Welcome, Residents!

June 2021

Dear Illinois Pharmacy Resident or Fellow,

On behalf of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP) and the ICHP New Practitioners Network (NPN), congratulations on beginning your residency/fellowship training!

As you transition to your new role you may be thinking “Why join an organization and add one more thing to my already busy schedule?” Hopefully our brochure and this webpage will enlighten you to just a few reasons why joining ICHP and the NPN is a smart career move for a new practitioner such as yourself.

So what is the NPN all about? The New Practitioners Network (NPN) of ICHP is composed of recently graduated practitioners (within the last 10 years) who are looking to become more involved in pharmacy organizations. The ICHP NPN was founded in 2003 with the intention of providing a transitional network for new Illinois health-system pharmacists.

Our focus in the NPN is to encourage and foster leadership within ICHP for new pharmacists. Getting involved in the NPN and ICHP is a great way to grow your leadership skills among your peers, establish a professional network, and gain experience in pharmacy organizations. One way to get involved is to join a division of ICHP. However, there are also lots of short-term and small opportunities for involvement such as writing an article for KeePosted which is peer reviewed or serving as a poster judge at an ICHP Spring Meeting. The NPN also sponsors social and educational events, programming at ICHP meetings, service activities, and networking opportunities for new practitioners.

If you would like to get involved in the ICHP NPN or have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Also, find us on Facebook and “like” the ICHP page to stay updated on our latest news and events.


Marianne Pop, PharmD, MPH, BCPS

Clinical Assistant Professor/EM Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacy Practice

University of Illinois Chicago, Rockford, IL


Quick Links

New Practitioners Network
ICHP Membership Application
ICHP Member Volunteer Opportunities & Sign Up
New Practitioners Network Brochure 2021 (pdf)

Divisions, Committees & Networks

New Practitioners Network
This group meets every third Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm via video conferencing.

Division of Government Affairs
The Division of Government Affairs reviews and interprets proposed legislation and regulation and its impact on public health, pharmacy and related practice. This division works cooperatively with allied organizations and government agencies on all health care related public policy. If you are interested in monitoring legislation and making a difference in government, join Government Affairs. The Division of Government Affairs meets every third Monday of the month at 4:00 pm via video conferencing.

Division of Marketing Affairs
The Division of Marketing Affairs is responsible for developing and maintaining programs to support current membership and recruit new members. We also act as a liaison to local affiliates and coordinate communications and selected activities directed toward the general public and health professionals. If you are interested in assessing the current needs of our membership or have ideas for how to support or grow our membership, consider joining Marketing Affairs. The Division of Marketing Affairs meets every third Tuesday of the month at 8:00 am via video conferencing.

Division of Professional Affairs
The Division of Professional Affairs is seeking new, motivated members to help us improve and promote pharmacy practice. The division is responsible for developing position statements, practice standards, guidelines, competency standards, and related materials that promote rational patient-oriented medication therapy. It is also responsible for identifying and promoting innovative pharmacy practice models in Illinois, and works cooperatively with allied organizations and government agencies in developing and promoting these responsibilities. If you're interested in developing programs/toolkits, Professional Affairs is the place to be! The Division of Professional Affairs meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 3:00 pm via conference call.

Division of Organizational Affairs
This committee is responsible for periodic review of the ICHP constitution, bylaws, and policies and procedures. We also assist student affiliates with the process of developing and reviewing their bylaws. Involvement with the Division of Organizational Affairs is a great way to really learn the structure of the organization and the responsibilities of each of its functional bodies (other committees, practice groups, etc). It's also an excellent primer in the development of business documents if you think you are interested in a more administrative role in your career at some point. This group meets every fourth Monday of the month at 1:00 pm via video conferencing.

Division of Educational Affairs
The Division of Educational Affairs (EAD) determines the educational needs of ICHP through membership assessment and analysis of program feedback. EAD is responsible for the development and evaluation of ICHP Spring and Annual Meeting programming, including ACPE accreditation, learning objectives, speaker selection and disclosures, conflicts of interest and sponsorship. The Division also provides input to the KeePosted editorial members, and submits a regular feature to KeePosted. EAD initiates and responds to board requests and from other divisions of ICHP. A subgroup of EAD is formed to serve as a spring and/or fall meeting planning Committee. If you are looking to roll up your sleeves and get involved in ICHP, then Educational Affairs is the place to be! Educational Affairs meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am via video conferencing.

Pharmacy Informatics and Technology Network
This is a subcommittee of the Division of Marketing Affairs and focuses its efforts on evaluating and disseminating information on new technologies with applications in pharmacy. The committee develops educational presentations on technology issues that will help members implement new technology issues that will help members implement new technologies rationally into their practices. The Committee provides input to the other ICHP divisions and committees on issues related to technology. This group meets on the second Friday, every other month at 8:00 am via video conferencing.

Ambulatory Care Network
This all new network is a group of ICHP member practitioners who are pharmacists, pharmacy technicians or student pharmacists specializing in coordination and/or delivery of non-hospitalized patient care. This network meets monthly on the first Thursday at noon via video conferencing. 

KeePosted Committee
This is a subcommittee of the Division of Educational Affairs and is responsible for directing, soliciting and providing the technical content of the ICHP news journal KeePosted. The Committee is chaired by the KeePosted Editor and works closely with ICHP office staff to produce four print and digital issues of the news journal annually. This group meets via email prior to publication of the news journal. 

PEARLS (Public Education & Awareness outReach pubLication Subcommittee)
This subcommittee is present clinical education to the general public and integrating the role of the pharmacist on various public health issues. This group meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 8:00 am via video conferencing

To get in contact with one of our division, committee, or network leaders, click here.

For more information about ICHP Divisions and Committees, click here.  

For more information on Networks, click here.

To contact the Division Directors or Committee Chairs, click here.

ICHP Networks
Informatics and Technology Network

Additional Volunteer Opportunities  

ICHP has a variety of short term, one time only, and annual volunteer opportunities. For more information check out the Volunteer Sign Up page

The Official news journal of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
Attention, All Aspiring Authors!

KeePosted, the Official News Journal of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists, is on the lookout for potential authors. Writing and publishing within KeePosted benefits new practitioners by providing:
  • A venue to share ideas and perspectives about issues relevant to new practitioners
  • Recognition for publishing in a statewide periodical
  • Practice for future publishing in national journals such as AJHP, Pharmacotherapy, or even the New England Journal of Medicine!
The following is a brief description of the requirements for New Practitioners Network Columns in KeePosted:

New Practitioners Network (NPN) Column
This column can vary in topic and length based on the interest of the author. Articles should address issues affecting new practitioners today. Specific topics of interest for the NPN column include, but are not limited to: leadership, time management, and tips for interacting and acclimating in a variety of work environments. It is suggested to consult with NPN Executive Board, NPN Chair or KeePosted Editor prior to pursuing authorship of a NPN column. This is a great way to share your ideas with fellow new practitioners!

The editors of KeePosted look forward to your submissions!


Jennifer Phillips, PharmD, BCPS,
Editor, KeePosted

Milena Murray, PharmD, MSc, BCIDP, AAHIVP
Assistant Editor, KeePosted

Legislation, Regulation and the New Practitioner

Where do you fit into the process?
Every year, the Illinois General Assembly takes up a variety of healthcare and pharmacy related legislation for consideration. Often these bills are passed, impacting pharmacy practice and the pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students that provide patient care. In addition, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation draft rules that have a similar impact on our profession.

The ICHP Government Affairs Division (GAD) sifts through every bill introduced in the General Assembly. Health care bills, especially those impacting pharmacy, are separated out to be closely monitored. GAD decides which bills to support and which to oppose, and sometimes proposes a few of its own bills. These volunteers working with ICHP’s staff and contract lobbyist often make significant contributions to the content and the context of the legislative and regulatory initiatives. ICHP’s involvement on the state and federal level is crucial for the protection of every patient and for the advancement of our profession.

Every year, an Illinois Pharmacy Legislative Day is organized by ICHP and IPhA (Illinois Pharmacist’s Association) to help bring pharmacists’ voices to Springfield. 

Issues for the coming year include:
  • Implementing new rules for Tech-Check-Tech.
  • Provider status for pharmacists in Illinois.
  • Achievement of provider status for Medicare Part B at the federal level.
  • Recognition as a health care professional and inclusion of pharmacists in the Healthcare Right of Conscience Act.
ICHP needs you to get involved!
  • Join the New Practitioners Network (NewPractitionersNetwork@ichpnet.org)! Meet and network with other new practitioners!
  • Sign up to be a volunteer (Call 815-227-9292 or email ChrisC@ichpnet.org)! Volunteer for the division that most interests you.
  • Go to Pharmacy Legislative Day! It’s a great way to see the whole process in action and how you fit in. Then, contact your legislators to help ICHP share the opinions of Illinois pharmacists.

ICHP Member Resources 

Covid-19 Resources

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