Congratulations to Ann Philbrick, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCACP, who was inducted into the 2021 Academy for Excellence in Clinical Practice! For over 13 years, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health faculty Dr. Philbrick has been providing patient care services as a clinical pharmacist at M Health Fairview Clinic - Bethesda. Her many contributions to improving patient health outcomes—through direct patient care, teaching medical residents, and establishing care processes targeted to St. Paul's unique patient populations—all account for her selection for this esteemed honor.

As the lead faculty at the College of Pharmacy for immunization training for 11 years, Dr. Philbrick displayed admirable leadership when COVID-19 vaccines became available:

  • Developed and launched an updated continuing education program in 2020-2021 for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in need of immunization delivery training.
  • Served as the vaccine supply manager for all Bethesda COVID-19 vaccination clinics while providing resources and leadership for other family medicine clinics.
  • Exceeded her typical workload to provide services at various vaccination clinics in the metro area.

Dr. Philbrick provides comprehensive medication management at Bethesda; her work is largely focused on serving as an interprofessional team member who manages chronic conditions. For the St. Paul patient population, these conditions include diabetes, hypertension, and depression, among others. Many of the patients referred to pharmacists' care are those that have difficult-to-control conditions due to treatment resistance, poor understanding of treatments, poor access to medications, or other social determinants of health. Dr. Philbrick successfully provides quality care to her patient panel despite these challenges.

In her years at the Bethesda clinic, Dr. Philbrick has been offering pharmacist's clinical services as part of the interprofessional care team for patients' benefit. She consistently offers her expertise to the team for the benefit of the medical residents, medical students, pharmacy residents, and pharmacy students.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Philbrick made significant contributions to the health of our communities by providing education to increase the number of available vaccinators. She also directly contributed to the vaccination efforts for her local community. Without question, she embodies true clinical excellence worthy of this award.