Meded101 Year in Review 2014 and What’s on tap for 2015

There’s one story that sticks out in my mind about the last year of educating at – I was at a conference and absolutely thrilled about the progress being made on the Facebook page.  I was explaining to a few pharmacy folks how I was trying to educate healthcare professionals about medication management as well as shed some positive light on the profession of pharmacy by posting case studies and scenarios that I’ve seen in my everyday practice.

One of the individuals I was explaining the idea to was a professor at a college of pharmacy, certainly they would appreciate free education, right?

Their reaction caught me off guard.  One was of disinterest and the other actually rolled their eyes.  In defense of the individuals, I’m sure they had a lot going on, and I may not have explained it the best as well.  To this day I highly respect that professor, but with the idea of meded101 in its infancy,  it really put me in fear mode and that feeling of insecurity and lack of approval almost made me shut down the project, almost 🙂  You may not believe this, but it is true.  The comments of gratitude and sincere encouragement from all of you kept this webpage alive.  Thank you.

Months later with 75,000+ page views, acknowledged in the American Journal of Nursing, Wall Street Journal, NADONA, MNDONA, Pharmacy Today, Pharmacy Times in the first full year, I think they were wrong and I work everyday to make sure all of you can get free, quality medication information.

The last 6 months of growth in page views with nearly 13,000 this last month!


So what’s up for 2015?  Lots more free education and some products to help with specific issues.

1.  Thanks to some incredibly generous students and pharmacists, starting January 1st, the Facebook page will have two questions PER DAY to challenge your medication mind! Some easy for newbies, some hard for experienced professionals, and some in between.  The answers will be posted the following day as well – thank you for that feedback Facebook peeps!

2.  The free blog posts/cases/med reviews will certainly continue.

3.  Educational tweets via the @mededucation101 Twitter account will certainly not stop.

4.  Premium education (at a reasonable price – i.e. less than 50$) for those seeking help to solve specific problems.  First on the list will be the BCPS practice exam for sale – subscribers will get a chance at a free copy of this as well as a discounted rate for a period of time when it first comes out.  CGP, NAPLEX, and MTM resources are on the list to tackle, those that petition me the most will probably get their way on which one I work on next 🙂  A Kindle book is also on the radar.

I’m sure there will be more ideas, just need someone to invent a machine that allows more than 24 hours in the day!

My 2015 piece of advice for fellow educators and folks who care about medication management is to do what you love and help others; you can do both!

sophia christmas 2014

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

– William Butler Yeats


  1. Mel

    Wow, you are going to publish a kindle book? Do you ever sleep? Best of luck and keep up the great work!

    • chri1599

      Thanks Mel…I actually sleep quite a bit, probably 8 – 8.5 hours on average or is that TMI, well at least when the little ones feel like sleeping through the night 🙂 – thanks for all your support!

      • Mel

        I don’t know how you do it all… and do it so well. You have a great thing going here. I just wish I had cases so I could contribute like so many other have.

        Keep up the great work!

  2. Amanuel T.

    Dear Eric,
    I believe it was about a year ago when I was first introduced to MEDED101 as I was searching for medication-related articles on LinkedIn. The very first topic I came across was dealing with Dilantin toxicity. It talked about the unique pharmacokinetics nature of the drug and how even a modest increase in dose can lead into significant elevation in blood level. It was a short article whose underline message was for clinicians to be extra cautious when managing drugs such as dilantin that have narrow therapeutic window. Today I admit that I have become addicted to this website where I find it to be a very useful source of information particularly for cases related to drug-drug interaction, drug toxicity and polypharmacy.
    Thanks Eric for creating such a platforum to keep us educated and informed , the minimal tool required for one to making sound clinical decisions in pharmacotherapy.
    Happy New Year!

    • chri1599

      Thanks Amanuel…I really enjoy doing, which doesn’t make it work. I’m still learning as well, but I remember being a student and being exposed to clinical pharmacy, and thinking how to I get more information on making difficult decisions and common mistakes that pharmacists, nurses, and prescribers make. The truth is it takes time and being exposed to these situations. I wanted to create this resource to help give people more experience in dealing with medication issues! Your posts were very popular by the way 🙂 – Let me know if you’ve got more, would love to share them! Thanks for following and happy New Year! Eric

  3. DeLinda McDaniel

    It’s great to see my peers, partners in crime…thinking outside the “box” about Pharmacy Practice. Especially since you do it so well, and it seems you love what you do! Congratulations, on living the “dream”; and helping other health care professionals engage and grow as well.

    • chri1599

      Thanks DeLinda, I see a lot of cases everyday…lots of mistakes out there – definitely made a few of my own, always something to learn/improve upon! The website has definitely made me a better pharmacist. It’s great to hear the cases/stories of other pharmacists who enjoy what they do!



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