By Katie E. Stollar, Pharm.D., PGY-1 pharmacy resident, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
This year’s Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) Annual Meeting took place Oct. 28, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza in Grand Rapids. The meeting agenda was filled with topics applicable to health-system pharmacists, technicians and student pharmacists. New this year was an afternoon track geared toward residents who attended the annual meeting.
The morning began with a continental breakfast followed by a keynote speech. The keynote speaker was Joseph M. Hill, director of the government relations division at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. His presentation on “The Road Behind and Path Ahead” addressed the journey that provider status has taken over the past few years and any possible future directions.
Following the keynote speaker was the Town Hall Meeting. During this meeting, new MSHP Board of Directors and officers were sworn in and Committee chairs were applauded for their accomplishments throughout the year. The annual MSHP award recipients were also announced. The following 2016 award winners were congratulated:
- MSHP Pharmacist of the Year Award Recipient: Michael Ruffing
- Joseph A. Oddis Leadership Award Recipient: Margaret (Peggy) Malovrh
- President’s Award Recipient: Hae Mi Choe
- MSHP Professional Practice Award Recipient: Michael Dorsch
A general session was held following the Town Hall Meeting. The general session was presented by Amber Lanae Smith, Pharm.D., assistant clinical professor at Wayne State University and Emily Blum, Pharm.D., PGY-2 pharmacotherapy resident at Henry Ford Hospital. A brief overview on asthma/ chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) inhaler devices was presented, along with practical advice regarding affordability and insurance coverage for these devices. During the second half of the presentation, the audience was able to participate in a hands-on learning experience with the different inhalers.
This year’s meeting offered a unique track for pharmacy residents to attend in the afternoon. First, the residents were welcomed to a sit-down lunch with the opportunity for fellowship and networking. Following the lunch was an insightful peek into the world of scholarship and writing. The audience heard presentations from Dennis Parker Jr., Pharm.D., associate professor at Wayne State University, and Curtis L. Smith, Pharm.D., professor at Ferris State University, who both offered advice on developing and submitting articles for publication. In addition, the audience also heard from the managing editor at the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Gene Sorkin, Pharm.D., who discussed his perspectives on how to increase the chance of becoming a published author. The final resident session was presented by the directors of pharmacy, John S. Clark, Pharm.D., of the University of Michigan and James S. Kalus, Pharm.D., of Henry Ford Hospital, as well as Robert J. Weber, administrator of pharmacy services at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Health-system pharmacist credentialing was described and the utility of the process was further discussed.
The afternoon clinical track started off with current literature practice updates. Whitney E. Aultman, Pharm.D., PGY-2 pharmacy resident at Beaumont Hospital, presented updates in ambulatory care. Courtney L. Carroll, Pharm.D., PGY-2 pharmacy resident at Spectrum Health-Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, discussed existing gaps in pediatric pharmacy practice and its related implications in healthcare. Lastly, Lauren M. Wolf, Pharm.D., PGY-2 pharmacy resident at Detroit Medical Center, addressed updates in emergency medicine. The clinical track concluded with a review of opioid use in cancer pain by Claire Saadeh, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice at Ferris State University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Saadeh spoke to the necessity of individualizing pain regimens and the place in therapy for different pain modalities for cancer patients.
The afternoon leadership/management track was a blend of speakers. The first speaker was Timothy A. Pletcher, D.H.A, executive director of Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services, who disccused an update on statewide health information sharing. Following this presentation was Allen Flynn, research analyst at University Michigan Medical School, who discussed the “Knowledge Grid” and addressed the growing medication-use gap in pharmacy. The session ended with Michael Smith, information technology security engineer at Bronson Healthcare Group, about protecting health information.
In conclusion of the event, the leadership/management track presented “Will You Be Compliant with the Antibiotic Stewardship Program Requirements by 2020?” The session was moderated by Michael E. Klepser, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy at Ferris State University. Panel participants included Gregory A. Eschenaur, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy at University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, Donald J. Scott, Pharm.D., clinical specialist at Spectrum Health, and Derek J. VanderHorst, Pharm.D., PGY-2 infectious diseases resident at Munson Medical Center.
Thank you to all attendees and sponsors of the MSHP Annual Meeting! It was a productive day of networking and continuing education. We look forward to seeing you all again at the 2017 meeting, set for Oct. 27, 2017, at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing!