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Chisholm receives outstanding pharmacist award

ATHENS, Ga. – Marie Chisholm, associate professor of pharmacy practice with the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, has been named recipient of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award for 2005.

The award was established to honor the first president of APhA and is sponsored by Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company. It recognizes outstanding performance and achievements of a pharmacist in any practice setting who has distinguished himself or herself and the profession of pharmacy.

Chisholm, who is also an associate clinical professor of medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, specializes in the implementation and evaluation of health care programs and improvement of the quality of care through medical and educational intervention. Her work with the Medication Access Program, established to increase access to prescription medications for solid organ transplant patients in Georgia, serves as an example of public service and outreach and is used as a national model for other programs.

Earlier this year Chisholm became the first African American to receive the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award for lifetime achievement in pharmacy education. The first Chalmers award was presented in 1981 to recognize contributions to instruction, research, scholarship and public service in pharmacy education. The pharmacy educators chosen for the award, which is sponsored by Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., are selected by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

In addition to the Smith and Chalmers awards, Chisholm was recently approved as a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The granting of the fellowship reflects high standards of excellence in pharmacy practice excellence.

Chisholm’s past recognitions include the 2003 American College of Clinical Pharmacy Clinical Practice Award and the 2003 Regents Award for Research in Undergraduate Education for research universities in the University System of Georgia. She was also recipient of the University System of Georgia’s Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999, the Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1998, the Rufus A. Lyman Award for the Most Outstanding Publication in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education in 1996, and the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists Award of Excellence for a poster presentation in 1995. She also received honorable mention for the Teaching Innovations Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in 1997.

Chisholm earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Georgia in 1993 and completed her postgraduate training with a pharmacy practice residency at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy and Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. Chisholm, who grew up in Monticello, works at the College of Pharmacy’s clinical pharmacy program at the Medical College of Georgia.