Echols Joins GA-PCOM School of PharmacyJanuary 23, 2017
Kimberly Echols, PharmD, has more than 25 years of hospital pharmacy experience in
metro Atlanta. She is the new experiential education coordinator for GA-PCOM and an assistant professor of pharmacy
Georgia native Kimberly Echols, PharmD, has recently joined Georgia Campus – Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) at the PCOM School of Pharmacy. She has been named experiential education coordinator and assistant professor of
Dr. Echols received a degree in microbiology from the University of Georgia before
earning her doctor of pharmacy degree from Mercer University College of Pharmacy.
She completed a General Clinical Hospital residency at DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur.
With more than 25 years of hospital pharmacy experience in metro Atlanta, Dr. Echols
has practiced at sites such as Emory University Hospital, Piedmont Henry Hospital
in Stockbridge and Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale. While at Southern
Regional Medical Center, Dr. Echols held a diverse range of clinical practice roles,
serving as patient safety and regulatory compliance officer, coordinating education
program development, functioning as a preceptor for pharmacy students and serving
as interim Director of Pharmacy.
Actively accountable for hospital wide medication management compliance, Dr. Echols
played a critical role in multiple successful acute care hospital Joint Commission
surveys. Serving as patient safety and compliance officer, Dr. Echols was responsible
for developing, revising, and maintaining all pharmacy and patient care policies related
to medication management, among other duties. Her other interests include opioid safety
and pain management, root cause analysis (RCA), failure mode effect analysis (FMEA),
policy and procedure development and disease/therapy-specific protocol development.
With a husband who shares her passion for healthcare, Dr. Echols is the mother of
a son and a daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, collegiate
sports and spending time on the lake with her family.
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