Official Newsjournal of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists

ICHP KeePosted

February 2019

Volume 45, Issue 1

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2016 Annual Meeting

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President's Message

Directly Speaking

Government Affairs Report

Board of Pharmacy Update

New Practitioners Network

Leadership Profile


College Connections

Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy

Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy


Welcome New Members!

Officers and Board of Directors

ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund (PAC) Contributors

Upcoming Events

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Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists
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Official Newsjournal of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists

Jacob Gettig

Jennifer Phillips

Scott Meyers

Trish Wegner

Amanda Wolff

ICHP Staff

Scott Meyers

Trish Wegner

Maggie Allen

Heidi Sunday


Jo Ann Haley

Jan Mark and Trisha Blassage

Amanda Wolff

Jim Owen

ICHP Mission Statement
Advancing Excellence in Pharmacy

ICHP Vision Statement
ICHP dedicates itself to achieving a vision of pharmacy practice where:
  • Pharmacists are universally recognized as health care professionals and essential providers of health care services.
  • Patients are aware of the training, skills, and abilities of a pharmacist and the fundamental role that pharmacists play in optimizing medication therapy.
  • Formally educated, appropriately trained, and PTCB certified pharmacy technicians manage the medication distribution process with appropriate pharmacist oversight.
  • Pharmacists improve patient care and medication safety through the development of effective public policies by interacting and collaborating with patients, other health care professionals and their respective professional societies, government agencies, employers and other concerned parties.
  • Evidence-based practices are used to achieve safe and effective medication therapies.
  • There are an adequate number of qualified pharmacy leaders within the pharmacy profession.
  • Pharmacists take primary responsibility for educating pharmacy technicians, pharmacy students, pharmacist peers, other health professionals, and patients about appropriate medication use.

KeePosted Vision
As an integral publication of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists, the KeePosted newsjournal will reflect its mission and goals. In conjunction with those goals, KeePosted will provide timely information that meets the changing professional and personal needs of Illinois pharmacists and technicians, and maintain high publication standards.

KeePosted is an official publication of, and is copyrighted by, the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP). KeePosted is published 10 times a year. ICHP members received KeePosted as a member benefit. All articles published herein represent the opinions of the authors and do not reflect the policy of the ICHP or the authors’ institutions unless specified. Advertising inquiries can be directed to ICHP office at the address listed above. Image disclaimer: The image used in the Pharmacy Tech Topics™ advertisement is the property of © 2016 Thinkstock, a division of Getty Images.

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President's Message

by Jen Phillips, PharmD, BCPS, ICHP President

I recently had the opportunity to facilitate a discussion with our incoming residents about e-professionalism. This is a topic that has, historically, received little attention in pharmacy school curricula but nevertheless, plays a vital role in establishing reputation for our new practitioners. E-professionalism has been defined as “the attitudes and behaviors (some of which may occur in private settings) reflecting traditional professionalism paradigms that are manifested through digital media.”1 Traditionally, the construct of professionalism includes the characteristics of altruism, respect, honesty, integrity, excellence, and accountability.2 It would follow then, that e-professionalism would involve embodying these characteristics when representing oneself online in a public domain.  

A survey of student Facebook users at three colleges of pharmacy found that 91% were aware of the privacy settings available to them on Facebook and 79% actually used them.3 However, more than 57% of students felt it was unfair for employers to use public information found on Facebook when evaluating candidates. Additionally, roughly a third (36%) of the students surveyed indicated that they had posted something that they would not want a future employer to see.3 The fact that students are aware of and using privacy settings is a great thing. However, the fact that they are opposed to having information found in the public domain used against them suggests that some students may lack a sense of accountability for things posted on social media.

Many have argued that personal life and professional life should be kept separate and judgments about each of these facets of one’s life should be made independently. However, in today’s world, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to separate personal and professional lives. Online networking has made personalities (professional and social) much more visible than ever before. There are several implications to this. On one hand, it can make professional networking more convenient and/or allow for deeper professional connections. In addition, it makes screening easier for employers, who no longer have to ask a colleague for information or recommendations on a particular person; they can now go directly to that person’s online persona and get the information directly. In fact, this is becoming more and more commonplace. In today’s competitive job market, social media profiles are being reviewed more and more frequently by residency directors and employers to get a better picture of a candidate’s overall personality and fit.4,5,6 In addition, some students have been subject to disciplinary actions as a result of unprofessional conduct found on their social media pages.7 The Supreme Court’s decision regarding free speech within an educational setting was made clear in Tinker vs. Des Moines Independent Community School District back in 1969. In this decision, the Court noted that while the constitutionality of free speech is ensured in an educational setting, there are certain inherent limitations. Specifically, if the “conduct by the student, in class or out of it, which for any reason….materially disrupts classwork or involves substantial disorder or invasion of the rights of others is, of course, not immunized by the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech.”8

I think it is our duty and responsibility to ensure that we educate students and residents and every healthcare professional for that matter, on the need to be more accountable and responsible when maintaining their online persona. These days, online media privacy settings make it very easy to customize who sees what aspect of your life. Students and healthcare professionals should take the time to educate themselves on these settings and use them accordingly so that they are always representing their best side to the right audience since, indeed, “best side” could mean very different things to very different people we are connected to.

In addition, it is important to remind students and healthcare professionals that by associating with different entities on social media, you are, in essence, assuming a portion of the responsibility for the reputation of that entity. This should be considered when making public posts. When you affiliate with an institution, you are viewed as a representative of that institution. Negative posts made by an individual not only affect how that individual is viewed by others, but may also affect how that institution is viewed by the outside world.  

Individual responsibility and accountability also needs to be emphasized. If one works for and/or graduates from a prestigious institution, one may choose to list this information on social media to help increase their chances of being recruited for certain jobs, honors, or opportunities. This is a smart way to use personal digital branding to one’s advantage.9 On the other hand, if one chooses to affiliate themselves with an organization or group page that is considered, by some, to be derisive in nature, then one might attract negative attention from friends and prospective employees and this may hurt an individual’s reputation. Here’s the thing: One can’t have it both ways. One can’t expect to reap the benefits of the positive aspects of their personal online “brand” and also expect there to be no negative consequences from the negative aspects of their personal online “brand”.

It behooves all of us to carefully consider how we portray ourselves online in public settings. Of course, this doesn’t mean sacrificing our individual personality or pretending to be something we are not, but we do need to remember that social media has indeed, made all of the world a stage right now and people are watching. Acting in a responsible and accountable manner will help your digital brand work for you, not against you. One of my educational colleagues had a great quote that I think sums it up nicely, so I will leave you with this – “Protesting the fairness of character judgments….does not protect one from these judgments.”1

  1. Cain J, Romanelli F. E-professionalism: a new paradigm for a digital age. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2009;66-70.
  2. Chisholm MA, Cobb H, Duke L, McDuffie C, Kennedy WK. Development of an instrument to measure professionalism. Am J Pharm Educ. 2006;70(40: Article 85.
  3. Cain J, Scott DR, Akers P. Pharmacy students’ Facebook activity and opinion regarding accountability and e-professionalism. Am J Pharm Educ. 2009;73(6): Article 104.
  4. Cain J, Scott DR, Smith K. Use of social media by residency program directors for resident selection. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2010;67:1635-9.
  5. Oblinger D, Hawkins BL. The myth about putting information online. Educause Rev. 2006;41(5):14-5.
  6. Grasz J. Forty-five percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, CareerBuilder survey finds. (accessed 2016 July).
  7. Westrick SJ. Nursing students’ use of electronic and social media: law, ethics, and e-professionalism. Nurs Educ Perspect. 2016;37(1):16-22.
  8. Mauro T. Freedom of Speech. In: Illustrated Great Decisions of the Supreme Court. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2005: 152.
  9. Kleppinger CA, Cain J. Personal digital branding as a professional asset in the digital age. Am J Pharm Educ. 2015;79(6): Article 79.

Directly Speaking
Support the PTCE!

by Scott A. Meyers, Executive Vice President

Many of you already know this, but ICHP is one of the founders and owners of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, Inc. (PTCB). However, because PTCB has been around now for more than 20 years and has certified more than 585,000 pharmacy technicians nationwide, many people have begun to take it for granted.

Many of our pharmacy director members now require their technicians to take PTCB’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) in order to remain employed at their facilities. The State of Illinois now requires pharmacy technicians to become certified before their second license renewal and accepts the PTCE as one of two recognized certification examinations.

What you may not know, although you would have to be living a very sheltered life if you don’t, is that in 2020, PTCB plans to require completion of an ASHP/ACPE accredited technician training program prior to sitting for the PTCE. PTCB in conjunction with ASHP, ACPE and APhA are planning a national stakeholders’ conference next Feb. 14-17 in Dallas, Texas to develop a vision and a consensus of where technician training, education and certification should be headed. With the input of pharmacists, technicians and technician educators from around the country, these four organizations hope to identify the future for pharmacy technicians.

In the meantime, ASHP and ACPE continue to accredit more training programs nationwide. The first online program was accredited this summer, and there are more in the pipeline, opening up opportunities for larger and possibly even small employers to incorporate the resources at their worksites in order to meet the proposed 2020 requirement. PTCB’s proposed requirement for accredited training will raise the bar for all pharmacy technicians and bring the technician position to a higher level similar to radiology techs, dental hygienists and other medical support personnel.

Illinois has always led the way with regard to pharmacy technicians, being the second State to certify technicians, following Michigan’s lead, and eventually partnering with Michigan, ASHP and APhA to form PTCB. ICHP was one of the first state organizations to create a technician membership and quickly followed with placing a pharmacy technician on the ICHP Board of Directors. ICHP publishes Pharmacy Tech Topics™, a national home-study continuing pharmacy education product that helps certified pharmacy technicians nationwide maintain their PTCB certification.

So here’s how each member of ICHP can support the PTCE:
  1. Encourage (and require if you’re the director or manager) your pharmacy technicians to take the PTCE as their national certifying exam.
  2. Help your technicians prepare for the exam with thorough training and by providing additional study and prep materials, available from ASHP, a list of which can be found here: List
  3. Begin exploring what it will take to create an ASHP/ACPE accredited training program at your worksite, community college or in your region.
  4. Begin speaking with your state legislators to change the pharmacy practice act to require the PTCE as the only certification examination recognized in Illinois. (Illinois only recognizes the NAPLEX for licensure of pharmacists, right?)
  5. Watch for announcements of future advanced certifications coming from PTCB in Sterile Compounding, Hospital Pharmacy Practice and Community Pharmacy Practice.

Illinois pharmacy has been a leader for pharmacy technicians and pharmacy technician certification. We need to continue our drive to advance the skills and knowledge of pharmacy technicians so that pharmacists may maximize the use of their own skills and knowledge in caring for our patients! A well-trained and educated pharmacy team will provide better care for our patients. Support the PTCE! 

Government Affairs Report
New federal nondiscrimination regulations will impact pharmacies!

by Jim Owen and Scott Meyers

This issue’s Government Affairs Report deals with new federal regulations that may have significant impact on many pharmacies across the nation. We want to share this information so our members are informed and prepared.

In May, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a final rule for Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination by health care programs and organizations based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. In addition, it prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, including LGBT individuals. These new rules went into effect on July 18, 2016.

For inpatient pharmacies, this not expected to be a problem; however, all pharmacy directors and managers should be aware of these new rules and encourage all staff members to participate in the health-system’s training program. On the outpatient side, all staff members should absolutely participate in training and become fully aware of the rules and the variety of individual patients this might impact. While training is not required, it is strongly suggested by the rule.

Pharmacies that deal directly with patients must prominently post notices of nondiscrimination within 90 days of the July 18th implementation date. Included in these notices must be short statements (taglines) in a variety of languages offering free translation services. “Covered entity (health care facility) cannot: require a LEP (limited English proficiency) individual to provide his/her own interpreter; rely on an adult accompanying an individual with LEP to interpret or facilitate communication (exceptions for emergencies and specific requests); rely on staff other than qualified bilingual/multilingual staff to communicate directly with LEP individuals.”

Pharmacies and other health care facilities must take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access, free of charge and in a timely manner to provide effective communication for individuals with disability. Pharmacies must file assurance of compliance form when applying for federal funding. The appropriate form to use for this can be found here: (HHS 690 form).

Overall, many health-systems will have minimal problems meeting these requirements, however, training and signage will be keys to successful compliance.

Ventresca J. Federal nondiscrimination regulation imposes key requirements on pharmacies. Available at: Accessed July 1, 2016.

Board of Pharmacy Update
Highlights from the July 2016 Meeting

by Scott A. Meyers, Executive Vice President

The July 12th Board of Pharmacy Meeting was held at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. These are the highlights of that meeting.
NABP Annual Meeting – NABP’s Annual Meeting was held in San Diego, CA in May.  Board members Phill Burgess, Yash Patel, Ned Milenkovich, Desi Kotis, Denise Scarpelli, and Al Carter attended the meeting. Phil Burgess represents District IV on the NABP Executive Committee, and Al Carter served on this year’s Resolutions Committee.

2016 NABP District IV Meeting – The Illinois Board of Pharmacy and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy will host the meeting at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Chicago this November 2-4. The meeting is open to the public, but a registration fee is required. The theme of this year’s meeting is “The future of the pharmacy profession.” For more information and/or to register, visit: 

White and Brown Bagging – Board member Desi Kotis addressed the Board on the issue of White and Brown Bagging of prescription medications in hospitals and health-systems. Dr. Kotis described the current practices of white bagging – the requirement by insurance companies that specific pharmacies provide medications directly to hospitals, health-systems or physician clinics for administration to patients there. These are often high cost medications. Brown bagging is the practice of a pharmacy providing specific medications directly to the patient for administration in a hospital, health-system or physician clinic and requiring the patient to bring the medications to be prepared at those sites either by the pharmacy there or by office staff. The latter brown bagging is a significant safety concern, as the preparing pharmacy or physician clinic cannot guarantee that the medications have been stored correctly by the patient. In both cases, insurance companies or pharmaceutical manufacturers have dictated how these medications are supplied causing concerns for patient safety, medication stability and potency and related costs. The Board was informed and understood the concerns but does not have the power to initiate legislation to prevent or regulate these practices. The Department staff will consider whether rules may be promulgated to prevent safety issues.

Remedial Training – The Board discussed the need to standardize remedial training programs for individuals who have failed the NAPLEX or MPJE three times. Currently, no college of pharmacy provides remedial training although several colleges provide a NAPLEX review course annually for graduates. Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy has opened their course up to non-graduates of their program. There is a review program available from W-F Professional Associates and another from Approximately 20 individuals a year experience 3 failures of the NAPLEX and/or MPJE. NABP allows individuals to have 5 failures before remediation is required. The Board will look at what other States allow and will consider refining the Practice Act Rules.

Legislative Update – Scott Meyers provided the May Legislative Update and shared recent action by the General Assembly. There were a few pharmacy related bills summarized which have been highlighted in the May and June issues of KeePosted. The General Assembly did pass a stop-gap spending bill for 2017 just days before the meeting, but budget deficits will continue to grow causing increased payment delays for all providers around the State.

Open Discussion – The Board was asked to consider relaxing the requirement of the pharmacist review of every medication dispensed to patients in the hospital for comfort items like docusate and milk of magnesia. Concerns that these OTC items do not require a pharmacist’s review and that time saved could be used for patient care improvements. The Board will consider this issue.

Garth Reynolds, IPhA Executive Director, announced that nearly 100 pharmacists have completed IPhA’s online training for naloxone dispensing since it has been offered. This IDPH-approved training is required for any pharmacist who intends to dispense naloxone without a valid physician prescription.

The Board was also informed that there is some effort at the national level to question the USP’s authority to write standards for sterile and non-sterile compounding. It is believed that this effort is not widespread nor does it have much of a chance of succeeding; however, the Board and ICHP will monitor its progress.

Next Meeting – The next meeting of the Board of Pharmacy will take place on Tuesday, September 13th at 10:30 AM in the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Chicago. Members of the profession and public are welcome to attend.

New Practitioners Network
Hey, Are You Alright? Self-Care for Pharmacy Students

by Angela Pruitt, PharmD Candidate, Chicago State University; NPN Sponsor Rebecca Castner

I started my career in Marketing. My undergraduate degree is actually in Business Administration. I decided to leave that field and pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree to be a more productive member of society; to both genuinely and positively affect the lives and well-being of others in a more tangible way. 

The first semester of P1 year went by with relatively low stress. Then I entered second semester of P1 year, and things changed. I found myself run down and always tired. I was short with my son and my disposition tended to be negative or generally unpleasant. I took a step back to reflect – why am I feeling this way? Isn’t pharmacy school what I wanted? Is it too much for me?

After a long discussion with some of my friends in other health-related professions, I discovered that my feelings were not uncommon. I realized we all were missing an essential part of life that is a requirement of anyone who would like to maintain some type of work/life balance. This was the idea of Self Care. No, not the care we provide to individuals who happen upon us in a retail setting who are looking for non-pharmacological advice or OTC medications, but actual care of ourselves!

I realized that, to make time for studying, I had stopped doing most of the things that I enjoyed doing. I felt as though I didn’t have time for those things, and when I did do them, it was with a pang of guilt for not studying during that valuable time. I convinced myself that completing pharmacy school required me to be “all work and no play” so to speak, and anything less meant that I was not serious about my future profession. But I forgot one important fact – human beings are not robots! We need to relax, sleep, work out, eat well, go to concerts, go to the spa, see our friends that aren’t in school…spend some time every day doing something that has nothing to do with school. We need to decompress. School is a high stress environment; if we don’t take any time for ourselves we are bound to burn out. 

So, the question becomes – how do we take time for ourselves, and at the same time successfully navigate a rigorous professional program at the same time? The key here is time management and planning. We should do this just as aggressively as we plan our study schedules or school organization commitments. I schedule weekly manicures. At least once a month I have lunch or dinner with my sorority sisters or high school friends. Every week my son and I do something fun, just the two of us, that doesn’t involve him sitting in silence for hours while I study for pharmacokinetics. When my favorite musical artists are in town, I go to see them in concert. 

Now, I know what you’re thinking – work/life balance is starting to sound expensive! However, by no means am I rich. There are a number of low- or no-cost options we can enjoy to take care of ourselves during the school year. Yoga, meditation, or reading a book (that isn’t about pharmacy!) are all great activities for relaxation. You may ask yourself – what do you thoroughly enjoy doing that you have been neglecting due to your study commitments? When is the last time you watched your favorite TV show? Maybe after a few hours of designated study time with your study group you all can stay for dinner and a movie. Try something new and active such as ice skating or roller derby to “blow off some steam.” Cook something instead of getting food from a “drive thru.” The possibilities are endless.

The underlying point is that taking care of yourself is equally, if not more, important than taking care of your responsibilities in school and elsewhere. As a medical professional, one can develop secondary traumatic stress. If we don’t master this balance now, when we start to work with actual patients we will most likely burn out quickly there as well. However, if we take time now to find balance, we set ourselves up for a long, meaningful career.

Leadership Profile
Elizabeth K. Jochum, PharmD, BCPS

What is your current leadership position in ICHP?
ICHP Champion and member of the Educational Affairs Division

What benefits do you see in being active in a professional association such as ICHP?
Being active in a professional organization offers networking with others in your state, opportunities to give back to your professional community, and inspires individuals to remain motivated in their careers.  

What initially motivated you to get involved in ICHP?
I have always been a member of statewide organizations during pharmacy school and residency. When I moved home to Illinois, my director encouraged me to become a member of ICHP, and I became more involved as I wanted to network more with others in my area.

Where did you go to pharmacy school?
St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Where have you trained or worked? 
After completing my PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2012, I was able to remain on staff as a Decentral Clinical Staff Pharmacist on the neurology floor. I was then contacted by a previous preceptor who encouraged me to apply for a position at her hospital. Although I was sad to be leaving my position at Froedtert, I was happy to be moving home and to start on a new endeavor. While working at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, Illinois, I became more involved with initiatives and have been the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator for one year now.

Describe your current area of practice and practice setting:
I currently serve as the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, Illinois. We are a 98 bed acute care hospital located about 65 miles west of downtown Chicago and have recently become part of Northwestern Medicine. Pharmacy services include ICU, general medicine and surgery, oncology, and emergency department, and many of our pharmacists are preceptors for IPPE and APPE students from several colleges of pharmacy.

What advice would you give to student pharmacists?
Congratulations on choosing a fulfilling and rewarding profession! It is truly an honor to have an impact on the lives of those we serve – nurses, physicians, each other, and most importantly, our patients. This is a very exciting time for pharmacy, and your continued hard work and dedication will reward you for many years to come!  

Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?
Running, Pilates, attending country music concerts.

Do you have a favorite restaurant or food?
Egg Harbor Cafe, Portillo’s, Oberweis Ice Cream.

What is your favorite place to vacation?
I would recommend Maui!

What is the most interesting/unique fact about yourself that few people know?
I attended an all-girls high school, and also went sky diving as soon as I went off to college. 

What 3 adjectives would people use to best describe you?
Positive, organized, detail-oriented.


Congratulations to Gary Peksa and his wife,  Monica, who welcomed Lucas Daniel Peksa on June 23, 2016 at 3:44am.

College Connections

Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy
Recent events and additions to SSHP-Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy

by Katarzyna Plis P2 SSHP President, Alexander Heinz P2 SSHP Secretary, Megan Chan P2 Professional Development Chair

The new executive board has been working on adding to and making our chapter stand out among other organizations on campus. Recently, we have decided to give out graduation cords to active members. After contacting ASHP directly, in order to find out any specific requirements, we have found out that there are no specific bylaws, however, that does not stop our SSHP chapter from giving graduation cords. With that in mind we have came up with our own requirements. As we move forward, future members wanting to receive graduation cords need to fulfill these requirements:
  1. Attend guest speaker talks (minimum of two)
  2. Attend and participate in at least three “Journal Clubs” by spring P3 term 
  3. Attend a minimum of two ICHP local or ASHP national meetings 
  4. Be an active member for at least two years  
  5. Complete above requirements by March of graduating year
The new executive board believes that all members of SSHP should participate in the above listed events. However, we understand that some students may have other obligations. By being an active member and participating in all of the above listed events, we can reward those members at the end of their student pharmacist career. 

In addition to our graduation cords, we have created a bulletin board at our school. The goal of the bulletin board is to improve communication between students in the College of Pharmacy at Roosevelt University. The bulletin board will contain descriptions of the board positions with corresponding pictures and contact information. The bulletin board will also contain a calendar of events that will be shared online as well. We wish to add the SSHP mission statement and, possibly, current events depending on student feedback. By implementing the bulletin board, we hope to make it easier for new students to approach the board members and allow for daily recognition of upcoming events.

Lastly, SSHP-RUCOP has been working to organize a fundraiser to offer its students a useful reference for rotations, like the white-coat clipboards. These white-coat clipboards offer a study surface for students to write information on and organize their notes while on rotations. The folding clipboards are made of a lightweight aluminum material and can comfortably fit inside the pocket of white coats, as the name suggests. The clipboard surface provides useful pharmacy information for students to reference such as: normal ranges for various lab values, useful equations, common calculations, and much more. Whether on community, clinical or other rotation settings, students will be able to utilize this compact reference tool to organize all of their notes. 

For the rest of our summer term, we hope to create new opportunities and fundraisers for our SSHP chapter. By utilizing this time off, we hope to organize future events and create a schedule for the upcoming academic year. 

Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy
Recently Accepted P4 Residents Roundtable Event

by Lisa Nguyen, P2, ICHP Student Chapter Historian

Pursuing a pharmacy residency has become increasingly popular in the recent years due to many reasons, including being able to learn how to apply the knowledge learned in an academic setting to real life patients. A residency program provides a transitional period from being a student to a clinical pharmacist; bridging the gap with the chance to work with patients as part of an inter-professional healthcare team. During a residency, critical thinking and soft skills are honed while learning to work with other departments in a typical hospital setting. A great thing about residency is the exposure to various fields of practice and specialty as well as different career paths available for pharmacists.

This past April, Midwestern University’s ICHP Professional Chair Committee hosted an Accepted P4 Residents Roundtable. Fourth year student pharmacists who had been accepted into a residency program  were accessible to give valuable insight of their journey through the residency application process. Members interested in pursuing a residency joined these fourth year students in the roundtable presentation to enhance their understanding of what a pharmacy residency is and learn about the application process.

Six fourth-year student pharmacists were stationed amongst 4 – 5 attendee members at each table with rotations occurring at approximately 15 minute intervals. Residents were well prepared to showcase their curriculum vitae along with supplemental documents to help the members better visualize the process. The residents told their stories of why they chose to pursue a residency, what they looked for in certain residency programs, their extracurricular activity history, how they prepared for interviews, and, most importantly, their experience with the application process. This gave members the opportunity to interact with residents to address any questions concerning the residency application process and fourth year rotations.  

Each resident presented a unique memoir starting with what made them choose residency. For some, they knew from day one that they wanted to pursue a residency, while others just fell in love with the idea during their rotations. Residents would describe their experiences on rotation and point out the facet they enjoyed and which they did not. The clinical aspect of interacting with patients as well as other healthcare professionals to find a treatment plan was a popular topic. This is one of the main reasons why so many student pharmacists seek a residency; they want to be involved in treatment plans, to critically think, and constantly learn new things. While we all know what makes a perfect candidate on paper: grades, leadership skills, volunteering, research, and everything else under the sun; we wanted to know what qualities accepted residents have. Members learned tips on how to strengthen their candidacy for residency, tips including trying your best to be a well-rounded candidate. This isn’t much to go off of, but realistically, students do not have the time for copious leadership positions, countless volunteer events, hours on end of research, and a 4.0 GPA on top of that. So practically speaking, the word of advice is to “do what you can”. Dabble in leadership positions, volunteer when you have free time, do research if possible, and of course keep your grades up; but don’t bite off more than you can chew. While going through rotations and updating your CV, you would be surprised of all the things you have accomplished in the past 3-4 years being that each effort you have given has accumulated into this impressive 5-page CV that you are proud to own.

An aspect that we often are unaware is what to look for in a residency program that is right for you. Depending on the candidate, features such as how far you are willing to move, what you are willing to sacrifice, the program’s reputation, the services they provide, and much more need to be considered. Each residency program is different, and selecting one whose philosophy of pharmacy practice aligns with yours and a program that meets your needs are important factors. Residents went on to tell their experiences at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, their experience interviewing, and the day they matched. 

The Residents Roundtable event was an opportunity for first, second, and third year students interested in pursuing a pharmacy residency to have greater exposure and insight of the application process from an accepted fourth year pharmacy student. Overall, we had a great turn out at the event and fulfilled our purpose of creating a learning opportunity for both the residents and students. 


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Vacant Roles —
Technician Representative

Regional Directors

Regional Director North

Regional Director Central 

Co-Regional Director South

Co-Regional Director South
618-643-2361 x2330
Student Chapter Presidents

President, Student Chapter 
Chicago State University C.O.P. 

President, Student Chapter
Midwestern University Chicago C.O.P.

President, Student Chapter 
Roosevelt University C.O.P.

President, Student Chapter 
Rosalind Franklin University C.O.P.

President, Student Chapter 
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville S.O.P

President, Chicago Student Chapter
University of IL C.O.P. 

President, Rockford Student Chapter 
University of IL C.O.P.

ICHP Affiliates 

President, Northern IL Society (NISHP)

President, Metro East Society (MESHP) 

President, Sangamiss Society

President, West Central Society (WSHP)

Vacant Roles at Affiliates — 
President, Rock Valley Society; Southern IL Society; Sugar Creek Society

ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund (PAC) Contributors

Names below reflect donations between August 1, 2015 and August 1, 2016. Giving categories reflect each person's cumulative donations since inception.

ADVOCACY ALLIANCE - $2500-$10000
Kevin Colgan
Edward Donnelly
James Owen Consulting, Inc.
Frank Kokaisl
Scott Meyers
Michael Novario
Michael Weaver
Thomas Westerkamp

LINCOLN LEAGUE - $1000-$2499
Scott Bergman
Andrew Donnelly
Ginger Ertel
Linda Fred
Ann Jankiewicz
Jan Keresztes
Kathy Komperda
Despina Kotis
William McEvoy
Christina Quillian
Michael Rajski
Carrie Sincak
Avery Spunt
JoAnn Stubbings
Patricia Wegner

CAPITOL CLUB - $500-$999
Margaret Allen
Sheila Allen
Rauf Dalal
Kenneth Foerster
Leonard Kosiba
George MacKinnon
Janette Mark
Mary Lynn Moody
Jennifer Phillips
Edward Rainville
Kathryn Schultz
Jill Warszalek

Jennifer Arnoldi
Peggy Bickham
Jaime Borkowski
Scott Drabant
Brad Dunck
Nancy Fjortoft
Jo Ann Haley
Travis Hunerdosse
Kim Janicek
Mary Lee
Ronald Miller
Karen Nordstrom
Peggy Reed
Heidi Sunday
Tara Vickery Gorden
Carrie Vogler
Marie Williams

Jill Borchert
Noelle Chapman
Kathy Cimakasky
Christopher Crank
Lara Ellinger
Jennifer Ellison
Joan Hardman
Dylan Marx
Katherine Miller
James Sampson
Jerry Storm
Brandi Strader
Amanda Wolff

Katrina Althaus
Rebecca Castner
Megan Hartranft
Christina Jacob
Bella Maningat
Brian Matthews
Bill Middleton
Mark Moffett
Nadia Tancredi

Marc Abel
Skylar Boldue
Jeremy Capulong
Antoinette Cintron
Janet Engle
Linda Grider
Heather Harper
Ina Henderson
Antoine Jenkins
Levi Karell Pilones
Josie Klink
Connie Larson
Barbara Limburg-Mancini
Michelle Martin
Natalie Schwarber
Sarah Sheley
David Silva
Helen Sweiss
Steve Tancredi
Karin Terry

Upcoming Events

Visit the ICHP Calendar for the most up-to-date events!Visit the ICHP Calendar for the most up-to-date events!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Edward Rickert, RPh, JD
Sanagmiss Program
Fire and Ale | Sherman, IL
Accredited for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians | 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEU)

Thursday, September 15 - Saturday, September 17, 2016
Drury Lane | Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 12:00pm
Margaret Heger, PharmD
LIVE Champion Webinar
Accredited for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians | 0.5 contact hour (0.05 CEU)

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Antoine Jenkins, PharmD, BCPS
Janene Marshall, PharmD, BCPS
NISHP Program
TBA | Chicago, IL
Accredited for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians | 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEU)

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