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  • September 25, 2018 1:55 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    Thank you to all of the members who joined us in Grand Rapids for our first meeting of the 2018-2019 year, and a big thank you to Tiffany Jenkins, PharmD, BCACP, and Rachel Walters, PharmD, for their illuminating discussion about the pharmacist’s role in population health.

    We are looking forward to our annual Residency Showcase, held in conjunction with the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy, on October 4th in Grand Rapids.  Our next monthly meeting will be on October 11th at Borgess Medical Center, with Tracy Mersfelder, PharmD, BCPS, discussing "A Painful Decision."  We hope to see you there!

    Board elections are coming up, so if you are interested in becoming more involved in WMSHP by running for a board position, please submit your bio to any board member by October 22nd. Election results will be announced at our November meeting.

    If you would like more information about WMSHP, please visit our website at www.wmshp.net

  • August 23, 2018 1:07 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    The weather might not be getting cooler, but fall is just around the corner. It’s time for another great year of programming for WMSHP!  The Board had their summer planning meeting in June to start to organize activities for the upcoming year.  This year, we are excited to announce the formation of the Community Outreach Committee.  If you have any interest in joining the Community Outreach Committee or the Membership Committee, please contact any board member for more information.

    We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came out for the Whitecaps game on July 26th.  Although the Whitecaps didn’t get a win that day, everyone enjoyed the all-you-can-eat BBQ, and spending some time outside!

    We hope you will join us on Thursday, September 6th for our first live CE event of the year.  The meeting will be held at Uccello’s in Grand Rapids.  Our speakers will be discussing “The Role of the Pharmacist in Population Health.”  One live hour of CE credit will be offered to pharmacists and technicians.

    If you would like more information about WMSHP, please visit our website at www.wmshp.net

  • July 10, 2018 1:12 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    The 2018-2019 Michigan Pharmacy Foundation Health Professional Leadership Academy is accepting applications, and WMSHP is offering one scholarship to a qualified pharmacist. The application for the next year of the academy can be accessed online by clicking here. To be considered for sponsorship from WMSHP, please submit your completed application to Katie Adrian at ktjw22@gmail.com by midnight on Sunday, July 22nd.

    The Health Professional Leadership Academy is a year-long program designed to train healthcare providers and administrators in the skills necessary to lead teams and organizations in interdisciplinary settings. The Academy is an excellent way to expand your network, increase your involvement in Association and professional activities, and acquire the skill sets that are essential to any leadership role.
    Enrollment in the Academy gets you access to:

    • Four face-to-face workshops covering core leadership topics
    • Monthly online webinars, interfacing with the top leaders in the healthcare industry
    • Establishment of a personal leadership project and personal leadership goals

    For more information about the Academy, please contact Dianne Malburg, Pharm.D., Executive Director of the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation at Dianne@MichiganPharmacists.org.

  • March 19, 2018 1:16 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    Those who attended our March meeting were treated to an excellent presentation about updates in diabetes management from Susan Cornell, BS, PharmD, CDE, FAPhA, FAADE. We want to extend a big thank you to Susan for the very informative and interactive discussion.

    On April 12th we will be back at Uccello’s in Grand Rapids to support two pharmacy residents as they present their yearlong research projects.  Lauren Fay, PharmD, from Mercy Health Saint Mary’s will be presenting her project entitled “The Urgent Need for Urgent Care Antimicrobial Stewardship.” We will also be hearing from Lauren VanDenBos, PharmD, from Borgess Medical Center, as she presents her project entitled “Effect of Initiation of Pharmacist Driven MRSA PCR Testing on Duration of Anti-MRSA Antibiotic Therapy.” Both projects focus on the impact pharmacists can have on patient care.

    Each year WMSHP offers two scholarships to eligible P3 students.  This year, the Board has voted to approve a scholarship in the amount of $1000, and a second scholarship in the amount of $500. The application deadline is April 6th, 2018, and the winners will be announced at the annual WMSHP Spring Seminar.  For more information please visit our website at http://www.wmshp.net/scholarship/.

    New this year: Members now have the opportunity to join the Membership Committee or the Community Outreach Committee. Joining a committee is a great way to get involved with WMSHP, and to give back to the community. For more information about the committees, please contact Katie Adrian at ktjw22@gmail.com.

  • March 18, 2018 1:17 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    The qualifications from LARA are as follows:

    Pharmacy Technician Relicensure

    Applicants for relicensure must submit the following:

    • Submit copies of certificates showing proof of having completed 20 hours of continuing education within the 2-year period immediately preceding the application for relicensure including 1 hour in pain and symptom management relating to the practice of pharmacy, 1 hour in patient safety, 1 hour in pharmacy law and 17 hours of pharmacyrelated subject matter including the following topics: Medication or drug distribution; Inventory control systems; Mathematics and calculations; Biology; Pharmaceutical sciences; Therapeutic issues; Pharmacy operations; Pharmacology, drug therapy or drug products; Preparation of sterile products; Prescription compounding; Drug repackaging; Patient interaction or interpersonal skills and communication. A minimum of 5 hours must be obtained by attending live programs, courses or activities

    Notice how a minimum of 5 hours must be LIVE. Our CE credits are important for expanding our knowledge and sustaining our certifications and licensures. WMSHP is a resource that will help you accomplish both of those requirements.

    If you go to www.wmshp.net you will be linked to a great resource that costs Pharmacy Technicians $30 for a one-year membership which includes a complimentary dinner and live CE once a month (skipping summer months) on a Thursday evening.

    WMSHP also has a Spring Seminar (Tuesday, May 15th, 2018) where you can earn all 5 live CE credits (it costs $45 for non-members and $30 for members)

    In total, by being a pharmacy technician member you can obtain 12 CE credits in total *7 of them from the monthly meeting and 5 from the spring seminar* for only $60 for the YEAR!

    Don't stress about your relicensure and recertification requirements, join WMSHP and enjoy a complimentary dinner before learning alongside your peers!


    [Click here to download a printable PDF version of this information.]

  • February 16, 2018 1:21 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    We had a great turnout for our February meeting, where we learned about different uses of ketamine.  Thank you to Matthew Gurka, PharmD, BCCCP for the very engaging and interesting presentation!

    Congratulations to Lauren Fay (Mercy Health Saint Mary’s) and Lauren VanDenBos (Borgess Medical Center) for being selected to present their year-long projects at our April meeting.  We are looking forward to hearing more about their research!

    We invite you to join us at our next meeting on Thursday, March 8th at Borgess in Kalamazoo.  We will be featuring a presentation from Susan Cornell, BS, PharmD, CDE, FAPhA, FAADE, entitled “2018 Diabetes Update:  The Medication Makeover Edition.”

  • January 24, 2018 1:21 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    We had a great start to 2018 with our January meeting at Martell’s in Kalamazoo. Thanks to everyone who came out to hear an excellent presentation on updates in heart failure by Jona Lekura. Our next meeting will be in Grand Rapids at the Wege Center in the lower level classroom. Matthew Gurka, PharmD, BCCCP will be presenting on the expanding uses of ketamine. Hope to see you all there!

    Reminder to Pharmacy Residents: Submit your research abstract for an opportunity to present your residency project at our April WMSHP meeting! Interested residents will need to email their research abstracts to Carrie Morrison (cmorrison00@hotmail.com) no later than February 1st.

  • December 22, 2017 1:22 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season!  We had another great year of programming in 2017, including our November speaker, Lauren Ice, PharmD., BCPS, BCOP, who educated us about the treatment of oncologic emergencies.  It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to look ahead to the opportunities of 2018.  Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 11th at Martell’s in Kalamazoo.  Jona Lekura, PharmD., BCPS, who is a clinical pharmacy specialist in cardiology at Henry Ford, will be presenting “An Overview of Chronic Heart Failure Management.”  We hope to see everyone there!

    We also welcome our new and returning board members. The newly elected board members are:

    President-Elect 2018: Stacy Brousseau, PharmD, BCPS

    Treasurer 2018-2019: Jordan Posey, PharmD, MBA, NHDP-BC

    Board Members 2018-2019:

    • Tara Longman, PharmD

    • Julie Schmidt, PharmD, BCPS

    • Kyle Schmidt, PharmD, BCCP (incumbent)

    • Mitchell Stein, PharmD (incumbent)

    • Natalie Washburn, PharmD

    Resident-at-Large 2018: Stephanee Schrader, PharmD (Spectrum Health PGY1)

    If you would like more information about WMSHP, please visit our website at www.wmshp.net

  • November 02, 2017 1:23 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    Polls are now open for this year's WMSHP Board Elections!  The voting deadline is just prior to our November 9th General Meeting.

    President-Elect 2018

    • Stacy Brousseau is a 2013 graduate of Ferris State University's College of Pharmacy.  Following pharmacy school, she completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.  Stacy currently practices at Bronson as a clinical pharmacist in the Emergency Department, where she precepts pharmacy residents and facilitates an Emergency Medicine rotation for fourth year pharmacy students.  Stacy is currently the chairperson of the MSHP Educational Affairs Committee and is actively involved in the MPA Education Task Force.  She has enjoyed serving as a WMSHP board member for the past three years and is excited to further increase her involvement within the organization.

    Treasurer 2018-19

    • Jordan Posey is a clinical pharmacist at Spectrum Health. These days, he teaches pharmacists how to use computers so that they can be prepared for Spectrum’s implementation of Epic in November. He used to work in emergency medicine and critical care at Spectrum and still misses being elbow deep in codes, intubations, and various bodily fluids (less so that last one). Jordan recently had the opportunity to take over as Treasurer for WMSHP and would be ecstatic to continue serving in that role.

    Technician 2018-19

    There were no nominees for this position.  If you are a technician or know a technician who would be interested in serving on our board, please contact any of our current board members.

    Board 2018-19

    • Tara Longman graduated from Ferris State University's College of Pharmacy in 2016 and recently completed her PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Tara remained at Bronson after residency, where she is now working as a clinical pharmacist on the general surgery and cardiac surgery units. She continues to be active in the pharmacy profession, has special interests in infectious diseases and academia, and is excited to begin precepting students and residents on a new surgical rotation she is developing at Bronson.  Tara has been a member of WMSHP since 2015 and looks forward to continued involvement in the organization.
    • Julie Schmidt graduated from Ferris State University's College of Pharmacy in 2015.   Following pharmacy school, she completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.  Julie remained with Bronson after her residency where she currently practices as a clinical pharmacist on the neurovascular unit.  She enjoys precepting fourth year pharmacy students and also being involved in the MSHP/MPA Public Affairs Committee, currently serving as co-chair.  Julie has been a member of WMSHP since 2015 and is excited to further increase her involvement in the organization.
    • Kyle Schmidt (Incumbent) attended Ferris State University where he completed both his Undergraduate Studies and Doctorate in Pharmacy. Following graduation, he accepted and successfully completed a PGY-1 and PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency. His PGY-1 Residency in Pharmacy Practices was at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia, followed by a PGY-2 in Critical Care at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Kyle is the Neurocritical Care Clinical Pharmacist at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. He has been an active WMSHP Board Member for the past 2 years and has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be involved. Kyle would be honored to be re-elected and continue to serve the West Michigan Health Systems Pharmacists.
    • Mitchell Stein (Incumbent) is currently a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at Borgess Medical Center. He has stayed in Michigan throughout his education and career, and is dedicated to serving the West Michigan region. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University, went to the University of Michigan for pharmacy school, and then came back to West Michigan to complete the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Borgess. He has worked at Borgess since completing residency in 2015. Mitchell is currently serving as a board member, a position he has held since 2016.
    • Natalie Washburn is a 2015 graduate of Ferris State University's College of Pharmacy.  Following pharmacy school, she completed both a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency and a PGY-2 Critical Care Residency at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, IN.  Natalie currently practices at Bronson Methodist Hospital as a clinical pharmacist in the Medical and Neuro Intensive Care Units, where she precepts pharmacy residents and facilitates a Critical Care rotation for fourth year pharmacy students.  Natalie is an active member of SCCM's Membership and Patient Safety Committees, has been a member of MPA since 2011, and is excited about this opportunity to join the WMSHP board since recently returning to West Michigan.
  • October 23, 2017 1:23 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    October was a busy month, as usual!  Our annual Residency Showcase at Ferris State University College of Pharmacy in Grand Rapids was a fun and successful event, with 23 residency programs represented and over 75 students in attendance.  Thanks to Dean Van Loo for coordinating the panel discussion that evening, then turning around the next week to present “Guidelines and Landmark Studies: Script or Suggestion?” at our monthly CE program.  His review and commentary on how we should cautiously interpret guideline recommendations was thoughtful and much appreciated by those in attendance.

    Our last meeting for the 2017 year will feature Lauren Ice, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP sharing her insight into “Treatment of Oncologic Emergencies” on November 9th in the Lacks Grand Room at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids.  As a reminder, the general board meetings conducted at 5:30pm prior to the CE presentation are open to members and guests; if you’re curious about what the WMSHP executive board is up to, please consider joining us!

    Elections for our 2018-2019 Board will be held in the coming weeks.  The ballot this year will include candidates for President-Elect, Treasurer, Technician, and four 2-year Director positions.  A link to the electronic ballot will be emailed to WMSHP voting members soon, and the polls will close immediately prior to the meeting on November 9th.

    Please note that beginning January 1st, 2018, annual membership dues will be adjusted to $50 for pharmacist members, $40 for resident members, and $30 for technician members.  Per the bylaws, student members are exempt from payment of annual dues.  Members who would like to take advantage of the current dues structure ($40 for pharmacists and residents, $30 for technicians) should renew prior to January 1st.

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