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ACCP Member Spotlight: Margie E. Snyder

Published on: Jun 21, 2022

Margie E. Snyder, Pharm.D., MPH, FCCP, FAPhA, completed her Pharm.D. degree, PGY1 community pharmacy residency, MPH degree, and community practice research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently serves as an associate professor of pharmacy practice at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy and has been the project management preceptor for Purdue-affiliated PGY1 community pharmacy residency programs since 2011. Through her efforts focused on community pharmacist practice advancement, Snyder has received numerous research grants, with total extramural funding support to date of $2.5 million as a principal investigator. Her research is routinely multidisciplinary because of its innovative nature and the complex challenges it is trying to address, such as medication adherence/optimization.

Snyder’s expertise is in collaborating with practice-based research networks (PBRNs) and applying qualitative and mixed-methods research. She founded and currently directs a community pharmacy PBRN (Rx-SafeNet). In 2021, she was appointed a standing member to the NIH Organization and Delivery of Health Services study section for a 4-year term. She has also served as an ad hoc reviewer on several study sections for the NIH and AHRQ.

Snyder has been active in ACCP for over 10 years and was recognized as a Fellow in 2017. Her roles past and present include serving as the chair of the ACCP PBRN Community Advisory Panel and the Health Outcomes PRN, the founding chair of the Community-Based PRN, and a long-time faculty member of the Research and Scholarship Academy. Snyder also founded and directs an ACCP peer-reviewed research fellowship. In 2016, she was honored with the American Pharmacists Association Community Pharmacy Residency Excellence in Precepting Award and, in 2018, received the inaugural Mentor of the Year Award from the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Purdue.

Snyder credits three University of Pittsburgh faculty for making the greatest impact on her career: the late Dr. Scott Drab, who helped Snyder realize pharmacy was the right path for her; Dr. Melissa Somma McGivney, whose passion for and ability to lead others in the advancement of community pharmacy practice continues to inspire Snyder; and Dr. Randy Smith, who has encouraged Snyder to always think big and step outside her comfort zone. As a mentor, Snyder recognizes she has a responsibility to use her voice and place of privilege to empower and advocate for others. She aspires to foster transparency and communication in all settings and works to be an approachable figure.

Snyder’s advice to other ACCP members is to have confidence in themselves and put themselves out there. She reminds members that ACCP is a great place to get started because it offers many opportunities to get involved, including PRNs, student chapters, and professional development programs.

Outside pharmacy, Snyder enjoys distance running, which she began later in life, and hopes to qualify for each of the Abbott World Marathon Majors hosted in the United States. She is looking forward to ramping up her training soon to prepare for the Chicago October 2022 race.