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Use of Race in Clinical Algorithms


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Several clinical algorithms use race as an input, with varying degrees of impact on access to care. This podcast episode serves to raise awareness about this issue, explain some practical considerations pharmacists can implement when using clinical algorithms, and provide additional resources for listeners who want to learn more.


Lindsey Childs-KeanLindsey Childs-Kean, PharmD, MPH, BCPS is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research with the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.  She earned her PharmD degree from University of Florida and completed a PGY1 residency at Tampa General Hospital and a PGY2 Infectious Diseases residency at the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System.  Her teaching, research, and practice interests include infectious disease pharmacotherapy and professional development of students and new practitioners. She is an active member of multiple state and national pharmacy organizations, including a member of the ASHP Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Year Round Educational Steering Committee.

Rena GosserRena A. Gosser is the Clinical Ambulatory Pharmacy Manager at Harborview Medical Center - University of Washington Medicine and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy in Seattle, WA. Her role provides the opportunity to support a team of pharmacist providers across primary and specialty care, develop and implement pharmacist provider driven initiatives, and create education on various clinical topics.  Dr. Gosser received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. She then completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and PGY2 Drug Information Residency at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. 

Dr. Gosser maintains Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy and serves as Assistant Editor for the textbook Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach. She is an active and engaged member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA). She currently serves ASHP as Vice Chair of the Council on Therapeutics, member of the Committee on Nominations, and member of the Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Clinical Leadership Section Advisory Group. Dr. Gosser’s professional interests include pharmacist practice advancement, medication policy, medication safety, strategic prescribing, and professional engagement.

Sarah AndersonSarah Anderson, PharmD, FCCP, FASHP, BCPS, BCACP, is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Adult Internal Medicine at the Eastside Family Health Center, one of the Denver Health Community Health Clinics. Dr. Anderson graduated from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy in 2007, completed a PGY1 Pharmacy practice residency at Denver Health in 2008 and a PGY2 Ambulatory Care residency at the University of Colorado in 2009.

At her clinic site, Dr. Anderson provides pharmacotherapy consultations and direct patient care visits for resistant hypertension, diabetes, anticoagulation, hospital discharge follow-up, and general medication management. This is also a rotation site for P3 and P4 students as well as PGY1 and PGY2 residents. Dr. Anderson’s areas of interest include cardiometabolic disease, clinical service implementation and justification, and precepting pharmacy learners.

Dr. Anderson currently serves on the ASHP Council on Therapeutics and the ASHP Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners Educational Steering Committee. She is a frequent speaker at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, ASHP Summer Meeting, and ASHP National Pharmacy Preceptor Conference. Dr. Anderson was the recipient of an ASHP Best Practices Award in 2013.

The information presented during the podcast reflects solely the opinions of the presenter. The information and materials are not, and are not intended as, a comprehensive source of drug information on this topic. The contents of the podcast have not been reviewed by ASHP, and should neither be interpreted as the official policies of ASHP, nor an endorsement of any product(s), nor should they be considered as a substitute for the professional judgment of the pharmacist or physician.