DELIA C. CARIAS, Pharm.D., BCPS, DPLA (firstname.lastname@example.org), is the Medication Use Policy Coordinator for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. After completing her undergraduate degree at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, she received her Pharm.D. degree from the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital before settling in Memphis as a PGY2 health-system administration resident at Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare. Delia joined St. Jude in 2012. She is a member of the Pharmaceutical Services leadership team and is responsible for coordination of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, formulary management, drug shortages management, and definition and implementation of drug therapy guidelines. She has a strong interest in performance improvement and change management and uses these skills to develop new clinical programs at her institution, including antimicrobial and opioid stewardship.
Delia serves as the residency coordinator for the PGY2 medication-use safety and policy program and is the primary preceptor for PGY2 oncology residents during their medication- use policy rotations. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science at the University of Tennessee and actively participates in educating pharmacy students. Her service to ASHP started while as a student serving on the Council on Pharmacy Practice. Since that time, she has served on numerous advisory groups within the Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners and New Practitioners Forum. Most recently, she served the Section as the Chair of the Educational Steering Committee.
"Making the job of the frontline pharmacist easier" has been my mantra since I graduated pharmacy school. When you ensure that inpatient care practitioners are equipped with the resources they need, patient care is improved. Our Section is growing, and we are seeing our role as pharmacists expand. Not only are we responsible for helping to improve clinical care through medication management at the hospital, we must also consider more operational issues, such as:
- Can this drug be obtained?
- Is it the most cost effective?
- Who will pay for it?
Learning and keeping up with this information is a daunting task even for the pharmacist with unlimited time resources. I believe that this is where our Section can help. Providing resources that appeal to the continuous needs of our members and capitalizing on novel ways of communication is paramount for the success of our Section.
The world we are living in is changing at speeds no one imagined just six months ago. It is important we don’t fall behind but instead stay continually ahead of the challenges posed by these rapid changes. As an active member of ASHP for more than 13 years, I feel that I am well equipped to help lead, guide, and push our Section into new ways of thinking, communicating, and caring for our patients. The ability to contribute to the vision, goals, and strategic actions of our Section excites me, and I am honored for the opportunity to serve the Section, our profession, and you.