Andrea Hinton, PharmD, FCSHP, assistant clinical professor, does not shy away from a challenge. “I became the residency program director at San Joaquin General Hospital only a year after joining the department as a clinical pharmacist,” said Dr. Hinton. As the PGY-1 pharmacy residency program director, she also interacts with Pacific doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students on their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations.

“I love teaching at Pacific, in part, because the students continuously challenge me to improve and to work at the top of my game; whether I’m working with them in a didactic setting or in a practice-based IPPE or APPE rotation setting,” she said. “Another aspect of Pacific I love is the sense of welcome and ‘family’ I have always received from the School.”

In 2015, she was recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy among the Master Preceptors Recognized for Dedication to Experiential Education. Dr. Hinton’s commitment to her profession is evidenced by the way she invests time in training future pharmacists and her commitment to professional organizations. She has been actively involved in the Central Valley chapter of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) since 2000. She has served the chapter as president, industry relations chair, community service coordinator, delegate, secretary and public relations chair. In 2019, she was named a Fellow of CSHP. She has also been a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists since 2000.

“I love teaching at Pacific, in part, because the students continuously challenge me to improve and to work at the top of my game.”

For Dr. Hinton, the process of finding her vocation was marked by serendipitous events. “I started out in college as a marine biology major and switched to pharmacy through a series of almost coincidental circumstances,” Dr. Hinton said. She earned her bachelor of science in physiology from California State University, Long Beach and her PharmD from University of California, San Francisco. She completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in 2000.

In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking and making crafts with her children. In her youth, she spent nearly a decade in the Girl Scouts and is now a Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout leader.

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