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By Neha Desai, Pharm.D., director of pharmacy, Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn, southeast regional representative

The Southeastern Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SMSHP) Board of Directors met in December to welcome new Board members and prepare for the upcoming year with discussions regarding committees and objectives. In January we had an educational activity for membership at The Gazebo in Warren. Cardiology pharmacy specialist Farzad Daneshvar, Pharm.D., BCPS presented: “Heart Failure Guideline Updates and New Therapies.” Dr. Daneshvar sought to educate on the recommended pharmacotherapy of heart failure as well as the financial burden associated with some heart failure therapies and patient outcomes. February’s continuing education program in Southfield was entitled “Evolving Arena of Hepatitis C Virus Treatment,” by speaker Nimisha Sulejmani, Pharm.D., BCPS. Dr. Sulejmani outlined the evolution of medications for treatment of hepatitis C as well as treatment regimens and monitoring. Both speakers were extremely knowledgeable in their respective areas and handled questions from the audience well. A big thank you to our speakers for providing valuable information to our membership!

On March 14, SMSHP had the honor of hosting the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ President-elect, Kelly M. Smith, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP. In addition to attending a dinner meeting with the SMSHP Board and Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) president Nancy MacDonald, Dr. Smith presented: "Avoiding Failure to Thrive: Towards a Resilient and Thriving Pharmacy Workforce" in Livonia. As one of the focuses of AHSP, Dr. Smith discussed information about clinician burnout and identifying strategies to impact well-being and resilience in pharmacists, pharmacy residents, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians through the National Academy of Medicine Clinician Well-Being and Resilience Action Collaborative.

Nominations are being accepted for SMSHP’s annual exemplary resident continuing education (CE) presentation from residency programs in southeast Michigan with an outstanding CE presentation. The winning presentation will be presented at the September SMSHP meeting. SMSHP committee work during the first quarter of 2018 included the Communications and Constitution/Bylaws Committees. SMSHP continues to enhance its website functionality and is fully functional with LecturePanda for CE administration.

Monthly educational offerings will continue through May. For more information, visit our website at



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