Frank Romanelli, PharmD, MPH, BCPS; Alex Flannery, PharmD, PhD, BCCCP; and Philip Empey, PharmD, PhD, BCPS, have been elected as Fellows of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy by the ACCP’s Board of Regents. Obtaining Fellowship from the ACCP is the highest of all honors that a member of the organization can receive from the College. Members who earn this award are selected for being outstanding individuals who lead by example, both in and outside of the ACCP. The Fellow status also honors qualifying ACCP members for their excellence in practice, science and service within Clinical Pharmacy. To display this high honor, Romanelli, Flannery and Empey have all earned and been granted the right to use the initials “FCCP” (Fellow of the College of Clinical Pharmacy) within their professional titles.
The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy will host its annual White Coat Ceremony to recognize its incoming students. This year's ceremony will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 20, 2021, at the University of Kentucky's Singletary Center for the Arts.
The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy turned 150 this week, a testament to the continuous work of alumni, employees, and supporters of the college. To celebrate this monumental event, the College of Pharmacy has launched a new microsite to showcase the many diverse backgrounds and accomplishments of 150 pharmacy influencers, alumni, and employees connected to the college.
On March 18, 2021, Kentucky House Bill 48: An Act relating to reimbursement of pharmacist services sponsored by pharmacist and Representative Danny Bentley1, was signed by Governor Beshear. The passage of this bill followed three years of legislative advocacy by the Kentucky Pharmacists Association and the Advancing Pharmacy Practice in Kentucky Coalition (APPKC), an advocacy group of pharmacy stakeholder organizations in Kentucky, including the Kentucky Pharmacists Association, the Kentucky Society of Health System Pharmacists, the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy, the American Pharmacy Services Corporation, the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, and the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy’s Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice.
Clark Kebodeaux, PharmD, BCACP, has been selected to participate in AACP’s 2021-2022 Academic Leadership Fellows Program. Kebodeaux joins the 18th cohort of 30 individuals who represent some of academic pharmacy’s brightest future leaders from around the country.
Dr. Kyle Bryan (PharmD 2019) recently accepted a new role as a Practice Implementation Pharmacist at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy after completing his formal education and post-graduate training. His new position focuses on assisting pharmacists in all areas of practice with the implementation of the recently approved House Bill 48.
Alex Flannery (PharmD, PhD) and David Feola (PharmD, PhD) recently received the $50,000 University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy’s Inaugural Clinical Research Catalysts Pilot Award for their research project “Urinary Immune Cell Profiling in Sepsis-Associated Acute Kidney Injury.”
With the continued presence of COVID-19 in the United States, vaccination distribution efforts are at an all-time high, especially throughout the state of Kentucky and Fayette County. As of July 4, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 2 million Kentucky residents, or nearly 50% of the state's population, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
To close out our final highlight for Preceptor Appreciation Month, we spoke with Dr. Adam Robinson (PharmD 2007) about his experience as a preceptor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Robinson has been a preceptor at UKCOP for the last four years and works as an Owner and Pharmacist at Save Rite Drugs in Brandenburg and Radcliff, Kentucky. He also specializes in the business and management aspects of retail pharmacy, working directly with patients and promoting independent pharmacy.
Continuing our highlights for Preceptor Appreciation Month, we spoke with Bridger Bright (PharmD 2006) about her experience as a preceptor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Bright has been a preceptor for UKCOP over the last 10 years and currently works as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Primary Care at the Lexington VA Health Care System. She specializes in working with patients who have diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia and adjusting their medication doses.