ICHP Leadership Profile - Mary Lynn Moody

by Marketing Affairs
September 14, 2011

Mary Lynn Moody, BS Pharm

Faculty Co- Advisor, UIC Student Chapter

Where did you go to pharmacy school?
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

Trace your professional history since graduation: where have you trained/worked, any special accomplishments?
After graduation, I completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  In 1980, I took a position as a clinical staff pharmacist at Evanston Hospital for about 1 year.  I moved from Evanston Hospital to Lutheran General Hospital to manage the Drug Information Center.  I was the Drug Information Center Pharmacist at Lutheran until 1992 then I took the position of Drug Information Center Pharmacist at Michael Reese Hospital.  In 1997, I became the Director, Drug Information at UIC College of Pharmacy.  In 2007, I moved into the role of Director of Business Development for the Drug Information Group.  

Describe your current area of practice and practice setting.
I am currently practicing in the area of Drug Information.  At UIC, we provide drug information support to over 300 hospitals across the nation and provide a variety of other services to clients including therapeutic class reviews, educational programs, and AMCP dossiers.  I am also responsible for growing the business for the Drug Information Group.

What initially motivated you to get involved, and what benefits do you see in being active in a professional association such as ICHP?
I became active in ICHP as a student and resident.  I sat on the Board of Directors as secretary very early in my professional career.  This early involvement at the Board level helped me to realize the value of networking and collaborating with my peers across the state.

Is there an individual you admire or look up to, or a mentor that has influenced your career?
I have a few mentors in my career.  Karen Nordstrom was my first mentor during my residency and I still go to her for professional advice.  She helped me understand the impact that women can make in our profession.  Mick Hunt was a great mentor when I was at Lutheran General.  He helped me improve my communication skills and encouraged me to think big.  Ken Witte has also been an important mentor in my professional career.  He is a very forward thinker and helped me to learn to look beyond what our traditional roles have been.  He has also been instrumental in helping me network with other practitioners.  I still keep in touch with my mentors as they continue to help me as I move forward in my career.  

Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of pharmacy?
I am traveling quite a bit and I think seeing different places is exciting.  I was able to travel to India this past year with some pharmacist friends and that was very interesting!  And I love to read my Kindle!
Do you have a favorite restaurant or food?
I have so many favorite restaurants, I cannot pick a favorite!!!

What is your favorite place to vacation?
Anywhere warm!! It seems like I am spending a lot of time in Florida these days!

What is the most interesting/unique fact about yourself that few people know?
Well, I think a lot of people know, I am a winner of the Illinois State Fair Husband-Calling Contest.  I received a blue ribbon and some cash!!! It was hilarious and a lot of fun.  It resulted in me going on television with Bill Cosby for a game show…which I then won.  I guess now everyone knows! ΓΆβ€"Β 

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