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Outstanding Young Health-System Pharmacist Award-Newsome and Hawkins

Nominees for the Outstanding Young Health-System Pharmacist Award are not limited by age, but by the length of time in the profession. Nominees should have graduated from a pharmacy school within the past five years. The recipient is chosen based on exemplary service and dedication to the field of health-system pharmacy in this time period. 

This year;s recipients are Andrea Newsome and Anthony Hawkins. 

Andrea Sikora Newsome graduated from The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 2013. She then went to The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill to complete her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency and PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Specialty Residency, where she earned her Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) certification.    Upon graduation in June 2015, she accepted a position at Augusta University as the surgical/cardiothoracic intensive care unit (SICU/CTICU) clinical specialist. She has since earned her Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacy (BCCCP) certification. This past year, she has had two poster presenations at national conferences (The effect of inhaled prostacyclins on oxygenation in inhalational injury: A Pilot Study at the International Society for Burn Injuries Congress and Aluminum toxicity from combination therapy of sucralfate and citric acid in a cardiac surgery patient at the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting), a review paper published in Pharmacotherapy (The role of statin therapy in hemorrhagic stroke), and given two ACPE-accredited continuing education presentations. In addition, she has provided institutional education through multiple in-services, a presentation at the anesthesiology fellows’ grand rounds, and two presentations at the internal medicine adverse drug reaction conference. She has also been appointed as Clinical Assistant Professor to The University Georgia College of Pharmacy.   She serves as the Communication Committee Co-Chair of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and is a member of the ACCP Critical Care PRN, where she serves on the communications committee as well. Within GSHP, she serves on the education committee and presented a continuing education at the GSHP Fall Meeting in Brasstown, Georgia. Within the institution, she serves on the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Advisory Committee as well as on the Pulmonary Complications Task Force and Surgical ICU Quality Council.     Over the past nine months, Andrea has worked on numerous institutional protocols that have undergone Pharmacy and Therapeutic committee approval including Ketamine Infusion for Refractory Sedation in Adult Patients, Antibiotic Dosing in Dialysis in Adult Patients Guidelines, Anticoagulation for Impella CP Device, Lidocaine: Guidelines for Use in Adult Patients, Emergent Anticoagulation Reversal Guideline, and Perioperative Management of Anticoagulation Guideline.      By the time of nomination, she will have acted as a preceptor for four fourth year Doctor of Pharmacy students with six more scheduled over the course of the year.  Additionally, she has precepted four residents in the past year.     Andrea has shown her dedication to Augusta University Medical Center and the Department of Pharmacy by enhancing the quality of care the institution provides to its patients.  But she has worked to enhance the profession of pharmacy through her active service on national, state and local professional pharmacy associations.    

Dr. Anthony Hawkins is a clinical assistant professor for UGA with a practice site in the Medical Intensive Care unit at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Dr. Hawkins received his PharmD from the University of Georgia, then went to complete a PGY-1 and PGY-2 Critical Care specialty residency with Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, GA. He serves as the coordinator for the PGY-1 residency program at Phoebe and is adjunct faculty with the Medical College of Georgia. His professional interests and areas of research include appropriateness of IV fluids, fluid resuscitation and hemodynamic monitoring, and improvement in student and resident teaching models. He is also actively involved in both the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).     Since starting at UGA and developing a practice site at Phoebe Putney, Dr. Hawkins has established himself as expert in critical care medicine. He collaborates with all healthcare professionals including physicians, midlevels, respiratory therapy, nurses, dietitians, physical and occupational therapy, and laboratory. His practice site incorporates learners from pharmacy students to medical students. Dr. Hawkins is very active in writing and revising protocols based on current evidence and best practices. He has provided numerous educational activities for pharmacists, including GSHP regional and state presentations and implementation of monthly in-service at Phoebe Putney. He also educates other practitioners though nursing inservices, grand rounds to family medicine residents and medical students. Dr. Hawkins is actively involved in research, and has submitted multiple manuscripts for publication.    



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