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By Tammy Busch, R.Ph., staff pharmacist, Otsego Memorial Hospital, University of Florida-WPPD Pharm.D. candidate, northern regional representative

We had a very busy spring this year in northern Michigan. Our first ever Northern Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NMSHP) Annual Meeting took place in April in Gaylord and was a success with four live continuing education (CE) credits offered on the topics of Transitions of Care presented by Annie Ottney, Pharm.D., BCPS; Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome presented by Emily Kearney, Pharm.D., BCPS; Toxicology: Overdoses and Antidotes presented by Trevor Warner, Pharm.D., BCCP and Antimicrobial Stewardship jointly presented by Derek Vander Horst, Pharm.D., BCPS, PGY2 pharmacy resident and Katelin Anderson, Pharm.D., PGY1 pharmacy resident. Our April monthly meeting offered two live CE credits on the topic of Managing Pain in Patients with Cancer presented by Claire Saadeh, Pharm.D., BCOP. Finally, our local PGY1 residents presented their research projects at the May meeting. John Robinson, Pharm.D. provided insight on optimal management of Clostridium difficile infections; Allie Wasik, Pharm.D., conducted research on high-risk medication management, specifically sotalol, amiodarone, and DOACs in an outpatient cardiac clinic; Joseph Zerka, Pharm.D., explored the management of delirium in mechanically ventilated patients and Bradley Haan, Pharm.D., developed an alcohol withdrawal protocol for the hospitalized patient.

We have transitioned to our summer hiatus now and will resume our meetings in September. We are planning two additional meeting dates and new venues for this year, which will include Alpena along with Traverse City, Gaylord and Petoskey; thankfully, we have the capability to connect remotely with these venues so attendance is not dependent on driving three hours one-way for each meeting. In the meantime, we hope to gather for some fun events this summer at a Traverse City Beach Bums baseball game. Enjoy your summer!

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