|ACCP president addresses Class of 2010
by Roby Hill
College of Pharmacy
Medication-related problems kill hundreds of people daily.
That was the message of the keynote speaker at the 2009-2010
Certificate Ceremony for the Pharmacy Residency Program of the MUSC
Medical Center and College of Pharmacy June 30 at St. Luke’s Chapel.
James Tisdale, president of the American
College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and professor at Purdue University,
praised the 22 pharmacists in the residency class.
“You enter the profession at a challenging time,” Tisdale said in his
address. “Two hundred people will die from medication-related problems
while we’re in the room this afternoon. With the advance training
you’ve learned here at MUSC you will help address these problems. Seven
to 14 percent of patients experience medication related problems in the
hospital and at least half are preventable. Those of you entering
institutional practice can impact those numbers. We urgently need
pharmacists with precisely the type of training you now have.”
Tisdale, who serves as a reviewer for more than 25 journals of pharmacy
and medicine, is an associate editor for the Canadian Journal of
Hospital Pharmacy and a member of the editorial board for
Pharmacotherapy. A book he co-edits with Douglas A. Miller, Drug
Induced Diseases: Prevention, Detection and Management, is in its
second edition and used internationally as a reference text.
He is a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Purdue and
an adjunct professor in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at the
Indiana University School of Medicine. As ACCP president, he’s at the
helm of a professional and scientific society that provides leadership,
education, advocacy, and resources helping clinical pharmacists in
practice and research. It has chapters throughout the United States as
well as in Canada and the Middle East.
Kelly Ragucci, SCCP associate professor of clinical pharmacy and
outcomes services and associate director of graduate pharmacy education
at the MUSC Medical Center-College of Pharmacy residency program, said
it was an honor to have him as the keynote speaker. “Having someone
with the prominence of Dr. Tisdale, the president of ACCP, speak at our
residency certificate ceremony shows the kind of caliber the program is
and the reputation it has. It was an honor to have him and his message
clearly resonated with our residents.”
The 2009-2010 residency class includes 22 pharmacists who have
completed either the Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) residency or who
continued their education with specialized second-year residency
training. Eight residents plan to pursue the PGY2 residency through the
MUSC Medical Center-College of Pharmacy program and others plan to earn
their PGY2 designation at programs at the University of North Carolina
and Vanderbilt. Most of the remainder will enter the work force, mostly
in health-system pharmacy or academics.
The MUSC Medical Center-College of Pharmacy PGY1 program was recognized
in 2009 as the country’s best by the American Society of Health-System
Pharmacists when it was honored with the Program Award. The program is
one of the largest in the country and also one of the oldest—2009
marked the program’s 50th anniversary.
Heather Kokko, director of pharmacy services at MUSC and director of
the MUSC Medical Center-College of Pharmacy residency program, said the
MUSC Pharmacy Residency Program is the product of dedicated pharmacy
practitioners with a common vision for how all patients should receive
“The collaboration between the academicians in the South Carolina
College of Pharmacy and the clinicians in the Department of Pharmacy
Services makes this program exceptional,” said Kokko. “The preceptors
at MUSC take ownership of the residency and offer outstanding
experiences to the residents that practice with us.”
Eighteen residents from MUSC SCCP also completed the Academician
Preparation Program (APP). The purpose of APP is to prepare residents
specifically to serve as educators, either full or part time. Program
participants develop and give lectures and seminars, facilitate small
group discussions, precept and evaluate students, participate in
scholarly activities and are assessed by mentors.
Jean Nappi, professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences and
director of APP, said SCCP developed this program a number of
years ago because it was clear that there was a growing need for
pharmacy educators and that gap needed to be filled by people who were
trained not just as good pharmacists, but as pharmacist academicians.
“The program is offered to all residents in the state of South
Carolina. Thirty-four residents statewide completed the APP and four
residents accepted full-time faculty positions. Most of the other
residents will serve as preceptors for pharmacy colleges across the
Two APP residents will be accepting positions close to home. Brianne
Dunn, who completed her second year of residency with a specialty in
critical care pharmacy, will join the South Carolina College of
Pharmacy on its University of South Carolina (USC) campus as a
full-time faculty member. The Class of 2008 MUSC pharmacy alumna will
be assistant professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes science and
will work at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in
Columbia. James New, also an MUSC pharmacy graduate from 2008,
completed his second year of residency with a specialty in drug
information and will join MUSC as a clinical pharmacy specialist in
medication use policy & informatics and will be involved in
educating future residents and students.
James Tisdale left
the honorees with advice culled from his own experiences:
- Be brave. Be bold.
Don’t be afraid to risk. Don’t be afraid to fail.
- Don’t be afraid to
ask for advice or assistance … and also know when not to take that
- Be humble. A
little bit of humility will take you far in your personal and
- Be a mentor. Don’t
underestimate the effect you can have on someone’s career and life. At
the same time, be mentored. No matter what stage of career you are in
you’ll always need a mentor.
- Find some balance
in your life. Have fun. Laugh every day.
Friday, July 9, 2010