UAMS Professor Named Fellow of American Pharmacists Association

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LITTLE ROCK — Jan Hastings, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy, has been elected a fellow of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).


Hastings is one of 10 newly elected fellows of the APhA to be recognized during the organization’s upcoming annual meeting and exposition March 17-21 in San Francisco. The APhA is the largest professional association of pharmacists in the United States and has more than 50,000 members.


To be named a fellow of APhA, individuals must have demonstrated progressive and exemplary service and achievements in their professional area, in the APhA academies and in other national, state and local professional organizations.


Hastings joined the UAMS College of Pharmacy faculty in 1993 after earning her bachelor of science in pharmacy and doctor of pharmacy degrees from the UAMS College of Pharmacy. In addition to her position as associate professor, she is also director of Advanced Community Practice Clerkships, director of Early Practice Experiences and secretary to the faculty.


Hastings serves on the Arkansas Pharmacists Association (APA) board of directors and the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA) editorial advisory board. She is a reviewer for the JAPhA and the APhA Handbook on Nonprescription Drugs.


Among her other positions are delegate to the APhA House of Delegates and advisory committee member to the director of government affairs for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. She has coordinated the Patient Counseling Competition for the UAMS College of Pharmacy for 11 years and provided workshops in the field. She has also helped train student pharmacists through initiatives such as “Operation Immunization” and “Operation Diabetes.”


Hastings has received several awards of excellence in teaching including the Clinical Faculty of the Year (Class of 1999), Innovation in Teaching Awards at the UAMS Teaching with Technology Fair in 2004 and the Charles K. Born Professionalism Award and College of Pharmacy Incentive Awards in 2005. In 2004, Hastings was recognized nationally for her innovative effort to help deliver quality continuing education programs to practicing pharmacists in rural areas.


She is a member of the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, the National Community Pharmacy Association, the Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and Rho Chi. Her volunteer activities include work with the Christian Community Care Clinic of Saline County, the Northside Church of Christ, the Red Cross, the Special Olympics and the Benton Public School District. Hastings is married to Sgt. Terry Hastings of the Little Rock Police Department and is the mother of two children.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,320 students and 690 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with almost 9,000 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the VA Medical Center. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.3 billion a year.