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VCU School of Pharmacy professor and alumna Patty Slattum will receive ASCPT’s 2017 Mentor Award at the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Annual Meeting, the theme of which is “Advancing Patient Care Through Precision and Translational Medicine.”

“This is an incredible honor for Dr. Slattum,” said Don Brophy, chairman of the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science. “Her mentoring record is long and distinguished, and I am so happy that she will be recognized for her contributions.”

Thanks to ASCPT for encapsulating many of those contributions, as follows:

Patricia W. Slattum is the 2017 recipient of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Mentor Award. She is an accomplished educator and researcher who has made mentoring students of all levels and specialties her personal mission.

Slattum is a professor of pharmacotherapy and outcomes science and director of the geriatric pharmacotherapy program at the VCU School of Pharmacy, where she has worked since completing her fellowship in 1996. For 12 years, she studied pharmacy while working as a pharmacist in Richmond, earning her Pharm.D. and Ph.D. from VCU in 1992.

Patty Slattum congratulated mentee Sheetal Dharia, who graduated with a Pharm.D./Ph.D., at a VCU School of Pharmacy graduate students awards lunch.

Finding the right mentor for every student and young clinical pharmacologist she works with is of utmost importance to Slattum. As vice chair for graduate studies and through VCU’s Center for Teaching Excellence Mentorship Program, she has helped launch the careers of many junior scientists. She has contributed to curriculum development, clinical training and interprofessional education and dissemination at VCU and has promoted the benefits of mentoring at university seminars.

Slattum specializes in geriatric clinical pharmacology, particularly drug-induced cognitive and functional impairment. By promoting evidence-based practices to control risks for falls, she has greatly improved care for older adults.

Throughout her 19-year ASCPT membership and positions on the board of directors, Education Committee and Membership Action Team, Slattum has had a role in virtually every aspect of the society’s strategic plan. Since 2014, she has been the chair of the ASCPT Mentor Task Force. She has served on the Scientific Awards Committee, Coordinating Committee on Scientific Sections and Young Investigator Award Selection Committee; chaired the Scientific Section on Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology; and served as vice chair for Continuing Pharmacy Education.

In January, Slattum was recognized as the first recipient of the VCU School of Pharmacy’s Victor A. Yanchick Professorship. From left: Yanchick (dean 1996-2014), Slattum and Dean Joseph DiPiro.

Slattum regularly facilitates student and trainee events at the ASCPT Annual Meeting. She has also helped organize programming for numerous annual meetings, including symposia and workshops. She is a reviewer for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and a former member of the journal’s editorial board.

Slattum also has received many awards for excellence in education. She was an American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education fellow and the 1991 Rho Chi Graduate Instructor of the Year. In 2005, she received the VCU School of Pharmacy Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. She was recognized with the VCU Distinguished Faculty Award for Service in 2009, and in 2015, she received ASCPT’s Henry W. Elliott Distinguished Service Award.

She belongs to several professional medical and gerontological societies, including the Gerontological Society of America, American Geriatrics Society, Virginia Geriatrics Society, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. 

Among Slattum’s other major projects at the school are the Richmond Health & Wellness Program and Project CRESST (Enhancing Clinical Research Education for Science Students and Teachers).

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