Bethany Shoulders, PharmD, BCCCP, is a pharmacist at the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Gainesville, Florida, USA. She joined the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) in 2015 and became involved with the Social Media Committee. She enjoys traveling, working out, and practicing yoga in her free time. Her clinical interests include pharmacology, professional development, and trauma. Get to know Dr. Shoulders as she shares her thoughts on critical care medicine and discusses some of the upcoming trends and issues in the field.
Why do you love being in critical care?
From student to resident to critical care clinical pharmacy specialist, I've enjoyed the mentorship, rapid dynamics, and the unknown associated with practicing in the ICU. I love getting to learn something new every day!
How did you get into critical care?
My ICU rotation in pharmacy school introduced me to the specialty, and I realized early into my postgraduate training that it was the specialty for me.
What are the top advances in critical care since you started your career?
Increase in the recognition and treatment of post-intensive care syndrome (PICS)
What is your biggest professional achievement?
Seeing mentees choose to pursue critical care pharmacy and excel in their careers
What advice do you have for those starting their critical care careers?
Join #MedTwitter to keep you up-to-date and connected
What do you see as the most challenging issue facing critical care?
Preparing and adapting within our institutions to address long-term complications of critical illness
What industry trends have you excited about the future?
Precision dosing of medications utilizing AI and other models
What do you love about SCCM membership?
Actively engaging with the present and future of the profession worldwide
Connect with @Bethany Shoulders on SCCM Connect or on Twitter at @BethanyRuth26