July Meeting Announcement
Date: Thursday, July 13th, 2017
Time: Game Time: 7:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Location: Fifth Third Ballpark
4500 West River Dr
Comstock Park, MI 49321 [driving directions]
Topic: "WMSHP Summer Outing 2017"
Speaker: No Speaker
Cost: Free for WMSHP members. Non-Member cost is $15.00.
CE credit is not being offered with this educational program.
You may no longer RSVP for this meeting.
The RSVP deadline was June 27, 2017.

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WMSHP Summer Outing - Whitecaps Baseball on July 13th

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 by Brad Miller

We will be having our annual WMSHP Summer Outing on July 13th with West Michigan Whitecaps baseball at Fifth-Third Ballpark.  This year, in addition to the game, we will be having an all-you-can-eat BBQ dinner on the Altogas Patio.  The event is free for WMSHP members; admission and BBQ buffet for accompanying friends or family is $15 per person (children under 2 years get in free).

Registration deadline is June 28th.  Click here for more information, and to reserve your spot!


President's Corner - April 2017

Posted on March 20th, 2017 by Katie Axford

At our March meeting, Zachary Smith, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, shared valuable insights during his presentation entitled “Review of the 2016 HAP/VAP Guidelines: Focus on Application at the Patient and Health-System Level” at Bronson.  Zach is a critical care pharmacist with Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, and we appreciate him driving all the way across the state to help us dig into these guidelines in a practical way.

Join us on April 13th at Gravity Taphouse Grille in Grand Rapids as Ben Kulwicki (Mercy Health Saint Mary’s) and Katie Guido (Borgess Medical Center) present results of the research projects they have been working on during this residency year.  Both projects explore the impact pharmacists can have on optimizing patient care…a topic important to all of us!

WMSHP is still accepting scholarship applications from eligible P3 students.  For the second year, the Board voted to offer one $1000 scholarship and one $500 scholarship to deserving students who are native or current residents of West Michigan.  The application deadline is April 7th, and winners will be announced at the annual WMSHP Spring Seminar.  More information is available at www.wmshp.net/scholarship.

The 2017 WMSHP Spring Seminar will be held on Tuesday, May 9th at the Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids.  We will be offing 5 hours of live continuing education accredited for pharmacists and technicians, including 1 hour of pain and 1 hour of law.  Visit www.wmshp.net/seminar for more information and to register for the event.  We hope to see you there!

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


President's Corner - March 2017

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Katie Axford

I hope you were able to get out this weekend and enjoy the beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures…perhaps a sign that spring is just around the corner?!

Members who joined us at Saint Mary’s last week were treated to an engaging presentation entitled “Mechanical Circulatory Support: Sounds Highly Non-Pharmacologic to Me” from CJ Michaud, PharmD, BCPS, cardiothoracic critical care pharmacist at Spectrum Health – Butterworth.  Many thanks to CJ for sharing his knowledge and passion for a topic that is unfamiliar (and a little bit uncomfortable) to many of us!

Congratulations to Katie Guido (Borgess Medical Center) and Ben Kulwicki (Mercy Health Saint Mary’s) for being selected to present at our April meeting.  We look forward to hearing about the research projects they have been working on this year.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 9th at Bronson in Kalamazoo and will feature a presentation from Zach Smith, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP on the 2016 IDSA guidelines for hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

MPF Adopt-a-Student:  If you are headed to the MPA Annual Convention this weekend (February 24-26), please consider sponsoring a student to attend the awards banquet through the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation’s Adopt-a-Student program.  If you are not going to the meeting, you can still sponsor a student and MPF will see to it that the student is paired with another pharmacy professional during the event.  The cost for the program is $100 for one student or $185 for two students.  Please email Eric Roath (eric@michiganpharmacists.org) if you are interested in supporting the next generation of pharmacists in this way!


President's Corner - February 2017

Posted on January 16th, 2017 by Katie Axford

Happy New Year!  Thanks to all who came out to Martell’s in Kalamazoo as we started off 2017 learning about “What’s New on TAP? The ADRs of PPIs” from Tracey Mersfelder, PharmD, a Ferris faculty member and clinical pharmacist at Borgess Medical Center.  Tracey presented an extensive review of the available literature linking proton pump inhibitor use with B12 and magnesium deficiency, osteoporosis, infections, kidney disease and more; and we truly appreciate the time and energy she put into providing this education for us.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16th, and will feature CJ Michaud, PharmD, BCPS presenting on mechanical circulatory support.  There’s room for a crowd in the Lacks Grand Room at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids… please consider joining us!

Reminder to Pharmacy Residents: Submit your research abstract for an opportunity to share your residency project with our members at the April WMSHP meeting!  Abstracts are due to Kyle Schmidt (kyle.schmidt@spectrumhealth.org) by January 27th.  Don’t miss out on this chance to practice your presentation before the Great Lakes conference!

Stay warm, all…it will be spring before we know it (at least that’s what I’m telling myself)…


President's Corner - January 2017

Posted on December 19th, 2016 by Katie Axford

As another year comes to a close, I would like to thank all who participated in and contributed to our 2016 WMSHP programming.  We wrapped up the year with an information-packed presentation on “Adult Immunization Updates” from Shalyn Quigly, PharmD, an ambulatory care pharmacist at Mercy Health Muskegon.

While December offers the chance to take a break and enjoy the holidays with family and friends, we also look forward to what is ahead in 2017!  As has become a tradition, we will kick off the new year with our restaurant meeting in Kalamazoo…Tracey Mersfelder, PharmD, will present “What is New on TAP? The ADRs of PPIs” at Martell’s on January 12th.  We hope many of you will be able to join us for what is sure to be an engaging presentation about this commonly used class of medications.

We are also happy to welcome our new and returning board members this year, who were announced at the November meeting.  For those of you who were unable to join us, the newly elected board members are:

President-Elect 2017: Katie Adrian, PharmD, BCPS

Secretary 2017-2018: Brad Miller, PharmD (incumbent)

Board Members 2017-2018:

  • Stacy Brousseau, PharmD, BCPS (incumbent)
  • Christin Campbell, PharmD (incumbent)
  • Carrie Morrison, PharmD (incumbent)
  • Jordan Posey, PharmD

Resident-at-Large 2017: Courtney Carroll, PharmD (Spectrum Health Peds PGY2)

Best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season, and I hope to see many of you in the new year!