(22 May 2012) Brandon Bookstaver was recently named the Health System Pharmacist of the Year by the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The award recognizes an active pharmacist with sustained achievement/contributions to the profession of pharmacy and/or for involvement with the Society. Bookstaver, an associate professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences, has been an active member of the Society, serving as chair of the Education Committee in 2011 and was elected this year as president-elect.
The University of South Carolina (USC) pharmacy graduate of 2004 returned to USC as a faculty member after doing two years of residency work at Wake Forest University. An avid Gamecock, he was also recognized this year with a University-wide award when he was selected as the winner of the USC Clinical Practice Teaching Award. The award recognizes excellence achievement in philosophy of teaching, involvement in clinical teaching and practice, advising, and mentoring of health science students. Fellow pharmacy faculty member Betsy Blake won the University-wide award last year.
The accolades are nothing new for Bookstaver. Last year, he won the2011 New Educator Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, a national recognition given to just one pharmacist each year.