Talbert Named 2015 Parker Medalist
Michael S. Maddux, Pharm.D., FCCP; Executive Director
Vol. 34, No. 8; August 2015
Talbert Named 2015 Parker Medalist
Robert L. Talbert, Pharm.D., FCCP,
BCPS, has been chosen by the Parker
Medal Selection Committee as the
2015 recipient of the College’s Paul F.
Parker Medal for Distinguished Service
to the Profession of Pharmacy. Talbert
has served as a leader of clinical pharmacy practice, education, and research
Robert L. Talbert
for more than 3 decades.
Paul Parker was one of clinical pharmacy’s most influential proponents. Before his death in 1998, Parker
spent 24 years as director of pharmacy at the University
of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington,
Kentucky. His innovations include developing decentralized pharmacy services, placing pharmacists in the hospital’s clinical areas, and developing the nation’s first pharmacist-staffed drug information center. Parker’s vision for
pharmacy practice was passed along to the more than
150 residents and fellows who trained in the Kentucky
program during his tenure. These disciples include many
of today’s leaders in clinical pharmacy, who continue to
pass on his wisdom and vision to their trainees. The Paul
F. Parker Medal recognizes an individual who has made
outstanding and sustained contributions to the profession that improve patient or service outcomes, create innovative practices, affect populations of patients, further
the professional role of pharmacists, or expand the recognition of pharmacists as health professionals.
In making its selection, the Parker Medal Selection
Committee commented on Talbert’s extensive record
of advocacy and advancement of clinical pharmacy and
his many professional accomplishments, stating that
his name “is nearly synonymous with clinical pharmacy
practice.” The committee added:
gone on themselves to become outstanding clinical
pharmacists. His record of scholarly achievement is
clearly outstanding and he is well-known for his kind
and untiring mentorship of clinical pharmacists who
have followed in his footsteps. Dr. Talbert has had
an important impact on many people, not the least
of whom are patients who receive better medication
management because of his work and the people he
has trained. He has achieved a remarkable record of
professional achievements—we feel that he embodies all of the characteristics we’d expect in someone
honored with the Paul F. Parker Award.
Talbert has served as a member and chair of numerous ACCP committees and task forces, the ACCP Board
of Regents (1998–1991), the ACCP Research Institute
Board of Trustees, and the Pharmacotherapy Board of
Directors and has served as ACCP president (1992–1993).
He has received many awards, including the University
of Texas College of Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year
award, the Robert G. Leonard Memorial Lecture Award
from the University of Texas at Austin, the Robert K.
Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award from
the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the
ACCP Russell R. Miller Award, and the ACCP Education
Award. He was elected as a fellow of ACCP in 1986 and
as a fellow of the American Heart Association in 2008.
Talbert’s nominator, Michael Bottorff, professor
and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at
South College School of Pharmacy, wrote in his letter of
When ACCP developed the criteria for the Paul F.
Parker Award, it would seem as if they had Dr. Talbert
in mind. Not only would Dr. Parker be proud of someone like Dr. Talbert receiving the award, Dr. Talbert
would be equally as proud for being recognized as
having met and exceeded the award criteria of “outstanding and sustained contributions to improving or
expanding the profession of pharmacy.”
Dr. Talbert has pioneered many innovative practice
models and achieved recognition not only by our profession but also by medicine and other health care
disciplines. He is recognized as an outstanding mentor and has trained many clinical pharmacists who’ve
Jean Nappi, professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences at the Medical University of South
Carolina, observed in her letter of support:
for establishing and extending clinical pharmacist services in both intensive care and emergency medicine settings. Matt Baker, pharmacy clinical supervisor at North
Kansas City Hospital, described Musselman’s impact on
the pharmacy department as follows:
Bob served as a clinical pharmacist and role model for
students and residents on an internal medicine service
for his entire career. His knowledge of the primary literature and his practice of using evidence-based medicine to
support his recommendations for patients were apparent long before it became standard practice. The number of students Bob has influenced are too numerous to
count, but I feel fortunate to have been one of them.
Megan has established herself as a leader in our growing clinical program. Prior to her arrival, a consistent
pharmacy presence in the emergency department
(ED) at our facility was absent, despite being one of
the busiest EDs in the metro area. Megan immediately immersed herself in practice, gained the trust of
staff, and since then has constantly sought opportunities to improve patient care and provide enhanced services. Numerous individual processes have been developed or revamped including TPA administration during
ischemic stroke, intranasal medication administration
protocols, and an ED procedural sedation guideline….
Megan has focused on improving pharmacist attendance at both pediatric and adult codes by increasing staff training and comfort levels. For adult patients,
Megan set up a rotating pager which travels with one
pharmacist daily to alert him/her of opportunities for
assistance…. For pediatric patients, Megan formed a
group which is working toward the goal of making sure
there is always a PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
trained pharmacist on site…. It would have been easy
for Megan to simply ensure her own competency but
she has taken it several steps further involving herself
in both staff training and operational components in
an effort to provide an increased level of care to patients…. Megan has also been heavily involved with interdisciplinary teams on facility wide initiatives to ensure both safe and appropriate use of agents to reverse
novel oral anticoagulants, identify and treat septic patients at the earliest possible juncture, and streamline
therapy for patients with pain, agitation, and delirium.
To each of these projects she brings an evidence-based
approach along with a desire to improve patient outcomes in the safest manner possible.
The 2015 Paul F. Parker Medal will be presented
during the Opening Session at the 2015 ACCP Global
Conference on Clinical Pharmacy in San Francisco,
California, on Sunday morning, October 18. Talbert will
attend to accept the medal and will deliver a brief acceptance address. The Parker Medal Selection Committee
is composed of representatives from member organizations of the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners,
together with past presidents of ACCP. Members of
the 2014 committee are William Kehoe (chair), Gilbert
Burckart, Rodney Carter, Diane Ginsburg, John Murphy,
Robert E. Smith, Jenelle Sobotka, George Spratto, Glen
Stimmel, and Barbara Wells.
Musselman, Reed, and Smith to Receive ACCP
ACCP members Megan Musselman, Brent Reed, and
Steven Smith were selected by the 2015 ACCP Awards
Committee to receive the College’s prestigious 2014
New Clinical Practitioner, New Educator, and New
Investigator awards, respectively. The awards will be presented in San Francisco, California, on Sunday, October
18, 2015, during the Opening Session of the 2015 ACCP
Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy.
The New Clinical Practitioner Award
honors a new clinical practitioner who
has made outstanding contributions
to the health of patients, the practice of clinical pharmacy, or both. The
awardee must have been a full member of ACCP at the time of nomination,
Megan E. Musselman
as well as a member at any level for a
minimum of 3 years; in addition, the awardee must have
completed his or her terminal training or degree less
than 6 years previously. Megan E. Musselman, Pharm.D.,
M.S., BCPS, is a clinical pharmacy specialist in emergency medicine/critical care at North Kansas City Hospital
in Kansas City, Missouri. She also serves as a clinical instructor at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy.
In her current position, Musselman has been responsible
Musselman has also been very involved in ACCPrelated activities, having served as secretary of the 2009
National Student Network Advisory Committee, member
of the 2011 Residency Task Force, member of the 2013
Emergency Medicine PRN Programming Committee, item
writer for the Clinical Pharmacy Challenge, and reviewer for the CV Review Service. At the time of her nomination, she had published seven papers in peer-reviewed
journals and had cowritten two book chapters. Her work
has been presented at national meetings, including the
American College of Emergency Physicians Research
Forum, the American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, and
the ACCP Spring Forum.
The ACCP New Educator Award is
given to recognize and honor a new
educator for outstanding contributions
to the discipline of teaching and to the
education of health care practitioners.
The awardee must have been a full
member of ACCP at the time of nomBrent N. Reed
ination and a member at any level for
a minimum of 3 years; in addition, the awardee must
have completed his or her terminal training or degree
less than 6 years previously. Brent N. Reed, Pharm.D.,
BCPS-AQ Cardiology, is an assistant professor in the
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and a clinical pharmacy specialist on the advanced heart failure
service at the University of Maryland Medical Center in
Baltimore, Maryland. He also serves as the program director for the institution’s PGY2 cardiology pharmacy
practice residency program. Reed has excelled in both
didactic and experiential settings, teaching in required
and elective courses across the curriculum and serving as an exceptional preceptor for students and residents. University of Maryland Professor and Vice Chair
for Academic Affairs Mary Lynn McPherson noted in her
letter of support:
rubric that makes performance assessment very clear
to the students.
Stuart Haines, professor and vice chair for clinical
services at the University of Maryland, wrote in his letter of support for Reed:
Beyond being an exceptional role model that others
should emulate, Dr. Reed is a superb preceptor who
truly engages learners in the work of taking care of
patients. He instills in his students a sense of responsibility—not only for ensuring optimal patient care
outcomes but also for their own development…. He
maintains a popular blog called “The Unit” and it’s
become “required reading” for students and residents (not because he requires it, but because it [is]
so thoughtful!). A practice experience with Dr. Reed is
unquestionably rigorous and demanding but students
rave about it…. Dr. Reed is a gifted speaker and classroom teacher. Anyone who’s attended his continuing
education programs knows he’s able to explain complex concepts in a clear, concise manner and engages
his audience with a variety of interactive elements. In
the classroom he’s an early adopter of new instructional technologies—but not just to “replace” some
older methodology but rather to “enhance” the learning environment to achieve something greater.
Dr. Reed receives very high ratings from our students for
his teaching…. He serves as the course manager of our
advanced practice rotation in Advanced Heart Failure
for our P4 students, and PGY1 and PGY2 residents. In
all of his teaching, he has embraced the idea of the
“flipped classroom” where learners complete didactic
work on their own time, in preparation for active learning in the classroom or rotation. He has applied this
“flipped” concept to the Advanced Heart Failure rotation and created a list of concepts regarding heart failure that learners need a high degree of familiarity with.
In addition to assigned readings, he has posted a series
of short pre‐recorded videos that learners are asked to
view…. Learners take a quick quiz when they present to
clinic to assess their learning and to assure that pre‐assigned work has been completed. For this rotation and
other learning experiences, Dr. Reed has asked learners to keep a “learning log” which they complete daily,
documenting something they learned that day, including literature citation. In his role as co‐course manager of our first year course “Professionalism, Ethics and
Pharmacy Practice,” Dr. Reed has introduced several
new learning activities including one titled, “Empathy
in Pharmacy Practice.” He has the students watch a video and write a 500 word essay centered on one of four
themes from the video (poor communication, difficult
decision‐making, affordability/accessibility of health
care, conflicting goals). He has developed an innovative
In addition to his teaching efforts, at the time of his
nomination, Reed had published 13 papers in peer-reviewed journals, cowritten three book chapters, and
presented his work at national professional and scientific meetings.
The New Investigator Award recognizes an ACCP member who has significantly affected an aspect of clinical
pharmaceutical science. The awardee
must have been a member of ACCP
for more than 3 years, must have
completed his or her terminal trainSteven M. Smith
ing or degree less than 6 years previously, and must have a research program with a substantial publication record that includes a programmatic
theme or an especially noteworthy single publication.
Steven M. Smith, Pharm.D., MPH, BCPS, is an assistant
professor of pharmacy and medicine, Departments
of Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research and
Community Health & Family Medicine in the Colleges
of Pharmacy and Medicine at the University of Florida
in Gainesville, Florida. Smith’s research focuses on hypertension with an emphasis on treatment-resistant hypertension. At the time of his nomination, Smith had
published 17 original papers and 11 book chapters, all
as first or senior author. His work has been published
in well-recognized, high-impact journals, including
the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension,
Journal of Hypertension, Journal of the American Heart
Association, American Journal of Hypertension, and
Journal of Clinical Hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.).
Anne Libby, associate professor at the University of
Colorado School of Pharmacy Center for Pharmaceutical
Outcomes Research, highlighted Smith’s qualifications
for the New Investigator Award in her letter supporting
$500,000 in overall funding as a junior faculty member…. It is also important to note that Dr. Smith has
already garnered national recognition for his work
and potential future contributions. Notably, he was
the ACCP nominee (and recipient) of the Institute of
Medicine Anniversary Pharmacy Fellowship (2014–
2016) which positions him to garner substantial influence through his participation in IOM committees….
He was a “Great 8 Papers” finalist and runner-up at
the 2014 ACCP Annual Meeting for his abstract describing collaborative practice in hypertension management. He also presented two abstracts at the 2014
Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association.
Acceptance of an abstract at this meeting in itself is a
substantial accomplishment as only about 30% of submitted abstracts are accepted.
Dr. Smith exemplifies the qualities that the ACCP seeks:
he is an active and accomplished clinician-scientist-educator and a leader in cardiovascular population-based
health services research and policy. He has already developed a national reputation in his area of interest (hypertension, with a specific focus on treatment-resistant
hypertension)…. Dr. Smith has an impressive record of
academic and service accomplishments, including external funding and peer reviewed publications. He has
demonstrated excellence in clinical pharmaceutical sciences research, including evidence-driven health care
and cardiovascular population health interventions. He
is already earning major leadership roles in national
forums…. He has pursued additional research training
in advanced cost effectiveness and published a manuscript that received accolades in the American Journal
of Hypertension. He developed and directed a resistant hypertension clinic in a major primary care practice, and introduced research measures and student
research into the environment…. He has a national reputation in resistant hypertension, having published seven original research papers in this area and presented related work at meetings of the American Heart
Association, the American Society of Hypertension,
ACCP, and ASHP…. His hypertension work is population-focused and evidence-based, two directions sorely needed in the US and global health care systems; he
will certainly work to make a significant impact on major public health issues.
Smith will deliver the annual New Investigator Award
lecture during the October 18 Opening Session in San
Members of the 2015 ACCP Awards Committee
were M. Shawn McFarland (chair), Krystal Edwards
(vice chair), David Allen, Douglas Anderson, Judy Cheng,
Jennifer Clements, Harminder Sikand, Adams Solola,
and Julie Wilkinson.
ACCP Elects 2015 Fellows
Twenty-four ACCP members have been elected as
Fellows of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and
will be recognized during a special ceremony on October
18 at the College’s 2015 Global Conference on Clinical
Pharmacy in San Francisco, California. Recognition as a
fellow is awarded to ACCP members who have shown a
sustained level of excellence in clinical pharmacy practice and/or research. Fellows can be recognized by the
initials “FCCP” as part of their title.
The 2015 ACCP Fellows are as follows:
Julie Johnson, dean and distinguished professor at
the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, called further attention to Smith’s accomplishments.
Mary G. Amato, Pharm.D., MPH, BCPS; Boston, MA
Christina L. Aquilante, Pharm.D.; Aurora, CO
Debra J. Barnette, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP; Grove
Dr. Smith has quickly established himself as a leader in
pharmacotherapy research in hypertension, and particularly in resistant hypertension, which is by definition a drug-related phenotype. Building on skills that
he obtained during his postdoctoral fellowship and
MPH degree, he is combining clinical studies with analyses in large clinical trial datasets to answer important
questions…. In slightly more than 3 years since completing his postdoctoral work, Dr. Smith has received
more than $375,000 in research funding as Principal
Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator and well over
Eli N. Deal, Pharm.D., BCPS; St. Louis, MO
David L. DeRemer, Pharm.D., BCOP; Evans, GA
Michael P. Dorsch, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS; Ann Arbor, MI
Christopher K. Finch, Pharm.D., BCPS; Memphis, TN
E. Kelly Hester, Pharm.D., BCPS; Auburn, AL
Michelle Hilaire, Pharm.D., BCPS; Ft. Collins, CO
Cherry W. Jackson, Pharm.D., BCPP; Birmingham, AL
Hoehns, Pramodini Kale-Pradhan, Samantha Karr, David
Lourwood, Robert MacLaren, Thomas Majerus, Julie
Murphy, Thomas Nolin, Kerry Pickworth, James Scott,
Nicole Sifontis, Kevin Sowinski, Kimberly Tallian, Toby
Trujillo, and Eva Vasquez.
Douglas L. Jennings, Pharm.D., BCPS; New York, NY
Kerry L. LaPlante, Pharm.D.; Providence, RI
Kristy Lucas, Pharm.D.; Charleston, WV
Dianne W. May, Pharm.D., BCPS; North Augusta, SC
2015 ACCP Global Conference Early-Bird
Registration Rates Expire September 11
Carrie S. Oliphant, Pharm.D., BCPS; Lakeland, TN
Asad Patanwala, Pharm.D., BCPS; Tucson, AZ
Don’t miss the chance to enhance your knowledge and expand your network at ACCP’s
Global Conference on Clinical
Pharmacy, October 17–21,
in San Francisco, California.
Register by September 11 to take advantage of the discounted early-bird rate.
This year, the Global Conference will feature nine
core educational sessions designed to provide a global perspective on the emerging issues and challenges facing practitioners, 23 highly specialized Practice
and Research Network (PRN) focus sessions, scientific
paper and platform presentations, international poster presentations, the Business and Town Hall Meeting,
the exciting live semifinal and final rounds of the ACCP
Clinical Pharmacy Challenge, ACCP Academy core programming, the increasingly popular Residency and
Fellowship Forum, and much more!
ACCP will also offer seven premeeting symposia on
Saturday, October 17, the day before the global conference officially gets under way. The premeeting symposia are designed to provide a highly interactive, handson experience in a small classroom setting. Premeeting
symposia sessions are as follows:
R. Chris Rathbun, Pharm.D., BCPS, Oklahoma City, OK
Shaunta’ M. Ray, Pharm.D., BCPS; Knoxville, TN
Daniel M. Riche, Pharm.D., BCPS; Madison, MS
Katherine P. Smith, Pharm.D., BCPS; South Jordan, UT
Todd D. Sorensen, Pharm.D.; Minneapolis, MN
Michael C. Thomas, Pharm.D., BCPS; Longmeadow, MA
Benjamin Van Tassell, Pharm.D., BCPS; Midlothian, VA
Joseph P. Vande Griend, Pharm.D., BCPS; Denver, CO
After nomination by their colleagues, Fellow candidates undergo a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation by the Credentials: Fellowship Committee of
their practice and research accomplishments. Among
the criteria evaluated by the committee are examples
of patient care service or educational programs developed by the nominee; certifications or other credentials earned; drug therapy management responsibilities; educational presentations; consultantships;
service to publications; original research presentations,
projects, funding, and publications; and other professional activities and awards. Individuals nominated as
Fellows must also have made a substantial contribution to ACCP through activities such as giving presentations at College-sponsored meetings; providing service
as an abstract, curriculum vitae, ACCP Clinical Pharmacy
Challenge, Pharmacotherapy Mock Exam, Research
Institute, or Pharmacotherapy reviewer; contributing
to College publications or being an item writer for the
ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge or Pharmacotherapy
Mock Exam; serving as a committee member; or completing a term as a PRN officer, chapter officer, or other
elected ACCP officer.
Members of the 2015 Credentials: Fellowship
Committee, each of whom dedicated many hours to the
review of FCCP applications and other documents, were
Joanna Hudson (chair), Kristi Kelley (vice chair), William
Baker, Karen Bertch, Melissa Blair, Amie Brooks, David
Burgess, Peggy Carver, Jack Chen, Sheryl Chow, Kim
Coley, Amanda Corbett, Catherine Crill, Paul Dobesh,
Christopher Frei, Mark Garrison, Karen Gunning,
Ila Harris, Dawn Havrda, Robert Henderson, James
Leadership Primer, I (ACCP Academy)
Research Primer (ACCP Academy)
2015 From Theory to Bedside: Clinical Reasoning
Series—Heart Failure: Current and Emerging
Management Strategies (BPS-Approved Educational
Activities for Specialty Recertification)
2015 From Theory to Practice: Clinical Reasoning
Series in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy—
Novel Agents and Management Strategies in
Endocrinology (BPS-Approved Educational Activities
for Specialty Recertification)
Teaching and Learning Primer (ACCP Academy)
Chart the Course of Your Professional Future
Emerge from the Crowd: How to Become
a Standout Residency Candidate (Student
To view the complete schedule of educational activities, register for the meeting, and make hotel reservations, visit www.accp.com/gc. Early registration for
ACCP’s Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy ends
September 11. Don’t miss out on early-bird savings—
register online today!
You do not want to miss this thought-provoking session at the 2015 ACCP Global Conference on Clinical
Pharmacy, to be held at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, October
ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge: Team
Registration Deadline September 8
2015 ACCP Global Conference Keynote
Address to Focus on Measuring Quality in
Clinical Pharmacy Challenge
Don’t wait! The team registration deadline for the ACCP Clinical
Pharmacy Challenge is fast approaching. Plan now to participate next
month. This unique competition offers
eligible teams the opportunity to test
their clinical pharmacy knowledge and
skills and to compete in up to four online rounds. The top eight teams will advance to the live
quarterfinal competition at the ACCP Global Conference
on Clinical Pharmacy in San Francisco, California,
October 17–19, 2015.
Students are not required to be members of ACCP to
participate. Team registration may be submitted online
and must be initiated by a current faculty member at
the respective institution. Students interested in forming a team should contact their ACCP faculty liaison. If
no ACCP faculty liaison has been identified, any faculty member from the institution may initiate the registration process. The registering faculty member must
confirm the eligibility of all team members and alternates online before a team will be permitted to compete in the Clinical Pharmacy Challenge. The deadline
to complete team registration and confirm eligibility is
September 8, 2015. To view a list of teams already registered for this year’s competition, click here.
Join ACCP on Monday, October 19,
from 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the
2015 ACCP Global Conference on
Clinical Pharmacy in San Francisco,
California, for the keynote address titled, “Measuring Quality in PatientCentered
Michael S. Barr
Opportunities,” presented by Michael
S. Barr, M.D., MBA, FACP, executive vice president of
the Quality Measurement and Research Group for the
National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Barr will review the big-picture framework for quality measurement in U.S. health care and explain how
it aligns with measures in other developed countries.
He will also discuss the differences and commonalities
in what quality means to patients, providers, payers,
and policy-makers. Attendees of the session will learn
about the different quality measurement approaches that have been developed and deployed in various
payer markets and about how clinical pharmacists can
affect various areas of quality measurement of medication use.
Barr has served as the senior vice president of the
Division of Medical Practice for the American College of
Physicians (ACP) and as the chief medical officer of the
Baltimore Medical System, Inc., and he was appointed
by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to the Maryland
Health Care Commission in 2013.
Barr earned his B.S. degree in forest biology from the
State University of New York – Syracuse, his M.D. degree
from New York University, and his MBA degree from
Vanderbilt University, and he has been board certified
in internal medicine for more than 25 years. Early in his
career, he worked for the U.S. Air Force as both a staff
internist and a chief of internal medicine, and he has
held several academic appointments. In addition, Barr
has numerous publications focused on quality improvement, including the PCMH (patient-centered medical
home). His work has been featured in publications such
as the Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA (Journal of
the American Medical Association), Journal of Oncology
Practice, and American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Teams of three students compete with teams from other schools and colleges of pharmacy in a “quiz bowl”–
type format. Only one team per institution may enter the
competition. Institutions with branch campuses, distance
satellites, or several interested teams are encouraged to
conduct a local competition. ACCP provides a local competition exam that officials at institutions may use in selecting their team. Faculty members interested in using
the exam may send an e-mail request to Michelle Kucera,
Pharm.D., BCPS, at [email protected]
Preliminary rounds of the national competition are
conducted virtually in September. The quarterfinal,
semifinal, and final rounds will be held live at the 2015
ACCP Global Conference.
Each round will consist of questions offered in the
three distinct segments indicated below. Item content
Emerge from the Crowd: How to Become a Standout
Saturday, October 17; 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Learn from experts in the field of clinical pharmacy
about the steps you can take now to rise above the competition when applying for a residency. Topics include
navigating the P4 year, managing the residency application process, and writing the curriculum vitae. Attendees
will also be able to participate in a special roundtable session facilitated by current pharmacy residents and clinical pharmacy professionals. Sit down with these clinicians
to ask questions and acquire their perspectives on everything from applying and interviewing for residencies to
excelling within the daily demands of residency.
used in each segment has been developed and reviewed by an expert panel of clinical pharmacy practitioners and educators.
Each team advancing to the quarterfinal round held
at the ACCP Global Conference will receive three complimentary student full-meeting registrations. Each
team member will receive an ACCP gift certificate for
$125 and a certificate of recognition. In addition to
the above, semifinal teams not advancing to the final
round will receive a semifinal team plaque for display
at their institution. The second-place team will receive
a $750 cash award ($250 to each member) and a commemorative team plaque. The winning team will receive
a $1500 cash award ($500 to each member), and each
team member will receive a commemorative plaque. A
team trophy will be awarded to the winning institution.
For more information on the ACCP Clinical Pharmacy
Challenge, including the competition schedule, sample
items, and FAQ section, please click here.
Student and Resident Reception
Saturday, October 17; 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy food and beverages while you network with
other students and residents.
Clinical Pharmacy Career Path Roundtables
Sunday, October 18; 2:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join fellow attendees for this dynamic session with
insights on career pathways and opportunities within the clinical pharmacy profession. Students and postgraduate trainees will interact directly with clinical pharmacists in more than 15 specialty practice areas and
discover a variety of unique career opportunities.
ACCP Global Conference Highlights for
This fall’s ACCP Global
Conference in San Francisco,
California, offers an abundance of programming
geared specifically toward students. See below for a
schedule of activities, and start making your plans today.
To obtain additional information or register for the meeting, visit www.accp.com/gc.
ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge
Saturday, October 17; 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Sunday, October 18; 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Monday, October 19; 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
ACCP Residency and Fellowship Forum
Sunday, October 18; 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and 10:00
a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Held exclusively at the Global Conference, the
Residency and Fellowship Forum offers students and
residents a chance to jump-start their search for a residency or fellowship position. Similarly, preceptors can
get a head start on finding the right candidates for
their institution. Opportunities for PGY1, PGY2, and fellowship positions will be on display at this event. You
must be registered for no less than a 1-day registration for Sunday, October 18, of the Global Conference
to be eligible to attend the forum. For complete information on the residency and fellowship, visit
Join fellow attendees for the 2015 ACCP Clinical
Pharmacy Challenge as national student teams compete in
the quarterfinal, semifinal, and final round competitions.
Teams will face off in a quiz bowl–type format, answering questions in three distinct categories: Trivia/Lightning,
Clinical Case, and Jeopardy-style. An expert panel of clinical
pharmacy practitioners and educators has developed and
reviewed the item content used in each segment.
ACCP Student Chapter Forum
Monday, October 19; 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
This is an open forum for student chapter officers,
faculty and student liaisons, and anyone else interested in learning more about ACCP student chapters. This
session is intended to facilitate an open discussion and
to review student chapter formation, achievements,
Student Meeting Highlights
Junior Investigator Awards:
successes, and challenges with the aim of spreading and
sharing ideas and strategies between student chapters.
Scientific Poster Presentations
Sunday, October 18, to Wednesday, October 21
Scientific poster presentations will be on display
from Sunday, October 18, through Wednesday, October
21. Original research that describes the delivery, development, justification, or documentation of innovative
clinical pharmacy services will be on display each day.
Engaging in Scholarly Activity
Monday, October 19; 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Learn about the skills and experiences that residency
program directors seek in the successful residency candidate. Discover how to get started in scholarly activity
and how to market your experiences. Students in their
last year of pharmacy school will want to pay close attention to how they can still acquire experience in research and publication.
Kyle Burghardt, Pharm.D., from Wayne State
University (mentor: Vicki Ellingrod, Pharm.D.,
FCCP) – Insulin Resistance Induced by Antipsychotic
Medication in the Absence of Obesity: Impact of
DNA Methylation and Lipids in the Skeletal Muscle.
Jason Karnes, Pharm.D., Ph.D., BCPS, from the
University of Arizona (mentors: Dan Roden,
M.D., Kenneth Ramos, M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.B.)
– Pharmacogenomics of Heparin-Induced
Kelly Reveles, Pharm.D., Ph.D., from the University
of Texas at Austin (mentor: Christopher Frei,
Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS) – Recurrent Clostridium
difficile Infection Epidemiology and Clinical Risk
Prediction in the United States Veterans Health
Education and Training PRN Mock-Interview Session
Monday, October 19; 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join fellow attendees for a brief discussion on interviewing skills immediately after the Education and
Training PRN business meeting. Clinical faculty and
practitioners from around the nation will then conduct
practice interviews for students getting ready to apply
for jobs or residencies and for residents and fellows getting ready to apply for their first career positions. All
educators, students, and postgraduate trainees are invited to attend.
Dina Ali from the University of Tennessee (mentor:
Robert Parker, Pharm.D., FCCP) – Mechanism of
Altered Clopidogrel Metabolism in Diabetes.
Elizabeth Wood from Auburn University (mentor:
Allison Chung, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS) – Vitamin
D Supplementation in Critically Ill Children: A
Prospective Trial and Dose Evaluation.
The ACCP RI Board of Trustees and staff would also
like to express their sincere gratitude to the expert reviewers who served on the Junior Investigator and
Student/Resident award review committees. Members
of the Junior Investigator award review committee
were Michael Reed, Pharm.D., FCCP (chair); Christina
Aquilante, Pharm.D.; William Baker, Pharm.D., FCCP,
BCPS; Edward Bednarczyk, Pharm.D., FCCP; Douglas
Boggs, Pharm.D.; Karen Farris, Ph.D.; Judith Smith,
Pharm.D., FCCP, BCOP; and Meghana Trivedi, Pharm.D.,
Ph.D., BCOP. Members of the Student/Resident award
review committee were Jeffrey Fong, Pharm.D., BCPS
(chair); Varsha Bhatt-Mehta, Pharm.D., FCCP; Ninh
(Irene) La-Beck, Pharm.D.; and David Martin, Pharm.D.
For more information about the ACCP RI Futures Grants
Program, please visit http://www.accpri.org/futures/.
ACCP RI Announces 2015 Futures Grants
The ACCP Research Institute (RI)
Frontiers Fund supports clinical
pharmacy researcher development
and clinical pharmacy research advancement. Through its Futures Grants Program, the RI
Board of Trustees is especially interested in supporting
the development of research skills among student,
trainee, and early-career ACCP members with a goal of
establishing sustained interest and careers in clinical
This year, the ACCP RI received 40 applications for
its new mentored research funding program. Each application was reviewed by an expert panel of reviewers according to the program’s core review criteria. The
ACCP RI is pleased to announce the 2015 Futures Grants
Clinical Reasoning Programs Offer Dual
Recertification Credit for BCPSs and BCACPs
ACCP’s Clinical Reasoning Series
returns in 2015 with two new programs designed to advance the
knowledge and skills of the
board-certified specialist. Held on Saturday, October 17,
in conjunction with the Global Conference on Clinical
Pharmacy in San Francisco, California, these live educational programs will explore cutting-edge topics relevant to everyday practice and employ active learning exercises to enhance clinical reasoning skills. Nationally
known faculty with expertise in their respective fields
will examine the latest scientific findings and clinical evidence that help inform patient care. Each program will
provide 6.0 continuing pharmacy education credit hours
that can be used toward recertification.
From Theory to Practice: Clinical Reasoning Series
in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy and, new in 2015, From
Theory to Bedside: Clinical Reasoning Series are approved by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) for
the recertification of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy
Specialists (BCPSs) and Board Certified Ambulatory
Care Pharmacists (BCACPs). Clinical pharmacists who
hold certifications in both the pharmacotherapy and
the ambulatory care pharmacy specialty and successfully complete either of the two 2015 programs will
earn dual recertification credit applied toward both
From Theory to Bedside: Clinical Reasoning Series
– Heart Failure: Current and Emerging Management
Strategies will include the following sessions:
Patient Assessment and Clinical Outcomes
Current and Emerging Options for the
Management of Chronic Heart Failure
Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
Kidney Disease and Implications on Medication
Transitions of Care and Pharmacist Services
successfully complete the program’s corresponding
web-based posttest by November 30, 2015. Complete
information on the agenda, learning objectives, faculty, and registration is available at www.accp.com/meetings/gc15/index.aspx.
ACCP’s Residency and Fellowship Forum to
Offer Three Sessions During the 2015 Global
Conference on Clinical Pharmacy
ACCP’s Residency and Fellowship Forum is designed to
connect preceptors and program directors with prospective candidates seeking 2016–2017 residency and fellowship positions. This year’s Residency and Fellowship
Forum, to be held Sunday, October 18, during the Global
Conference on Clinical Pharmacy in San Francisco,
California, will offer candidates three opportunities to
meet face-to-face with national and international program representatives. The following three 90-minute
sessions will be offered on Sunday, October 18:
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Critical Review of the
Evidence and Application to Patient Care
First-in-Class, Novel, and New Drugs and Delivery
Systems for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes
Obesity: New Management Strategies
Practice Management and Pharmacist Services
To be eligible for specialty recertification credits, the
specialist must attend the pertinent live program and
Residency and Fellowship Forum, I: 8:00 a.m. –
Residency and Fellowship Forum, II: 10:00 a.m. –
Residency and Fellowship Forum, and
International: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Residency and Fellowship Forum provides preceptors and program directors with an effective way
to promote their programs and interview candidates
who are planning to take the next step in their training.
ACCP’s online database of applicants will give registered
preceptors and program directors the ability to view
candidate resumes and contact potential applicants before the Global Conference. Preceptors and program directors interested in participating must secure a table
in any of the available time slots and register to attend
the Global Conference. Program participants have until
October 2 to reserve a table in the forum.
Applicants are encouraged to get a head start on
identifying their next position by taking advantage of
this early opportunity to meet face-to-face with the
preceptors and directors of the programs they wish to
attend. Registered applicants will receive access to online program listings before the conference, including
available PGY1 and PGY2 residency positions and graduate and fellowship positions. Applicants interested in
participating must post their applicant profile online by
October 2 and register for the 2015 Global Conference.
Visit www.accp.com/forum15 for more information
about this year’s ACCP Residency and Fellowship Forum.
Contact Zangi Miti for questions.
From Theory to Practice: Clinical Reasoning Series
in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy – Novel Agents and
Management Strategies in Endocrinology will include
the following sessions:
Pharmacotherapy Publications, Inc. to Have a
Strong Presence at the Global Conference
Register Now for Last-Chance Certification
Since adopting a
new strategic plan
in early 2015, the
Pharmacotherapy Publications, Inc. (PPI) Board of
Directors has been busy developing and implementing
initiatives to further the mission and strategic priorities
of PPI. In line with PPI’s strategic priorities to advance
pharmacotherapy, support scholars, and enhance its
publications and services, several programs have been
developed that will be showcased at the ACCP Global
Conference in San Francisco, October 17–21, 2015.
A joint PPI and Research Institute Open House will be
held Tuesday, October 20, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
This session will allow conference attendees to meet
with members of the PPI Board of Directors and Scientific
Editorial Council and learn how to get more involved with
Pharmacotherapy, the official journal of ACCP. Attendees
will be able to interact and receive information in a smallgroup/roundtable format on the following topics:
■■ Becoming a Pharmacotherapy Editorial Board
■■ Information for International Authors and Reviewers
■■ Serving as a Pharmacotherapy Reviewer
■■ Special Issues and Manuscripts of Interest
Are you planning to take the
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy, new
Critical Care Pharmacy, new Pediatric
Pharmacy, or Pharmacotherapy
Specialty Exam, but finding it difficult to start reviewing? Are you questioning whether you understand some
of the key concepts? Could you use additional hours of
continuing pharmacy education credit? If so, ACCP’s
Last-Chance Certification Review Webinars are designed just for you!
Avoid time-consuming and costly travel while reaping the benefits of brief concept overviews and vignette-based self-assessment questions and feedback led by nationally recognized content experts. The
four interactive web-based courses to be presented,
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy, Critical Care Pharmacy,
Pediatric Pharmacy, and Pharmacotherapy, will be delivered directly to your home, office, or wherever you
have broadband Internet access.
All specialty courses will have two live sessions from
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Critical Care Pharmacy
webinar will be offered Wednesday and Thursday,
August 26 and 27, 2015; the Pharmacotherapy webinar, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 1 and 2, 2015;
the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy webinar, Thursday and
Friday, September 3 and 4, 2015; and the Pediatric
Pharmacy webinar, Tuesday and Wednesday, September
8 and 9, 2015.
Recordings of the Critical Care Pharmacy, Ambulatory
Care Pharmacy, and Pharmacotherapy sessions will be
available beginning Monday, September 7, and recordings of the Pediatric Pharmacy sessions will be available beginning Monday, September 14; therefore, if,
for any reason, you cannot attend the programming
presented on any individual evening, you will automatically have access to the recordings of each presentation. From a technical standpoint, it is easy. All you
need is broadband Internet access, an Internet browser, Adobe Flash Player (already installed on more than
98% of devices currently connected to the Internet;
otherwise, a free download), and speakers or headphones for audio.
Registration is only $159.95 per specialty area for anyone who attended ACCP Updates
in Therapeutics® 2015 or who purchased an ACCP
Updates in Therapeutics® 2015 product. The cost
is $189.95 per specialty area for all other ACCP
members and $229.95 per specialty area for nonmembers. “Seats” are limited, so sign up early at
Detailed information can be found at https://www.
On Tuesday, October 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45
a.m., PPI will host a scientific session focused on scientific author development. During this session,
Pharmacotherapy scientific editors will address issues
important to emerging scholars and authors. Topics of
discussion will include how to plan and prepare a paper for submission to a peer-reviewed journal, address
issues of authorship, review papers and abstracts, respond to reviewer comments, and develop a revised
manuscript for resubmission. Detailed information
on the author development session can be found at
The ACCP Business Meeting and Town Hall will
be held Sunday, October 18, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:15
p.m., during which the PPI Editor-in-Chief Lindsay
DeVane will report on the state of Pharmacotherapy
All members are encouraged to attend these sessions to learn about the accomplishments and future
direction of Pharmacotherapy and find out how to get
involved as a scientific author and scholar. More importantly, they will learn why they should choose to publish
their scholarly work in Pharmacotherapy.
ACCP Pharmacotherapy Mock Exam, 2015
Edition, Now Available
be offered as part of the Global Conference premeeting
symposia on Saturday, October 17.
The ACCP Academy provides three unique professional
development programs leading to certificates of completion
in Leadership and Management, Research and Scholarship,
and Teaching and Learning. The following programming will
be offered at the upcoming Global Conference:
ACCP offers another way to study for
the Pharmacotherapy Specialty Exam
with the release of this year’s ACCP
Pharmacotherapy Mock Exam. The 2015
edition of the ACCP Pharmacotherapy
Mock Exam is a 200-item question bank that is based on the
content and domains in the Board of Pharmacy Specialties
(BPS) content outline. This exam provides online access anywhere and at any time for 15 months. The exam can also be
taken as many times as participants wish within those 15
months. Purchase by August 31 and receive up to a 15% discount on the regular price!
ACCP Global Conference Academy Schedule
Leadership and Leadership Primer I*
Leadership Primer II
Enhance Your Studying
Developed and reviewed by board-certified clinical
pharmacists, the ACCP Pharmacotherapy Mock Exam
provides specific feedback customized to each participant. This feedback includes how much time the participant spends on each question and what types of questions the participant most often misses, as well as an
answer key that contains explained answers and references for further study. This tool is ideal for all who have
been studying for the Pharmacotherapy board exam
and want to learn more about their potential strengths
and weaknesses in preparing for the exam.
Leadership Skills to Advance
Practice and Improve
Community Health (Elective)
Conversations for Effective
Communication & Negotiation
Development (Module 1)
Research Primer* (Prerequisite)
Medication Safety: National
and International Perspectives
Issues in U.S.-Based
International Research (Elective)
Discount Pricing Until August 31
For a limited time only, save up to $10 off the regular price
of the ACCP Pharmacotherapy Mock Exam, 2015 Edition.
Purchase the mock exam by August 31, 2015, to receive
the discounted price. The ACCP Pharmacotherapy Mock
Exam is only $69.95 for ACCP members and $89.95 for
nonmembers until August 31, 2015. Prices will increase
on September 1, 2015. Purchase early at www.accp.
com/bookstore/product for maximum savings.
Please note that no one involved in developing the
ACCP Pharmacotherapy Mock Exam has served on a BPS
Specialty Council, nor has anyone involved in the exam’s
development served as an item writer for BPS.
Basics of Clinical Research
Teaching and Learning Primer*
Planning for Effective Teaching
Integration of CAPE 2013 with
Education and Training PRN
Learner Assessment: Focus on
Developing Metacognitive Skills
*Part of the Global Conference Premeeting Symposia.
Premeeting registration is required.
Now is the time to enroll. To learn more about the
ACCP Academy, view the schedule, and enroll, visit
ACCP Academy Prepares for the New Class of
Report of the Nominations Committee
The ACCP Academy will offer the first half of its certificate programs in Teaching and Learning, Research and
Scholarship, and Leadership and Management at the
upcoming ACCP Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy
in San Francisco, California, October 17–21, 2015. Each
program will offer required and elective programming,
beginning with the prerequisite “primers,” which will
The 2015 Nominations Committee has recommended the following slate of candidates for the 2016 ACCP
election. The election will occur in spring 2016, and successful candidates will assume office at the 2016 ACCP
Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Florida.
Jill Kolesar, Pharm.D.; Madison, WI
Bradley Phillips, Pharm.D.; Athens, GA
of responsibilities, including researching and preparing briefs on health care issues; assisting with policy
decisions; drafting memoranda; and planning, organizing, and carrying out program and management objectives. The congressional office (personal or committee)
placement should ideally be with one of the committees
that predominantly deal with health issues such as the
Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) or
Finance Committee or the House Ways and Means or
Energy and Commerce Committee.
Interested candidates should visit the Pharmacy
Healthcare Policy Fellow program’s website for more information and instruction on submitting and applying.
Brian Irons, Pharm.D.; Lubbock, TX
Nancy Shapiro, Pharm.D.; Chicago, IL
Kimberly Tallian, Pharm.D.; San Diego, CA
Toby Trujillo, Pharm.D.; Aurora, CO
Research Institute Trustee:
Varsha Bhatt-Mehta, Pharm.D.; Ann Arbor, MI
Donald Brophy, Pharm.D.; Richmond, VA
Michael Klepser, Pharm.D.; Kalamazoo, MI
Judith Smith, Pharm.D.; Houston, TX
Director of Government Affairs
Additional nominations may be made in writing to
the secretary of the College, Kimberly Thrasher, at ACCP,
13000 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, KS 66215.
Nominations must clearly state the qualifications of the
candidate, be signed by at least 89 full members (1% of
eligible full members), and be submitted no later than
September 18, 2015.
Douglas Fish (chair), Miranda Andrus (vice chair), M.
Lynn Crismon, William Kehoe, Jeffrey Kyle, John Murphy,
and Terry Seaton (secretary)
Capitol Hill Overview in Brief
Key lawmakers on Capitol Hill are committed to advancing significant reforms to Medicare payment policy and
care delivery structure during the 114th Congress. With
the presidential elections looming in November 2016,
the next 12 months represent the likely window for this
process to develop.
ACCP is engaged in an ongoing dialogue with several congressional offices to identify opportunities for incorporating comprehensive medication management
(CMM) coverage delivered in a collaborative, teambased manner based on ACCP’s Medicare Initiative policy platform within this broader reform package.
ACCP members should be prepared to engage with
their elected officials during the coming months to help
ensure the inclusion of a CMM component as part of
the legislative package that emerges from this process.
Now Accepting Applications—ACCP/ASHP/
VCU Pharmacy Policy Fellow Program
The Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow Program is a
collaborative effort of ACCP, the School of Pharmacy at
the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth
University, and the American Society of Health
The program provides a unique health care policy
learning experience designed to demonstrate the value of pharmacy-government interaction and to facilitate practical contributions to the effective use of scientific and pharmaceutical knowledge in government
policy development. Fellows spend a month with each
of the professional organizations as members of their
respective government and professional affairs staff. In
November of the fellow year, fellows begin working in
a legislative environment requiring health care input as
part of the staff of an individual senator or representative or a relevant congressional committee.
The program offers an enriching opportunity for the
fellow to develop legislative evaluation and policy development skills, improve research and writing skills,
and integrate practical policy experience with theory.
The fellow will be expected to undertake a wide array
In Depth—Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care
Since the legislation permanently repealing the flawed
Medicare SGR (sustainable growth rate) formula was
signed into law by President Barack Obama earlier this year,
Congress has been moving forward on several key health
care initiatives. In June, the House Energy and Commerce
Committee approved an initiative called the “21st Century
Cures Act.” This act is aimed at accelerating the discovery,
development, and delivery of promising new treatments
and cures for patients and maintaining America’s standing
as the biomedical innovation capital of the world.
Meanwhile, the Senate has turned its attention to a legislative effort aimed at improving the quality of care and
outcomes provided to Medicare patients with chronic conditions. Citing staggering statistics, including the fact that
treatment of chronic illness accounts for 93% of Medicare
spending and that more than two-thirds of Medicare
beneficiaries have several chronic conditions, Finance
Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking
Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) issued a letter to health care
stakeholders announcing the formation of a bipartisan
congressional working group to begin exploring solutions
that will improve outcomes for Medicare patients requiring chronic care.1 This announcement followed a May 15
Senate Finance Committee hearing on the issue.
Response to the committee’s request for input was
overwhelming—more than 530 submissions from interested stakeholders across the country provided ideas on
ways the Medicare program can better deliver health
care to beneficiaries with several chronic conditions.
Senate leadership reacted positively to the response
from the health care community. In a statement released by Hatch and Wyden, the senators commented:
In the comment letter, ACCP and CPNP urged the committee to focus on care delivery models that promote and
incentivize a truly patient-centered and interprofessional
approach to medication-related clinical care and medication safety. ACCP and CPNP called on the committee to advance a quality-focused, patient-centered, team-based approach to health care delivery that helps ensure the safety
of medication use by patients and that achieves the medication-related outcomes aligned with patients’ overall care
plans and goals of therapy through the provision of CMM.
ACCP and CPNP urged Congress to enact reforms to the
Medicare program that allow for coverage of CMM services provided by qualified clinical pharmacists as members of the patient’s health care team. ACCP and CPNP also
extended an offer to the committee to provide further information, data, and connections with clinical pharmacists
in successful practices that provide CMM services. This information would help further inform the committee about
this CMM service in the context of Medicare payment and
delivery system improvements, which would in turn modernize and sustain the program for the future. Click here to
read the ACCP/CPNP comments in full.
In addition, CPNP submitted separate comments calling for recognition and implementation of CMM within Medicare Part B, with a specific focus on beneficiaries with SPMIs (severe and persistent mental illnesses).
Click here to read CPNP’s comment in full.
We appreciate the input from members of the health
care community and are thrilled so many weighed in
on this important bipartisan issue. We also applaud
Senators Johnny Isakson and Mark Warner for their
hard work in leading this initiative. Their efforts represent a strong bipartisan desire to find real solutions
that provide high quality medical care to Medicare patients, at greater value and lower cost, without adding
to the deficit. We look forward to partnering with our
colleagues to review the submissions as we work toward a common goal of developing bipartisan legislative solutions this Congress.
Additional Opportunities for CMM
The importance of CMM as part of the process of developing and implementing policies designed to streamline care coordination, improve quality, and lower
Medicare costs is becoming more recognized within the
health care policy community. ACCP has learned that
several organizations also included calls for CMM coverage in their comments to the committee. These organizations include the Pharmaceutical Research and
Manufacturers of America, the Biotechnology Industry
Organization, GlaxoSmithKline, Blue Thorn Inc., and
others. During the coming weeks, ACCP staff will continue reviewing the comments submitted to the Senate
Finance Committee to identify other organizations advocating for Medicare coverage for CMM services.
ACCP Comments to the Bipartisan Working Group
In response to the request for input, ACCP, together with
its Medicare Initiative partner, the College of Psychiatric
and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP), submitted a joint
statement to the committee. The statement addressed
several key issue areas outlining specific policy categories the committee plans to consider as part of its chronic care reform efforts:
Ideas to effectively use or improve the use of
telehealth and remote monitoring technology
Strategies to increase chronic care coordination in
rural and frontier areas
Ways to address the effective use, coordination,
and cost of prescription drugs
Ways to more effectively use primary care
providers in order to meet the goal of maximizing
health care outcomes for Medicare patients living
with chronic conditions
Outlook for the Chronic Care Initiative
In conversations with staff from the offices of many of
the key leaders in the Senate Finance Committee bipartisan working group on chronic care, ACCP has learned
that Senate leadership—drawing from the input provided by stakeholders—aims to develop legislative language during the next few months and hopes to have a
draft bill in place by the end of 2015. By congressional
standards, this represents relatively rapid movement
Send a letter to your lawmakers.
We have prepared a letter to Congress describing our
Medicare Initiative that you can review and edit. You
can send this letter in just a few easy clicks, but for maximum impact, we encourage you to personalize the letter by sharing some additional information about your
clinical practice and the patients you care for.
Simply click here to visit our Legislative Action Center,
and follow the instructions to send your message to
your representative and senators.
Contact Us! For more information on any of ACCP’s
advocacy efforts, please contact:
on this issue and provides a significant opportunity for
ACCP to advance its Medicare Initiative. ACCP members
should be prepared to engage with their elected officials during the coming months to help ensure the inclusion of a CMM component as part of the legislative
package that emerges from this process.
Medicare Initiative Advocacy
ACCP members should take advantage of the August recess to engage with their members of Congress and help
generate support for ACCP’s Medicare Initiative to establish a CMM benefit under Part B of the Medicare program.
Here are four things you can do to help in this effort:
John K. McGlew
Director, Government Affairs
American College of Clinical Pharmacy
1455 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-1017
Invite your lawmakers to tour your practice setting.
Hosting a visit of your elected officials to your practice
is perhaps the single most important thing you can do
to help lawmakers understand what team-based, patient-centered clinical practice is all about—and to generate their support for recognition and payment for clinical pharmacists’ services.
A visit also serves as a means to establish an ongoing
constructive dialogue with your senators or representatives and their staff on issues important to the delivery
of team-based, patient-centered care.
A comprehensive guide to inviting a member of
Congress to tour your practice site is available on our
Legislative Action Center. If you would like to discuss
the process of hosting a lawmaker at your practice site,
please contact John McGlew at (202) 621-1820 or [email protected]
May 22 letter from Senators Orin Hatch, Ron Wyden, Johnny
Isakson, and Mark R. Warner to health care stakeholders.
Available here. Accessed August 5, 2015.
Support ACCP-PAC’s 500 for $100 Campaign!
In May 2015, the ACCP Political
Action Committee (ACCP-PAC)
launched its “500 for $100” campaign aimed at generating individual contributions of at least $100
from a minimum of 500 ACCP
members. To date, more than 50
members have contributed at this level, and the PAC has
raised more than $10,000 so far in 2015.
Because of recent developments on Capitol Hill, we
believe that there has never been a more important
time to support your PAC. As Congress moves ahead
with its Chronic Care Initiative aimed at improving outcomes for Medicare patients requiring chronic care, we
must be in position as an organization to support those
in Congress, both now and in the future, who advocate
for and want to implement important changes, which
include an enhanced emphasis on interprofessional,
team-based patient care delivery.
During the coming years, Medicare will most certainly transition to a system that measures and pays
for quality and value, not simply volume of services,
and that fully incentivizes care that is patient centered
and team based. We are confident that ACCP’s campaign to achieve Medicare coverage for comprehensive
Schedule meetings with your members of Congress or
As the discussion on Medicare chronic care delivery
demonstrates, health care remains a priority on Capitol
Hill. The August recess presents an ideal opportunity to
schedule meetings with your elected officials to discuss
your practice, your patients, and the importance of establishing a Medicare CMM benefit. Click here to enter
your zip code and obtain contact information for your
Find and attend a town hall meeting.
To find out when and where these are held, check your
members’ websites, their Facebook and Twitter accounts, and their local newspapers, or call their offices
directly. Some town hall meetings are held online or by
conference calls. These town hall meetings provide an
excellent forum for addressing the issue of health care
delivery reform and the future of the Medicare program. Clinical pharmacists should take advantage of this
opportunity to discuss ACCP’s Medicare Initiative.
medication management (CMM) services delivered in
a defined, consistent, and collaborative manner is both
structurally sound and demonstrably aligned with these
emerging Medicare payment policy reforms.
ACCP-PAC and its related efforts in Washington, D.C.,
are connected components of ACCP’s organization-wide
commitment to clinical practice advancement toward patient-centered, team-based care. This commitment includes the recent announcement of $2.5 million in grant
funding to demonstrate the effective implementation
and scalability of CMM services in primary care medical
practices. This augments our ongoing work with medical
organizations, private payers, innovative health systems,
and other key stakeholders to support the development,
advancement, and positioning of clinical pharmacists
as integrated direct patient care providers within teambased medical practices and delivery systems.
Government Affairs, at (202) 621-1820 or [email protected]
Research Institute Investigator Training
Seventeen investigator participants and 12 faculty mentors
teamed up for 4½ days of intensive investigator development at
the University of Georgia (UGA)
College of Pharmacy from July 9 to 13.
July 2015 marked the inaugural offering of
the Research Institute’s (RI’s) Mentored Research
Investigator Training (MeRIT) Program. Fourteen participants traveled to UGA to attend the primer session
for this individualized, 2-year longitudinal program designed to mentor participants on moving from research
idea through study design, as well as on IRB and funding
application, data collection, results presentation, and
Three Focused Investigator Training (FIT) participants
attended the seventh offering of this proven, intensive, hands-on grant refinement experience for pharmacist-investigators pursuing NIH (National Institutes of
Health) funding as a principal investigator.
Assisted by skilled and successful research mentors,
attendees concentrated on developing and revising their
individual proposals throughout the week. Small-group
sessions and individual worktime allowed mentees to
focus on their individual projects and immediately work
on addressing questions and recommended revisions.
The small-group sessions were complemented by tiprich lectures and discussions, one-on-one mentor and
biostatistician appointments, and continual revision and
feedback on ideas/proposals.
MeRIT participants will present posters of their proposed research projects on Tuesday morning, October
20, during the ACCP Global Conference on Clinical
Pharmacy in San Francisco, California, October 17–21,
2015. Please stop by to learn about their projects, pose
questions, and offer advice to these aspiring researchers. You may also learn more about both programs
during the Global Conference at the RI’s Open House
the morning of Tuesday, October 20, or at any time on
the RI website (www.accpri.org).
Watch for the summer 2016 FIT and MeRIT Program
application materials on the ACCP RI website, and accelerate your growth as a clinical pharmacy researcher by
submitting your letter of intent in February 2016. This
type of protected time for proposal development and
investigator training with experienced and passionate
mentors is unmatched anywhere!
By law, ACCP-PAC must be funded entirely through individual contributions from ACCP members and is the only
PAC in Washington specifically dedicated to advancing
the practice of clinical pharmacy. ACCP-PAC is the only
means by which we can make campaign contributions
to help elect members of Congress who share our vision
of health care delivery transformation and recognize the
critical need to “get the medications right” through coverage for CMM services.
How You Can Contribute
When we have generated 500 individual contributions of
at least $100, we will more than double our total fundraising to date and significantly increase the rate of participation in the PAC among our members. We believe
this is a realistic, achievable goal, and we urge you to
show your support for ACCP’s advocacy goals by donating to the PAC. All the money raised will be targeted by
the ACCP-PAC Governing Council to support policy-makers who are dedicated to achieving a team-based, patient-centered, and quality-driven health care system.
Contributions to ACCP-PAC can be made online:
Or simply print the following form to make
a contribution by mail or fax: https://www.
All members who participate in the 500 for $100 campaign will receive recognition at the 2015 ACCP Global
Conference on Clinical Pharmacy in San Francisco, California.
For more information, please visit our website (www.
accpaction.org), or contact John McGlew, Director,
Sarah Kelling, Pharm.D., MPH, BCACP
University of Michigan
Young Lee, Pharm.D., BCPS
Texas Tech University
Charlie Leonard, Pharm.D., MSCE
University of Pennsylvania
Celia Lu, Pharm.D., BCACP
St. John’s University, Queens, New York
Rima Mohammad, Pharm.D., BCPS
University of Michigan
Merlin Punnoose, Pharm.D.
University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey
Rebecca Stone, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP
University of Illinois at Chicago
1st Row: Eyob Adane, Sarah Kelling, Kathleen Stringer, Kylee Funk, Amber Crowley, Katie Vogel Anderson;
2nd Row: Celia Lu, Rima Mohammad, Merlin Punnoose; 3rd Row: Christina Aquilante, Karen Farris, Ivy Ge;
4th Row: Young Lee, Kim Scarsi, Drayton Hammond; 5th Row: Rachel Chennault, Christine Eisenhower,
Rebecca Stone; 6th Row: Trisha Branan, Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, Jimmi Hatton-Kolpek; 7th Row: Maribeth
Johnson, Vicki Ellingrod, Larisa Cavallari, Charlie Leonard; 8th Row: John Cleary, Sam Ellis, Sheldon Holstad;
9th Row: Robbie Parker, Ted Cory
Katie Vogel Anderson, Pharm.D., BCACP
University of Florida
2015 FIT Investigator Participants:
Ohio Northern University
2015 MeRIT Faculty Mentors:
Christina Aquilante, Pharm.D.
University of Colorado
University of Tennessee
Larisa H. Cavallari, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS
University of Florida
University of Colorado
Rachel R. Chennault, Ph.D.
ACCP Research Institute
Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, Pharm.D., M.S.
University of Florida
2015 FIT Faculty Mentors:
John D. Cleary, Pharm.D., FCCP
University of Mississippi
Vicki L. Ellingrod, Pharm.D., FCCP
University of Michigan
Maribeth Johnson, M.S.
Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents
Karen Farris, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Robert B. Parker, Pharm.D., FCCP
University of Tennessee
Jimmi Hatton-Kolpek, Pharm.D., FCCP, FCCM
University of Kentucky
Maribeth Johnson, M.S.
Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents
2015 MeRIT Investigator Participants:
Trisha Branan, Pharm.D., BCPS
University of Georgia
Amber Crowley, Pharm.D., MS‐MTM, BCPS, BCACP
Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New York
Kimberly K. Scarsi, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS-AQ ID
University of Nebraska
Christine Eisenhower, Pharm.D.
University of Rhode Island
Kathleen A. Stringer, Pharm.D., FCCP
University of Michigan
Kylee Funk, Pharm.D.
University of Minnesota
PRN-Sponsored Tuition Scholarship Recipients for 2015:
Ivy Ge, Pharm.D., BCPS
Redwood City Medical Center in California
Drayton Hammond, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS
University of Arkansas
Back-to-School Special at the ACCP Bookstore
Education and Training:
As the new academic year approaches, it is time for backto-school shopping. The ACCP Bookstore is ready to help
with a special offer on select ACCP publications. Regardless
of whether you are a new or experienced faculty member,
student, or resident, the ACCP Bookstore can enhance your
professional resource collection. Visit the ACCP Bookstore
at www.accp.com/bookstore, and place an order for any of
the popular titles featured below. When you enter the promotion code BTS2015, you’ll automatically receive 15% off
member or nonmember pricing!
How to Develop a Business Plan for Pharmacy
Services, Second Edition
How to Develop a Business Plan for
Pharmacy Services, Second Edition,
is designed to assist individuals in
evaluating and creating pharmacy service proposals by promoting critical thinking in key areas
using selected, thought-provoking
questions. It will assist pharmacy
clinicians, managers, and leaders
in exploring, researching, proposing, and implementing new services and in improving
existing services by providing a systematic approach to
the business planning process. The materials presented
are applicable to pharmacy services in hospitals, community practice, managed care organizations, ambulatory clinics, and elsewhere. The book is also useful as
a teaching tool in the classroom environment. Business
planning is an important skill for pharmacy students,
and many colleges/schools of pharmacy have required
or elective courses on this subject.
Prospective Clinical Educators: Enroll in the
Teaching and Learning Certificate Program
The ACCP Academy is a continuous educational effort designed to deliver a flexible, curricular approach to enhancing ACCP members’ abilities in their primary areas
of responsibility. The ACCP Academy provides three
unique professional development programs leading to certificates of completion in Leadership and
Management, Research and Scholarship, and Teaching
The Teaching and Learning Certificate Program is
designed to assist in the recruitment, motivation, and
preparation of clinical educators who can inspire students to advance the profession of pharmacy. Innovative
leadership is necessary to ensure that sufficient and
well-educated pharmacy educators are available to motivate and prepare students to perform the current and
emerging roles that pharmacists have assumed within
health care teams.
Take a big step toward becoming an innovative leader
and effective clinical educator by enrolling in the ACCP
Academy’s Teaching and Learning Certificate Program.
There is no better time to enroll. The program’s prerequisite, the Teaching and Learning Primer, will be offered
this fall at the Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy in
San Francisco, California.
Visit the ACCP Academy at www.accp.com/academy to learn more about the Teaching and Learning
Certificate Program and to download a program application. A one-time application fee of $150.00 will be
charged on enrollment in the certificate program.
Nourishing the Soul of Pharmacy:
Stories of Reflection
Nourishing the Soul of Pharmacy:
Stories of Reflection is a collection
of essays from clinical pharmacists
who reflect on their role in patient
care and illustrate the soul of pharmacy in its many forms. This reflective inquiry reminds practitioners of
their power to transform the delivery of health services in the continuum of care. Essays by senior professors and beginning
faculty, pharmacy directors and new clinicians, preceptors and residents, students in Pharm.D. programs, and
pharmacists from industry and government reveal how
critical reflection on pharmacy situations can lead to
complex insights and improved patient care.
Clinical Faculty Survival Guide
the major clinical pharmacy events of the past several decades. Reflective essays written by leaders of our profession appear throughout the book.
This special back-to-school offer will be valid until midnight, Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Take advantage of
this special opportunity to purchase these favorite titles.
Order online at www.accp.com/bookstore or by telephone at (913) 492-3311. Remember to add promotion
code BTS2015 to your order to receive special pricing.
The Clinical Faculty Survival
Guide provides clinical faculty practical information, advice,
and encouragement for succeeding in the roles of practitioner,
teacher, researcher, and scholar.
You will find the content advantageous whether you are a new
or seasoned faculty member or a
resident, fellow, or graduate student. The advice provided by the Clinical Faculty Survival Guide will make this a
valuable addition to your professional library.
2016 Committee and Task Force Progress
ACCP thanks the more than 800 ACCP members who expressed interest in devoting time to committees, task
forces, and other volunteer activities during the upcoming year. All members were asked to indicate the specific
ACCP activities in which they were interested by responding to ACCP’s annual survey for volunteers, conducted
from June 29 to July 22. President-Elect Terry Seaton is
expected to complete the initial committee roster assignments soon, and committee/task force e-mail invitations will be sent to members by August 24. Because
some members may be unable to serve, it is anticipated that additional invitations will be distributed until early September. ACCP will provide a final update on 2016
committees and task forces in next month’s newsletter.
The ACCP Field Guide to Becoming a Standout
Pharmacy Residency Candidate
The ACCP Field Guide to Becoming
a Standout Pharmacy Residency
Candidate offers a step-by-step approach to maximize your curricular and extracurricular experiences to best prepare yourself to be a
standout candidate. Written by experienced and dedicated pharmacy residency proponents, this guide
will give you detailed, practical information to use
throughout your first, second, third, and all-important
fourth years of pharmacy education—information you
can use to chart your course to a successful postgraduate experience.
If you are a resident, are planning to be a resident, or
are involved in resident training, the Resident Survival
Guide is your best resource for negotiating your entire
residency experience. When you choose to become a
pharmacy resident, a world of opportunities and challenges is opened up to you. This guide has been developed to assist you in meeting those challenges and taking advantage of those opportunities.
Clinical Pharmacy in the United States:
Transformation of a Profession
Clinical Pharmacy in the
United States: Transformation
of a Profession is a comprehensive account of the evolution of clinical pharmacy
and is a must-read for anyone who cares about the
profession of pharmacy. This book’s unique design offers
an important context beyond pharmacy by providing an
overview of U.S. culture, politics, economics, technology, health care, and other events—chronicled alongside
Sang Mi Lim
Sarah Beth Norrid
Kim Jung Sook
The following members recently advanced from
Associate to Full Member:
New Member Recruiters
Many thanks to the following individuals for recruiting
colleagues to join them as ACCP members:
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