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Leadership Profile
Katelyn Conklen, PharmD

What is your current leadership position in ICHP?

Sangamiss Society President and a new member of the ICHP Marketing Affairs Division


What benefits do you see in being active in a professional association such as ICHP?  What initially motivated you to get involved in ICHP?

I always knew I wanted to get more involved with a professional organization.  After moving to Springfield, IL and participating in Sangamiss Society continuing education (CE) programs, I found that ICHP is a large organization within the pharmacy community, and it had a lot to offer a new practitioner. 


The top 5 reasons why I am active in ICHP are to:

1.            Strengthen my career through CE opportunities

2.            Network with others at ICHP meetings and events

3.            Advocate for my profession on health care legislation and regulation

4.            Reach out to my community through community service

5.            Develop my leadership skills through volunteer leadership positions


Where did you go to pharmacy school?

St. Louis College of Pharmacy


Where have you trained or worked?

I completed a PGY-1 residency program at St. Louis Veteran Affairs Health Care System, and I am currently employed at Memorial Medical Center as a Critical Care Pharmacist.


Describe your current area of practice and practice setting.

I am a clinical pharmacist in the SICU at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.  I complete daily rounds with the Trauma and Neurocritical Care team. On the SICU unit, I provide support for the staff including verifying orders, answering nurse and physician questions, and participating in codes.


Is there an individual you admire or look up to or a mentor that has influenced your career?

Zachary Stacy, Associate Professor at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, was a mentor to me as a student and a resident. He helped me find my passion for clinical pharmacy and helped me get more involved in professional organizations.


What advice would you give to student pharmacists?

Get involved!  Getting involved allows you to network, discover your interests, reach out to the community, advance patient care, and strengthen your future career.


What pharmacy related issues keep you up at night?

•             The treatment of elevated intracranial pressure in traumatic brain injury
•             Blood pressure management in stroke patients
•             Vasospasm treatment in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage


Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?

Hunting, fishing, traveling, running, and spending time with my family


Do you have a favorite restaurant or food?

Magic Kitchen - Thai Food


What is your favorite place to vacation?

Cedar Rapids Lodge in Black Duck, Minnesota.  It’s a great place to fish, boat, and spend time with family. My parents have been traveling there since they were young kids, and now it’s a tradition for our family and friends to travel there every year.


What is the most interesting/unique fact about yourself that few people know?

I am a big hunter and outdoors-woman.


What 3 adjectives would people use to best describe you?

Outgoing, hardworking, educator



KeePosted Info

Directly Speaking

Presidents Message


Call for Nominations

2017 ICHP Annual Meeting

Nominate the Best!

ASHP Residency Design and Conduct Workshop


Government Affairs Report

Board of Pharmacy Update

New Practitioners Network

Educational Affairs

Leadership Profile

Professional Affairs - Best Practice Award Program

Professional Affairs


College Connection

Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy

Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences


Upcoming Events

Officers and Board of Directors

ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund (PAC) Contributors

Welcome New Members!

ICHP Membership Application

Regularly Scheduled Network Meetings

Chicago Area Pharmacy Directors Network Dinner
3rd Thursday of Odd Months

Regularly Scheduled Division and Committee Calls

Executive Committee
Second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Educational Affairs
Third Tuesday of each month at 11:00 a.m.

Government Affairs
Third Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m.

Marketing Affairs
Third Tuesday of each month at 8:00 a.m.

Organizational Affairs
Fourth Thursday of each month at 12:00 p.m.

Professional Affairs
Fourth Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m.

New Practitioner Network
Second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Technology Committee
Second Friday of each month at 8:00 a.m.

Chicago Area Pharmacy Directors Network Dinner
Bi-monthly in odd numbered months with dates to be determined. Invitation only.

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