William Prescott promoted to Clinical Professor

By Kara Sweet

Published January 9, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is pleased to announce that William A. Prescott, Jr., PharmD ’02, has been promoted to clinical professor of pharmacy practice.

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Prescott is also Interim Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. He previously served as residency program director from 2007–2012 and as vice-chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice from 2012-2017.

Prescott practices in acute care general pediatrics. His teaching activities focus on pediatrics, patient assessment, and leadership development, where he has integrated blended-learning using a flipped-classroom model, case-based learning, team-based learning and simulation-based learning. His educational scholarship focuses on curriculum and active learning, and his clinical scholarship focuses on pediatric infectious diseases and pulmonary disease—he has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and abstracts.

Prescott serves as chair of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Pediatric Pharmacy SIG, as Treasurer of the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists, and served as Chair of the Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors this past year. In 2018, Prescott was appointed to the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, the official scholarly publication of the AACP.

His innovative teaching techniques and integrations of blended-learning earned him a 2017 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has also been the recipient of the 2007 & 2011 University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Teacher of the Year Award, the 2013 American College of Apothecaries Albert R. Rosica, Jr. Memorial Award, and the 2015 University at Buffalo Teaching Innovation Award.

In 2010, he led a team that instituted the school's Scholars Program, designed to prepare academically excellent students for post-graduate residency training. He also played an instrumental part in introducing simulation-based learning using high fidelity human patient simulators and advancing application of objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) into the school’s curriculum.

For over 130 years, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has continually been a leader in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, renowned for innovation in clinical practice and research. The school is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and is the No. 1 ranked school of pharmacy in New York State and No. 22 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.