Pharmacy News

By Katie Axford, Pharm.D., BCPS, WMSHP president, assistant professor, Ferris State University College of Pharmacy, western regional society representative, Grand Rapids

The 2017 calendar year is off to a great start for the Western Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (WMSHP). 

Our monthly programming kicked off on Jan. 12, with Tracey Mersfelder, Pharm.D. presenting “What’s New on TAP? The ADRs of PPIs" at Martell’s restaurant in Kalamazoo. On Feb. 16, at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids, CJ Michaud, Pharm.D., BCPS, enlightened the crowd with his presentation entitled “Mechanical Circulatory Support: Sounds Highly Non-Pharmacologic to Me.” The following month, on March 9, Zach Smith, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCP shared his “Review of the 2016 HAP/VAP Guidelines: Focus on Application at the Patient and Health-System Level” at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. And finally, last month on April 13 at Gravity Taphouse Grille in Grand Rapids, two western Michigan residents had the opportunity to present their research projects at our annual Pharmacy Residency Project Showcase. Ben Kulwicki, Pharm.D. (Mercy Health Saint Mary’s) shared his project titled “Impact of an Emergency Medicine Pharmacist on Appropriate Empiric Antibiotic Prescribing” and Katie Guido (Borgess Medical Center) presented “Pharmacist Addition to the Stroke Team: Evaluation of the Time to Intravenous Thrombolytic Therapy for Acute Ischemic Stroke With and Without a Pharmacist on the Stroke Response Team (PhAST Trial).” As always, our monthly programming would not be possible without our speakers, and our thanks goes out to all of them!

This month, on May 9, the 48th Annual WMSHP Spring Seminar was held at the Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids. Pharmacists and technicians received five hours of live CE credit, with a variety of topics including antimicrobial stewardship in the emergency department, inpatient pharmacy services for heart failure patients, practical use of GLP-1 receptor agonists in Type 2 diabetes, pain management in palliative care and a pharmacy law update.

In addition to providing networking opportunities and continuing education programming for our members, WMSHP enjoys supporting area pharmacy students in a variety of ways. In February, WMSHP sponsored two P4 student pharmacists through the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation Adopt-a-Student program at the Michigan Pharmacists Association’s Annual Convention & Exposition. And later this month, WMSHP will present one $1000 scholarship and one $500 scholarship to P3 student pharmacists. It truly is a privilege to recognize deserving students from the west Michigan area through these activities!

WMSHP will be on summer break through August and will resume monthly meetings in September. For more information about WMSHP or our upcoming programs, please visit

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