ATLANTA – Mercer University Assistant Professor Dr. Angela Shogbon received the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP) Pharmacoeconomics Research Award at the organization's fall meeting, Oct. 10-12, at Brasstown Valley Resort.
The Pharmacoeconomics Research Award is designed to recognize a GSHP member who has performed a pharmacoeconomic analysis in a particular area of pharmacy practice and to encourage pharmacists to investigate and report the cost benefits of pharmaceutical care through the provision of cost-effective pharmacy services. Members performing an analysis or investigation in an area related to the cost effectiveness, cost benefit or cost utility of a particular medication therapy, type of patient care delivered by pharmacists or some aspect of pharmacy services are eligible.
Dr. Shogbon, who is a faculty member in the College of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmacy Practice on the Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta, earned the award for her pharmacoeconomic analysis and research article on "Student Pharmacists' Clinical Interventions in Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences at a Community Nonteaching Hospital," which was published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.
"Dr. Shogbon has made an important contribution to the literature in pharmacoeconomics," said Dr. H.W. "Ted" Matthews, dean of the College of Pharmacy. "She has shown that there are significant cost savings associated with patient-centered services provided by student pharmacists."
Dr. Shogbon's analysis showed that over a three-and-a-half year period, 120 fourth-year student pharmacists had over 2,000 opportunities to contribute to patient care through clinical interventions, which resulted in estimated cost savings of over $280,000, displaying the significant benefits that student pharmacists have in patient care and cost savings to the institution.
Dr. Shogbon earned her Pharm.D. at Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences of Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. She completed two residencies at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in New York.
GSHP is a professional society of pharmacists and related personnel practicing in organized health care settings. The mission of the society is to help its members become better practitioners and to be recognized as the voice and resource for health-system pharmacy in the state of Georgia.
About the College of Pharmacy
Mercer University's College of Pharmacy is ranked No. 4 among pharmacy programs at private institutions in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. The College offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.). Founded in 1903 as the independent Southern School of Pharmacy, the school merged with Mercer University in 1959 and in 1981 became the first school in the Southeast to offer the Doctor of Pharmacy degree as its sole professional degree. In 1988, the College launched its graduate program, offering the Ph.D. degree in pharmaceutical sciences. The College is one of four health sciences units within the Mercer Health Sciences Center. With an enrollment today of more than 650 students and a distinguished faculty of basic scientists and clinicians, the College of Pharmacy houses seven centers focusing on research, teaching and learning. The College's motto, "A Tradition of Excellence – A Legacy of Caring," frames its philosophy of providing excellent academic programs in an environment where every student matters and every person counts. For more information about the College, call (678) 547-6244 or visit http://pharmacy.mercer.edu.