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ACCP Report - September 2019

President's Column

40 Years and Counting: The Year in Review

Written by Suzanne Amato Nesbit, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, CPE

It’s hard to believe that it is September and my time as ACCP president will soon conclude. In my address at the Global Conference in Seattle last year, I introduced the theme for my presidential year, Medication Optimization Across the Care Continuum. The theme communicates the essential need for the standard of practice for clinical pharmacy to be consistent across all practice settings.

As mentioned in my address, ACCP collaborated with the Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network USA and the National Community Pharmacists Association Innovation Center to explore how pharmacists from medical practices and community-based pharmacists could leverage resources and information to optimize patients’ medications and improve the quality of their care. As a result of this project, the participating pharmacists published consensus guiding statements for successful collaboration across practice settings in the August issue of JACCP (see

Several of our committee charges focused on this year’s theme, and their work has come to fruition. Led by Melissa Badowski and Eric Wright, Clinical Practice Affairs Committee A developed guidance for implementing and evaluating the comprehensive medication management (CMM) provided in telehealth environments. Meanwhile, Clinical Practice Affairs Committee B, under the leadership of Paul Stranges and Cynthia Jackevicius, crafted a white paper on the current state of high-impact clinical pharmacist transition of care practices to serve as a practical guide for practitioners, which includes current and emerging best practices.

Clinician well-being and resiliency among health care professionals have been a focus of discussion in recent years. Literature related to pharmacist burnout and improving well-being is wanting. Led by Tracy Hagemann and Brent Reed, the Member Relations Committee provided potential approaches to address these issues for clinicians, institutions, and organizations. The committee’s report notes that clinician well-being should be an organizational priority and an integral part of strategic planning.

The Certification Affairs Committee, under the leadership of Jan Engle and Travis Dick, conducted an extensive review of the literature and prepared a framework to support organizations in implementing credentialing and privileging programs for clinical pharmacists.

This year’s Educational Affairs Committee A and Committee B updated two essential white papers: “Quality Experiential Education” and the “Essential Components of a Faculty Development Program for Pharmacy Practice Faculty.” Committee A, led by Eric Boyce and Christy Harris, highlighted the goal of developing fully competent, practice- and team-ready pharmacy graduates for practitioners involved in experiential learning practices that strive for excellence in experiential education. Led by Krystal Haase and Erica Crannage, Committee B updated and expanded the College’s previous white paper to include strategies for preceptor development.

The 2019 Research Affairs Committee, chaired by Katie McClendon and Kari Olson, developed an outline and suggested content/instructional methods for an ACCP online course for pharmacy students, residents, fellows, and new practitioners that focuses on writing and reviewing scientific or professional abstracts.

The ACCP student and resident advisory committees are always highly engaged and productive, and this year was no exception. The National Student Network Advisory Committee, led by Peter Adkins and Victoria Miller, developed “Where Are They Now?” webpages featuring past Clinical Pharmacy Challenge winners and past committee members. Not to be outdone, the National Resident Advisory Committee piloted a toolkit titled “Creating Your Digital Brand.” Sara Alosaimy and Brian Kurish also led the committee in developing a whiteboard animated video on CMM.

This is just a sampling of the committee and task force work accomplished this year. Many of the deliverables will be published in JACCP in the coming months. The charges of the various committees are forged from ACCP’s strategic initiatives, the 2019 presidential theme, and issues identified from our annual member “issues survey.” The real work and advancement of the College occurs through the efforts of all the volunteers who serve as members of committees and task forces and who volunteer to serve the organization in so many other ways. Without our members’ commitment and generosity of time and expertise, ACCP would not be as productive. To the hundreds of you who contribute so much to the College and its programs, thank you for all of your efforts. I look forward to continuing to advance the mission and vision of ACCP. It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve as your president. I hope to see many of you in New York to celebrate our 40th anniversary.