Published on November 7, 2018 by Natascha Anderson  
Speaker ACCP Michael Maddux

Samford University welcomed Michael S. Maddux, executive director of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy to speak as part of the McWhorter School of Pharmacy Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

The series was created by McWhorter School of Pharmacy Dean Michael Crouch to bring national thought leaders to Samford’s campus to speak on contemporary topics related to health care and the profession of pharmacy.

With his presentation titled, “Professional Transformation Through the Lens of Clinical Pharmacy: Deja vu All Over Again,” Maddux spoke about the evolving field of pharmacy and the importance of pharmacy education. Discussing key moments in pharmacy history, starting in the 1960s, Maddux applied the momentous moments in pharmacy history to the current climate and how they have affected the field of clinical pharmacy.

Maddux affirmed the school’s commitment to interprofessional education, discussing how it prepares graduates for today’s focus on a team-based approach to care. “The key to success in team-based care is shared goals, clear roles, mutual trust and effective communication,” he said.

“It was an honor to have Dr. Maddux visit Samford,” said Michael Crouch, dean of McWhorter School of Pharmacy. “Through this lecture series, we create opportunities for students to interact with national leaders and witness their dedication and commitment to the profession, which is so evident in Dr. Maddux’s work.”

Maddux has served as the executive director of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy since 2004. He has received awards for practice, teaching, and leadership, and his publications have focused on clinical problems and pharmacotherapy in the organ transplant recipient, ability-based education, and curriculum assessment.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.