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Welcome to the AST TxPharm COP Website!

The AST Transplant Pharmacy Community of Practice was established in 2009 and is the fifth largest COP within AST with close to 600 members. The goal of this COP is to provide a forum for transplant pharmacists and other professionals to network, exchange thoughts, share resources, collaborate on best practice solutions, develop research ideas, participate in educational activities, and promote the practice of transplant pharmacy. We encourage all individuals interested in transplant pharmacy to join this dynamic and growing community.

If you have any suggestions on how we can improve our online community OR if you want to be featured in the member spotlight, please email Emily Sartain at Emily.Sartain@uchealth.org

Executive Committee 2022-2023

Chair: Barrett Crowther (2023)
Co-Chair: Mary Chandran (2023)
Past Chair: David Taber (2023)
Board Liaison: Marie Chisholm-Burns (2023)

Tiffany Kaiser (2023)
Emily Sartain (2024)
Matt Harris (2023)
Jennifer McDermott (2023)
Adam Diamond (2024)
Kayla Joyal (2024)
Early Career Member-at-Large: Nicole Wilson (2023)

Anne Kreiss (AST Staff Liaison) –akreiss@myAST.org

TxPharm COP – Survey Dissemination Policy

If you want to solicit feedback on a survey through the TxPharm COP discussion board, it needs approval first. Please email Barrett Crowther or Mary Chandran with the survey, and they will facilitate the approval process. Unapproved surveys will be deleted from the discussion board.

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Member Spotlight

Emily Sartain, PharmD, BCPS

Describe your current position

I recently graduated from a PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Residency at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and transitioned into my current position as a clinical pharmacist specialist. I am developing and expanding new transplant pharmacy services as the first dedicated heart transplant pharmacist in our outpatient clinic and also support our established kidney/pancreas transplant team in the outpatient setting and inpatient transitions of care.

Describe your education/training for this job

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at Rice University and earned my PharmD at the University of Texas at Austin. I went on to complete my PGY1 and PGY2 at UCHealth and am grateful for the opportunity to continue growing alongside an amazing group of pharmacists and mentors.

What inspired you to become a transplant pharmacist?

I first realized I had a passion for transplant pharmacy while on an elective transplant rotation at as a student. I was immediately drawn in by the multifaceted nature of transplant pharmacy – from immunobiology to infectious diseases to chronic disease state management to transitions of care. I felt inspired by the teamwork among different disciplines and continuity of care that supports such a life-altering journey for transplant recipients. I really enjoy motivating patients and guiding them through that journey. What finally sold me on transplant were the limitless opportunities to improve patient care both directly and indirectly through research, didactic teaching, national organization involvement, and process improvement initiatives.

What do you think is the most valuable trait in a person?

Empathy and the ability to understand the needs of others. I believe it sets the foundation for any great team and is essential for collaboration and making effective decisions.

What is your favorite form of exercise? 

Volleyball! I played all throughout high school, college, and even some intramural in pharmacy school. Growing up, my friends and I would pepper in my front yard for hours at a time, rain or shine. 

What is your favorite thing to do on weekends?

Having friends over for dinner and game nights on the weekends. My husband and I both have competitive sides when it comes to board games, but we’re good sports about it.

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

I have 2 very cute rabbits whom I love, but I do not love cleaning their litter box 😊

What TV show are you embarrassed about watching?

I’m well-versed in embarrassing reality dating shows, but I would say Married at First Sight is up there. If you asked me 15 years ago, it might be “Room Raiders” on MTV.

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