American Medical Association President Provides KAPS Advocacy Day Lecture


Feb 12, 2014

The President of the American Medical Association (AMA) provided UK College of Pharmacy students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends with a special guest lecture as part of the Kentucky Alliance of Pharmacy Students (KAPS) Advocacy Day on February 5.

Ardis Dee Hoven, who became the 168th president of the AMA in June 2013, provided her talk entitled “The AMA, Pharmacists and the Future of Healthcare,” and helped address the importance of pharmacists as a crucial member of the physician-led healthcare team.

“Pharmacists fit in the big picture of healthcare in a major way,” said Dr. Hoven. “(All healthcare disciplines) have to work together to improve health outcomes in this country. Delivering team care is, in fact, the best care.”

Dr. Hoven, a past president of the Kentucky Medical Association, has a long history of promoting collaborative relationships between pharmacists and physicians through her work at the University of Kentucky as an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist.

In addition to her lecture, Dr. Hoven met with many pharmacy leaders as part of Advocacy Day. She conducted small group discussion with student leaders, engaged faculty in a dialogue, and met with leaders from the Kentucky Pharmacists Association, Kentucky Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Kentucky Board of Pharmacy, and American Pharmacy Services Corporation for a discussion about the future of healthcare.

“With this year’s Advocacy Day, KAPS wanted to really engage student pharmacists and current practitioners in a meaningful dialogue about why advocacy is so vital to the future of our profession,” said Beth Moore, Chair of the Board for KAPS, and a third-year PharmD student at the College. “Being able to bring a world-class presenter and health care leader like Dr. Hoven allowed us to do that. I am thankful that Dr. Hoven was so generous with her time and was energized by the collaborative message she shared throughout the day.”

“This discussion came at a critical time for policy development and legislative efforts for the advancement of collaborative pharmacy practice,” said Trish Freeman, Director of the College’s Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice (CAPP). “We were delighted to have Dr. Hoven join us for Advocacy Day. Providing our student pharmacists the opportunity to hear the perspective of one of the nation’s top healthcare thought leaders was fantastic.”

Born in Cincinnati, Dr. Hoven received her undergraduate degree in microbiology and then her medical degree from the University of Kentucky. She completed her internal medicine and infectious disease training at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Board-certified in internal medicine and infectious disease, Dr. Hoven is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Kentucky Medical Association Distinguished Service Award. In 2013, Dr. Hoven was named one of Modern Healthcare Magazine’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare.

Dr. Hoven is married to Ron Sanders, PhD, an economist and college professor. They share a mutual enjoyment of two grandchildren, sports, travel and philanthropic activities.

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