Martin Named Director of Professional Practice DevelopmentJun 14, 2012
Craig Martin, a UK College of Pharmacy alumnus and clinical pharmacist at UK HealthCare, has been named Director of Professional Practice Development for the College. This is a full-time faculty position in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science.
In this new role, Martin will be responsible for establishing, overseeing and evaluating all professional practice sites in which College of Pharmacy faculty are engaged as well as developing professional development programs for UK HealthCare Pharmacy Services (UKHCPS).
“This is an important position for the College as we seek to translate best pharmacy practices into professional settings across Kentucky and beyond,” said Patrick McNamara, Interim Dean for the UK College of Pharmacy. “Having worked as both an instructor in the College and in a clinical role for UK HealthCare, Craig Martin has the perfect blend of experience to lead this new initiative.”
Martin received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 1999 and completed an Infectious Disease Specialty Residency at UK in 2002.
Martin currently serves as the clinical pharmacist for UK Hospital’s Antimicrobial Management Team. The AMT provides patients of the UK Chandler Medical Center with appropriate, cost-effective antimicrobial therapy through formulary management and patient-specific interventions. The Antimicrobial Management Program has been successful in reducing both resistance rates and expenditures on antimicrobial agents. Martin has served as an adjunct associate professor in PPS, lecturing on infectious diseases and counter-terrorism in the first, second, and third professional year curriculum. He also provides experiential education to fourth professional year students through the antimicrobial management and infectious diseases rotations.
Martin has remained active in professional organizations over the years. He is currently President of the Kentucky Society for Health-Systems Pharmacists and is active in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). He is a recipient of ASHP’s “Best Practice Award” for 2004 as well as the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists’ “Outstanding Clinical Practice in Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy” award for 2005.
“It has been – and remains – a personal and professional thrill to be part of one of the leading Colleges of Pharmacy in the nation,” said Martin. “I think one of the reasons our graduates are consistently recognized for their excellence in patient care is that many of our faculty remain active in practice. Their practice sites provide fertile training ground for future clinical pharmacists while also improving the lives of their patients. I’m honored to be selected to help lead this vital initiative.”