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Erin E Pauling, PharmD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Ambulatory Care
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Binghamton University
Binghamton, NY
Diabetes Management SIG New Practitioner Spotlight: Erin Pauling, PharmD 
This month to celebrate American Pharmacists Month, we highlight one of our leaders within the SIG. Dr. Erin Pauling, PharmD has been actively engaged within the Diabetes Management SIG for several years, and brings awareness to pharmacists and student pharmacists working in a variety of settings to serve patients with diabetes through the quarterly member features.  She shared the following regarding her practice, and what she gains by serving the Diabetes Management SIG:
Current practice site and role in diabetes management:
I am a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ambulatory Care at Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Binghamton, NY. My clinical site is with United Health Services (UHS) where I provide direct patient care services related to anticoagulation and heart failure.  At this time, I am not intimately involved in diabetes management; however, I anticipate expanding services for this patient population with UHS in the near future.
Path taken to become involved in this manner (certifications, previous positions, etc):
I received my PharmD from Shenandoah University (Winchester, VA) and then went on to complete a PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency at Appalachian College of Pharmacy (Oakwood, VA). The program included one day per week practicing in an ambulatory care clinic and developing diabetes management services at a site that was just beginning to include pharmacists in their practice.  Additionally, I was afforded opportunities to provide services in the community setting including A1c testing, diabetes education/support group meetings, and diabetes foot care/shoe fittings.  Following my PGY1, I completed a PGY2 Ambulatory Care/Academia Residency at Wingate University (Wingate, NC).  Here I practiced in several ambulatory care clinics focusing on diabetes management and advanced diabetes services including continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pumps.
Memorable patient encounter:
There are a number of patients that will always be forefront in my mind as being the "Highest A1c I've ever seen!" or the "Is that really his/her insulin dose?". These patients are wonderful to work with and I enjoy celebrating their successes with them and their families/caregivers.  Perhaps the most amazing thing to me is when those same patients remember something about me or take the time to provide a heartfelt thank you. 
What does the SIG bring to you, and why do you enjoy serving:
Being a part of the Diabetes Management SIG allows me to network and collaborate with colleagues across the country that are also involved in diabetes management. Together we can have discussions regarding patient cases, new products, clinical trials, etc.  The professional relationships are invaluable; however, I enjoy the personal friendships that have developed as well.  Additionally, the SIG allows me to interact with student pharmacists throughout the United States.  It's great to be able to provide mentorship, but even more so to be inspired by the activities that these future pharmacist practitioners are completing.  All of these reasons contribute to my desire to serve the SIG and highlight those engaged in new and exciting diabetes care endeavors. 
Tips for students:
Don't be afraid to ask questions! Personally, I've always been the person to ask, "Why?"  Curiosity is an admirable quality.  As an educator, I relish the opportunity to provide answers to the "why" questions of my patients and student pharmacists.