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ACCP Report - August 2018

Bingham, Bress, and Pruskowski to Receive ACCP Honors

ACCP members Angela L. Bingham, Adam Bress, and Jennifer Pruskowski were selected by the 2018 ACCP Awards Committee to receive the College’s prestigious 2018 New Educator, New Investigator, and New Clinical Practitioner Awards, respectively. The awards will be presented in Seattle, Washington, on Sunday, October 21, 2018, during the Awards Ceremony of the 2018 ACCP Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy.

Angela L. Bingham, PharmD

The ACCP New Educator Award recognizes and honors 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 nomination and a member at any level for at least 3 years; in addition, the awardee must have completed his or her terminal training or degree less than 6 years previously. Angela L. Bingham, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCNSP, BCCCP, is an associate professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of the Sciences – Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) and a critical care/nutrition support clinical pharmacy specialist at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, where she also serves as the PGY2 critical care residency program director. Bingham received her Pharm.D. degree from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and PGY2 critical care residency training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. At PCP, she is recognized as an innovative and committed educator who has had a substantial impact on the many students and residents she has mentored. University of Tennessee Professor Roland Dickerson wrote in his letter of nomination:

Dr. Bingham is especially deserving of this honor due to the breadth and innovation of her teaching coupled with an outstanding ability to recognize and cultivate student and post-graduate trainee talent in research and leadership…. The breadth of her teaching is exceptional and has allowed her to impact a range of learners within and external to the pharmacy program at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy…. As evidence of her drive to innovate, Dr. Bingham has incorporated a variety of educational technologies and multimodal simulation including high-fidelity and low-fidelity mannequin simulation, computer-based simulation, virtual patients, and simulated electronic health records…. She has also been heavily engaged in research and student organizational mentorship. As a course coordinator for Independent Project in Pharmacy Practice, she has mentored students to lay the foundation for research, including developing skills in research literature interpretation, hypothesis testing, data analysis, and conclusion generation…. Overall, since her faculty appointment in 2012, she has worked with 23 research students to ultimately produce 20 student poster presentations at national meetings. For 19 of those students, she served as the primary mentor. Additionally, Dr. Bingham mentored a first-year medical student in research through an interprofessional effort.
Bingham has received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity and the Dean’s Award for Service from PCP. In 2015, she was named PCP’s Teacher of the Year and, in 2013, received a Future Leaders Award from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Bingham has published her research in peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis.

  Adam Phillip Bress, Pharm.D.

The New Investigator Award recognizes an ACCP member who has made a significant impact on 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 training 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. Adam Bress, Pharm.D., M.S., is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences, Division of Health System Innovation and Research at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City. He received his Pharm.D. degree from the University of Maryland and completed his PGY1 residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital, PGY2 residency training in cardiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and a 2-year fellowship in cardiovascular pharmacogenomics at UIC. Bress’s research focuses on the use of both pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacogenetics to understand the etiologies of ethnic differences in medication responses and outcomes. At the time of his nomination, he had published more than 40 papers in the peer-reviewed literature, including first-author publications in high-impact journals such as the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Circulation, Diabetes Care, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Journal of the American Heart Association, New England Journal of Medicine, and Pharmacogenetics and Genomics. Benjamin Van Tassell, associate professor and vice chair for clinical research in the Department of Pharmacotherapy & Outcome Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, commented on Bress’s qualifications for the New Investigator Award in his letter of support:

Despite less than 4 years of faculty experience, Adam has already become a bona fide star in cardiovascular research. He has demonstrated remarkable creativity and insight in his ability to shine new light on existing data sets. For example, he received the 2016 Outstanding Paper of the Year Award from the ACCP Cardiology PRN for his paper exploring the generalizability of the SPRINT trial to the U.S. population – which has already been cited over 75 times. A few months later, he was the first author on a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine that revisited the SPRINT trial from a cost-effectiveness standpoint. Later in 2017, his analysis of pre-diabetes patients in the SPRINT trial was featured in the presentation and justification of the 2017 High Blood Pressure Clinical Practice Guidelines. These highlights provide clear evidence of the impact of Adam’s work not only within the world of Pharmacy, but [also] within the entire medical community…. Adam has been relentless in his publications across topics such as hypertension, heart failure, anticoagulation, pharmacokinetics, drug adherence, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacogenomics, and pharmacy practice management. He has published 40 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and presented dozens of abstracts at national and international scientific meetings.

Robert DiDomenico, associate professor of pharmacy practice at UIC College of Pharmacy, added in his letter of nomination:

Since he completed his training, Dr. Bress has been a principal investigator or co-investigator on projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and several industry sponsors totaling more than $5 million…. In 2016, Dr. Bress received the prestigious KL2 Mentored Scholars award from the University of Utah’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science to study genetic ancestry and antihypertensive medication response in African Americans. This work led to K01 (principal investigator, $827,660) and R01 (co-investigator subsumed into K01, $2,538,452) awards from the NIH…. He possesses the clinical knowledge, technical skills, and collaborative spirit that embody successful clinician scientists. What Dr. Bress has accomplished in just four short years is remarkable.

Bress will deliver the annual New Investigator Award lecture during the October 21 Awards Ceremony in Seattle.

Jennifer Pruskowski, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP

The New Clinical Practitioner Award honors a new clinical practitioner who has made outstanding contributions to the health of patients and/or the practice of clinical pharmacy. The awardee must have been a Full Member of ACCP at the time of nomination, as well as a member at any level for at least 3 years; in addition, the awardee must have completed his or her terminal training or degree less than 6 years previously. Jennifer Pruskowski, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP, CPE, is an assistant professor of pharmacy and therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. She practices as a clinical pharmacy specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Palliative and Supportive Institute in Pittsburgh. Amy Seybert, chair of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, wrote in her letter of support:

Although Jenn is still early in her career, she has been influential in how our faculty, students, residents, health care colleagues, and patients think about the rational use of medications as well as the role of a clinical pharmacist…. Jenn has created an environment of empowerment around the culture of clinical pharmacy within UPMC. She truly focuses on the patient in every aspect of her work … she has gained the support of executive leadership including the Chief Medical Informatics Officer within UPMC Community Provider Services. Alongside the Palliative and Supportive Institute’s Medical Director, they are now working to influence the rational use of medications throughout all the UPMC Senior Communities. Within the School, Jenn has empowered other faculty to develop enterprise-wide initiatives regarding their expertise. Some of our faculty members now are working with Jenn to develop projects and marketing strategies for adding value to pharmacy practice and patient care globally.

Deanne Hall, an associate professor of pharmacy and therapeutics in the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and ambulatory care PGY2 residency program director at UPMC, commented in her letter of support:

In her short time at Pitt and UPMC, she has strategically utilized research and scholarly work, including her own, to influence her practice models, and to provide value for the role of a clinical pharmacist…. Jenn always puts the patient first. She wants to learn more about how a clinical pharmacist’s intervention (even outside the traditional skill set) can improve a patient’s quality of life. This to her is the most important patient-related outcome.

Pruskowski is also actively involved in ACCP and serves as the current chair of the Pain and Palliative Care PRN. Also engaged in scholarship, at the time of her nomination, she had published 15 papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented often at national meetings, including those of ACCP, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the American Geriatrics Society.

Members of the 2018 ACCP Awards Committee were Krystal Edwards (chair), Brad Phillips (vice chair), Mary Amato, Melody Berg, Jessica Cottreau, Brandon Dionne, Candice Garwood, Leslie Hamilton, Ila Harris, Jeanine McCune, Brent Reed, Kimberly Thrasher, and Nancy Yunker.