Winchester, VA: The Dr. Terry Sinclair Health Clinic (SHC) is excited to announce the addition of Jamie Huff, Pharm.D. to the clinical team. Dr. Huff has been hired as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy and she will join the SHC on a regular basis as her clinical practice site starting in August 2018.
Dr. Huff completed her undergraduate studies and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia. She grew up in the Winchester area and had the opportunity to return home to complete a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Shenandoah University in conjunction with Amherst Family Practice and Selma Medical Associates. During her residency, she also spent time with the clinical pharmacy services team at the SHC.
Dr. Huff will spend approximately 50% of her time teaching and 50% of her time maintaining a clinical practice at SHC. When asked about this role, Dr. Huff stated, “I have loved my time thus far at Sinclair Health Clinic, but I am excited to be here on a regular basis and to build the clinical pharmacy service here to its full potential.”
The clinical partnership between SHC and the Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy began in January 2016 with the placement of then faculty member, Dr. Brandon Jennings, at the clinic to establish a clinical practice site. During this time, Dr. Jennings worked to establish a clinical pharmacy practice as a full-time clinical faculty member at the Shenandoah University. When Dr. Jennings assumed the role of Executive Director in October 2018, he vacated the position and it has remained vacant until Dr. Huff was hired.
This mutually beneficial relationship is one that is extremely valued by both the SHC and the Shenandoah University. The School of Pharmacy is able to place a faculty member in a dynamic clinical environment in order to stay current and provide him or her with relevant clinical experience to share with students in the classroom. The School of Pharmacy will also utilize Dr. Huff as a clinical preceptor for student pharmacists on rotation at SHC. Dr. Jeremy Fox, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy, commented, “As pharmacists and educators, we are tasked with both caring for the people in our community and educating the next generation of pharmacists. The Sinclair Health Clinic provides an excellent opportunity for us to do both in a setting that allows us to have a major impact on the health and well-being of our community. I am very excited to see what Dr. Huff will do as we continue working with Dr. Jennings and SHC.”
The clinic also benefits from having a clinical pharmacist on the medical team and serving as a resource for the patients and providers. “We are so excited that Dr. Huff will be joining our team,” stated Dr. Jennings. “Our collaborative patient care practice model utilizes the expertise of every team member in the care of our patients. Having multiple disciplines working together means better health care outcomes for our patients and we are so pleased that Dr. Fox and the Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy have decided to continue this collaboration. Dr. Huff’s clinical expertise will be a huge asset to our team.”
About the Dr. Terry Sinclair Health Clinic:The Dr. Terry Sinclair Health Clinic was founded over 30 years ago as the Free Medical Clinic. In September 2017, the clinic announced that the Board of Directors had voted to change the organization’s name to the Dr. Terry Sinclair Health Clinic, doing business as Sinclair Health Clinic. The change was made to honor one of the clinic’s founders and its long time Medical Director, Dr. Terry Sinclair. The purpose of the clinic is to provide vital health care to members of our community in need. Our dedication to our patients is founded on the belief that everyone should have access to health care. For more information, please visit our website sinclairhealthclinic.org.