Wayne State pharmacy faculty receive honors at ACCP Global Conference

Wayne State University Pharmacy was well represented at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Global Conference Oct. 15-18, 2022 in San Francisco, with several faculty members bringing home honors.

Dr. Insaf Mohammad and Dr. Candice Garwood with their award plaques.
Dr. Insaf Mohammad and Dr. Candice Garwood with their award plaques.

The ACCP Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network (PRN), which is composed of pharmacists from a diverse array of outpatient settings with a particular emphasis on the provision of primary care for chronic diseases, presented its top awards to Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice Candice Garwood and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice Insaf Mohammad.

Dr. Candice Garwood, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCACP, received the ACCP Ambulatory Care PRN’s Achievement Award in recognition of her successful ambulatory care practice; extensive high-quality Ambulatory Care PRN and ACCP involvement and leadership; and the highest standards of integrity, commitment and passion for the profession and patient care. She was also nominated as a candidate for 2023 ACCP Regent; the election is pending.

Garwood has developed ambulatory care advanced practice and pharmacy resident rotations in her clinics, as well as the Detroit Medical Center's only ambulatory care PGY2. All 14 of her residents have found success in ambulatory care practices or as faculty. She won the ASHP Best Practice Award for her work surrounding transitions of care within her interprofessional primary care clinic. 

Garwood continues to advance practice in ambulatory care and geriatrics, receiving an innovative practice award for creating a drive-through INR testing program, which provided excellent care to older adults on warfarin during the pandemic.

Dr. Insaf Mohammad, PharmD, BCACP, earned the ACCP Ambulatory Care PRN’s Advocacy Award and is its incoming chair-elect. The Advocacy Award recognizes a PRN member who has demonstrated a high level of sustained advocacy and health policy leadership, innovation and scholarship and/or national level.

Mohammad, who holds a shared clinical appointment as an ambulatory care pharmacist at Beaumont Hospital–Dearborn, served as the PRN’s advocacy committee chair from 2021-22. She helped organize efforts to coordinate a monthly “ACCP is Always Advocating” newsletter, coordinated and served as an ACCP webinar speaker to promote telehealth advocacy efforts, coordinated a networking event/webinar on the Equitable Community Access to Pharmacist Services Act, and is working diligently to push forward GTMRx membership.

As a member of the Wayne County Pharmacists Association, she served as a delegate at the state level on multiple occasions to propose resolutions including pharmacist prescribing of contraceptives and expanding access to buprenorphine for patients with substance use disorder. She has continued to advocate for increased naloxone community access locally and regionally, and her publication record supports advocacy for vulnerable patient populations. 

Dr. Helen Berlie and PharmD student Obioma Opara with a research poster

Pharmacy faculty members Candice Garwood, Melissa Lipari, Insaf Mohammad and Helen Berlie

Dr. Insaf Mohammad with research poster
Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice Helen Berlie presented her research poster, "Accidental once-daily use of dulaglutide: A case-report," at the 2022 AACP Global Conference. On her right is Wayne State PharmD student Obioma Opara.  Pharmacy faculty members (left to right) Candice Garwood, Melissa Lipari, Insaf Mohammad and Helen Berlie were honored with the Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Editor’s Choice Award for their publication “Ambulatory care practice in the COVID-19 era: Redesigning clinical services and experiential learning.” Additional authors include Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice Amber Martirosov, former faculty member Opal Bacon, and program alumnae Maggie Faraj and Andrea Duong. Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice Insaf Mohammad presented her research poster, "Impact of interprofessional quality improvement on naloxone co-prescribing for patients on opioids in a primary care clinic," at the 2022 AACP Global Conference.

An anchor in urban health care

The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is built on more than 100 years of tradition and innovation in the heart of Detroit. We have grown deep roots in our city, harnessing its powerhouse hospital systems and community service organizations as vibrant, real-world training grounds for students, with an ongoing focus on social justice in health care. And our research at all levels – from undergraduates to veteran faculty members – translates into creative solutions for healthier communities.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering approximately 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 25,000 students.

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