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Dr. Luma Munjy

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
School of Pharmacy
Office Location: Rinker Health Science Campus 228
Phone: (714) 516-5518
Education:
California State University, Fresno, Bachelor of Arts
University of California, San Francisco, Doctor of Pharmacy

Biography

Dr. Luma Munjy joined CUSP on August 1, 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice.  Dr. Munjy received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of California, San Francisco in 2013, and continued her training as a resident in Ambulatory Care at The University of Southern California from July 2013 to July 2014.  Following her residency, Dr. Munjy gained experience in managed care pharmacy and worked for OptumRx as a Clinical Pharmacist on their drug review and intelligence team.  During her time at OptumRx, Dr. Munjy worked on various projects pertaining to population health and formulary management.  After a year of work in managed care, Dr. Munjy pursued her passion for teaching and joined California Health Sciences University (CHSU) as an Assistant Professor of pharmacy practice in the Clinical and Administrative Sciences department where she established a clinical pharmacy service at one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Centers int he Central Valley with an aim to reduce medication-related problems and establish an inter-professional care team to improve chronic disease management for an underserved, indigent population.  During her tenure at CHSU, Dr. Munjy also worked on various projects pertaining to improving teaching outcomes through innovative use of team-based learning (TBL) strategies that focused on improving emotional intelligence in health professional students and using team-teaching as a means to deliver robust clinical content in core pharmacy courses.

Research Interests

Dr. Munjy's clinical research focuses on methods to imbed clinical pharmacists in ambulatory care settings with an emphasis on inter-professional team-based delivery of care.  In addition, Dr. Munjy is interested in determining methods to successfully sustain clinical pharmacists as core team members in all primary care practices by demonstrating an improvement in objective health markers, patient satisfaction as well as provider satisfaction in order to validate the role of the clinical pharmacist in this practice setting.  Furthermore, Dr. Munjy is interested in how non-pharmacological therapies such as mindfulness meditation, music therapy, and group therapy can improve medication adherence, improve patient outcomes, and build trust between the provider and patient.  In addition to Dr. Munjy's clinical research interests, Dr. Munjy will be initiating a Master of Education in Health Professions degree through Johns Hopkins University to explore how health professional students can be better trained and assessed in the affective domain of learning.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Kelly, M, Munjy, L, Beuttler R. Evaluating the use of a decision-aid to improve students’ knowledge of type 2 diabetes medications. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2020; 84 (6):791. Article 8220.
Munjy, L, Besinque, K, Bethishou L, Beuttler R. “Enhancing student learning in the affective domain within the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum.” USC Innovations in Medical Education conference. February 2020.
Munjy, L, Ostrom R, Elshahawi S. Integrating the basic and clinical science pharmacy curricula using a multi-disciplinary TBL facilitation team. Accepted for presentation at the 19th annual TBLC meeting which was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Munjy, L. COVID-19 is more than a pandemic. Pharmacy Times. June 2020. https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/supplements/2020/June2020/covid-19-is-more-than-a-pandemic.
Munjy, L. Back to school vaccinations recommended in 2020. Pharmacy Times. August 2020. https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/supplements/2020/ImmunizationAugust2020/back-to-school-vaccinations-recommended-in-2020.
Munjy, L. COVID-19 is more than a pandemic. Pharmacy Times. June 2020. https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/supplements/2020/June2020/covid-19-is-more-than-a-pandemic.
Munjy, L. The role of nutraceuticals: what pharmacists need to know in 2020. Pharmacy Times. April 2020. https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/supplements/2020/April2020/the-role-of-nutraceuticals-what-pharmacists-need-to-know-in-2020.
Munjy, L. Back to school vaccinations recommended in 2020. Pharmacy Times. August 2020. https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/supplements/2020/ImmunizationAugust2020/back-to-school-vaccinations-recommended-in-2020.