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Joseph A Zorek, PharmD, BCGP

Associate Professor (CHS)
Director of Interprofessional Education

Joe Zorek, PharmD, BCGP, joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) School of Pharmacy following completion of a two-year Pharmacotherapy Residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, where he developed a clinical specialty in geriatrics with a research focus on interprofessional practice and education (IPE).  Joe serves as the School of Pharmacy’s Director of Interprofessional Education, and he chairs a school-wide IPE committee.  He is also a founding member of the UW-Madison Center for IPE, which launched in 2016. 

Joe’s primary research interests center on IPE, with secondary foci on outcomes from practice-based innovations and curriculum assessment.  His most productive line of research stems from an analysis of interprofessional education accreditation standards he co-authored in the Journal of Interprofessional Care, which highlighted opportunities to utilize the accreditation process to advance IPE throughout the health professions and drew attention to the need for valid and reliable measurement instruments.  Joe presented an update to this work in 2016 at the National Academy of Medicine's workshop devoted to "The Role of Accreditation in Enhancing Quality and Innovation in Health Professional Education."  Based on this work, he received a grant in 2017 from the National Center for IPE to advance a consensus accreditation approach to interprofessional education through a collaborative effort between the National Center and the Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative.  The product of this work, "Guidance on Developing Quality Interprofessional Education for the Health Professions," has been endorsed by 24 accrediting bodies and will be publicly released on February 1, 2019.

Joe and his collaborators won the 2014 Rufus A. Lyman Award for best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education for their work developing and validating the Student Perceptions of Physician-Pharmacist Interprofessional Clinical Education (SPICE) instrument.  He continues to lead the effort to refine the SPICE family of instruments and broaden their applicability throughout the health professions.  A validation study of SPICE-R, a revised version intended for a broader audience, was recognized in 2017 with a Baldwin Award as one of the best papers published in the Journal of Interprofessional Care.  To date, Joe has granted permission requests to use version 2 of this instrument (SPICE-R2) to educators, clinicians, and/or researchers from over 30 different states within the US and ten countries around the world: Australia, Canada, Germany, Kuwait, Netherlands, New Zealand, Phillipines, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, and Singapore.

Joe is a former high school social studies teacher and passionate educator.  He currently coordinates a required first year course called “Pathways in Pharmacy Practice,” designed to orient new students to the profession of pharmacy and an elective course called "Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in HIV Care" for early learners in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work.  He co-coordinates a third-year elective course devoted to geriatric pharmacy practice and a teaching certificate program for pharmacy residents.  Joe also led a faculty workgroup that developed UW-Madison’s first large-scale interprofessional education activity, which launched in April 2018 for nearly 500 first year medical, nursing, and pharmacy students.

Joe is a board certified geriatric pharmacist whose practice interests include incorporation of pharmacists into interprofessional health teams, leveraging pharmacists to facilitate effective transitions of care, and the implementation of innovative services to mitigate medication-related risks in older adults.  Joe led the development and evaluation of one such innovation published in 2016 in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association that later received an editor’s choice selection for a special issue celebrating American Pharmacists Month.  He currently practices as a transitions of care pharmacist at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, WI.  

Joe is an active member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, through which he co-chaired a national taskforce in 2015-2016 dedicated to implementing intentional interprofessional education in experiential education settings.  Joe previously served as Associate Editor for Interprofessional Education for the journal Currents in Pharmacy Teaching Learning, where he led the creation of a new manuscript category called “Interprofessional Education Reports.” He currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Interprofessional Education  Practice, the official journal of the National Academies of Practice.  Joe is a charter member of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative, and he is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the International Pharmaceutical Federation, and the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin.

Highlighted Publications:



Publications 2010-present 


Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative. (2019). Guidance on developing quality interprofessional education for the health professions. Chicago, IL: Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative. 

Townsend J, Zorek JA, Andrieu SC, et al. Developing interprofessional education: establishing a baseline and moving forward. J Dent Educ. 2018;82(5):446-453. Editor's Choice selection for Most Notable Articles of 2018.

Grice GR, Thomason AR, Meny LM, Pinelli NR, Martello JL, Zorek JA. Intentional interprofessional experiential education. Am J Pharm Educ. 2018;82(3): Article 6502.

Zorek JA. The importance of interprofessional practice and education to pharmacy. Advisor. 2017;37(4):41-46. Invited viewpoint for a special issue on pharmacy education organized by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Ratka A, Zorek JA, Meyer SM. Overview of faculty development programs for interprofessional education. Am J Pharm Educ. 2017;81(5): Article 96.

Lockeman KS, Lanning SK, Dow AW, Zorek JA, DiazGranados D, Ivey CK, Soper S. Outcomes of introducing early learners to interprofessional competencies in a classroom setting. Teach Learn Med. 2017;29(4):433-443.

Zorek JA, Janke KK, Harpe SE, Zavod RM. Inviting manuscripts to Interprofessional Education Reports. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2016;8(5):727-728.

Wang JM, Zorek JA. Deliberate practice as a theoretical framework for interprofessional experiential education. Front Pharmacol. 2016;7:188.

Hanus RJ, Lisowe KS, Eickhoff JC, Kieser MA, Statz-Paynter JL, Zorek JA. Evaluation of a pharmacist-led pilot service based on the anticholinergic risk scale. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2016;56(5):555-561. Editor's Choice selection for special issue celebrating American Pharmacists Month in 2016.

Zorek JA, Fike DS, Eickhoff JC, Engle JA, MacLaughlin EJ, Dominguez DG, Seibert CS. Refinement and validation of the Student Perceptions of Physician-Pharmacist Interprofessional Clinical Education Instrument. Am J Pharm Educ. 2016;80(3): Article 47.

Wang JM, Vardeny O, Zorek JA. High-dose influenza vaccine in older adults. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2016;56(1):95-97.

Zorek JA, Subash M, Fike DS, MacLaughlin AA, Young RB, Samiuddin M, MacLaughlin EJ. Impact of an interprofessional teaching clinic on preventive care services. Fam Med. 2015;47(7):558-561.

Baranowski PJ, Peterson KL, Statz-Paynter JL, Zorek JA. The incidence and cost of medications dispensed despite electronic medical record discontinuation. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2015;55(3):313-319.

Dominguez DG, Fike DS, MacLaughlin EJ, Zorek JA. A comparison of the validity of two instruments assessing health professional student perceptions of interprofessional education and practice. J Interprof Care. 2015;29(2):144-149. Recipient of a Baldwin Award in 2017 recognizing the best papers published in this journal.

Zorek JA, MacLaughlin EJ, Fike DS, MacLaughlin AA, Samiuddin M, Young RB. Measuring changes in perception using the student perceptions of physician-pharmacist interprofessional clinical education (SPICE) instrument. BMC Med Educ. 2014;14:101

Zorek JA, Blaszczyk AT, Haase MR, Raehl CL. Practice site readiness for interprofessional education (PRIPE): instrument development and pilot study. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2014;6(1):32-40.

Fike DS, Zorek JA, MacLaughlin EJ, MacLaughlin AA, Samiuddin M, Young RB. Development and validation of the student perceptions of interprofessional clinical education (SPICE) instrument. Am J Pharm Educ. 2013;77(9): Article 190. Recipient of the Rufus A. Lyman Award in 2014 recognizing the best paper published in this journal.

Zorek JA, Lambert BL, Popovich NG. The 4-year evolution of a social and behavioral pharmacy course. Am J Pharm Educ. 2013;77(6): Article 119.

Beardsley RS, Zorek JA, Zellmer WA, Vlasses PH. Results of the pre-conference survey: ACPE invitational conference on advancing quality in pharmacy education. Am J Pharm Educ. 2013;77(3): Article 46.

Khasawneh FA, Moti DF, Zorek JA. Linezolid-induced black hairy tongue: a case report. J Med Case Rep. 2013;7(1):46.

Zorek JA, Raehl CL. Interprofessional education accreditation standards in the USA: a comparative analysis. J Interprof Care. 2013;27(2):123-130.

Zorek JA, Katz NL, Popovich NG. Guest speakers in a professional development seminar series. Am J Pharm Educ. 2011;75(2): Article 28.

Zorek JA, Sprague JE, Popovich NG. Bulimic learning. Am J Pharm Educ. 2010;74(8): Article 157.