Past Free Webcast – Effective Medication Self-Management – February 10, 2022

Earn 1 hr CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is an approved Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

Presenters: Brian J. Isetts, RPh, PhD, BCPS, FAPhA; James T. Pacala, MD, MS; and Sherrie Pugh

Handout Medication Self Management Seminar 02.10.2022

The purposes of this program are to provide an overview of gaps in understanding challenges that older individuals experience when taking medications, and to provide strategies and solutions for effective self-management to become more confident in the use of medications.  Research has largely focused on patient compliance from a health provider perspective, rather than studying the rational decisions individuals make when taking medications – referred to as intelligent non-compliance.  Lessons learned from individuals who have conquered challenges in taking medications are providing valuable insights into four basic steps to effective medication self-management.


  • Describe the most common challenges individuals have in managing their medications
  • Understand the limitations and gaps of person and family engagement research related to effective medication self-management
  • Apply a systematic pharmacotherapy assessment process to help patients ensure that each of their medications has an intended medical purpose, is effective and safe, and can be taken as intended
  • Discuss strategies and approaches to enhance patient collaboration with interprofessional health teams to help individuals improve their confidence in effective medication self-management

Medication Literacy_ A Helpful Concept for Understanding Medication Decision Making among Older Adults

Brian J. Isetts, RPh, PhD, BCPS, FAPhA

Brian Isetts is a Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and a pharmacist with over 25 years of experience working as a nursing home consultant, and in community and institutional practice.  Dr. Isetts has distinguished himself as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist to improve medication effectiveness and safety for patients of all ages.

At the national level, Dr. Isetts served as a Health Policy Fellow in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in Washington, D.C. on a two-and-a-half year sabbatical working on improvements to the Medicare Part D Drug Program, and serving in the CMS Innovation Center to reduce adverse drug events and to study effective medication use in collaboration with national Person and Family Engagement (PFE) organizations.

Brian also serves as Pharmacy’s Primary Advisor to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Editorial Panel working to recognize and report pharmacists’ medication therapy management (MTM) services within official CPT health reporting and billing nomenclature.  In addition, he is the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s investigator for the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program funded through a five-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

James T. Pacala, MD, MS

Dr. James Pacala, a board-certified family physician and geriatrician, is professor and head of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He has been on the faculty since 1992, performing a variety of roles in research, education, clinical care, and administration for the department.

Dr. Pacala is project director for the Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), a five-year, $3.74 million award of federal funding from HRSA, the Health Resources and Services Administration Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, which started in 2019.

Dr. Pacala has performed research and published extensively on models of care delivery to geriatric populations and on innovative teaching methods. Dr. Pacala has received several awards for his research, teaching, and clinical care, including the American Geriatrics Society’s Outstanding Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award (2002), the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award (1999), the University of Minnesota’s All-University Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education Teaching Award (2002), and the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Award for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching (2009).

Sherrie Pugh

Sherrie Pugh was appointed by Governor Walz to serve as the Chair of the Governor’s Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota. Sherrie Pugh serves as an ex officio member to the MN Board on Aging. Sherrie represented the MN Board on Aging on the ACT on Alzheimer’s and the Governor’s Alzheimer’s Working Group. Her 35-year career in housing and community economic development has been focused on development of affordable housing and enterprise development.