Midwestern University's Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) is proud to be leading pharmacy practice in the State of Illinois, as two of its faculty members are currently serving as presidents of the state's top pharmacy associations. Susan Cornell, Pharm.D., CDE, FAPhA, FAADE, Assistant Director of the Office of Experiential Education, has begun her term as the 130th President of the Illinois Pharmacists Association, while Carrie Sincak, Pharm.D., BCPS, Vice Chair of Pharmacy Practice, has embarked on her year as the 47th President of the Illinois Council of Health System Pharmacists.
Both Drs. Cornell and Sincak are assuming leadership in a period of great change. In March of 2010, new healthcare reform legislation was passed that will require the profession to create new pharmacy practice models. According to Dr. Sincak, "Safety and quality will play an even more important role. As such, we can help define and mold the practice model to promote our value, allow innovative practices to be identified, build credibility by manifesting our commitment and involvement in healthcare reform, obtain provider status, as well as focus on quality and safety in high-risk, high-cost, and complex medication therapy plans. Our profession should be recognized as essential providers of these healthcare services."
Dr. Cornell also sees the role of the pharmacist evolving and expanding. "Pharmacists are working in many different settings, not just in community pharmacy or hospitals as in years past. It is important for the association to reach and serve pharmacists in all practice settings. The Illinois Pharmacists Association must be an inclusive organization, not exclusive. It is time to grow the diversity of where our members practice. It is also imperative for us to plan, prepare, and train for what the future holds," she said.
With offices just a few feet away from each other, collaboration and joint planning is easy and convenient. "We have met a few times during our respective president-elect years to discuss common initiatives and strategies to collaborate," says Dr. Cornell. "Our dialog is continuing as we both move forward in our years as president."
Highly respected by students, Drs. Cornell and Sincak are each recipients of numerous teaching awards. Dr. Sincak graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Pharmacy in 2000 and completed her pharmacy practice residency at the University of Michigan. Dr. Cornell received her degree from CCP in 2002 and lectures extensively on the subject of diabetes.
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