Emily Tschumper joined the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy faculty in July. She comes to the school from North Mississippi Medical Center, where she served as residency program director and emergency medicine pharmacist.
Joining the School of Pharmacy faculty will be a homecoming for Tschumper, who received her Pharm.D. from the university, as well as a M.S in Chemistry and B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Get to know Tschumper in the Q&A below:
Where are you originally from?
What is your current role at Ole Miss?
Clinical assistant professor for pharmacy practice
What brought you to Ole Miss?
Honestly, I feel like I never left! I was truly excited about the opportunity to give back to my alma mater and to be part of a #stellar organization!
Why did you choose pharmacy?
My brother, who is also a pharmacist, inspired me to take up the pharmacy career by engaging me in volunteer work early in my undergraduate studies. It took a few years before I realized that pharmacy was my true calling, and I haven’t looked back since!
What inspired you to pursue a role teaching pharmacy students?
I am inspired by the students! I enjoy seeing the students’ progress over the years as they grow in confidence and learn to apply knowledge through experiential activities. Contributing to their development as a practitioner and seeing those light bulbs go off is very rewarding!
What are some of your career highlights?
I’ve been blessed with some really great experiences over the years. One of my greatest and most rewarding experiences was completing a PGY-1 residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The clinical skills and friendships that I developed there are still thriving today!
After residency training, I returned to Mississippi where I began my career at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo where I actively engaged in student learning through APPE rotations and as the PGY-1 residency program director.
Additionally, I am honored to have received the 2020 Young Health System Pharmacist Award for the Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists for my work at North Mississippi Medical Center.
How do you describe your work or research to people outside of the field?
I would describe my work as being the medication expert that works side-by-side with nurses and physicians to improve the safety and outcomes of patient care in the emergency room. Now, I’ll add that I help train student pharmacists to be successful practitioners.
What do you hope students gain from their classroom experiences?
Ultimately, I hope to provide the students with an open, honest and supportive learning environment that promotes equality. Students should expect to gain knowledge through interaction and application with a little sprinkle of fun!
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love spending time with my husband, our two “quaran-teen” daughters and our sweet pit bull pup! I look forward to my weekly devotional Zoom meeting with my Wisconsin family. I enjoy fitness, travel, baking and listening to true crime podcasts.
How do you pronounce your last name?
Ha! Well, the “Tsch” makes a “J” sound. So, it ends up sounding like “Jumper.”