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by Kari Vavra, Pharm.D., Western Regional Society Representative 

On May 5, the 46th Annual Western Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (WMSHP) Spring Seminar was held at the Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids. Attendees received five hours of live continuing education (CE) credit and enjoyed presentations on the topics of sickle cell pain, diabetes treatment, health policy, patient-centered medical homes and HIV. In addition, WMSHP awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a P3 student pharmacist during the event. 

WMSHP held four CE programs this spring. On Jan. 15, at Mangia Mangia in Kalamazoo, Tracey Mersfelder, Pharm.D., BCPS, gave a presentation entitled A Traveling Pharmacist through Time and Place. Then, on Feb. 12, at Spectrum Health Butterworth in Grand Rapids, Ciji Marckini, CPhT, gave a presentation entitled Transforming Care Starting from Medication History. On March 12, at the Bronson Gilmore Center in Kalamazoo, Dean VanLoo, Pharm.D., presented on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Finally, on April 16, at Uccello’s Ristorante in Grand Rapids, two pharmacy residents, Brittany Bowen, Pharm.D., and Phuong Tran, Pharm.D., gave presentations entitled Assessing the Use of a Standardized Order Set for Postoperative Pain Management in Total Arthroplasty Patients and Adjunctive Valproic Acid for the Treatment of ICU Delirium in Intensive Care Patients: A Retrospective Study. A big thank you to all of our speakers! They did a wonderful job! 

WMSHP will be on summer break through August, but will resume meetings in September. For more information about WMSHP or our upcoming programs, please visit

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