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Nicole Michelle Acquisto, Pharm.D.

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Biography

Professional Background

Dr. Nicole M. Acquisto is currently an EM Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Associate Professor in the Departments of Pharmacy and Emergency Medicine at URMC. She is a leader in EM pharmacy and active at advancing practice at the national level through advocacy, education, and research. For over 10 years, Dr. Acquisto was the PGY2 EM Pharmacy Residency Director or primary preceptor where she developed unique EM learning opportunities for pharmacy trainees, medical residents, advanced practice providers, paramedics, and international pharmacists. She currently mentors a team of EM pharmacists, manages an ED antimicrobial stewardship program, was Chairman of the ED Opioid Task Force, has a leadership role on the enterprise-wide Opioid Task Force, is involved with quality improvement and optimization of patient care activities with the ED, prehospital medicine and several subspecialty services, and develops and organizes emergency response team efforts and simulation activities for pharmacists. Dr. Acquisto is active in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). She is a past-Chair of the ACCP Emergency Medicine Practice and Research Network (EMED PRN) and has been a member of both the ASHP Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Advisory Group on Emergency Care and Clinical Leadership. She volunteers as an ASHP residency accreditation site surveyor and was a member of the expert panel for the EM pharmacy practice Board of Pharmacy Specialties petition and the Commission on Credentialing PGY2 EM residency competency areas, goals, and objectives update. Dr. Acquisto has nearly 70 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and has presented on the national stage over 40 times. Her recognitions include the ASHP Pharmacy Residency Excellence New Preceptor Award (2013), two ASHP Best Practices Awards (2008, 2018), the ACCP New Clinical Practitioner Award (2014), two ACCP EMED PRN Outstanding Paper of the Year Awards, (2016, 2019) and the NYS ACCP Researcher of the Year (2011). She is an Editorial Board member for the Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, a Fellow of ACCP and ASHP, and a Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist.

Credentials

Education

2001
| Canisius College
Biology

2005
Pharm.D. | The State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmacy

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

2007 - 2008
Emergency Medicine/Critical Care Specialty Residency - University of Rochester Medical Center (American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Accredited)

2005 - 2006
Pharmacy Practice Residency - Kaleida Health, Buffalo General Hospital (American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Accredited)

Awards

2020 - Present
Fellow
Sponsor: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

2020
Board Service Excellence Team Award (Trauma Team - Pharmacy Representative)
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center

2019
Board Service Excellence Team Award (Emergency Department - Pharmacy Representative)
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center

2019
Team Excellence Silver Award (Time to tPA for patients with stroke)
Sponsor: Greater Rochester Quality Council

2019
Outstanding Paper of the Year (Current practices and safety of medication use during RSI: A multicenter study)
Sponsor: ACCP, Emergency Medicine Practice and Research Network

2019
Health Care Achievement Awards - Health Care Staff
Sponsor: Rochester Business Journal

2018
Best Practices Award in Health-System Pharmacy (ED opioid reduction)
Sponsor: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

2018
Lean Excellence Awards – Most Valuable Practitioner (ED opioid reduction)
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center

2018
Lean Excellence Awards – Most Valuable Team (Improvement in time to tPA for AIS)
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center

2018
Team Excellence Silver Award (Antibiotic delivery for patients with sepsis)
Sponsor: Greater Rochester Quality Council

2017 - Present
Fellow
Sponsor: American College of Clinical Pharmacy

2017
Best Poster Finalist (Evaluation of outcomes in patients with ICH receiving 4F-PCC
Sponsor: American College of Clinical Pharmacy

2017
Lean Excellence Awards – Most Valuable Team (emergency department sepsis improvement)
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Pharmacy

2017
Presidential Citation Award
Sponsor: Society of Critical Care Medicine

2016
Outstanding Paper of the Year (Survey of emergency medicine pharmacy education opportunities for students and residents)
Sponsor: ACCP, Emergency Medicine Practice and Research Network

2015
Board Service Excellence Team Award (Rapid Response Team - Pharmacy Representative)
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center

2014
New Clinical Practitioner Award
Sponsor: American College of Clinical Pharmacy

2013
Literature Awards - Pharmacy Practice Research Award (Methods of medication error interception by EM pharmacists)
Sponsor: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

2013
Preceptor of the Year
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Pharmacy

2013
Pharmacy Practice Research Award
Sponsor: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

2013
Pharmacy Residency Excellence Awards – New Preceptor Award
Sponsor: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

2011
Researcher of the Year
Sponsor: New York State American College of Clinical Pharmacy

2010
Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative Summit Voting Member
Sponsor: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

2008
Best Practices Award in Health-System Pharmacy (Pharmacists enhancing time to cardiac catheterization during AMI in the ED)
Sponsor: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

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Publications

Journal Articles

6/2020
Estephan M, Loner C, Acquisto NM. "Effect of Extreme Temperature on Naloxone Nasal Spray Dispensing Device Performance." Prehospital and disaster medicine.. 2020 Jun 0; 35(3):272-275. Epub 2020 Apr 13.

5/22/2020
Chee-How EL, Acquisto NM, Iuppa Melaragno J, Kokanovich K, Foster J, Schult RF. "Emergency department analgesia in patients with traumatic injuries on outpatient buprenorphine." The American journal of emergency medicine.. 2020 May 22; Epub 2020 May 22.

5/7/2020
Acquisto NM, Cushman JT, Rice AD, Edwards CJ. "Collaboration by emergency medicine pharmacists and prehospital services providers." American journal of health-system pharmacy : AJHP : official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.. 2020 May 7; Epub 2020 May 07.

Books & Chapters

2020
Chapter Title: Chapter 147: Medical Treatment During Pregnancy
Book Title: Hardwood-Nuss' Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine, 7th edition
Author List: Bodkin RB, Acquisto NM
Published By: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2020

2020
Chapter Title: Toxicology of Cardiovascular Drugs
Book Title: Cardiology Self-Assessment Program (CardSAP). Critical Care Cardiology
Author List: Schult RF, Acquisto NM
Published By: American College of Clinical Pharmacy 2020

2019
Chapter Title: Interdisciplinary involvement of residents
Book Title: Letter from Pharmacy Preceptors: Pearls for Success
Author List: Acquisto NM
Published By: American Society of Health System Pharmacists 2019

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