2019 Incentive Grant Recipients

Residents and their Preceptors

Elise Durgin

Project Proposal: Pharmacogenetic testing for mental health medications in the community pharmacy setting

“Pharmacogenetics is a rapidly advancing field of pharmacy. Many patients have heard of it, but don't know how to access these services. My goal is to enhance patient access to pharmacogenetic testing, and to provide comprehensive patient education on the results. Ultimately, I hope to show that drug therapy problems can be identified and resolved through the use of patients' pharmacogenetic testing results.”

Elise Durgin, PharmD currently serves as the PGY1 Resident at Goodrich Pharmacy in Anoka, MN.  Dr. Durgin hopes to implement a pharmacogenetic testing service in an independent community pharmacy in partnership with a community psychological services clinic or clinics.

“I am grateful for the education I received at the University of Minnesota.  We had access to a wide variety of electives, and Pharmacogenetics: The Genetic Basis for Variability in Drug Response was one of them.  This course was instrumental in developing my love of pharmacogenetics and gave me the confidence to pursue this project during my residency.”