MPA | Pharmacy News

By Matt Satkowiak, Pharm.D., BCPS, clinical pharmacist, Munson Medical Center, Traverse City and northern region representative


After a long and arduous winter in northern Michigan, we welcomed the thaw that brought a very busy and education-packed spring! We held our second Northern Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NMSHP) Annual Meeting, which took place in April at the Otsego Club and Resort in Gaylord. We offered four live continuing education (CE) credits on the topics of: Making Sense of Antiplatelet Therapy presented by Curtis Smith, Pharm.D., BCPS; Non-Opioid Options in Pain Management presented by Brad Beaman, Pharm.D., BCPS; Oncologic Emergencies presented by Mark Wagner, Pharm.D., BCOP and Munson Medical Center Residency Project Updates jointly presented by Rachel McLeod, Pharm.D., PGY1 pharmacy resident and Celine Quevillon, Pharm.D., PGY1 pharmacy resident. Our April monthly meeting offered one live CE credit on the topic of Management of Acute Traumatic Brain Injury presented by Kevin Przbylski, Pharm.D. Lastly, Munson Medical Center’s PGY1 and PGY2 residents presented their research projects at the May meeting. Cassie Diamond, Pharm.D. discussed the role pharmacists can play in the hospital discharge process; Molly Bosom, Pharm.D., provided insight on the use of argatroban in patients with suspected heparin-induced thrombocytopenia; Katelin Anderson, Pharm.D., explored the utility of penicillin skin testing in pregnant patients and Tate Feeney, Pharm.D., described pharmacist interventions in patients initiating oral chemotherapy medication.


We have now moved into our summer break and will resume regular meetings again in September. We plan to continue hosting meetings in Alpena and Traverse City and are looking to expand the number of sites that offer live video conferencing of our CE events. In the interim, we hope to gather for some fun events this summer in Northern Michigan.


For more information on upcoming fall meetings, please contact NMSHP president Emily Warner at

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