Member Snapshot- Elias Chahine

Elias B. Chahine, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS (AQ-ID)

Diving Into Academic Pharmacy

The Consultant Pharmacist publishes occasional snapshots of members who have interesting practices or businesses or are involved in unusual projects or research. All pharmacists were asked to provide answers to several questions. This was originally published in the August 2017 issue of The Consultant Pharmacist.

Elias B. Chahine, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS (AQ-ID), is an associate professor of pharmacy practice at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy, West Palm Beach, and a clinical pharmacy specialist at Wellington Regional Medical Center, Wellington, Florida.

Tell us about yourself and your business/consulting practice

I am a pharmacy practice faculty member at Palm Beach Atlantic University and a clinical pharmacist at Wellington Regional Medical Center. My responsibilities include coordinating and teaching the integrated infectious diseases pharmacotherapy course, maintaining an active clinical practice, precepting students and residents on rotations, and engaging in scholarship and service.

What have the highlights and challenges been over the years?

Choosing academic pharmacy as a career has been very rewarding. As a practice faculty, I get to wear many interesting hats. I teach infectious diseases pharmacotherapy and precept students and residents during their infectious diseases and internal medicine rotations. I join in rounds with multidisciplinary medical teams and provide clinical pharmacy services  to mostly older adults with multiple comorbid conditions. I also author articles and book chapters and present posters and continuing education programs for health care professionals at local, state, and national meetings. In addition, I serve on several committees and hold leadership positions in various professional organizations. My community service events have taken me to Alaska, the Caribbean, the Amazon, and Africa where a team of pharmacy faculty and students provided free pharmacy services to the underserved in collaboration with local prescribers. While the sky is the limit in academic pharmacy, all these opportunities come with the challenge of maintaining a good work-life balance.

What advice can you offer other consultant pharmacists?

Professionally engaged pharmacists think and behave in ways that positively impact their practice and profession, and they tend to be more satisfied with their job. I encourage consultant pharmacists to give back to their school, profession, and community. They may serve on a school committee, volunteer to teach a class, or precept students. What a great opportunity to participate in mentoring the next generation of pharmacists. They may serve on an American Society of Consultant Pharmacists committee, run for an office, or participate in professional advocacy. It’s a great opportunity to work with like-minded colleagues. They may serve as a peer reviewer for their favorite journal, present at professional meetings, or seek continuous professional development and stay current with the latest development in the field. All pharmacists are able to use their knowledge, skills, and values to make a difference in their community. Whatever you choose to do, remember to approach every opportunity with an open mind and a desire to learn and do your best.

What are your hopes for the future of your practice?

Since the implementation of an entry-level doctor of pharmacy degree, availability of many residency and fellowship programs, and increasing number of specialty certifications and certificate programs, pharmacists are more trained than ever before to practice at the top of their license. The time has come for us to stick together as a profession and advocate for an expanded scope of practice. As an instructor, it is my hope that pharmacy students and trainees are well prepared to provide valuebased health care as part of an interprofessional team. As a clinician, it is my hope that antimicrobial stewardship efforts extend beyond the hospitals to reach the community, ambulatory care, and long-term care settings.

Consult Pharm 2017;32:488-90.
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