Background and Education
Dr. Karodeh received his Bachelors of Science degree (B. Pharm) in Pharmacy from Howard University College of Pharmacy, in 1986. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) from Shenandoah University, in Winchester, Virginia, in 2001. He first started serving the College of Pharmacy in a community preceptor capacity
Starting in 1990, all the way to 2001, while also serving as an adjunct faculty member. In 2001, he was appointed as the Inaugural Director of the Non-Traditional Doctor of Pharmacy (NTDP) program—a long distance learning program for working pharmacists.
In addition to spending the past 26 years in a precepting, teaching, and mentoring capacity; Dr. Karodeh has actively published numerous pharmacy related articles, papers, abstracts, and has presented at various professional meetings, and conventions, including the National Medical Association (NMA). He serves on the Editorial Board of Archives of Pharmacy Practice, and has been the recipient of several grants and awards over the years, including, being the recipient of the 2011 “Distinguished Faculty of the Year”; as well as, traveling around the world to speak at Pharmacy Continuing Education programs— Kuwait, Ethiopia, India, and Iran, are just a few of the countries he has visited and presented in.
In his efforts of consistently staying up to date on his skills and knowledge, he has earned several certificates, including; “Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services in the Community,” “OTC Advisor Pharmacy Based Self-Care Service,” “Physical Assessment in Patient Care Management,” “Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery,” and “Pharmaceutical Care for Patients with Diabetes.”
Dr. Karodeh has a strong belief in giving back to both the local and global community. As such, he continues to serve as an officer to his local Community Association Board, and is a volunteer member of the State of Maryland Professional Volunteer Corp (MPVC), and the Maryland Pharmacy Emergency Response Team, since 2001. He continues his services as health-care consultant to the Sofi Development Association (SoDA), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), which serves the people of Ethiopia and North Africa.
Why Pharmacy In The First Place?
“I chose pharmacy for many reasons, but most importantly because historically speaking, pharmacy is one of the most noble and reputed professions in the world,” says Dr. Karodeh. “Pharmacists are the people who provide you with the right medication, they are among the people who conduct different research and studies on various kinds of drugs, and make them safer, more effective, efficient, and useful.”
Dr. Karodeh values the opportunity to work with, and learn from different people every day, in the field of pharmacy.
Dr. Karodeh’s transition into academia after practicing in Retail for many years, was because of his belief that augmenting bench side practice with bedside practice would allow him to, “Practice what I preach, and preach what I practice.” In addition, his position as clinical-educator offers a unique blend of patient care, and academic activities. “The challenges are many, but the rewards can be great for those who are committed to achieving their personal vision of professional success,” says Dr. Karodeh.
The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Position/History/Goals:
The history of this position goes back about a decade and a half ago, when the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health Sciences were merged. As a result of the merger the Office of Academic and Student Affairs was overseen by the Associate and Assistant Dean.
About two years ago, the President Commission on Academic Renewal (PCAR), recommended this merger to end. Hence, the College of Pharmacy was once more a separate and single entity within the Health Sciences enterprise. Dr. Karodeh believes his new position will enable him to make stronger contributions to the advancement of professional education, and student experience at the College of Pharmacy.
His personal goals and that of the Office of Student Affairs are very much alike and run parallel to each other. His hopes for the Office of Student Affairs is to be an exemplary administrative operation that contributes to the mission of the College of Pharmacy, through fostering a student-centered environment, where all students achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals.
Advice to Students?
Dr. Karodeh encourages students to stay committed, work hard, perhaps make a few mistakes (learn from them), and instill a strong passion for their chosen profession. He also emphasizes the importance of going above and beyond mastering the didactics and clinical skills within the pharmacy profession. After all, pharmacy is about “patients” and not “drugs”; drugs don’t have doses, patients do.
Dr. Karodeh continues to emphasize the importance of being familiar with the different avenues of the pharmacy profession, and getting involved in the area(s) that interest them while matriculating. He encourages students to be aware of the dynamics of the pharmacy profession, including the many changes that affect the profession; these include legislative changes within healthcare that will affect pharmacy practice. Students should stay engaged in the process of these changes that are taking place, and be able to articulate, initiate, and actively contribute to their implementations, in ways that benefit their patients and the profession. For more, click here
ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY
The College of Pharmacy's mission is to provide pharmaceutical education of excellent quality to students with high academic, scholarship and leadership potential, with particular emphasis on the recruitment, retention and graduation of African-American and ethnically diverse students. The principle goals of the college are to recruit, train and educate those students to assume leadership roles in pharmacy; to produce skilled pharmaceutical care practitioners, proficient pharmaceutical scientists and competent educators to meet the challenges of the profession and society; to recruit and retain faculty dedicated to teach and mentor students, conduct research and pursue other scholarly activities, and to provide postgraduate and continuing professional education and community services that will enhance the quality of pharmaceutical care.
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.