McCreary Reflects On Conference Travel

Nov. 4, 2014

ACCP National Committee Involvement

  • Miranda Andrus, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP – Vice Chair Nominations Committee
  • Emily McCoy Armstrong, Pharm.D., BCACP – outgoing Secretary/incoming Treasurer Ambulatory Care PRN
  • Allison Chung, Pharm.D., BCPS, AE-­‐C, FCCP – member 2016 Annual Meeting Program Committee
  • E. Kelly Hester, Pharm.D., BCPS, AAHIVE – Chair 2016 Annual Meeting Program Committee, Women’s Health PRN and Infectious Diseases PRN Focus Session Speaker
  • Lori Hornsby, Pharm.D., BCPS – outgoing Secretary/Treasurer Education and Training PRN
  • Kristi Kelley, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE, FCCP – Vice Chair FCCP Credentials Committee and outgoing Chair Education and Training PRN
  • Anne Marie Liles, Pharm.D., BCPS – Chair Nephrology PRN
  • Karen F. Marlowe, Pharm.D., BCPS, CPE – outgoing Chair Pain and Palliative Care PRN, Clinical Controversies in Analgesia/Anesthesia Speaker
  • Erin McCreary, Pharm.D. Candidate 2015 – Secretary National Student Network Advisory Committee
  • Kurt Wargo, Pharm.D., BCPS (AQ-­‐ID) – Secretary/Treasurer Adult Medicine PRN

ASHP National Committee Involvement

  • Emily M. Armstrong, Pharm.D., BCACP – Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners Educational Steering Committee
  • Dana G. Carroll, Pharm.D., BCPS – Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Section Advisory Group on Preceptor Skills Development
  • Lea Eiland, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP – Board-­‐Elect
  • Brent Fox, Pharm.D., Ph.D. – Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology Section Advisory Group on Professional Development
  • Kristi Kelley, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE–Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners Educational Steering Committee, Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Network Facilitator-­Primary Care/Pharmacotherapy
  • Phillip H. Lee, Pharm.D., BCPS-­Section of Inpatient Practitioners Section Advisory Group on Pharmacy Practice Experiences
  • Sara Milberger, Pharm.D. Candidate 2016 – Chair Student Society Development Advisory Group
  • Haley M. Phillippe, Pharm.D., BCPS – Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners Educational Steering Committee
  • Elizabeth Snipes, Pharm.D. Candidate 2015 – member Leadership Development Advisory Group
  • Pamela Stamm, B.S.Pharm., Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP, CDE – Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners Educational Steering Committee
  • Jessica Starr, Pharm.D., BCPS – Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Educational Steering Committee

ALSHP Leadership

  • Cherry Jackson, Pharm.D., BCPP, FASHP – President Elect
  • Kristi Kelley, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE, FCCP – Director of the Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education
  • Anne Marie Liles, Pharm.D., BCPS – outgoing Secretary/Treasurer
  • Nathan Pinner, Pharm.D., BCPS – Director of Organizational Affairs
  • Brad Wright, Pharm.D., BCPS – President

NCPA National Involvement

  • Tyler Dalton, Pharm.D. Candidate 2016 – member Student Leadership Council
  • Brent Fox, Pharm.D., Ph.D. – Technology to support pharmacists as health care providers speaker
  • Matthew Savoie, Pharm.D. Candidate 2015 – member Student Leadership Council

ACCP Original Research Poster Presentations

  • Olivia Adams, Pharm.D. Candidate 2015
  • Miranda Andrus, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP
  • Kathryn Bowerman, Pharm.D. Candidate 2015
  • Emily McCoy Armstrong, Pharm.D., BCACP
  • Kristine Dolbeare, Ph.D., Pharm.D. Candidate 2015
  • Spencer Durham, Pharm.D., BCPS (AQ-­‐ID)
  • Robert Helmer II, Pharm.D.,
  • E. Kelly Hester, Pharm.D., BCPS, AAHIVE
  • Amber Hutchison, Pharm.D., BCPS
  • William Johnson, Pharm.D. Candidate 2015
  • Paul Jungnickel, Ph.D., R.Ph.
  • Leanna Kennemur, Pharm.D. Candidate 2015
  • Erin McCreary, Pharm.D. Candidate 2015
  • Haley M. Phillippe, Pharm.D., BCPS
  • JingJing Qian, MS, Ph.D.
  • Matthew Savoie, Pharm.D. Candidate 2015
  • Michael Scalese, Pharm.D., BCPS
  • Matthew Song, Pharm.D. Candidate 2015
  • Breanna P. Tigue, Pharm.D. Candidate 2015
  • Kurt Wargo, Pharm.D., BCPS (AQ-­‐ID)
  • Salisa Westrick, MS, Ph.D.
  • Bradley Wright, Pharm.D., BCPS
  • Megan Zeek, Pharm.D. Candidate 2015

ACCP Fellows

  • Miranda Andrus, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP
  • Allison Chung, BCPS, AE-­‐C, FCCP
  • R. Lee Evans, Jr., Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP, BCPP
  • Kristi Kelley, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE, FCCP
  • Gordon S. Sacks, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCNSP
  • Jessica Starr, Pharm.D, BCPS, FCCP

ASHP Fellows

  • Lea Eiland, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP
  • Cherry Jackson, Pharm.D., BCPP, FASHP

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.Erin McCreary, a fourth-year student at the Harrison School of Pharmacy, represented Auburn at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, National Community Pharmacists Association and the Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists meetings this fall. Below, McCreary provides her perspective of the meetings, as well as a listing of HSOP involvement in the organizations.

The opportunity to travel to local, state, and national meetings throughout my time at the Harrison School of Pharmacy has significantly enhanced my educational experience. As the daughter of a government employee, I have called two countries, six states, and nine cities home in my quarter-­‐century of existence. Consequently, wanderlust is a part of my core and has caused me to embrace any chance to travel. After 21 years of education, I am precipitously close to entering the “real world.”

This transition is exciting yet terrifying for any young adult; however, I find myself more prepared to take this step due to the numerous opportunities I have had throughout my time in pharmacy school. Pharmacy is a very small world and while it sounds trite, networking is truly a beautiful thing. Knowledge is one of the greatest assets one can possess, and relationships are one of the most valuable resources one can have at hand. Accordingly, these are the two things that pharmacy organizations and meetings most readily provide and the biggest reasons I encourage involvement in these events at every level.

Conventions offer programming on a variety of topics that expose students to clinical controversies and cutting-­‐edge research, as well as professional coaching. Many organizations provide programs about interview skills, curriculum vitae writing, and building a solid personal financial base, among other topics.

The meetings are constructed to promote interactions with students and pharmacists through roundtable discussions, mixers, and receptions. Other miscellaneous opportunities include the ability to volunteer for national committees, learn about upcoming events, frequent exhibit halls, and purchase resources. If these reasons are not convincing enough, conferences are simply fun. There is nothing quite like exploring a novel place with your peers, acquiring new tastes, and meeting new people.

When traveling, people often ask, “Where are you from?” Having no real hometown, my answer to this question unconsciously became “Auburn,” and I could not be more proud. I chose to attend Auburn University because of the Auburn Creed, and because everyone I met on campus truly embodied the ideals in this doctrine. Recently, I traveled for 11 straight days to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Annual Meeting, National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Annual Convention, and Alabama Society of Health-­‐System Pharmacists (ALSHP) Annual Meeting. ALSHP is the state affiliate of the American Society of Health-­‐System Pharmacists (ASHP). I plan on traveling to the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December.

These experiences continue to prove true that Auburn men and women are something special. I do not believe that as students we realize the remarkable work our faculty does outside of the classroom. I was amazed by how well Auburn was represented at these meetings and by the level of scholarship and leadership our faculty display. This article highlights the Auburn students and faculty involved in these three organizations on a state and national level. As these are only three of the many, many associations one can join, I cannot even imagine the impact Auburn students, faculty, and graduates are having across the scope of our great profession.

Involvement in pharmacy organizations has consistently motivated me to work not to make my presence noticed, but my absence felt. This is the essence of the efforts pharmacists are making across the country toward becoming nationally recognized healthcare providers. Pharmacists are crucial members of the healthcare team; without them, patient care suffers. I have had the opportunity to meet inspiring individuals from all areas of pharmacy practice in every part of the country at these meetings. Not a single one of them goes to work each day for the accolades they may receive; they work for the advancement of the profession, the betterment of patient care, and the internal satisfaction these things provide.

Most of these revolutionary practitioners have created their positions through intense dedication and hard work. Their accomplishments have taught me a great deal about extending the frontiers of pharmacy practice. I would encourage every pharmacy student to travel to a professional conference at least once throughout pharmacy school. The professional and personal growth you will experience cannot be quantified. It is absolutely worth the cost of travel and the all-­‐nighter you’ll pull to study for the test you have to make-­‐up. The best advice I can give is to simply not let your dreams be dreams. Live them—better yet, travel and share them.


About the Harrison School of Pharmacy
Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the School offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.) while also offering a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences. For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit

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