Faculty Member Elected to National Leadership Position
Published on 11 July 2015
St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty members are leaders in the classroom, practice sites, and in the profession of pharmacy. Nicole Gattas, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has been elected to the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM).
“I’m involved because APhA is a change agent helping us to achieve provider status,” Gattas says. “I love giving back to APhA in this way as we help shape the future of pharmacy for future students and patients.”
The pursuit of provider status is gaining speed. The role of the pharmacist has changed significantly in today’s complicated health care system. In addition to traditional pharmacy roles, the pharmacist is called on for advanced patient services, including medication management, comprehensive medication reviews, and ongoing medication monitoring.
“Other health care professionals already recognize the vital role that pharmacists play on the interdisciplinary health team,” Gattas says. “As the medication experts on the team, it’s important our cognitive services are available to all patients.”
In her role with APhA-APPM, Gattas will help make decisions related to the academy, including education opportunities for meetings. Her role requires her to be up-to-date on the latest issues in pharmacy from both a patient care and policy standpoint. She will serve a two-year term as a member-at-large and will be joined by three others, including Sandra Bollinger, Pharm.D., FASCP, CGP, CDE, CPT, CFt, a preceptor for the College.
APhA has more than 62,000 members, which makes it the largest association of pharmacists in the country. Gattas and the other newly elected officers will be installed at the APhA Annual Meeting in Baltimore next March.