Now that April is almost upon us, we are starting to see the first signs of spring. For WMSHP, this means that we are also nearing our annual meeting, which highlights some research projects done by Western Michigan pharmacy residents. After a close vote, the Board selected the following two projects to be presented at the April meeting: "Pharmacist Interventions to Improve Adherence Among Patients with HIV/AIDS Starting Antiretroviral Therapy" by Melanie Crain, Pharm.D., and "Evaluation of Microorganisms Responsible for Early versus Late-Onset Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia in Intensive Care Unit Patients" by Sarah-Ann Brown, Pharm.D. I would like to thank all of the area residents for submitting their projects and encourage you to come to the meeting and support Melanie and Sarah-Ann.
Another spring tradition is the WMSHP Spring Seminar. This year's seminar will be held on Thursday, May 10th, at the Grand Rapids Airport Hilton. It is an excellent opportunity to earn continuing education credits and network with colleagues. Our morning sessions will focus on toxicology and advancing the pharmacy profession, while the afternoon will be broken into two tracks, Administration and Therapeutics. The Administration track will touch upon innovative technician practices, pharmacy law, and the benefits of being a preceptor. Historically, technicians have found the Administration track useful, because it fulfills their law review requirement for certification. The Therapeutics track will provide updates on HIV therapy, women's health, and glycemic control in patients with infections. Reserve the date on your calendars and watch our website, www.wmshp.net, for more information and to register.