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  • March 22, 2016 1:39 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    We are on the home stretch for wrapping up our 2015-2016 WMSHP year. A big thank you to Danielle Daunais, PharmD, BCACP for her wonderful March presentation, “Long Live the Liver: Updates on the Battle Against Hepatitis C.”

    On April 14th we will be back at Uccello’s in Grand Rapids for our annual residency project presentations. The two residents and their project titles are:

    • Corinne English – “Dexmedetomidine versus Usual Care for Treatment of Severe Alcohol Withdrawal in the Medical Intensive Care Unit” (Spectrum Health)
    • Julie Schmidt – “Feasibility of an Early Discharge Protocol in Patients with New Venous Thromboembolism in an Emergency Department” (Bronson Methodist Hospital)

    WMSHP is still accepting scholarship applications from eligible P3 students. The Board increased the scholarship to one $1,000 scholarship and one $500 this year. Applications must be submitted by April 8th, and the winners will be announced at the WMSHP Annual Spring Seminar. For more information, visit wmshp.net/scholarship.

    Registration is now open for our 2016 Spring Seminar at the Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, May 11th with 5 hours of continuing education credit. Members will be receiving the pamphlet shortly, or you can view the schedule and register anytime at wmshp.net/seminar. The deadline for pre-registration is May 4th. We hope to see you there!

    As always, if you would like more information about WMSHP, please visit our website at wmshp.net.

  • February 22, 2016 1:39 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    Things are finally starting to warm up and bring hope for an early spring. Thank you to everyone who attended our February meeting where Sara Feinauer, PharmD, BCPS, spoke about the new PCSK9 inhibitors. We look forward to our upcoming continuing education program, "Long Live the Liver: Updates on the Battle against Hepatitis C" by Danielle Daunais, Pharm.D., BCACP on March 10th at Bronson in Kalamazoo.

    Our area residents have submitted their residency project abstracts for consideration to speak at our April meeting. It is great to see how the next generation of pharmacists are making contributions to pharmacy practice, and we look forward to hearing from the two residents that are selected.

  • January 25, 2016 1:40 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    We had a great kick-start to 2016 with our January meeting at Old Burdick's at Wings West in Kalamazoo. Trevor Warner, PharmD, presented an "Update on Pain Management and Opioid Induced Constipation." A big thank you to Trevor for a wonderfully informative program!

    Our next meeting will be back in Grand Rapids at the Wege Center in the lower level classrooms. Sara Feinauer, PharmD, BCPS will be presenting on "Statin Intolerance and the novel PCSK9 Inhibitors". Hope to see you there!

  • December 23, 2015 1:40 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    We've had a wonderful year of programming at WMSHP. A big thank you to all of our presenters for the past year, including our November speaker, Heather Hilgart, MS, SPHR who helped us learn how emotional intelligence can increase leadership impact. It's hard to believe that it's already time to look ahead to the opportunities of 2016. We will be starting the new year with our restaurant meeting in Kalamazoo at Old Burdick's at Wings West, where Trevor Warner, PharmD will be presenting an "Update on Pain Management and Opioid Induced Constipation".

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

    President-Elect 2016: Katie Axford, PharmD, BCPS

    Treasurer 2016-2017: Kim Melgarejo, PharmD, MHA (incumbent)

    Technician 2016-2017: Trina Stojak, CPhT

    Board 2016-2017:

    • Katie Adrian, PharmD (incumbent)
    • Tara Holt, PharmD, BCPS (incumbent)
    • Kyle Schmidt, PharmD
    • Ashley Tocco, PharmD, BCPS
    • Julie Belfer, PharmD, BCPS (2016)

    Resident at large 2016: Sarah Hoerner, PharmD

    As always, if you'd like more information about WMSHP, please visit our website at wmshp.net.

  • October 23, 2015 1:41 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    October was a busy month! Dean Van Loo, PharmD, presented at our October meeting proving that "Resistance is Not Futile." It was a wonderful program and very informative. We also held our annual Residency Showcase at Ferris State University. The showcase was very successful – lots of programs and students in attendance!

    Please consider attending our November meeting in Grand Rapids. On the 12th, Heather Hilgart, MS, SPHR, will be talking about "Increasing Leadership Impact through Emotional Intelligence." Hope to see everyone there!

    November is our last meeting in the fall. We'll be taking December off and returning in January. As always, if you'd like more information about WMSHP, please visit our website at wmshp.net

  • September 29, 2015 1:41 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    Below are the nominees for our 2016 WMSHP Board Elections.  Votes will be due before the start of our November General Meeting on November 12th.

    President-Elect 2016:

    Katie Axford, PharmD, BCPS is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Ferris State University College of Pharmacy and practices with the inpatient Academic Family Medicine service at Mercy Health Saint Mary's. She is a 2010 graduate of FSUCOP and completed a 2-year Pharmacotherapy Residency through Indiana University Health and Butler University. Katie has been an active member of WMSHP, serving on the Board for the last three years.

    Treasurer 2016-17:

    Kim Melgarejo, Pharm.D. (incumbent) is currently a Pharmacy Manager at Borgess Medical Center. She graduated from West Virginia University with her pharmacy degree and then pursued a pharmacy practice residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Soon after her residency she moved to Michigan and has worked at BMC as a clinical pharmacy specialist, clinical pharmacy manager, and now a pharmacy manager. She has been a board member of WMSHP since 2005.

    Technician 2016-17:

    Trina Stojak, CPhT  started working in pharmacy 18 years ago. For the first 4 years, she found herself in a retail setting. For the last 14 years, she has worked in hospital settings in the Chicagoland area and across Michigan, including Helen Devos /Spectrum and University of Michigan's Mott's Children's.  As a certified technician, she has experience in mainly pediatrics, but some adults in an OR/ER setting, oncology inpatient and outpatient, and general inpatient setting.  Her current employment at Mercy Health enables her to hold an integral position on their USP 797 task force/implementation team. She is also currently finishing up her pre-pharmacy classes with a goal of pharmacy school in the near future.

    Board Members 2016-17:

    Katie Adrian, PharmD, BCPS (incumbent) received her degree from Ferris State University in 2011.  She then completed a PGY-1 residency at Bronson Methodist Hospital.  Katie is currently practicing as one of the Adult Medical Unit and Extended Medical Care Unit pharmacists at Bronson.  She is also Assistant Residency Director and helps to coordinate the orientation experiences for new residents, as well as the clinical pharmacy rotation at the end of the residency year. She has enjoyed being on the board and would love to continue her involvement.

    Julie Belfer, PharmD, BCPS is a clinical pharmacist at Mercy Health Saint Mary's and practices in critical and progressive care medicine units. She is a 2011 graduate of Ferris State University and completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Mercy Health Saint Mary's followed by a PGY-2 critical care pharmacy practice residency at Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville, Florida.

    Christin Campbell, PharmD recently completed the PGY-1 Residency program at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo and transitioned into her role as a staff pharmacist in July 2015. She is seeking a position on the WMSHP Board so that she can have a more active role in the organization, with the intent to contribute her leadership skills and enthusiasm for advancing pharmacy practice. On her days off, Christin and her husband Doug spend most of their time chasing after their six-month old Bernese mountain dog, Gunner, and cleaning up the disaster usually left in his wake.

    Tara Holt, PharmD, BCPS (incumbent) graduated from Purdue University in 2010, then went on to complete a PGY1 and PGY2 critical care residency at Grady Health System in Atlanta, GA. She currently works as a clinical pharmacist in the neuro and medical intensive care units at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI. She is also an adjunct faculty with Ferris State University working with pharmacy students and residents at BMH. Professional involvement includes membership with WMSHP and she is an active member of the Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology section of SCCM.

    Kyle Schmidt, PharmD attended Ferris State University where he completed both his undergraduate studies and PharmD. Following graduation, he 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. Throughout each of his residencies, he took an active role in teaching, research, process improvement and protocol development. Kyle is now the clinical pharmacist in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. He hopes to become a leader in the profession and contribute to the advancement of healthcare.

    Mitch Stein, PharmD received a bachelor's degree in biomedical science from Western Michigan University in 2010 and graduated from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy in 2014. He recently completed the PGY-1 residency at Borgess Medical Center and now works as a staff pharmacist at Borgess. He has lived in West Michigan nearly his entire life and would be proud to represent health system pharmacists in the region.

    Ashley Tocco, PharmD, BCPS is the Lead IV Room Pharmacist at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, a position she accepted shortly after completing her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency in 2013.  She has special interests in sterile processing, chemotherapy preparation, handling of hazardous drugs, and medical surveillance.  She has been an active member of WMSHP since moving to the west side of Michigan in 2012 and would love the opportunity to serve the organization as a member of the board.

  • September 21, 2015 1:42 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    We had a wonderful meeting in September to kick-off our fall programming! A big thank you to Dana Staat, PharmD, for talking about the "Treatment of Adult Cystic Fibrosis Patients." A very interesting topic.

    On October 8th, please join us in Kalamazoo to hear from Dean Van Loo, PharmD, BCPS. Also in October, on the 15th, WMSHP will be hosting its annual Residency Showcase in conjunction with Ferris State University. Looking forward to seeing all the students, residents, and programs in attendance!

    The board encourages Western Michigan residents to consider joining WMSHP. Residents are always invited to attend our board meetings which occur prior to the educational portion of the meeting. We had a great resident turn-out this past month and look forward to meeting all who are interested!

    Finally, a big congratulations to Carissa Jacobs, PharmD! She is a PGY2 pediatrics resident at Spectrum Health and the winner of our Michigan Pharmacy Foundation Health Professional Leadership Academy Scholarship!

    As always, if you'd like more information about WMSHP, please visit our website at wmshp.net.

  • August 24, 2015 1:43 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    I hope everyone is enjoying what's left of the summer! Cross your fingers that the weather stays nice a little longer! It's hard to believe that September is already here. WMSHP has been on hiatus for a bit, but meetings resume this month.

    Here's a quick update of WMSHP events:

    • In May, WMSHP enjoyed another successful Spring Seminar. Attendees were presented with a diverse range of topics such as sickle cell pain, diabetes treatment, discussions from the Capitol, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, and transforming care. Thank you to Angela Green and all of the WMSHP board members for making this event a success!
    • In June, the WMSHP board met to plan activities for the year ahead. Look forward to some great programming in the months to come!
    • In July, WMSHP members and their families enjoyed a social night out with the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball team. Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate, but it was still a great time with friends and colleagues! Luckily, the Whitecaps were able to brave the rain and score a win over the Dayton Dragons!
    • In September, we will kick-off our fall monthly meetings at Uccello's on the 17th. Hope to see everyone there!
    • New this year, WMSHP will provide financial support for WMSHP members and pharmacy students interested in conducting community service projects that fulfill the Society's purpose of advancing public health, patient care, and the interests of the pharmacy profession in Western Michigan. Please review the community service grant application for more details!

    As always, if you'd like more information about WMSHP, please visit our website wmshp.net.

  • March 24, 2015 1:43 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    We learned about “MRSA in the USA” at our March meeting in Kalamazoo.  A big “thank you” to Dr. Dean VanLoo, PharmD, for presenting. 

    At our April meeting, we will continue the tradition of having pharmacy residents present their residency projects.  Two residents were selected by the WMSHP Board to present.  Congratulations to them!  The scheduled presenters and their project titles are listed below.      

    • “Assessing the Use of a Standardized Order Set for Postoperative Pain Management in Total Arthroplasty Patients,” presented by Brittany Bowen, PharmD (Spectrum Health Medical Center).
    • “Adjunctive Valproic Acid for the Treatment of ICU Delirium in Intensive Care Patients: A Retrospective Study,” Phuong Tran, PharmD (Bronson Methodist Hospital).

    Until April 3rd, WMSHP will be accepting scholarship applications from eligible P3 students.  Please visit http://www.wmshp.net/scholarship/ for more information. 

    Don’t forget to register for WMSHP’s Spring Seminar on Tuesday, May 5th at the Prince Conference Center on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids.  Registration is available at http://www.wmshp.net/seminar/

    Hope to see everyone at our upcoming events!

  • February 22, 2015 1:44 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    We're about one month away from the first official day of spring! I'd like to be hopeful that spring is right around the corner, but the frigid temps this week are convincing me otherwise. Winter is still in full force!

    Despite the weather, we had a great turnout at our February meeting. Ciji Marckini, CPhT, spoke about the medication history process and how this can transform care. Thank you to those who attended!

    WMSHP will soon be accepting applications for our annual scholarship awarded at Spring Seminar. For interested students, more info will be coming shortly.

    If you're willing to brave the cold temps and snow, our next meeting will be Thursday, March 12th, at the Bronson Gilmore Center in Kalamazoo. Please join us! Hope to see everyone there!

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