March Meeting Announcement
Date: Thursday, March 9th, 2017
Time: 5:30-6:30pm - Board Meeting
6:30-6:45pm - Dinner
6:45-7:45pm - Continuing Education Presentation
Location: Bronson Methodist Hospital
Gilmore Center Auditorium
7 Healthcare Plaza
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 [driving directions]
Topic: "Review of the 2016 Hospital Acquired and Ventilator Associated Pneumonia Guidelines: Focus on Application at the Patient and Health-System Level"
Speaker: Zachary R. Smith, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP
Cost: Free for WMSHP members. Non-Member cost is $40.00.
This program (ACPE #0112-9999-17-334-L01-P / 0112-9999-17-334-L01-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.
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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!

 

2017 WMSHP Board Elections

Posted on October 31st, 2016 by Brad Miller

Below are the nominees for our 2017 WMSHP Board Elections.  Members: go to wmshp.net/vote to vote now!  Votes will be due before the start of our November General Meeting on November 3rd.

President-Elect 2016:

Katie Adrian received her Pharm.D. 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 Methodist Hospital. She is also the Assistant Residency Director and helps to coordinate the orientation experience, along with the staffing rotation and 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.

Secretary 2017-18:

Brad Miller (incumbent) is an Informatics Pharmacist at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.  He graduated from Ferris State University and completed a PGY-1 residency at Spectrum Health.  He has previously worked as Pharmacy Director at Pennock Hospital in Hastings, and as an Emegency Department Clinical Pharmacist at Spectrum Health.  He has served as WMSHP's secretary and webmaster since 2004.

Board Members 2017-18:

Stacy Brousseau (incumbent) graduated from Ferris State University's College of Pharmacy in 2013.  Following pharmacy school, Stacy completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo and was subsequently hired on at Bronson as a clinical pharmacist in the Emergency Department. She is also adjunct faculty with Ferris State University's College of Pharmacy, facilitating an Emergency Medicine rotation for fourth year pharmacy students.  Stacy is currently the chairperson of the MSHP Educational Affairs Committee, a board member for WMSHP, and is actively involved in the MPA Education Task Force.  She has enjoyed serving as a WMSHP board member for the past two years and would love the opportunity to continue working to provide interesting and informative continuing education programs for WMSHP's members..

Christin Campbell (incumbent) is a 2014 graduate of the Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy and completed a PGY-1 residency at Borgess Medical Center. She is now a clinical pharmacy specialist at Borgess on the general medical/oncology unit. Christin has enjoyed serving as a WMSHP board member this year and is seeking re-election so that she can continue to actively contribute to the organization. She has been a member of WMSHP since 2014.

Carrie Morrison (incumbent) is an ambulatory care pharmacist at Mercy Health in Muskegon and serves as the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator for Affinia Health, Mercy's clinically integrated physician network in Muskegon and Grand Rapids.  She has been on the WMSHP board for 2 terms and is seeking election for a 3rd .  She received her bachelor degree in pharmacy from Ferris State University and completed her PharmD with Creighton University in Nebraska..

Jordan Posey: After going to school at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, I managed to convince Spectrum to take me on as a resident. Since then, I have been taking care of adult and pediatric patients in the ED and ICU. I am (in)famous with students and residents for my 8 hour trauma topic discussions. I am running for a board position because I want to contribute to the great work that WMSHP does to support pharmacist education and camaraderie!

 

President's Corner - November 2016

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by Rebecca Maynard

A big thank you to Stacy Brousseau, Pharm.D., BCPS, for her excellent presentation on “STDs: The Aftermath of Netflix and Chill” and for all the members who joined us in Kalamazoo. We will be back in Grand Rapids at 6:30pm on Thursday, November 3rd for Shalyn C. Quigley, Pharm.D.’s presentation on Adult Immunization Updates.

It’s time to finalize our ballot and begin the election process for our 2017-2018 Board. The positions for elections this year are President-Elect, Secretary, and 4 two-year Board Member terms.  If you are interested in running for a board position, email your bio to our secretary, Brad Miller, at webmaster@wmshp.net. Bios should be brief (a few sentences) and typically contain alma mater, additional training (if applicable), current practice and a brief description of your interest in being a board member, and are due by Friday, October 21st. Finalized ballots will be emailed to WMSHP members the week of October 24th, and the polls will close immediately prior to our general meeting on November 3rd.