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2/12/2020

Katherine Fuller

Katherine Fuller

Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP, PhC

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Hepatology

Emory University Hospital Midown

Atlanta, GA

Her Story

Dr. Fuller completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Auburn University in 2016 after completing her B.S in Chemistry from Samford University in 2011. She went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at The University of New Mexico Hospitals (UNMH) in 2017. Her longitudinal HIV rotation at UNMH's Truman Clinic solidified her decision to pursue a career in ambulatory care and work with underserved populations. Dr. Fuller completed her PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency in 2018 at Duke University Hospital.

After residency, Dr. Fuller became a clinical pharmacy specialist at Emory University Hospital Midtown in the hepatology clinic. Her practice site affords her the opportunity to work with a diverse, often underserved patient population while providing students the opportunity to learn cultural sensitivity, diversity, and inclusion when serving patients.

Facility

Emory Healthcare has multiple teaching and community hospitals within the healthcare system. Dr. Fuller's practice site is based out of the Emory University Hospital Midtown Center for Viral Hepatitis, Emory Hepatology Clinic, and Emory Liver Transplant Clinic. Practice sites are based at teaching hospitals/clinics within Emory Healthcare.

Recent Significant Projects

Dr. Fuller is involved with expanding hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening in the primary care clinics at her institution through her work on an interdisciplinary team. Patients identified as HCV positive on routine screening through the pilot project are connected to the Center for Viral Hepatitis for treatment. She is involved in the hepatitis C positive donor to hepatitis C negative recipient transplant organ program at Emory. After transplant, hepatitis related care is provided through the Center for Viral Hepatitis in collaboration with the Emory Transplant Clinic.

Initial Involvement in ASHP

Currently, I am a member of the Section Advisory Group on Compensation and Practice Sustainability in addition to involvement with the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP).

Why did you become involved in ASHP? 

I was excited about the opportunities and resources ASHP provides for professional growth. I wanted the opportunity to serve on a committee with other colleagues from around the nation enhancing collaboration, networking, and practice resource development.

Advice for Someone New to Specialty Area

Invest in your team members and colleagues personally and professionally. The collaborative relationships you build will provide a solid foundation for excellent patient care. Flexibility and adaptability are important when defining and redefining the pharmacist role in clinic.

How would you explain the value of ASHP to a friend or colleague? 

ASHP provides resources and support for advancing pharmacy practice, continuing education, practitioner development, and networking. Whether one is a pharmacy technician, pharmacy student, resident, new practitioner, or veteran practitioner, ASHP provides resources for professional development. The continuing education webinars have been especially helpful in staying well rounded.

What is the value of ASHP for the profession?

ASHP advocates for pharmacists and practice advancement at a national level. It provides an opportunity for pharmacist to unite on common goals and objectives thereby advocating with one voice.

 

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