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Krista Dominguez-Salazar, PharmD

Clinician Educator Associate Professor: Pharmacy Practice & Administrative Sciences

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Contact Information

Office Location: NRPH B06
Phone: (505) 272-0304

Academic Career

Dr. Krista Salazar completed her pre-pharmacy education and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of New Mexico. She is currently Associate Professor and IPE co-coordinator of the UNM College of Pharmacy (CoP) at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (HSC), Albuquerque, NM.

Dr. Salazar has extensive experience in competency-based learning and assessment and has launched a number of successful innovative curricula in pharmacy and interprofessional education. The fundamental belief in her teaching philosophy is transformational learning that creates a safe learning environment for students to reflect and learn from their strengths and possibilities. Dr. Salazar strives to create opportunities for students to mindfully evaluate practice related concepts and personal assumptions to facilitate student-development of a life-long commitment to competent and compassionate care for patients and to enhance their own and others quality of work-life.

Dr. Salazar has partnered with a number of non-academic entities such as the NM Department of Health, East Central Ministries One Hope Centro de Vida clinic and Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH) to develop partnerships within our community. It is through her collaborative work that Dr. Salazar has created a number of sustainable patient-care/ community care programs that also serve as student learning opportunities. Her most recent endeavor is the co-development of a UNM HSC interprofessional longitudinal community engaged curriculum that will offer students and New Mexico community members the opportunity to learn with, from and about one another within the community health context.

Dr. Salazar is the Coordinator of the Diabetes Clinic at AHCH. Her current clinical work within an interprofessional team allows utilization of her expertise in pharmacy, diabetes, motivational interviewing and person-centered care. Prior to her faculty appointment at UNM CoP Dr. Salazar practiced within an interprofessional team at an endocrinology private practice clinic.

Dr. Salazar has been recognized for her work with underserved populations in Albuquerque the Magazine and her work at AHCH in Health Insight New Mexico. Dr. Salazar has also been recognized for her strong patient-centered and team communication skills, skills she intends to improve over a lifetime. Early in her professional career she was the recipient of the Roche Pharmacy Communication Award and NMSHP Health-System Intern of the Year. In 2014 Dr. Salazar and a student-mentee were recipients of the AACP Walmart Scholars Program and more recently she was nominated for the “Established Positive Teacher-Learner Relationship” award. 

Research Interests

Dr. Salazar’s scholarly interests focus on how to facilitate learning among health professional students to develop relational competencies that support introspective reflection and person-centered care. Her interests include diabetes, pharmacy care, communication, transformational change, cultural competency, and developing partnerships with patients and their supportive networks, particularly those in marginalized circumstances, to promote and sustain healthy living.