvement within the hospital system particularly in the area of deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, medication reconciliation and discharge education. She is also interested in improving learning processes especially with regard to simulation, cultural competency, and team based learning. Her main area of research within pharmacy education includes assessment of current delivery methods and improving delivery systems to ascertain maximum learning with minimal disruption.

Research interests:

Quality improvement projects in venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis and scholarship of teaching in particular with regard to learning styles, simulation, and cultural competency.

Recent awards:

  • Duncan Neuhauser Award for Curricular Innovation for course titled "Interprofessional Safety Simulation." (December 2011)
  • Grant of the year, California Northstate University (December 2010)
  • Internal Medicine Quality Improvement Champion. (November 2008)
  • 1st place award in the large clinical category for "Integrating Order Sets Improves Appropriate Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Prophylaxis", Missouri Center for Patient Safety (February 2009) Internal Medicine Quality Improvement Champion, University Hospital. (November 2008)
  • Best poster award in Quality Improvement Category, American College of Physicians Missouri Chapter. (September 2008)
  • Rising Star award, Missouri Society of Health System Pharmacists (August 2008)
  • New Faculty Teaching Scholars Program, UMKC, Scholar (August 2008-Present)

Recent publications:

  • Vyas D, Bray BS, Wilson M. Use of Simulation-based Teaching Methodologies in US Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy. Am J Pharm Educ. 2013; 77 (3): Article 53.
  • Vyas D, Bearelly D, Boshard B. A Multidisciplinary Quality Improvement Educational Initiative to Improve the Rate of Deep Vein Thrombosis Prophylaxis. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. Online Mar 6th 2013
  • Feng X, Vyas D. Novel target therapy and immunotherapy for skin cancer. US Pharm. 2012; 37 (11): 7-11
  • Vyas D. Variations in risk assessment models may contribute to the existing gap between venous thromboembolism prophylaxis guidelines and adherence. Springer Plus 2012; 1(1): 60
  • Vyas D, Feng X, Bhutada N. Use of Patient Simulation to Demonstrate Minimal Competency in the Pre-Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) Core Domain Abilities. Am J Pharm Educ. 2012; 76 (9)
  • Vyas D. The Art of Student Facilitation: Does Patient Counseling Technique have a Role? Am J Pharm Educ. 2012; 76 (4) Article 73.
  • Vyas D, McCulloh R, Dyer C, Gregory G, Higbee D. An Interprofessional Course Using Human Patient Simulation to Teach Patient Safety and Teamwork Skills. Am J Pharm Educ. 2012; 76 (4) Article 71.

Recent grants:

  • Awarded the AACP New Pharmacy Faculty Research Awards for project titled "Comparing a Simulation Based Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) to Traditional Direct Patient Care IPPEs"
  • Awarded FACET grant for "Creating a Hybrid Model of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) Integrating High Fidelity Simulation and Direct Patient Care"
  • Awarded FACET grant for "Creating an Asthma Coalition in a Small Community."

Three interesting things about me:

  • I love travelling - I have hit several countries including Kenya, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Zimbabwe, Bahamas, Zambia and Tanzania. I am constantly looking for new travel partners and would welcome suggestions for future travel destinations!
  • I enjoy outdoors activities such as biking, hiking, white water rafting, caving etc. On a recent trip to Yosemite, I was 50 yards from a mother bear and her 2 cubs. Talk about scary and exciting at the same time!
  • In my life, I have lived in several countries. I am originally from India but was born in Malaysia, grew up in Kenya, and moved to the United States as a teenager for college.