UNM College of Pharmacy Welcomes New Assistant Dean for External Programs

The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy is proud to announce the appointment of Michel B. Disco, R.Ph., MBA as Assistant Dean for External Programs and Associate Professor of Pharmacy (Clinician Educator).

Disco has practiced in the community pharmacy setting for the past 30 years, with the last 20 years in practice with Smith's Food and Drug Centers, Inc. Disco was Regional Pharmacy Supervisor for Smith's from 1997-2001 and has served as pharmacy supervisor for 15 years.

Disco graduated from the UNM College of Pharmacy in 1973 with the Bachelor of Science in pharmacy degree and from the Anderson Schools of Management with the MBA degree in 1983.  In 1992, she was recognized as the College of Pharmacy's Distinguished Alumnus Award winner.

As one of the most visible pharmacists in New Mexico, she served as President of the New Mexico Pharmaceutical Association in 1994 and she is the first individual to be elected to a second term as President of the NMPhA, again assuming this office in 2004. She also has been appointed to the New Mexico Pharmaceutical Care Foundation where she serves as secretary and she is a past President of the Soroptimist International of Albuquerque. She has received numerous awards for her professional service including the Ernie Welch Award in 1998 from the NMPhA which recognizes the outstanding pharmacist in New Mexico, the UNM Health Sciences Center Building Bridges Award in 1997 and the McKesson Leadership Award in 1994.

As Assistant Dean for External Programs, Disco's responsibilities will include coordinating all early and advanced experiential education for professional students, developing and evaluating preceptors and experiential education sites and coordinating student assignments. She will also provide leadership in strategic planning for innovative pharmacy practice initiatives in the state of New Mexico and in the development of health system and community pharmacy residencies in New Mexico.

Contact: HSC Public Affairs, 272-3322

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