Judith Jacobi, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, was chosen as the next ACCP president-elect in annual elections held this past spring. Dr. Jacobi is a critical care pharmacy specialist at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has been a member of ACCP since 1982 and has served as chair of the Publications Committee and member of the Credentials Committee; she has also written two PSAP chapters and served as a reviewer of PSAP, abstracts, and journal articles. Dr. Jacobi has more than 30 years of critical care clinical practice in Indiana hospitals (community and academic-affiliated settings) and has teaching affiliations with Purdue and Butler universities. Her extensive involvement in the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) culminated in her role as president in 2010, the first pharmacist and second nonphysician to hold that position. Dr. Jacobi has also written clinical practice guidelines in sedation, analgesia, and insulin infusion therapy. She is a past recipient of the ACCP Clinical Practice Award and the Critical Care PRN Achievement Award.
In other election results, Leigh Ann Ross, Pharm.D., FCCP, FASHP, BCPS, and G. Christopher Wood, Pharm.D., FCCP, FCCM, BCPS, were selected as regents. They will be installed at the 2013 ACCP Annual Meeting for 3-year terms. Dr. Ross is an associate dean for clinical affairs and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and holds the ranks of associate professor of pharmacy practice and assistant professor of medicine; Dr. Wood is an associate professor with tenure at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis.
Mary Ensom, Pharm.D., FCCP, FASHP, FCSHP, FCAHS, and Alan Zillich, Pharm.D., FCCP, FCCM, were each elected to 3-year terms as Research Institute trustees. Dr. Ensom is professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Distinguished University Scholar, University of British Columbia (UBC), and clinical pharmacy specialist, Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia. Dr. Zillich serves as an associate professor at Purdue University College of Pharmacy and holds a research scientist appointment at the Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence in Implementing Evidence-Based Practices at the Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also holds a similar appointment at the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine, Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research.
Dr. Jacobi will be installed as president-elect at the 2013 ACCP Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and she will assume the presidency the following year. As president, she will serve as chair of the Board of Regents and guide College programs and activities. In an interview with the ACCP Report, Dr. Jacobi commented:
I am very honored to have the opportunity to become a leader in ACCP. After many years of involvement in the leadership of SCCM, I understand how an effective multi-professional team can direct change from the bedside to the top of an organization. Within pharmacy, we have our own challenges to ensure the members of our pharmacy team work as effectively. There has been outstanding progress in some aspects of our profession, leading to some shining examples of clinicians, educators, and researchers who have broken barriers, raised the level of practice, and created opportunities for other pharmacists to follow. Unfortunately, at the same time, so many challenges remain, and there is a broad range of engagement among pharmacy practitioners.
The work of my predecessors in ACCP has laid an important foundation for some important achievements in pharmacy, and I look forward to the chance to learn from them and further contribute to that process, with goals of expanding scope of practice, achieving provider status, and meeting the challenge of the structural change needed to support those opportunities. As a clinician, I remain optimistic about our opportunities to impact patient outcomes daily, and I look forward to expanding mechanisms for the recognition of your tireless work.
Other candidates for office in the 2013 elections were Rex Force, Reginald Frye, Paul Gubbins, Richard Parrish III, and James Scott.