Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has named Sara (Mandy) Wilson Reece, PharmD, to his Commission on Medical Cannabis, a new committee that will help set Georgia's policies on medical marijuana. Dr. Reece is Assistant Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) School of Pharmacy, located in Suwanee, Georgia.
A resident of Gainesville, Reece earned a doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University College of Pharmacy. She is an active member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Georgia Pharmacy Association and American Pharmacists Association. She has given poster presentations at AADE Annual Meetings, published several manuscripts in the areas of gestational diabetes and insulin pump therapy, earned the Peach Teaching Award for 2012 – 2013, the Greater Hall Chamber's 2011 Silver Shovel Award, and was named one of 40 under 40 Pharmacists by the Georgia Pharmacy Association in 2003.
Chaired by Macon state representative Allen Peake, the commission is comprised of nine members including physicians, attorneys, state legislators and law enforcement representatives. Committee members will advise the General Assembly on implementing the medical marijuana law and making possible changes. The law allows doctors to prescribe a form of cannabis oil for people facing different types of medical conditions.
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine which has a storied history as a premier osteopathic medical school. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 678-225-7500.
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