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ACCP Report - January 2018

ACCP Member Spotlight: Elias B. Chahine


Elias B. Chahine, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS-AQ ID, is currently an associate professor of pharmacy practice at Palm Beach Atlantic University Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy. Chahine graduated from Saint-Joseph University with a "doctorat d'exercice en pharmacie" degree and received his Pharm.D. degree from the Lebanese American University. He then completed a drug information graduate internship at Eli Lilly, a pharmacy practice residency at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital affiliated with Columbia University, and the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program. In addition, Chahine has completed the ACCP Academy certificate programs in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and leadership and management; APhA programs in immunizations, medication therapy management, and travel health; an NACDS program in point-of-care testing; and a University of Toronto workshop on OSCEs (objective structured clinical examinations).

Chahine maintains an active practice in infectious diseases as a clinical pharmacy specialist at Wellington Regional Medical Center and coordinates an integrated infectious diseases pharmacotherapy course. He has written more than 40 articles and continuing education programs in the areas of infectious diseases pharmacotherapy, immunizations, pharmacy education, and medical missions. He has also written four infectious diseases book chapters in the ACCP Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program and the ACCP Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Preparatory Review Course. He is currently chair of the ACCP Infectious Diseases PRN and member of the Board of Directors for the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP). He is an elected ACCP Fellow and the recipient of several teaching and practice awards, including the FSHP Residency Preceptor of the Year and Pharmacist Forerunner awards and the ACCP Infectious Diseases PRN Clinical Practice, Preceptor Servant Leader, Preceptor of Distinction, and Teacher of the Year awards.

Chahine believes that clinical pharmacy combines his desire for a career in health care and education. With his interest in infectious diseases, which was spurred on by a passionate professor, he strives to empower health care professionals, trainees, and patients to promote the judicious and appropriate use of antimicrobials in order to optimize clinical outcomes, halt resistance, decrease adverse effects, and optimize resource use.

Chahine states that, after completing residency training, ACCP has allowed him "to interact with and learn from some of the brightest clinical pharmacy practitioners, researchers, and educators from across the country." The networking opportunities and professional development programs available through ACCP have helped him further develop his skills as a clinician, teacher, researcher, and leader. He reflects, "ACCP provided me a way to connect with these outstanding pharmacists from outside my institution, which helped me to broaden my horizon and stay up to date with contemporary pharmacy practice."

In addition to his work, Chahine is engaged in community service and international medical missions. He has led teams of pharmacists and students on medical mission trips to Mpulungu, Zambia; San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic; Manaus, Brazil; and Anchorage, Alaska, which provided free pharmacy services to underserved patients in collaboration with local prescribers.