Rhetoric, pharmacy a winning combination for DeClue ’16

Roby Hill
October 20, 2020
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If effective teaching and patient care takes persuasion, Anthony DeClue’s students and patients are in good hands. He used to teach rhetoric at Clemson University, where he earned a master’s degree in English before coming to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Pharmacy for his Pharm.D.

Earning a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in secondary education, English, and philosophy is not your usual pre-pharmacy coursework. But it has served DeClue – along with his students and patients – well. 

“These intensive experiences in educator development along with my studies in pharmacy school poised me for success as a community/ambulatory pharmacist with educational responsibilities,” said the assistant professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes science.

He teaches primarily in the community and clinical assessment lab courses, with some additional lecturing in a variety of other courses. His practice site is the MUSC Family Medicine Pharmacy, where he serves as director of clinical services with a focus on expanding clinical services out of the outpatient community pharmacy space. 

“My favorite memory of MUSC was stepping into the P3 Community Lab on day one of the Fall 2017 semester, where I was returning to my alma mater, this time as an instructor,” he said. “The hardest thing about switching professions from the humanities to pharmacy was giving up the classroom and teaching, which I already dearly loved. This was my first time stepping back into my favorite role, as both an educator and a pharmacist, the culmination of my professional training.”


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