Dr. Cowart received his Pharm.D. degree from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Pharmacy, and Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of Florida College of Public Health & Health Professions. He completed an ASHP Accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, NC, and an ASHP Accredited PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Following completion of residency, Dr. Cowart became board certified in ambulatory care and entered academia. He is currently an Assistant Professor at USF in the College of Pharmacy & Morsani College of Medicine, and practices as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care at Tampa General Medical Group (TGMG) in Tampa, Florida.
Dr. Cowart is currently serving in the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners as a member of the Compensation and Practice Sustainability Advisory Group. He is also actively engaged with the state-affiliate chapter, the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists, where he serves on the Educational Affairs Committee. Dr. Cowart has previously held appointments with the ASHP New Practitioners Forum (NPF) Professional Practice Advisory Group, and the Resident Advancement Advisory Group.
TGMG is an affiliate of Tampa General Hospital and includes 16 primary and specialty clinics across west central Florida. Most TGMG clinics are Level 3 National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) patient-centered medical homes (PCMH). At Dr. Cowart’s practice site he is involved primarily in transitions of care and chronic disease state management under a collaborative practice agreement. He also serves as an ambulatory care preceptor for pharmacy students as part of his academic responsibilities.
Recent Significant Projects
Dr. Cowart has been involved with projects measuring pharmacist impact on diabetes management and community antimicrobial stewardship program initiatives. Currently, Dr. Cowart is investigating clinical inertia in the management of chronic diseases as well as identifying methods to measure pharmacist value in emerging value based care delivery models.
Becoming Involved in ASHP
"I became involved with ASHP as a student to learn about residency opportunities and meet local/regional leaders in Health-System Pharmacy. ASHP has been a great resource for me as a resident and new practitioner. I stay connected with ASHP to foster my professional development, network, and advance the pharmacy profession."
Advice for Someone New to Specialty Area
"For those entering ambulatory care pharmacy, find your passion and let that fuel your practice, research and teaching efforts. As a new practitioner in an ambulatory care setting, be adaptable, be a team player and be ready for change. Build relationships with everyone around you – providers, ancillary medical staff and your patients. This will help facilitate your efforts towards practicing at the top of your license. "
Value of ASHP
"ASHP is one of the largest pharmacy organizations, although still provides helpful resources for anyone in the pharmacy profession in any practice setting or specialty. As a new practitioner, I have found the ASHP career development resources and New Practitioner Forum career transition guides useful as I transitioned from student, to resident, and now into academia."
"ASHP is actively involved with advancing the pharmacy profession through supporting the practice of pharmacy and the full spectrum of medication use. ASHP advocates for key issues affecting scope of practice, healthcare reform, medication safety, among many more."