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ACCP Report - February 2019

ACCP Partners with ASHP to Seek Specialty Recognition for Emergency Medicine Pharmacy

ACCP and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) have partnered to develop a petition to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) seeking recognition of Emergency Medicine (EM) Pharmacy as a specialty, in response to a call for petition in Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Practice issued by BPS in November 2018. Six members will serve on the advisory panel for petition development, including one staff member and two member representatives from each organization. ACCP members Nicole M. Acquisto, Pharm.D., BCPS, and Megan E. Musselman, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, will serve as two of the experts involved in the petition development process.

Acquisto is the EM clinical pharmacy specialist and an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. She is involved in educating EM faculty, residents, and staff; participates in emergency department (ED) and hospital-wide simulation; manages an ED antimicrobial stewardship program; is a member of several institutional committees and task forces; and focuses on systems issues related to EM pharmacotherapy in a growing health care system. Musselman is an EM/critical care clinical pharmacy specialist at North Kansas City Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Kansas and University of Missouri-Kansas City schools of pharmacy. In addition, she serves as the PGY1 residency and advanced practice pharmacy student coordinator for North Kansas City Hospital. In her current position, Musselman has been responsible for establishing clinical pharmacy services in the ED and best practices in the ICU at North Kansas City Hospital.

The petition development process was launched last month. Typically, the process for petition development and submission can take up to 6 months. ACCP members may seek further information on this petition process by contacting staff representative Kathy Pham at


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