NICOLE J. CLARK, Pharm.D., M.H.A, BCPS, FASHP, FMSHP, (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the director of pharmacy services at MelroseWakefield Healthcare in Melrose, Massachusetts where she was previously the pharmacy clinical practice and education manager. She is the residency program director for an ASHP accredited PGY1/PGY2 health system pharmacy administration and leadership residency program and an adjunct professor at Rivier University where she teaches in both the education and nursing departments.
Clark earned her Pharm.D. from MCPHS University - Boston and her Master’s in health administration from Simmons University. She is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist.
Clark’s leadership service to ASHP includes currently serving as immediate past chair of the ASHP Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners (SICP) Educational Steering Committee and as a residency practitioner surveyor for the ASHP Accreditation Services Division. Clark was previously chair of the ASHP Council on Education and Workforce Development and served as an ASHP delegate and alternate delegate for the state of Massachusetts.
At the state level, Clark is currently immediate past president of Massachusetts Society of Health System Pharmacists (MSHP) and was previously a long-time committee chair. She was recognized as a MSHP Fellow in 2018 and an ASHP Fellow in 2019.
I strongly believe in giving to our profession on a global scale, in a way that drives the profession forward and keeps the patient as the focus. This can greatly expand the impact we have beyond the walls of the health system we work in. The fact that we can contribute to pharmacy at many different levels - from providing a clinical consult for a specific patient, to creating a hospital wide protocol for a certain disease state, to growing the pharmacist profession through our contributions to state and national pharmacy organizations; demonstrates the overall effect we all can have.
Professional organizations like ASHP provide a voice for its members. Many of the challenges we face day to day are bigger than individuals or health systems, so to have that unified voice to advocate and guide is of utmost importance. In my time working with the Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners, I have witnessed great efforts to ensure the Section is meeting the diverse needs of its members. I think a notable quality of this Section is that inpatient care practitioners make up such a large part of our workforce, representing so many different areas of pharmacy and sizes of institutions. There is great opportunity for us to work together to continue to grow our profession, promote diversity and inclusion, and provide resources and a voice for our peers to ultimately improve patient care and outcomes. I would be honored to help lead this work as chair of the Section.