Jim Ruble, PharmD, JD

Title: Associate Professor (Clinical)

Office:

L. S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute Room 4924
Phone: (801) 581-4514
Fax: (801) 587-7923
Email: jim.ruble@hsc.utah.edu

Profile

Jim Ruble is an associate professor (clinical) in the Department of Pharmacotherapy at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy.  He is adjunct faculty in the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, and Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmaceutics.  His teaching, scholarship and clinical activities focus on pharmacy and healthcare law, ethical dilemmas in healthcare, pharmacy compounding, community pharmacy practice, communication and conflict.  He has received numerous awards for distinguished teaching, including the College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year (multiple), Hinckley Institute Outstanding Professor Award and the Daniels Fund-David Eccles School of Business Award for Excellence in Ethics Education.  He is a member of the Hospital Ethics Committee and is Ombudsman for the University of Utah Health Sciences.  He is a member of the Utah Bar and the US Patent and Trademark Office Bar.  He is trained conflict resolution and mediation.  He received academic degrees in science (BS Biology), pharmacy (BS Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy), and law (Juris Doctor) from the University of Utah.  Jim feels privileged to be an educator, clinician, and scholar, but most importantly wants to be a good humanitarian.

 

Education:

  • Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution, University of Utah, College of Humanities
  • JD, University of Utah, College of Law
  • PharmD, University of Utah, College of Pharmacy
  • BS Pharmacy, University of Utah, College of Pharmacy
  • BS Biology, University of Utah, College of Science

 

Clinical Practice and Research Interests:

  • Pharmaceutical compounding, including USP Chapters <795>, <797>, <800>
  • Ethical dilemmas in health care
  • Moral reasoning, moral distress, and moral fatigue in health care professionals
  • Communication and Conflict Management in Health Care
  • Legal requirements in health care, professional standards of care and risk management
  • Intellectual Property and equipoise in healthcare and pharmaceutical research

 

Positions Held:

  • Ombudsman, UHealth, University of Utah.  2016-present
  • Associate Professor (Clinical), Department of Pharmacotherapy, College of Pharmacy, University of Utah.  2013-present
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Utah.  2016-present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, University of Utah.  2010-present
  • Hospital Ethics Committee, University of Utah Health Care, 2007-present
             Co-Chair. 2012-2015, Chair 2015-2017
  • Assistant Professor (Clinical), Department of Pharmacotherapy, College of Pharmacy, University of Utah.  2010-2013
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy, College of Pharmacy, University of Utah.  1995-2010
  • Manager – Infusion Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Services, University of Utah Health Care.  2007-2010
  • Clinical Pharmacist, Department of Pharmacy Services, University of Utah Health Care.  2004-2007
  • Patent Attorney, Salt Lake City, Utah.  2002-2006
  • Neurosciences Ambulatory Care Pharmacist, Department of Pharmacy Services, University of Utah Health Care.  1997-1999
  • Drug Information Pharmacist, Department of Pharmacy Services, University of Utah Health Care.  1995-1997
  • Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist/Team Leader.  Geisinger Health Care, Danville, Pennsylvania.  1994-1995

 

Professional Affliations:

  • American Society for Pharmacy Law
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • American Pharmacists Association
  • Utah Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society
  • Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society

 

Courses Taught:

  • PHARM 6242 – Pharmaceutical Compounding and Drug Delivery Systems
  • PHARM 5142 – Pharmacy Law, Ethics and Risk Mitigation
  • PCTH 7436 – Ethical Dilemmas in Pharmacotherapy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • PHARM 6243 – Community Practice (OTC medicines and self-care)
  • PHARM 5144 – Foundations in Drug Information and Critical Thinking

Co-instructor in:

  • PHCEU 5125 – Dosage Forms and Drug Delivery Systems
  • PHARM 5113 – Basics in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • PHARM 5140 – Foundations in Patient Centered Care
  • PCTH 6500 – Research Ethics Seminar
  • PCTH 7321 – Introduction to Clinical Clerkship
  • PHCEU 7975 – Pharmaceutics Journal Club

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