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Diana Solomon PharmD’16 Chosen for New Practitioner Award

By Angela Bingham

Dianna SolomonDiana Solomon PharmD’16, a PGY1 pharmacy resident at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, N.J., has been awarded the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition’s (A.S.P.E.N.) New Practitioner Award.

This national award recognizes her substantial contributions to the field of nutrition support and her commitment to further the science and practice of clinical nutrition which she demonstrated as a student at PCP.

She was honored at the Pharmacy Practice Section's Community Forum at Clinical Nutrition Week in Orlando, Fla., on February 18-21, 2017.

Information from her nomination letter: 

Diana left a lasting impact on nutrition support at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J. Diana led a team of four student pharmacists to conduct a comprehensive clinical audit of parenteral nutrition at Cooper University Hospital last year. During her experiences at the institution, she served as an active member of our interdisciplinary Parenteral Nutrition Task Force. In fact, she presented findings of the clinical audit of parenteral nutrition to this task force. She identified a number of opportunities to improve processes and align with A.S.P.E.N.’s Parenteral Nutrition Safety Consensus Recommendations. Her presentation was so impressive that she was invited to share findings with the institution’s Process Improvement Committee. Beyond verbally presenting the clinical audit data and recommendations, she also prepared a written summary. This presentation was well received and has resulted in parenteral nutrition being an institutional priority.

She is passionate about furthering the science and practice of nutrition support through research. Her research, “Do Patients With a Baseline Clinical Condition Warranting the Cautious Use of Parenteral Nutrition Develop Subsequent Metabolic Complications?,” has been accepted for publication in Nutrition in Clinical Practice with an anticipated publication date of April 2017. Additionally, her research, “Impact of Guideline Concordant Protein and Energy Provision by Parenteral Nutrition in the ICU,” was accepted for presentation at the Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress in January 2017. As a student, she presented “Impact of the Appropriateness of Protein and Energy Provision by Parenteral Nutrition on Clinical Outcomes” at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting on December 2015. In all research endeavors, Diana differentiates herself by taking ownership of her projects from protocol development to presentation. Diana consistently demonstrates passion, intellectual curiosity, recognition of goals, and an appreciation for how her work will ultimately improve patient care. It is notable that Diana has developed these skills early in her career. As a top student researcher at the University of the Sciences, she was recognized with the Cantor Family Prize for Academic Distinction and Excellence in Research in 2015 for her nutrition support research.

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