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  • September 22, 2013 1:51 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    Now that fall is in full force, I hope you have a chance to attend one of our fall continuing education programs. As in years past, we will continue to alternate program sites between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

    Our October meeting features a practitioner who is new to our area, Lisa Dumkow PharmD, the clinical pharmacist in antimicrobial stewardship at the St. Mary's Campus of Mercy Health. Lisa will discuss pharmacists at the transitions of care and opportunities for antimicrobial stewardship.

    October is a busy month for WMSHP with our monthly meeting and our residency showcase. The WMSHP residency showcase will occur in Grand Rapids at the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy classrooms. We usually have a great turnout of interested students and residency programs.

    Our November meeting is back in Grand Rapids and will feature Peggy de Voest and Mike Schirmer who will be talking about heart failure. Please try to attend!

  • August 26, 2013 1:52 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    Welcome back to the fall continuing education session of WMSHP. I hope you all had a great summer and are ready to participate in some great education topics. I would also like to welcome our newest members. Our first ever happy hour/membership drive was quite a success. We had a full house with over 50 attendees, 19 of whom were potential new members.

    Our September meeting features one of our board members, Kasey Bucher PharmD, BCPS who will be speaking on blood products and pharmaceutical emergencies.

    October is shaping up to be a busy month for WMSHP. Besides our general October meeting, we are busy planning our annual residency showcase. The residency showcase is a great way for potential residents to meet with various residency programs across the state. The general October meeting will be in Kalamazoo on October 10, with the residency showcase in Grand Rapids on October 17.

    We are also happy to report that WMSHP will be supporting the Michigan Pharmacists Association Young Practitioner Leadership Academy. We are sponsoring a board member, Kasey Bucher, who will attend the academy this year. We are excited to see what ideas Kasey will be able to share with the WMSHP board and the general membership after attending the academy.

  • March 25, 2013 1:52 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    It's that time once again….time for spring? I guess we have to say, not quite. It is time for our yearly opportunity to showcase how much great work is being done by local pharmacy residents. Once again, congratulations to Jessica Rademacher from Spectrum Health and Corie Kellogg from Mercy Health Partners.  Dr. Rademacher and Dr. Kellogg were selected by the WMSHP board to present their residency projects at our meeting this month.

    May brings another exciting time for WMSHP, our 44th annual Spring Seminar. We will be returning to the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College in Grand Rapids on May 7th. Look for the brochure soon. This year’s programming includes 5 hours of live continuing education with topics ranging from compounding pharmacy to incorporating students and resident’s into practice to pain management. We hope to see you all there!

  • February 27, 2013 1:53 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    I wish I could say that I can see the signs of spring approaching, but unfortunately winter seems to be sticking around in West Michigan.

    Don’t let the weather stop you from attending our next meeting in Kalamazoo. Laura Ritter MS, CDE, RD will be discussing insulin pumps in the hospital. Make sure you take a look at the dinner choices and indicate your selection ahead of time.

    Congratulations to Jessica Rademacher from Spectrum Health and Corie Kellogg from Mercy Health Partners. Dr. Rademacher and Dr. Kellogg were selected by the WMSHP board to present their residency projects at our April meeting. Mark your calendars for April 11. We are changing the venue this year based on feedback we received regarding the meeting we had at the Griffins game last year. Check back as more details will be added to the website.

    I hope you all enjoy the end of winter! Stay safe!

  • January 24, 2013 1:53 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    After staying away until the end of January, West Michigan has seen the snow return in force! Thankfully, all we had to deal with was rain for our January meeting in Kalamazoo. We had a great turn-out to hear Don Scott, PharmD from Spectrum Health, speak on antibiotic dosing in obese patients.

    To avoid Valentine's Day, our February meeting will be held a week later than normal on February 21, 2013. Dr. Yvan Tran, an Epileptologist at Saint Mary's Health Care, will speak on seizures and epilepsy. The meeting will be held in the Saint Mary's Lacks Cancer Center. Please plan on attending.

    Reminder: 2013 MPA Annual Convention & Exposition
    Feb. 22-24, 2013, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center



    Attention Pharmacy Residents! Don't forget to submit your Great Lakes Project abstract to WMSHP if you would like the opportunity to present your project to our members at our April meeting. Two residents will be selected to present their projects on Thursday, April 11 in Grand Rapids. This is a great opportunity to practice your presentation before attending the Great Lakes Conference.

  • December 24, 2012 1:54 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. It seems like only yesterday I was serving as WMSHP president for the first time. It has actually been 5 years! Time does fly. I am pleased to be serving as your WMSHP president once again.

    You will see a mix of new and familiar faces within the leadership of WMSHP this year. The WMSHP leadership for 2013 is as follows:

    • President: Dana Staat (Spectrum Health)
    • Past-President: Kali VanLangen (FSU)
    • President-Elect: Angela Green (Mercy)
    • Treasurer: Kim Melgarejo (Borgess)
    • Secretary: Brad Miller (Spectrum Health)
    • Technician: Ciji Marckini (Spectrum Health)
    • Returning Board Members: Kasey Bucher and Abby Sturm (Saint Mary's), Kari Vavra and Kristina Rak (FSU)
    • New Board Members: Becky Maynard (Borgess), Michael Michutka (Borgess), Katie Axford (FSU), and Carrie Morrison (Mercy).

    Our next meeting will be held January 10, at Borgess Medical Center-Lawrence Education Center Auditorium. Donald Scott, Pharm.D. , Infectious Disease Clinical Pharmacist at Spectrum Health, will be speaking about antimicrobial dosing in the obese patient.

    Save the date: The WMSHP Spring Seminar will be held May 7, 2013 at the Prince Conference Center on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids.

  • October 24, 2012 1:54 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    The last WMSHP Meeting of 2012 is just around the corner!! Make sure to RSVP early!

    Not only is November our last meeting of the year, but it is also time to vote for who our incoming Board Members are going to be. Watch for your ballot to arrive and return it to any Board Member to make sure your vote is counted.

    As a reminder, monthly meetings will resume in January.

    Also, we are starting to plan for the 2013 WMSHP Spring Seminar. If you have ideas or topics you would like to hear about please send me an email at KaliVanLangen@ferris.edu.

    Finally, thank you to all of the members of WMSHP for allowing me to serve as your President for the past year. I have enjoyed the experience and look forward to serving as Past President in 2013 and planning our annual Spring Seminar Meeting. I would also like to welcome Dana Staat as President for the 2013 year and for agreeing to serving for a second time!

  • September 24, 2012 1:55 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    The cooler temperatures and shorter days means Fall has arrived and WMSHP is back in full swing.

    WMSHP is hosting two events this month and both events are being held on October 18. The first event is our monthly meeting. Shawna Kraft, PharmD from the University of Michigan will be presenting on "Oncologic Emergencies" at this month's meeting which is being held at the Lawrence Education Center auditorium on the campus of Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

    The second event is our annual Residency Showcase. This year, the residency showcase is being held at Ferris State University's new College of Pharmacy building located at 25 Michigan Ave in Grand Rapids. Many programs from around the state will be in attendance. Pharmacy students are welcome to attend and learn more about the residency programs in our area.

    This is the time of year that WMSHP is also looking for members to volunteer their time as a Board Member. Board Members serve 2 years terms and are primarily responsible for planning one monthly meeting for each year they are on the board. If you are interested in adding your name to the ballot for Board Member, please notify any current Board Member by October 12, 2012.

    Also, we are starting to plan for the 2013 WMSHP Spring Seminar. If you have ideas or topics you would like to hear about please send me an email at KaliVanLangen@ferris.edu.

  • August 21, 2012 1:55 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    Let the search begin! The time has come to begin the search for the 2012-2013 residency class. Western Michigan Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists will be holding a Residency Showcase in conjunction with Ferris State University on Thursday, October 18th. The showcase is scheduled to commence at 5:30 pm and will be held at the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy, 25 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI, Room 713.

    Please RSVP via e-mail to Angela Green by Thursday, October 11th to secure your place in the showcase. The cost for a program to participate in the showcase is $30 and payment can be made online or at the showcase. There is no charge for residency candidates who would like to attend and view the showcases.

    As the date of the Residency Showcase approaches, we will contact registered programs with important information needed regarding set-up and parking.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact Angela Green by phone at (231) 672-4929 or via e-mail at greenak@trinity-health.org

  • August 20, 2012 1:56 PM | Brad Miller (Administrator)

    Welcome back to another season of WMSHP meetings! The end of summer means the beginning of monthly CE programs for WMSHP members. In keeping with last year's format, we will be hosting the majority of monthly meetings at our institutions to help control the cost, however; Board Members approved for one meeting to be held in a restaurant in each our two main cities, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

    Our first speaker to help us get back into the swing of things in John Jameson, PharmD. As many of you know, John is faculty member at Ferris State's College of Pharmacy and always brings a wealth of experience all of his presentations. This year, John's presentation is titled "Insulin: First Do No Harm" and will discuss the key concepts to help optimize insulin therapy in our patients.

    WMSHP and Ferris State University will also hosting it's annual Residency Showcase this October. More details will be coming soon!

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