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ACCP Report - March 2019

ACCP Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Cook


Elizabeth Cook

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Cook, Pharm.D., AE-C, BCACP, CDE, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas at Tyler, Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy. Cook received her Pharm.D. degree from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, in addition to completing a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Ascension Via Christi Hospitals in Kansas and a PGY2 ambulatory care residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy.

Cook first became aware of clinical pharmacy after her mother, a psychiatric nurse, mentioned how much she enjoyed having a clinical pharmacist on her unit. As a student, Cook’s professional interests bounced between specialty areas, but her ambulatory care APPE solidified her decision to pursue this career.

I was so inspired by the way [my] preceptor was able to interact with patients and their family members. [My preceptor was able] to elicit the minutest details from them [and] formulate an individualized therapeutic regimen.

As a social person, ambulatory care has provided Cook with the outlet to establish longitudinal relationships with her patients and motivate them to achieve health-related goals. “I enjoy that the growing demand for ambulatory care services has offered many opportunities for pharmacists to develop novel practice models [which makes] it an exciting time for me to practice in this particular field.”

The passion and drive of both faculty members at her alma mater and preceptors during her residency were extremely influential in shaping the trajectory of Cook’s pharmacy career. In particular, she recognizes Drs. Jonathan Ference and Jennifer Malinowski of Wilkes University as well as PGY2 Residency Program Director Katherine O’Neal for providing personal and professional guidance throughout her training. The contributions of these individuals instilled in Cook the drive to go above and beyond to serve patients, providers, and learners.

Cook balances service, scholarship, and teaching in her current academic position. Her clinical practice site is located at the Bethesda Health Clinic, a community-funded adult internal medicine facility for the uninsured and working poor. As a member of the clinic interdisciplinary team, Cook performs both consultative and pharmacist-driven clinical services. In both didactic and experiential settings, she enjoys promoting patient empowerment as the cornerstone to exceptional chronic disease management. Cook serves as a referee for several reputed journals and is an advisory board member for iForumRx, a website whose goal is to propagate evidence-based medicine among ambulatory care pharmacists. Her research interests include quality improvement in cardiovascular risk reduction, diabetes, and asthma, and she is currently completing the ACCP Research and Scholarship certificate.

In her spare time, Cook loves to travel and hike, and one of her life goals is to visit all the U.S. National Parks. She would most like to visit Denali National Park in Alaska, but so far, her favorite location has been Zion National Park in Utah.