September Meeting Announcement
Date: Thursday, September 8th, 2016
Time: Board Meeting - 5:30pm
Speaker & Dinner - 6:30pm
Location: Uccello's Ristorante
2630 East Beltline Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 [driving directions]
Topic: "HIV Pharmacotherapy: Back to the Basics"
Speaker: Derek J. Vander Horst, Pharm.D.
Cost: Free for WMSHP members. Non-Member cost is $40.00.
This program (ACPE #0112-9999-16-374-L02-P and 0112-9999-16-374-L02-T), in its entirety, has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit (0.1 CEUs) in states that recognize ACPE approved providers. This program is intended for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists.
RSVP Deadline: September 1, 2016
There Are 3 Seats RemainingClick Here to RSVP

President's Corner - September 2016

Posted on August 17th, 2016 by Rebecca Maynard

The dog days of summer are over, and it’s time to start another year of great programming for WMSHP. Starting with our September meeting, WMSHP will now be partnering with the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) for joint providership of accredited pharmacy continuing education for both pharmacists AND technicians. We will be updating our website with new instructions for submitting CE credit starting with the September meeting and providing instructions at each program.

Thanks to everyone who joined us June 30th for the annual summer outing at Fifth Third Ballpark to watch the West Michigan Whitecaps on a beautiful summer night. It’s always great to have a fun night of networking with other pharmacists, technicians, family and friends. If you’re interested in more social networking opportunities, the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF) is hosting Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 15th at Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids. The cost is $175/person (60% is tax-deductible) and includes dinner, a brewery tour, and guided tasting with Founders’ brewery experts. The event is open to all pharmacy professionals and their friends, spouses and significant others. The money raised will be used by the MPF to support investments in the future of pharmacy through scholarships and grant funding. More information about the event, the Foundation and overnight lodging accommodations can be found at The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, October 3rd.

We look forward to seeing many of you Thursday, September 8th for our first CE event of the 2016-2017 year at Uccello's in Grand Rapids, where Derek J. Vander Horst, Pharm.D. will be giving a presentation on “HIV Pharmacotherapy: Back to the Basics“ for 1 live CE credit for pharmacists and technicians. Please consider encouraging any pharmacists and technicians you know who are not WMSHP members to consider joining. The $40 annual membership fee gives members access to up to 7 hours of live CE credits from our regular monthly meetings September through November and January through April. With an additional registration fee, our annual Spring Seminar in May provides another 5 hours. Membership applications or renewals can be found at

We hope to see you September 8th!


President's Corner - June 2016

Posted on June 6th, 2016 by Rebecca Maynard

Summer is here! We hope many of you will be able to join us for our annual summer outing at Fifth Third Ballpark to watch the West Michigan Whitecaps take on the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, June 30th. Admission is free for registered WMSHP members, and $14.50 for non-members (friends & family). Each ticket includes a complementary hot dog and soda. The game night promotion is $2 Pepsi products, $2 hot dogs, $2 beers and Social Media Night.  Children under 2 years of age get in free. Parking is $7 and is paid on-site.

Members can click here to register and reserve their complementary ticket. Click here to buy extra tickets for friends & family. Please RSVP by June 20th.

The WMSHP Board is in need of a technician board member for the remainder of the 2016-2017 two year term (committed until December 31, 2017). If you are interested in serving on the executive board, please submit your name and practice site to the current President, Becky Maynard at For more information on executive board service, click here to review the WMSHP Bylaws. Any additional questions can be directed to Becky Maynard at the email above.


MPF Leadership Academy Sponsorship

Posted on May 13th, 2016 by Rebecca Maynard

The 2016-2017 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 Becky Maynard at by midnight on Sunday, June 5th. 

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
  • Eight online webinars, interfacing with the top leaders in the healthcare industry
  • Access to our members-only online forum to receive coaching and advice from past graduates of the Academy

For more information about the Academy, please contact Eric Roath, Pharm.D., Executive Director of the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation at


WMSHP Spring Seminar Update

Posted on April 28th, 2016 by Kari Vavra

As a reminder, Spring Seminar will be on May 11th at the Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids.  Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, technician CE will not be offered this year.  Only pharmacist CE will be available. 

Early registration ends on May 4th.  Please consider attending!  For more information, please go to:


President's Corner - May 2016

Posted on April 21st, 2016 by Rebecca Maynard

It is finally time to wrap up our 2015-2016 WMSHP year with Spring Seminar on Wednesday, May 11th. We would like to thank Corinne English, PharmD, and Julie Schmidt, PharmD for presenting their residency projects at our April meeting. It is always wonderful to see the great work of our local pharmacy residents, and we wish all of them good luck at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference next week!

Registration is still open for the 47th Annual WMSHP Spring Seminar until May 4th. Onsite registration will be available for an additional $10. We encourage early registration to ensure sufficient seating and materials. Registration can be made online and paid by credit card at

As many of you may have already seen, the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has now provided guidance on how the Department is going to be enforcing the CE requirement for technician licensure. Here is an excerpt of the most recent information that we have:

  • LARA is NOT going to require any pharmacy technician CE until licenses expire in June 2017 (meaning pharmacy technicians who have their licenses come due on June 30, 2016 do not need to have CE (this time only).
  • In June 2017, if the pharmacy technician has had their license:
    • Less than one year – there will be no CE required
    • Greater than 1 year, but less than 2 = 10 hours of CE
    • For 2 years = 20 hours
  • The 20 hours of CE must include 1 hour in pain and symptom management, 1 hour in patient safety and 1 hour in pharmacy law with at least 5 of the CE credits earned by attending live courses
  • The Department will NO longer be accepting the PTCB Universal CE Forms that WMSHP has used in the past. In order to ensure that technicians renewing in June 2017 have CE that can be used in their renewal, WMSHP has taken immediate action to obtain ACPE accreditation for technicians at Spring Seminar.

As always, if you would like more information about WMSHP, please visit our website at We hope to see you May 11th!