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Celebrating Excellence: Sandy Mitchell Receives the 2023 Lambda Kappa Sigma Award of Merit

In the world of pharmacy, there are exceptional individuals whose contributions to the field and unwavering dedication to their community stand as a testament to the true spirit of the profession. One such remarkable individual, Sandy Mitchell, has been bestowed with the prestigious Lambda Kappa Sigma Award of Merit, a recognition that highlights her exceptional achievements, both professionally and within our beloved fraternity.

Sandy Mitchell’s journey in pharmacy is an inspiring tale of professional and academic excellence. As a board-certified psychiatric pharmacist, she has demonstrated a mastery of psychiatric pharmacy and established herself as a true expert in managing child and adolescent mental health with an emphasis on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Her contributions to this specialized area of medicine are nothing short of groundbreaking, evident through her pioneering pharmacist-led clinic in medication management for ADHD—a rarity within the country. Her work at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health showcases her commitment to enhancing patient care and pushing the boundaries of pharmacy practice.

At VCU Health as a clinical pharmacy specialist, Sandy wears multiple hats with grace and distinction. As a clinical assistant professor for both the School of Medicine and the School of Pharmacy, she has the unique opportunity to shape the future of healthcare professionals by imparting her extensive knowledge and experience. Her role as the PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program Director further emphasizes her commitment to education, nurturing the next generation of psychiatric pharmacists.

Sandy’s impact is felt not only within the academic realm but also within the broader healthcare community. Her expertise in child and adolescent mental health is highly sought after, with her contributions being published in reputable journals such as the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and The Mental Health Clinician. Her dedication to sharing knowledge extends to numerous national and state conferences, including American Pharmacists Association , American Association of Psychiatric Pharmacists, and LKS, where she routinely presents valuable insights.

In addition to her academic and professional accomplishments, Sandy has made significant contributions to the field of pharmacy through her involvement in various organizations. She serves as an item writer for Board of Pharmacy Specialities (BPS), a consultant for Wolters Kluwer Publishing, and a chapter writer for American College of Clinical Pharmacists (ACCP) and AAPP. Her commitment to shaping the future of pharmacy also extends to her service on the Health Care Advisory Committee for the Virginia Department of Social Services, where her insights have undoubtedly contributed to improving patient care and well-being.

Sandy’s dedication to Lambda Kappa Sigma is truly commendable, exemplifying the core values that define our Fraternity. Her roles within the organization from 2006 to 2022, including Region Supervisor, Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer, Grand President, and Fraternity Advisor for the Alpha Phi Chapter, are a testament to her unwavering commitment to LKS. Sandy’s leadership and dedication embody the spirit of our Fraternity, and it is with great pride and admiration that we present her with the Lambda Kappa Sigma Award of Merit.

As we celebrate Sandy Mitchell’s exceptional achievements, both within the Fraternity and in her professional field, we recognize her as a true inspiration and a beacon of excellence. Her contributions to the field of pharmacy, her mentorship of countless students and residents, and her commitment to improving patient care serve as a shining example of what the Award of Merit represents. Congratulations to Sandy Mitchell on this well-deserved honor—a true embodiment of the Lambda Kappa Sigma spirit.

Erin RogalaCelebrating Excellence: Sandy Mitchell Receives the 2023 Lambda Kappa Sigma Award of Merit