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Opening Doors, Expanding Access

Published on 15 October 2015

Scott Martin Vouri, Pharm.D., MSCI, BCPS, CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, knows the value of networking. He’s benefitted from those connections and now he’s holding a door open for students who are interested in geriatric pharmacy.

“I want to make sure students are exposed to geriatrics as much as possible so they can see the benefits of working with older adults,” Vouri says.

Vouri was recently elected to serve as the chair-elect of the Geriatrics Practice and Research Network (PRN) at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). He’s coming off a year of acting as the group’s secretary and treasurer and will be using this year to prepare for his term as chair.

As secretary and treasurer, Vouri helped oversee an increase in the number of scholarships given to students for travel to the ACCP annual conference. This year, the Geriatric PRN will sponsor two residents and two students. Vouri would like to see the number of applicants for those scholarships expand, as well as the number of pharmacists choosing to enter geriatrics.

“I like working with this patient population because, in general, they don’t get to spend as much time with their primary care provider relative to their needs,” Vouri says. “As their pharmacist, I have the opportunity to find solutions to their medication problems. It’s an exciting challenge because of a lack of evidence-based medicine specific to frail, older adults.”

The ACCP annual meeting is held every October. The 2015 meeting will be an international conference and will run from October 17 through 21 in San Francisco. Following the meeting, Terry Seaton, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, will become president of ACCP.

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