UGA pharmacy professor William Spruill named fellow of clinical pharmacy association

Athens, Ga. – William Spruill of the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy was among 21 ACCP members to be elected fellows of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). They will be recognized during a special ceremony at the ACCP 2005 annual meeting in October in San Francisco, Calif. Recognition as a fellow is awarded to ACCP members who have demonstrated a sustained level of excellence in clinical pharmacy practice and/or research. Fellows may be recognized by the initials “FCCP” as part of their title.

The American College of Clinical Pharmacy is a professional and scientific society that provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources enabling clinical pharmacists to achieve excellence in practice and research. ACCP’s membership is composed of practitioners, scientists, educators, administrators, students, residents, fellows and others committed to excellence in clinical pharmacy and patient pharmacotherapy.

Spruill is a professor in the department of clinical and administrative pharmacy and has been part of the college faculty since 1982. His teaching focus centers on clinical pharmacokinetics, where he co-authors both the American Society of Health System Pharmacists textbook, Concepts in Clinical Pharmacokinetics and a new Web-based clinical pharmacokinetics certification course in conjunction with the UGA’s Center for Continuing Education. He is also currently funded by the Georgia Cancer Coalition to create a Web-based Cancer awareness and prevention certification course for pharmacists.

After nomination by their colleagues, fellow candidates undergo a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation by the fellowship subcommittee of the credentials committee of their practice and/or research accomplishments. Among the criteria evaluated by the committee are examples of patient care service or educational programs developed by the nominee; certifications or other credentials earned; drug therapy management responsibilities; educational presentations; consultantships; service to publications; original research presentations, projects, funding and publications; and other awards. Persons nominated as a fellow also must have made a substantial contribution to ACCP through such activities as attendance or presentation at college-sponsored meetings; service as an abstract, research institute or pharmacotherapy reviewer; contribution to ACCP publications; or service as a committee member or as an elected officer of a practice and research network, chapter or other elected officer.