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By Kyle Schmidt, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, Ferris State University College of Pharmacy, Grand Rapids

To round out 2019, the Western Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (WMSHP) continued the tradition of hosting excellent educational networking events, highlighting accomplished speakers who provided attendees with well-developed, practical updates on a wide variety of topics. This past fall, WMSHP hosted three different continuing education events. In September, Julie Schmidt, cardiology clinical pharmacist with Bronson Methodist Hospital, guided attendees through the treatment of acute myocardial infarction, from door to discharge. October featured an engaging session, led by Ferris State University (FSU) College of Pharmacy associate professor Katie Axford, using gamification to explore the various social determinants of health in pharmacy. The 2019 offerings were capped off with a great review of recent updates from the realm of infectious diseases led by Juliet Chijioke, the PGY-2 infectious disease pharmacy resident from Munson Medical Center.

In addition to the educational networking sessions, WMSHP maintained a high level of involvement promoting pharmacy residency training. As a new initiative, WMSHP hosted its inaugural mock residency interview and curriculum vitae event in September for pharmacy students interested in preparing themselves for the upcoming residency interview season. Many area preceptors and pharmacy leaders provided individualized attention and advice to a substantial number of prospective pharmacy residents. In October, WMSHP co-hosted, along with FSU’s College of Pharmacy, its annual pharmacy residency showcase in Grand Rapids. Student turnout was great. Looking forward, WMSHP is excited to continue to facilitate these events, as well as explore additional ways to positively impact the region’s health-system pharmacy practice.

As each year passes, we also get the opportunity to welcome the next batch of newly-elected WMSHP leaders to the executive board of directors. The most recent election results for 2020 are as follows:

  • President-elect: Julie Schmidt
  • Treasurer: Jordan Posey
  • Technician: Marie Mitchell

Board Members:

  • Tara McAlpine (incumbent)
  • Andrea Borst (incumbent)
  • Thomas Beuschel
  • Natalie Washburn (incumbent)


  • Tawnie McGraw (Mercy Health Muskegon PGY-1)

If you would like more information about WMSHP, please visit our website at We wish everyone a fruitful and successful 2020!

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