PharmD P4 Student Hillary Parkin Wins Best Poster at AMCP Annual Meeting
Apr 9, 2019 1:50 PM
Fourth-year College of Pharmacy student, Hillary Parkin, won Best Poster by a Student Pharmacist at the 2019 Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Annual Meeting. Her winning poster was titled 'Medication Therapy Management: Outcomes of Telephonic Pharmacist Outreach'.
Hillary states the following about her accolade:
"The poster I presented at the AMCP Annual Meeting described the PharmD project I have been working on for the past two years with my project mentor, Jon Magness, Senior Director, Medicare Part D Clinical Pharmacy Operations at Magellan Rx Management and Kibum Kim, a research assistant professor within the University of Utah Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center. The purpose of my project was to evaluate the impact of a clinical pharmacist-based telephonic Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program on medication adherence rates in Medicare Part D patients who utilize MTM services compared with patients who choose not to participate in MTM. We evaluated patient adherence to three different types of medications (ACE-I/ARBs, oral type 2 diabetes medications, and statins) and also assessed the mean number of annual outpatient and hospital visits for both groups of patients. Results from this project show a trend in higher medication adherence rates, a higher number of outpatient visits, and a fewer number of hospital visits in patients who participated in MTM with a pharmacist. These results suggest that pharmacists are critical players in providing beneficial clinical outcomes by improving patient medication adherence and decreasing the number of annual hospital visits.
I feel so honored to have received the AMCP Best Student Poster award. I definitely couldn't have gotten this far without supportive pharmacy mentors along the way. Through working on my project and creating this poster, I have learned many valuable skills that will assist me in my future career as a pharmacist. I believe it is important to continue to ask questions and look for new ways to improve on promoting growth and development of whatever profession you choose."