The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is proud to announce that Dr. Kristy Lucas, a Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the UCSOP, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) during the upcoming ACCP Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy. Dr. Lucas will be honored at a recognition dinner and induction ceremony, celebrating her achievement with fellow colleagues. This international meeting will be held from October 17-21st in San Francisco, California.
“ACCP has afforded me many opportunities to interact with and work alongside the highest caliber clinicians and national leaders within the profession of pharmacy. I am truly honored to be recognized as a peer and a Fellow among this honorable group, and humbled to be elected into this elite cohort.”- Dr. Kristy Lucas
The ACCP is a professional and scientific society that provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources that allow clinical pharmacists to excel in practice and research. ACCP has numerous benefits for its members, ranging from an extensive networking platform, preparation for board certifications, to a professional reference journal, Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy . ACCP’s purpose is to advance human health and champion the advancement of clinical pharmacy. Becoming a Fellow in the ACCP is quite an honor, as is the highest award that ACCP can bestow upon its members, and fewer than 3% of the 15,000 ACCP members are ever awarded this designation during their career. In the state of West Virginia, there are only five pharmacists with this distinction. “Fellowship in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (FCCP) recognizes excellence in the practice and science of clinical pharmacy. Fellowship is awarded to individuals who have made sustained contributions to the College and who have demonstrated exceptional performance in clinical pharmacy practice and/or research” (ACCP).
The awarding of Fellow status is nomination based, and Fellow candidates undergo a comprehensive evaluation of their service to the College and their practice and research accomplishments. Dr. Lucas has been a member of ACCP for 17 years, the duration of her professional pharmacy career. Her extensive qualifications range from coordination of school-wide ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge competitions (participating since the inception of this program), founding and co-advising a student chapter of ACCP at the UCSOP, committee membership within PRNs (practice and research networks) within ACCP [serving as a member of the Adult Medicine Practice and Research Network (2000 – 2006), Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network (2010 – present), Cardiology Practice and Research Network (2010 – present), as well as the Practice Based Research Network since its inception in 2010], being appointed to a national Task Force on Communicating the Value of Clinical Pharmacists, and moderating a session on Expanding the Scope of Clinical Pharmacy at a national meeting.
Dr. Lucas is a great example of the highly qualified and distinguished members of the UCSOP faculty. These faculty members are what help make the UCSOP program so successful at educating the future pharmacy and community leaders of tomorrow.
Contributed by: Isabella White, blogger and UCSOP Graduate Intern