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VSHP 2021 Fall Seminar

November 4-6, 2021

Kingsmill Resort

Williamsburg, VA

Craig Kirkwood Installed as VSHP President

Craig Kirkwood has been installed as VSHP President for 2021-2022
Current position: Assistant Director for Pharmacotherapy Services at VCU Health, and Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy

Past VSHP Roles: Initially a member of the Professional Practice Committee; a moderator and presenter for New Drugs updates at Spring and Fall Seminars; and the Regional President Elect and Regional President representing Region IV. In June 2018, completed second two-year term as the VSHP Secretary and member of the Executive Committee. Served as a VSHP delegate at the House of Delegates during the meetings of 2011, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020. 
2021 Election Results

Congratulations to the following members who have been elected to various VSHP offices

Kathy Koehl has been elected President-elect

Lisa Hammond has been elected Treasurer

James Fiebert was elected Board member at large

Leah West was elected as the Technician Representative to the VSHP Board

Tyler Goins was elected Region 1 President-elect

Jonathan Puhl was elected Region 2 President-elect

Bridgette Smigiel was elected Region 3 President-elect

Denise Reilly was elected Region 4 President-elect

Sara Ladd was re-elected as Region 5 President

Amber Wesner was re-elected as Region 7 President

Mary Swisher was elected as Region 8 President-elect

Congratulations to all and we look forward to working with you.

Call for 2021 Fall Seminar Presentations and Clinical Pearl Presentations Submissions for November 5-6, 2021, Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg VA

VSHP is accepting speaker proposals that will provide quality continuing education to our members. Please submit your completed proposal form to contact@vshp.org by Tuesday, September 7.

Thank you for supporting the educational mission of VSHP!

The 2021 Fall Seminar Hot Topics list is attached. The VSHP Education Committee will consider all topics for presentation, with additional consideration for all presentations related to subjects on the Hot Topics list.  Presentations with interactive activities are encouraged. 

Please complete the attached Proposal Form
The mission of the Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists is to inspire innovative pharmacy practice by promoting education, advocacy and collaboration to help people achieve optimal health outcomes. We work towards fulfilling our mission every year through education of our members via region meetings, statewide meetings, newsletters, and our website; fostering professional standards; educating the public about the role of health system pharmacists; monitoring legislative issues that affect pharmacy; and by promoting health system pharmacy as a career path for future pharmacists. The majority of our Society's work is done by member volunteers working through our committees. You can play a vital role by serving on one of our committees.
What will you get out of it? You will meet and get to know many of the current and future pharmacy leaders in Virginia. You will have the professional satisfaction of helping shape and advance health system pharmacy in Virginia. You will make new friends. You will build your resume.
If you are interested in serving on a committee for VSHP, please fill out the form below.  Committee involvement typically takes less than 1 hour per month and is facilitated through conference calls.

The Committee Chair will contact you regarding upcoming meetings or other opportunities to participate.  

COMMUNICATIONS: The Communications Committee is responsible for the direction, development, and quality control of all VSHP publications, including the VSHP web site. 
EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS: The Educational Affairs Committee is responsible for planning, coordinating, and evaluating educational content of the 2 statewide VSHP meetings. 
GRANTS: The Grants Committee will review requests from individuals and groups in need of grant funding for specific programs or program elements which match the mission of VSHP.
LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: The Legislative Affairs Committee is responsible for informing the VSHP membership and Board of Directors of important legislation and regulations and how they will impact pharmacy practice in organized health care settings in Virginia. 
MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT: The Membership Engagement Committee reviews and suggests ways for the membership of VSHP to become more engaged in VSHP. 
ORGANIZATIONAL AFFAIRS: The Organizational Affairs Committee reviews and analyzes the VSHP organization and make recommendations to increase its effectiveness.  
PAC: The Political Action Committee works to raise monies for the VSHP PAC and determines the best uses for the funds raised.
STUDENT and RESIDENTS COMMITTEE: The Student and Residents Committee provides input to VSHP on how to get students interested in health-system pharmacy practice and how to get them interested and involved in VSHP. 
Make a commitment to get involved in VSHP.
Please respond by 9/21/2021
VSHP Call for Nominations for Annual Awards

Each year, VSHP recognizes pharmacy practitioners that have demonstrated outstanding service to the pharmacy profession within Virginia. 

VSHP Annual Awards include:
VSHP Technician of the Year
VSHP New Practitioner of the Year 
VSHP Pharmacist of the Year 
Clinical Pharmacy Practice Achievement Award 
R.D. Anderson Distinguished Leadership Award

Additional details on award criteria and nomination process can be found at Annual Awards. The deadline for award nomination is Friday, October 8, 2021. Awards will be presented during the VSHP Fall Seminar, November 2021.  
Call for Mentors

Dear VSHP Members,
We are reaching out today to invite you to participate in the Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (VSHP) Mentoring Program for the 2021-2022 year. The Mentoring Program is an opportunity for pharmacists and current students to interact, so that students can learn more about health-system pharmacy and develop professionally. The program was created with the hope that students would be given a stress-free experience to establish a professional relationship with a health-system pharmacist who shares similar interests.
Thank you to those who have served as mentors in the past. We hope that you have had a positive experience and are looking forward to another year of mentorship. As a reminder, to remain an active mentor in the program and receive new mentees, mentors must reapply each year.
New this year, we are also piloting a New Practitioner Mentoring program. Mentors who are less than 5 years into practice (including residents and fellows) will be paired with a mentor who is >5 years into practice, pending interest. Our hope would be to pair you with someone outside of your current health-system, thus further building your network. This pilot is tentatively planned to start in January 2022. There is a place in the application to express your interest in this new part of the program. More details to come!
We are firm believers that students and New Practitioners are the future of our practice, regardless of their professional field of choice. It is up to more seasoned pharmacists to help these newly practicing pharmacists develop professionally to move our profession forward through leadership and practice change.
Please visit our website at vshp.org/mentorship to learn more. You can fill out the application here: https://forms.gle/VQM8SxFhTK2sUDxW6 by October 1st, 2021.
Should you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to contact any member of the VSHP Mentorship Program Committee (contact information below).
We look forward to your mentorship! Thank you for your time and consideration.
Mentorship Program Pharmacist Co-Chairs                    Mentorship Program Student Vice Co-Chairs
Lauren Pamulapati, PharmD, BCACP                            Alissa Clayton, PharmD Candidate 2022
E: lgpamulapati@vcu.edu                                            E: claytonav@vcu.edu
Serena Barden, PharmD, BCPS                                    Kelly Pratt, PharmD Candidate 2022
E: Serena.Barden@conduent.com                                 E: prattkf@vcu.edu
Mentorship Committee Book Club: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine: The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, which are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. 
Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.
As author Rebecca Skloot brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family—past and present—is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of. 
Join us for a discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (now a major motion picture!) via Zoom October 13, 2021 at 19:00. 
The book club entails a 1-hour online call, where members will be able to get to know each other and discuss the selected book. All members (students, technicians, etc.) welcome! VSHP Book Club will be held at 19:00 on the 2nd Wednesday of every 3rd month (January, April, July, October)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Submit your suggestions for future book club reads!: 

Call for Poster Submissions

Interested in presenting a Poster at the 2021 VSHP Fall Seminar in Williamsburg, VA, November 6, 2021? 
  • The deadline for all abstract submission is Friday, October 22, 2021.
  • All submissions must have results at the time of submission. The ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting Student Poster Submission Rules and Format Guidelines offer formatting suggestions.
  • IMPORTANT: The Primary Author must be the person submitting the abstract. Primary Authors can only submit ONE abstract, however, a primary author can be an additional author on other abstracts. Submitting an abstract on behalf of someone else is prohibited.
  • Poster session is Saturday, November 6, 2021
Submissions should be emailed to contact@vshp.org
VSHP Leadership Profile
Scott Lang

What is your current leadership position in VSHP?
Currently, I serve as VSHP Board Member at Large
What benefits do you see in being active in a professional association such as VSHP? 
Networking has to be one of the greatest benefits. As a pharmacy leader and organizational decision-maker, it’s easy to get inundated with problems. It’s even easier to wall yourself off and start to feel like you are the only person who has ever had to face certain issues, much less how you’re going to even address them. But then, you faintly remember a conversation you had with a colleague from another health-system, where they ran into a similar situation. You rifle through your 2018 Spring Seminar packet and find that person’s name and number, and you give them a call. Being part of an organization that brings the views and experiences of leaders, thinkers, and do-ers from systems across the commonwealth is more valuable than any book or newsletter. 
I’ve, jokingly, told colleagues that the Spring and Fall Seminars are 50% educational and 50% support group.
What initially motivated you to get involved in VSHP?
At the time, I had no affiliation with any professional associations. I wasn’t in a leadership role at Centra, but my interest was growing. I wanted to know more about what was happening…beyond what I could see or experience behind my dual-monitors, telephone, and pager. My manager at the time, gave me additional responsibilities to complete. He invited me to attend meetings with him, which evolved into attending meetings on his behalf, and then attending as a specific invitee and being put on various committees within the organization. All of this lead up to a conversation that he and I had. “Being ‘The Boss,’” he said, “isn’t only knowing how we do things here. It’s knowing how other places do it.” He gave me the sales pitch for VSHP, and the rest is history.
Where did you go to pharmacy school?
MCV/VCU School Of Pharmacy

Where have you trained or worked? 
After graduation, I returned to my hometown to work in a small, independently-owned pharmacy. After that, I had brief exposure to a grocery-store pharmacy before transitioning to health-system practice at Centra, where I’ve been ever since. 
Describe your current area of practice and practice setting:
My role at Centra is Pharmacy Operations Manager at Lynchburg General Hospital.

What advice would you give to student pharmacists?
Finding and feeding your passion are important. Your workplace and your job should engage you and feed your passion. Also, your passion may change as you travel along your career path. That’s not a bad thing. I graduated from pharmacy school thinking that I would work in an independent pharmacy for my entire career. I molded my position into exactly what fed my passion. After a few years, though, I felt like I was in a rut. It took me a while to realize that my passion had changed. The workplace that fulfilled me in the years prior no longer excited me. It’s not that anything about that job changed. My passion had simply transitioned to something else. Moving jobs to match my passion was frightening, but it has made all the difference in my career. 
What pharmacy related issues keep you up at night?
Reimbursement (for inpatient stays, for outpatient visits, for pharmacist-cognitive services).
Community Health and access to specialty drugs
Living wages for staff
Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?
Hiking. I love to hike. It clears my mind of the day-to-day worries.
Whatever my daughters are into (which changes frequently). Right now, it’s making TikTok videos, distance running, and watching Anime. Last week it was princesses, making rubber band bracelets, and anything related to panda bears.  
What is your favorite place to vacation?
Disney World. Hands down. No apologies. Do you know why? Customer service. It’s hot. It’s crowded. It’s expensive. But I know that I will be treated well on my vacation. 
What 3 adjectives would people use to best describe you?

Call for Webinar Presenters

VSHP is planning our CE webinar series for 2021 and 2022 and we're looking for pharmacists who would like to participate as webinar CE presenters. Honorarium of $100 available.
Presentations can be on a variety topics and are welcome to give presentations that you may have already presented in another venue. This is a great way to become more involved in VSHP and a great opportunity to share your work with colleagues around the state.

To participate: Sign up at:
2021 webinar

Note: If you don’t see a date and time that works, email contact@vshp.org with a suggested date and time
All at 12 noon
Members Spotlight
The purpose of the column is to recognize members who have received an award, presented at a meeting, elected to an office or some other practice achievement.

To recognize someone, email contact@vshp.org
Did You Know...

If you were unable to attend our live webinars, you can view them at http://vshp.org/Webinars
There are 2 options for viewing-one with one hour of pharmacist or pharmacy technician CE credit ($10 CE processing fee) and one without CE.
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Clinical Writing Opportunities
As a new year of APPE rotations begin, writing a clinical article for the VSHP newsletter is a great way for students to get publication experience. As preceptors we can co-author these articles with our students, engage them in the writing process, and enhance their rotation experiences. Topics can be anything related to hospital-system pharmacy. Examples include (but are not limited to): new drug updates, national policy updates for hospital pharmacy, guideline updates, therapeutics reviews, and clinical controversies. Articles are generally 1-3 pages in length, and can include tables and figures. Interested member and students should email Steve Glass, contact@vshp.org for more details.