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Dr. Martin Ohlinger receives national recognition

Dr. Ohlinger delivers his talk: “Shock in Atrial Fibrillation: Which Pharmacologic Agent Should I Use?”

Dr. Martin Ohlinger, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and director of both the College Honors Program and the Critical Care Residency in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was recognized at the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Annual Congress. More than 6,000 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other critical care professionals attended the meeting, held Jan 21-25 in Honolulu this year.

Dr. Ohlinger was invited to speak about “Shock in Atrial Fibrillation: Which Pharmacologic Agent Should I Use?”. At the meeting, he was awarded the Presidential Citation for contributions to SCCM, including serving on the American College of Critical Care Medicine Credentials Committee, which selects new fellows each year; he was also recognized at the meeting during the Convocation of Fellows & Society of Critical Care Medicine Awards and Grants Presentation for “SCCM members who have made extraordinary contributions of time, energy, and resources to SCCM during the previous year.”

In addition, Dr. Ohlinger, who is a board certified critical care pharmacist (BCCCP), was selected as one of 15 critical care specialists from across the US to serve on the Board of Pharmacy Specialties’ (BPS) national working group to complete a Role Delineation Study that outlines the standards for being a Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist.

October 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The October 2014 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • 2014 Distinguished Alumnus, Jerry Wisler, ’79
  • Your 2014-2015 Alumni Affiliate Board
  • Taking Patient Care to the Next Level with Board Certification by alumnus Brandon Craig, PharmD ’07, RPh, BCACP
  • Mission: Unstoppable: Student Affairs staffer Jing Meyer keeps students focused on graduation
  • The Master of Plans: Alumnus Kevin Krock, BSPS ’07 on planning for a meaningful career
  • Leadership Lessons: Graduate School Preparation
  • Small Organelle, Big Possibilities: Dr. Wissam AbouAlaiwi’s research on cilia
  • Calendar of Events

Taking Patient Care to the Next Level with Board Certification

by Dr. Brandon Craig

Craig, center, with local congressmen

Craig, center, with local congressmen

Healthcare is changing. Patients’ needs are growing. The pharmacist’s role is expanding. According to The Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners’ (JCPP) in their Future Vision of Pharmacy Practice 2015, “Pharmacists will be the healthcare professionals responsible for providing patient care that ensures optimal medication therapy outcomes.” In order to prove our professional worth and fulfill our patients’ medication- and health-related needs, we must get in the game. One way of doing this is Board Certification.

Dr. Brandon Craig, a 2007 Pharm.D. graduate of the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, recently achieved board certification in ambulatory care pharmacy through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS). Dr. Craig is a clinical pharmacist practicing at Discount Drug Mart, a regional pharmacy chain in Ohio. He is also a preceptor for Pharm.D. Students at UT. His professional interests include Medication Therapy Management, diabetes care, vaccinations and medication reconciliation.

“I have always possessed a passion for educating and sharing knowledge. As a pharmacist on the front line of healthcare, I enjoy teaching my patients about general health and wellness and the appropriate use of their medications. I have also found it very rewarding to precept pharmacy students from UT in completing their experiential hours.”

There are many reasons one may pursue board certification, including affirmation of skills and knowledge, increased recognition from other healthcare professionals, or exploring new practice opportunities. My major motivation for becoming a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) was in providing optimal care to my patients and ensuring that high quality, practical education is provided to our future pharmacists. As the quest towards Provider Status continues, we as pharmacists must prove our value to patients and fellow health care professionals.

“Through earning Board Certification, I would like to offer additional learning opportunities to UT pharmacy students. This credential validates a pharmacist’s knowledge to manage patients with complex medication-related needs. The community pharmacist of today is truly a clinician, and has many added roles and responsibilities in caring for ambulatory patients. There are many patient services offered at my pharmacy, including MTM, health/self-care education, medication adherence, vaccinations, and medication synchronization. Students would benefit greatly from being directly involved in the provision of these services.”

“With pharmacists providing advanced pharmacy services such as health education, MTM, vaccine administration, and patient/prescriber drug therapy recommendations, we need to strive for excellence and recognition as members of the health care team.”

In regards to education and pharmacy students, I plan to continue precepting students at my practice site as often as they are assigned. I would also be excited to participate in other opportunities with the College of Pharmacy to provide seminars, practical experience or professional experiences to students. I am interested in any research opportunities that are relevant to ambulatory care pharmacy. I am also an active member of APhA and the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA), including the Disease State Management Taskforce and MTM Work Group committees with OPA.

Please contact me with any questions.

Brandon Craig, PharmD, RPh, BCACP

Class of 2007, University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Contact information:

Discount Drug Mart #69

661 Wooster St., Lodi, OH 44254

Phone: 330.948.0520

Email: Bcraig@discount-drugmart.com


Corporate office:

Tom Nameth, Director of Pharmacy Operations



Jason Briscoe, Director-in-training Jbriscoe@discount-drugmart.com

211 Commerce Dr.

Medina, OH 44256

Phone: 330.725.2340, Ext. 84454


Photo: Brandon Craig, PharmD, RPh, BCACP discusses pharmacy legislation with his local congressmen.