Paulina Deming, Pharm.D., PhCAssociate Professor

    12 months of math

    Career Spotlight

    Paulina Deming
    Associate Professor-Clinical Educator

    What is your job and for whom do you work?

    I’m an Associate Professor of Pharmacy at the College of Pharmacy where I teach about infectious hepatitis and drug dosing in liver disease. I’m also a clinical pharmacist and help care for patients with viral hepatitis. Through my teaching and clinical work, I also serve as the Assistant Director for Viral Hepatitis Programs at ECHO Institute where I help coordinate our state, national, and international collaborations on the management of viral hepatitis.

    What math skills are most helpful to you in your work?

    Mainly problem solving – a lot of multiplication and division. The math I do varies from basic multiplication of how many pills are needed for a treatment course to how much drug exposure is predicted in a given patient.

    What has helped you be successful in math?

    Application. In high school I had a math teacher who always included real life problem solving cases which helped me see the importance of math. Importantly he was encouraging and pushed me to do more challenging problems. He also stressed the importance of developing a process for tackling the problem and also having a good work space- lots of blank paper, sharp pencils, and of course, erasers. We worked problems and then worked them backwards- this was important for me to understand the math and prove that the answer was correct.

    What advice do you have for parents about math?

    Be patient and don’t be afraid to let your child make a mistake. It’s important to make mistakes and learn from them. Mistakes are inevitable so it is better to make them in a safe setting where it’s possible to learn from them without causing harm. I purposefully try to lead my students into making common errors and then we discuss what went wrong and how to avoid making those mistakes.

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