March Meeting Announcement
Date: Thursday, March 8th, 2018
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM - Board Meeting
6:30-6:45 PM - Dinner
6:45-7:45 PM - Continuing Education Presentation
Location: Borgess Medical Center
Lawrence Education Center Auditorium
1521 Gull Road (entrance on Shaffer St side of campus)
Kalamazoo, MI 49048 [driving directions]
Topic: "2018 Diabetes Update: The Medication Makeover Edition"
Speaker: Susan Cornell, BS, PharmD, CDE, FAPhA, FAADE
Cost: Free for WMSHP members. Non-Member cost is $25.00.
PharmCon, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This knowledge-based program (ACPE #0798-9999-18-048-L01-P / 0798-9999-18-048-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.
You may no longer RSVP for this meeting.
The RSVP deadline was March 5, 2018.

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President's Corner - March 2018

Posted on February 16th, 2018 by Katie Adrian

We had a great turnout for our February meeting, where we learned about different uses of ketamine.  Thank you to Matthew Gurka, PharmD, BCCCP for the very engaging and interesting presentation!

Congratulations to Lauren Fay (Mercy Health Saint Mary’s) and Lauren VanDenBos (Borgess Medical Center) for being selected to present their year-long projects at our April meeting.  We are looking forward to hearing more about their research!

We invite you to join us at our next meeting on Thursday, March 8th at Borgess in Kalamazoo.  We will be featuring a presentation from Susan Cornell, BS, PharmD, CDE, FAPhA, FAADE, entitled “2018 Diabetes Update:  The Medication Makeover Edition.”


President's Corner - February 2018

Posted on January 24th, 2018 by Katie Adrian

We had a great start to 2018 with our January meeting at Martell’s in Kalamazoo. Thanks to everyone who came out to hear an excellent presentation on updates in heart failure by Jona Lekura. Our next meeting will be in Grand Rapids at the Wege Center in the lower level classroom. Matthew Gurka, PharmD, BCCCP will be presenting on the expanding uses of ketamine. Hope to see you all there!

Reminder to Pharmacy Residents: Submit your research abstract for an opportunity to present your residency project at our April WMSHP meeting! Interested residents will need to email their research abstracts to Carrie Morrison ( no later than February 1st.


President's Corner - January 2018

Posted on December 22nd, 2017 by Katie Adrian

I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season!  We had another great year of programming in 2017, including our November speaker, Lauren Ice, PharmD., BCPS, BCOP, who educated us about the treatment of oncologic emergencies.  It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to look ahead to the opportunities of 2018.  Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 11th at Martell’s in Kalamazoo.  Jona Lekura, PharmD., BCPS, who is a clinical pharmacy specialist in cardiology at Henry Ford, will be presenting “An Overview of Chronic Heart Failure Management.”  We hope to see everyone there!

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

President-Elect 2018: Stacy Brousseau, PharmD, BCPS

Treasurer 2018-2019: Jordan Posey, PharmD, MBA, NHDP-BC

Board Members 2018-2019:

  • Tara Longman, PharmD

  • Julie Schmidt, PharmD, BCPS

  • Kyle Schmidt, PharmD, BCCP (incumbent)

  • Mitchell Stein, PharmD (incumbent)

  • Natalie Washburn, PharmD

Resident-at-Large 2018: Stephanee Schrader, PharmD (Spectrum Health PGY1)

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2018 WMSHP Board Elections

Posted on November 2nd, 2017 by Brad Miller

Polls are now open for this year's WMSHP Board Elections!  WMSHP members can vote now at The voting deadline is just prior to our November 9th General Meeting.

President-Elect 2018

  • Stacy Brousseau is a 2013 graduate of Ferris State University's College of Pharmacy.  Following pharmacy school, she completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.  Stacy currently practices at Bronson as a clinical pharmacist in the Emergency Department, where she precepts pharmacy residents and facilitates an Emergency Medicine rotation for fourth year pharmacy students.  Stacy is currently the chairperson of the MSHP Educational Affairs Committee and is actively involved in the MPA Education Task Force.  She has enjoyed serving as a WMSHP board member for the past three years and is excited to further increase her involvement within the organization.

Treasurer 2018-19

  • Jordan Posey is a clinical pharmacist at Spectrum Health. These days, he teaches pharmacists how to use computers so that they can be prepared for Spectrum’s implementation of Epic in November. He used to work in emergency medicine and critical care at Spectrum and still misses being elbow deep in codes, intubations, and various bodily fluids (less so that last one). Jordan recently had the opportunity to take over as Treasurer for WMSHP and would be ecstatic to continue serving in that role.

Technician 2018-19

There were no nominees for this position.  If you are a technician or know a technician who would be interested in serving on our board, please contact any of our current board members.

Board 2018-19

  • Tara Longman graduated from Ferris State University's College of Pharmacy in 2016 and recently completed her PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Tara remained at Bronson after residency, where she is now working as a clinical pharmacist on the general surgery and cardiac surgery units. She continues to be active in the pharmacy profession, has special interests in infectious diseases and academia, and is excited to begin precepting students and residents on a new surgical rotation she is developing at Bronson.  Tara has been a member of WMSHP since 2015 and looks forward to continued involvement in the organization.
  • Julie Schmidt graduated from Ferris State University's College of Pharmacy in 2015.   Following pharmacy school, she completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.  Julie remained with Bronson after her residency where she currently practices as a clinical pharmacist on the neurovascular unit.  She enjoys precepting fourth year pharmacy students and also being involved in the MSHP/MPA Public Affairs Committee, currently serving as co-chair.  Julie has been a member of WMSHP since 2015 and is excited to further increase her involvement in the organization.
  • Kyle Schmidt (Incumbent) attended Ferris State University where he completed both his Undergraduate Studies and Doctorate in Pharmacy. Following graduation, he accepted and 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. Kyle is the Neurocritical Care Clinical Pharmacist at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. He has been an active WMSHP Board Member for the past 2 years and has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be involved. Kyle would be honored to be re-elected and continue to serve the West Michigan Health Systems Pharmacists.
  • Mitchell Stein (Incumbent) is currently a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at Borgess Medical Center. He has stayed in Michigan throughout his education and career, and is dedicated to serving the West Michigan region. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University, went to the University of Michigan for pharmacy school, and then came back to West Michigan to complete the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Borgess. He has worked at Borgess since completing residency in 2015. Mitchell is currently serving as a board member, a position he has held since 2016.
  • Natalie Washburn is a 2015 graduate of Ferris State University's College of Pharmacy.  Following pharmacy school, she completed both a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency and a PGY-2 Critical Care Residency at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, IN.  Natalie currently practices at Bronson Methodist Hospital as a clinical pharmacist in the Medical and Neuro Intensive Care Units, where she precepts pharmacy residents and facilitates a Critical Care rotation for fourth year pharmacy students.  Natalie is an active member of SCCM's Membership and Patient Safety Committees, has been a member of MPA since 2011, and is excited about this opportunity to join the WMSHP board since recently returning to West Michigan.

President's Corner - November 2017

Posted on October 23rd, 2017 by Katie Axford

October was a busy month, as usual!  Our annual Residency Showcase at Ferris State University College of Pharmacy in Grand Rapids was a fun and successful event, with 23 residency programs represented and over 75 students in attendance.  Thanks to Dean Van Loo for coordinating the panel discussion that evening, then turning around the next week to present “Guidelines and Landmark Studies: Script or Suggestion?” at our monthly CE program.  His review and commentary on how we should cautiously interpret guideline recommendations was thoughtful and much appreciated by those in attendance.

Our last meeting for the 2017 year will feature Lauren Ice, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP sharing her insight into “Treatment of Oncologic Emergencies” on November 9th in the Lacks Grand Room at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids.  As a reminder, the general board meetings conducted at 5:30pm prior to the CE presentation are open to members and guests; if you’re curious about what the WMSHP executive board is up to, please consider joining us!

Elections for our 2018-2019 Board will be held in the coming weeks.  The ballot this year will include candidates for President-Elect, Treasurer, Technician, and four 2-year Director positions.  A link to the electronic ballot will be emailed to WMSHP voting members soon, and the polls will close immediately prior to the meeting on November 9th.

Please note that beginning January 1st, 2018, annual membership dues will be adjusted to $50 for pharmacist members, $40 for resident members, and $30 for technician members.  Per the bylaws, student members are exempt from payment of annual dues.  Members who would like to take advantage of the current dues structure ($40 for pharmacists and residents, $30 for technicians) should renew prior to January 1st.