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ASHP Fills Key Positions to Expand Membership Services

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has moved to fill two new key positions that will allow the Society to better serve pharmacy students and members who practice in ambulatory settings.

Jill L. Nickols, Pharm.D., M.B.A., joined the ASHP staff July 1, as the Student Forum Associate in the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum. Nickols will schedule and coordinate visits to pharmacy schools that will promote membership services and advocate recruitment and retention of student members. Nickols, a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, will also develop and maintain relationships with leaders from various student organizations and student chapters of ASHP Affiliated State Chapters, coordinate student programming at ASHP's national meetings, and serve as an information resource for Student Forum activities. 

Members who practice in ambulatory care settings will benefit from the efforts of Mae M. Kwong, Pharm.D., who is joining the Society in the newly created position of Professional Practice Associate for Ambulatory Care. Kwong, who was previously a supervisor of ambulatory pharmacy services and a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals of the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, will lead the development and implementation of action plans to meet the needs of members providing pharmaceutical care to ambulatory patients. Kwong received her Pharm.D. from the School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco, where she was also a fellow in the Drug Research Unit. She completed an ASHP-accredited residency in ambulatory primary care at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital of the Virginia Commonwealth University. She joined the staff July 12. 

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medications. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.