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Memorial Hermann Health System Division of Pharmacy 2014-2015 Residency Class!

Pharmacy Residency Class of 2014-2015

Congratulations to all of the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center preceptors on being named the 2013-2014 Health-System Preceptor Site of the Year by the University of Houston College of Pharmacy! The award recognizes the dedication and passion for teaching displayed by all preceptors within the Department of Pharmacy and exemplifies the Department’s commitment to training the next generation of pharmacists. -5/2014

Southwest

10/2013- 2013-Adkison wins GO! Diabetes Research Poster

The GO! Diabetes research poster entitled, “Effect of In-House Retinal Photography on Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Rates,” submitted by Judy Lu, MD, Rachel Maupin, DO and Julie Adkison, PharmD, CDE from Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in Sugar Land, TX, was a winning entry at the 2013 GO! Diabetes Summit Research Poster Competition.  The competition, held concurrently with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Scientific Assembly in San Diego, CA, had an unprecedented number of research poster finalists representing 16 residency programs from 10 states.

Health System Pharmacy Administration

10/2013- Hu and Cox awarded TSHP 2013 C.A.B. Bond Memorial Grant Program

The TSHP R&E Foundation Board of Directors has named MHMC preceptors DeeDee Hu and Rodney Cox (HSPA PGY1/PGY2 Resident 2009-2011) the recipient of the2013 C.A.B. Bond Memorial Grant Program. Following review of 4 competitive proposals submitted, the Board approved a committee recommendation to fund a proposal from Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. The project team will explore the "Evaluation of Medication Reconciliation and Discharge Counseling During Transitions in Care."

09/2013- Karralli completes a 340B Drug Pricing Program elective rotation with the Safety Net Hospitals for Pharmaceutical Access (SNHPA) in Washington, DC.
Rusol completed a 340B elective rotation with Safety Net Hospitals for Pharmaceutical Access (SNHPA) in Washington, DC. SNHPA is a non-profit organization of 1,000 public and private non-profit hospitals and health systems throughout the U.S. that participate in the Public Health 340B drug discount program. SNHPA monitors, educates, and serves as an advocate on federal legislative and regulatory issues relating to drug pricing and other pharmacy matters affecting safety-net providers. Since Rusol's PGY2 project concerns 340B program effectiveness in our system, this was a great opportunity for her to gain insight on the implications of the program in a macro level across the country as well as the political climate surrounding the program today. 

06/2013- Karralli appointed to ASHP New Practitioners Group
Rusol Karralli, 2nd year Health-System Pharmacy Administration Resident, has been appointed to the ASHP New Practitioners Forum Leadership and Career Development Advisory Group. This advisory group is charged with advancing the ASHP Executive Committee’s strategic goal of supporting the development of programs and resources that promote leadership skill development and foster professionalism in new practitioner members.

Texas Medical Center

Congratulations to TMC current, former residents and preceptors on recent publications

Yeun-Ju (Michelle) Lee (PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, 2013-2014), and her research project mentor Phillip Weeks, whose research project “Effectiveness of Protocol Guided Heparin Anticoagulation in Patients with TandemHeart Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Device” was presented as a poster at the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) 60th Annual Conference in Washington, DC. - 6/2014.

5/2014: Congratulations to Phillip Weddle (PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, 2013-2014), and his research project mentor Karen Williams, whose research project entitled “Conventional versus High-Dose Steroids in Severe Asthma Exacerbations Requiring Continuous Albuterol” was presented as a poster at the 23rd Annual Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) Meeting in Nashville, TN.

4/2014: Congratulations to Yeun-Ju (Michelle) Lee (PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, 2013-2014), and her research project mentor Phillip Weeks, whose poster entitled “Effectiveness of Protocol Guided Heparin Anticoagulation in Patients with TandemHeart Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Device” won the award for Best Poster in the PGY1 Resident category at the 2014 TSHP Annual Seminar in Houston, TX.

Jerry Altshuler (PGY2 Critical Care Resident, 2012-2013) and Brian Spoelhof (PGY2 Critical Care Resident, 2012-2013) whose article “Pain, Agitation, Delirium, and Neuromuscular Blockade: A Review of Basic Pharmacology, Assessment, and Monitoring” was published in the October-December 2013 issue of Critical Care Nursing Quarterly.

Sruti Patel (PGY2 Critical Care Resident, 2011-2012) whose article “Toxicologic Emergencies in the Intensive Care Unit: Management Using Reversal Agents and Antidotes” was published in the October-December 2013 issue of Critical Care Nursing Quarterly.

Terence Chau (PGY2 Critical Care Resident, 2010-2011) and Liza George (PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, 2010-2011; PGY2 Critical Care Resident, 2011-2012) whose article “Intensive Care Unit Delirium” was published in the October-December 2013 issue of Critical Care Nursing Quarterly.

Terence Chau (PGY2 Critical Care Resident, 2010-2011) whose article “Trends in Multidrug-Resistant Gram-Negative Bacilli and the Role of Prolonged Beta-Lactam Infusion in the Intensive Care Unit” was published in the October-December 2013 issue of Critical Care Nursing Quarterly.

Caitlin Kennelly (PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, 2009-2010; PGY2 Critical Care Resident, 2010-2011)whose article “Drug-Induced Cardiovascular Adverse Events in the Intensive Care Unit” was published in the October-December 2013 issue of Critical Care Nursing Quarterly.

Lesly Jurado (PGY2 Critical Care Resident, 2009-2010)whose article “The Role of the Pharmacist in the Intensive Care Unit” was published in the October-December 2013 issue of Critical Care Nursing Quarterly.

 Jennifer Gass (PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, 2008-2009; PGY2 Critical Care Resident, 2009-2010) whose article “Managing New Oral Anticoagulants in the Intensive Care Unit” was published in the October-December 2013 issue of Critical Care Nursing Quarterly.

Holly Kirk (PGY2 Critical Care Resident, 2013-2014) whose PGY1 residency research project “Comparison of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus contamination rates of medication cabinets between isolation and non-isolation rooms” was accepted as a poster at the 2013 ID Week meeting in San Francisco, CA in October.

Brian Spoelhof (PGY2 Critical Care Resident, 2012-2013) whose residency research project “Risk of acute kidney injury after blood pressure reduction in intracerebral hemorrhage” was accepted as a poster at the 11th Annual Neurocritical Care Society Meeting in Philadelphia, PA in October.

Jerry Altshuler (PGY2 Critical Care Resident, 2012-2013) and David Guervil (Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases) whose research project “Clinical outcomes in patients with Gram-negative infections treated with cefepime over various minimum inhibitory concentrations” was accepted as a platform presentation at the 53rd annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in Denver, CO in September.