By Neha Desai, Pharm.D., director of pharmacy, Beaumont Hospital Dearborn, southeast regional representative
The Southeastern Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacy (SMSHP) met in April with live continuing education presented by Amber Lanae Martirosov, Pharm.D. The title of the presentation was, “Breathing Easy: Updates in the Current Management of COPD” and was presented in Livonia. Dr. Martirosov interacted with the audience and helped demystify the myriad of inhalers and treatments used for COPD. At the general body meeting in April, updates to the constitution and bylaws were presented. The updates were based on recommendations from American Society of Health-System Pharmacists review.
In May, Victoria Tutag-Lehr, Pharm.D., educated pharmacists and technicians on, “Increasing Naloxone Access in the Community.” Dr. Tutag-Lehr is currently serving her third term as the chair of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee as well as a member of the Naloxone Standing Order Implementation Task Force. The educational presentation provided information on the naloxone standing order which has been in effect since May 2017 and how increased naloxone access has helped to positively impact the opioid crisis and decrease deaths due to overdoses. The Pharmacy Resident Research Posters were also presented at the May meeting held in Southfield. Pharmacy residents from across the region displayed their research and interacted with membership.
An annual highlight for SMSHP was held in June with the annual technician symposium. This year the Annual Pharmacy Technician Breakfast and Continuing Education Seminar featured live continuing education presented by all technician speakers. The speakers were Adam King, CPhT; Keith Binion, B.S., CPhT and Timaka Williams, B.S., LPhT, PRS. The breakfast seminar was well received and well attended as it was almost sold out! Special thanks to all who made it a success.
While there was no general body meeting or education in July as we slowed down for the summer, the Programming Committee is meeting to plan for the next year. SMSHP continues to enhance its website functionality and is fully functional with LecturePanda for CE administration.
Monthly educational offerings will resume in September. For more information, visit our website at www.SMSHP.org