Randall Seifert earned his Pharm.D. in 1978 and completed a postdoc in pharmacokinetics in 1979 at the University of Minnesota. He returned to the University in 2005 as senior associate dean and professor in Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
Dr. Randall Seifert begins his interview by describing his early life and education, including his pursuit of a Pharm.D. and a postdoc in pharmacokinetics at the University of Minnesota. He then discusses his work in North Dakota. He reflects on changing trends in pharmacy hospital practice, ways to build sustainable clinical practices, and problems pharmacists face in smaller communities. He then describes the various positions he held in Southern California, particularly his work for California Clinical Trials and Health Net. He then describes his return to the University of Minnesota in 2005, including his work on the implementation of medication therapy management benefits for the City of Duluth and it adoption by U-Plan at the University of Minnesota. He then discusses the following topics: relationships between the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses of the College of Pharmacy; current trends in pharmacy education; efforts to recruit Native American students; his work with Marilyn Speedie and her leadership as dean; Frank Cerra’s leadership as vice president of the Academic Health Center; relations between medical and pharmacy students at UMN Duluth; collaborations between schools and colleges in the health sciences; and his work with the State Legislature. He concludes with his ideas for interprofessional communication in education.
Randall Seifert was born in Oakland, CA, but spent most of his youth in Perham Minnesota. He attended North Dakota State University as part of the College of Pharmacy’s five-year bachelor’s degree program, which he complete in 1975. He then earned his Pharm.D. in 1978 and completed a postdoc in pharmacokinetics in 1979 at the University of Minnesota. Returning to Fargo, North Dakota after completion of his postdoc, Dr. Seifert worked for North Dakota State University, North Dakota State Hospital, and Dakota Heartland Hospital. In 1987, Dr. Seifert moved to California, where he worked as a clinical coordinator in Santa Barbara, then at Pharmacy Corporation of America, Health Net, and California Clinical Trials. He returned to Minnesota in 2005 and continues to serve as senior associate dean and professor in Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.