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Educational Programs Committee – [Stephanie Davis, Martin Bishop]
This committee plans and organizes the content and educational activities for the two MSHP seminars, one in the spring and one in the fall. Educational activities address the current practice interests of our diverse membership as well as professional development. This committee also works closely with the Medication Safety and Antimicrobial Stewardship Committees to plan biannual dinner CE events.
Medication Safety Committee [Alison Duffy, Omayma Kishk]
This committee promotes medication and patient safety. MSHP collaborates with the board of pharmacy, membership, patient safety groups. This committee uses various forums to highlight medication safety best practices in the State of Maryland. Provision of continuing education on medication safety topics. The Medication Safety Award is presented in November during the Fall Seminar- the committee solicits awards from MSHP members – the deadline is the end of June.
Legislative Affairs Committee [Janet Lee, Emily Pherson]
The Legislative Committee is committed to maintaining an active role in Maryland and national regulations and legislation important to pharmacy practitioners. This committee has worked on the Pharmacy Technician regulations, 797 sterile processing regulations, and tamper proof prescription pads. Also, participates as a member organization of the Maryland Pharmacy Coalition which sponsors a Legislative Day education session, for the annual Legislative Day activities in Annapolis.
Membership Committee [Ashley Martinelli, Siu Yan Amy Yeung]
This committee is responsible for increasing our membership, but also to increase active member participation. Projects include student/resident activities, student scholarship(s), pharmacy technician pilot recruitment initiative, and institutional memberships.
Publications Committee [Michael (Mike) Armahizer]
The publication committee is responsible for content, and editing of content for the bi-monthly MSHP newsletter editions each year. To provide quality articles on medication use topics as well as inform our members of society and pertinent state and national pharmacy news.
Emerging Practitioner Committee [Kathryn (Katie) Dane, Elaine Pranski, Katie Brant, advisor, Cathy Walker, advisor]
This committee is responsible for developing educational and development opportunities for students and residents in our state. They also provide structure and oversight of the MSHP Mentorship program and provide networking and leadership opportunities for pharmacy trainees. Example of activities that this committee organizes include the MSHP Residency Showcase, a post-Midyear Clinical Meeting networking session and a research event.
Antimicrobial Stewardship [Emily Heil, Liz Cicchetti]
This is an area of critical importance for pharmacy to be involved in developing and participating in programs regarding the appropriate use of antimicrobials. I hope that many of you will join us to formulate more than just guidelines but practice with “some teeth” to combat antimicrobial resistance.
Industry Advisory [Bryan Lambert, Mary Pat Schaller, Dana Januszkiewicz]
It is the responsibility of this council to make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the interaction of MSHP with the pharmaceutical industry. This includes advising the Board regarding professional and legislative matters which may impact the relationship of MSHP with the pharmaceutical industry and making recommendations regarding the role of the pharmaceutical industry in MSHP activities.
Pharmacy Technician [Stephanie E. Smith-Baker, Tara Feller]
This committee is working to enhance Pharmacy Technician awareness of and participation in MSHP. Its goals include addressing the educational and informational needs of Pharmacy Technician members and providing a forum to facilitate communication and sharing of ideas and best practices related to Pharmacy Technician roles and responsibilities in health-system pharmacy. Attendance at committee meetings is facilitated through teleconferencing.