Critical Care Collaborative

The University of Georgia Critical Care Collaborative (UGAC3) was formed in 2017 with a mission of fostering critical care research and education across the state of Georgia. The UGAC3 is composed of clinical faculty members at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, located across the four UGA COP campuses in Albany, Athens, Augusta, and Savannah. The group collaborates to stimulate professional development, scholarship, and teaching. We strive to promote innovative critical care education in the pharmacy curriculum and to conduct clinical research that will improve the outcomes of critically ill patients in Georgia and beyond. For updates on group initiatives, follow us on Twitter @UGAC3.

Members

Christopher M. Bland, PharmD, FCCP, FIDSA, BCPS
Clinical Associate Professor
Practice Site:  St Joseph’s/Candler Health System
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Email: cmbland@uga.edu
Twitter: @blandman19

Trisha N. Branan, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Associate Professor
Practice Site:  Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center (Athens, GA)
Clinical Specialist – Medical/Surgical ICU
Email: tbranan@uga.edu
Twitter: @TrishaBranan

Anthony Hawkins, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Practice Site:  Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital (Albany, GA)
Clinical Specialist – Medical ICU and PGY-1 Residency Coordinator
Email: hawkins@uga.edu
Twitter: @iamahawkins

Andrea Sikora Newsome, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Practice Site:  Augusta University Medical Center (Augusta, GA)
Clinical Specialist – Cardiac ICU
Email: sikora@uga.edu
Twitter: @AndreaSikora

Susan E. Smith, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Practice Site:  Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center (Athens, GA)
Clinical Specialist – Medical/Surgical ICU
Email: susan.smith@uga.edu
Twitter: @SESmithPharmD

Publications

(* denotes UGAC3 member):

Smith SE*, Newsome AS*, Hawkins WA*. An argument for the protocolized screening and management of post-extubation stridor. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2018;197(11):1503-1505.

Sikora Newsome A*, Smith SE*, Hawkins WA*, Fulford M, Phillips BB. Impact of multi-modal methods to teach advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) principles in the core Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. J Am Coll Clin Pharm. 2018; 1-12.

Hawkins WA*, Smith SE*, Sikora Newsome A*, Carr JR, Bland CM*, Branan TN*. Fluid stewardship during critical illness: a call to action. J Pharm Pract. 2019; 1-11.

A complete list of our publications is available at:  UGAC3 My NCBI Bibliography

Presentations

Anthony Hawkins, Andrea Newsome, and Susan Smith gave a 2 hour invited presentation to the Capital Society of Health Systems Pharmacists in Tallahassee, Florida entitled “The Role of Fluid Stewardship in the Optimization of Patient Outcomes” (May 2018).

Grants:

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) 2019-2020 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Grant. Influence of Personality Traits on PharmD Student Success with ACLS. PI: Susan E. Smith*. Co-PI: Andrea Sikora Newsome*. Collaborating Investigators: Michael Fulford, Linda Logan. $4,000. Duration: May 1, 2019 – May 1, 2020.

UGA College of Pharmacy Foundation Founds “Seed Grant.” Characterization of fluid input during critical illness. W. Anthony Hawkins* (PI). Collaborating Investigators: Christopher M. Bland*, Trisha N. Branan*, Andrea Sikora Newsome*, Susan E. Smith*. $7,000. Duration: January 2018 – June 2018.

Awards and Recognition:

Bronze Snapshot Award. SCCM. February 2019.
Sikora Newsome A,* Smith SE,* Hawkins AW,* UGA Critical Care Collaborative. Fluid Stewardship: Identifying Hidden Fluids as a Target for Fluid Minimization. Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress. (2019, Feb 18). San Diego, CA.

Best Poster Award – Practitioner. GSHP. March 2019.
Sikora Newsome A,* Smith SE*, UGA C3. (2019, March 8). Medication Regimen Complexity Predicts Pharmacist Workload: Use of the Novel MRC-ICU Scoring Tool. Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists Spring Meeting, Savannah GA.

Best Poster Award – Student. GSHP. March 2019.
Phan R, Smith SE*. Hidden fluids in critical care patients. Poster Presentation (Phan R). Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists Spring Meeting, 2019 Mar 9; Savannah, GA.

Top 5 Student Poster Finalist. GSHP. March 2019.
Allen N, Smith SE*. Specific medications contributing to hidden fluid intake in critical care patients. Poster Presentation (Allen N). Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists Spring Meeting, 2019 Mar 9; Savannah, GA.

UGAC3 Elective Courses:

The following elective courses are offered by UGAC3 to second- and third-year students in the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

PHRM 5370 Critical care Pharmacy is offered during the Fall and Spring semesters to third-year students. This course is designed to provide an overview of critical care topics, principles of pharmacotherapy involved in caring for critically ill patients, and develop problem-solving skills.

PHRM 5980 Research in Critical Care Pharmacotherapy is offered during the Fall and Spring semesters to second- and third-year pharmacy students. This is a self-study course that provides a multi-campus and multi-investigator experience in critical care research. The elective may be taken for credit up to four times.

PHRM 5210 Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) will be offered to third-year students for the first time during the Spring 2020 semester. This hybrid class involves guided self-study modules and two in-person training experiences. The course culminates in ACLS certification by the American Heart Association.