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  • 11/29/2022 8:12 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    ***As presented at the VSHP Fall Seminar, November 5, 2022***

    The VSHP Pharmacist of the Year is a member with a record of service to the profession of pharmacy, specifically health system pharmacy.  This should include contributions to pharmacy programs within the Commonwealth ,  as well as cooperation and contributions to the health-care team. The awardee should be recognized by the profession as a leader within pharmacy Service to the community. 

    This year’s winner is a graduate of the Campbell University School of Pharmacy, with a PGY-1 at Duke and a PGY-2 Internal Medicine, ID, and Academia at Campbell and Duke.  She has a long history of service to the Carilion system, but her nominator focused on her work with pharmacy technicians.  She established a 16-week technician training program to help combat technician shortages in the system. To establish the program, she had to develop internal technician talent and connect with area partners to provide the technician trainees with a well-rounded experience.  Her program has graduated 8 technicians with an 87% retention rate.  All of the technicians that have taken their PTCB exam to date have passed.  Her nominator states “It’s hard to fully describe the impact she has had on these students. She works hard to build a close relationship with each student that allows her to guide and mentor these students through pivotal points in their lives. Many students are looking for career changes, looking get into a healthcare career, or are relatively new to the workforce. She has fully embraced the opportunity she has to impact their lives and their careers, and it has truly made a huge difference in our department!”

    Congratulations to VSHP Pharmacist of the Year, Megan Goodwin.

  • 11/28/2022 10:19 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Application for Fellow of VSHP

    The application for recognition as a Fellow of VSHP, to honor sustained contribution to VSHP and health-system practice in Virginia, is now available on the VSHP web site.

    The Fellow of VSHP award was created to recognize VSHP-member pharmacists with continual, but perhaps less apparent, contribution to the VSHP mission.  The criteria were developed with consideration of other state societies’ and ASHP’s criteria.  After approval by the Executive Committee and the Board, a group of FASHP-awarded VSHP members reviewed the proposed criteria, processes, and application. The Board approved the final materials at the Retreat in June, 2022.

    Applications received prior to January 15, 2023, will be considered in the first round of the Fellow of VSHP candidates. Inaugural Fellows of VSHP will be recognized at the 2023 VSHP Spring Seminar. Applications will be reviewed annually on a similar timeline.

    FVSHP Application Form

    Guidance Document

  • 11/28/2022 9:52 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    ***As presented at the VSHP Fall Seminar on 11/4/2022***

    This year’s technician of the year is frequently involved in VSHP activities, he not only attends VSHP conferences for VSHP, but he attends local meetings and provides valuable input on the current issues facing pharmacy technicians not just in the state but nationally. He also advocates for the pharmacy profession as a whole.

    He received his diploma of pharmacy technician studies at Virginia College in 2013, he worked in various independent and retail pharmacies prior to his career at VCU Health where he is the controlled substance technician. He is part of a team that is responsible for controlled substance management and maintain document integrity both inpatient and outpatient throughout the health system which we all know is a top priority in healthcare right now. His support during controlled substance shortages especially the benzodiazepine shortage has been astounding. Not only is his expertise in this area irreplaceable but his peers are consistently impressed by his teamwork, advocating for patients, and coordination of the complex controlled substances inventory.

    2022s VSHP Pharmacy technician of the year is Lamar Johnson from VCU Health System.

    (pictured above Rodney Stiltner (l) presenting the award to Lamar Johnson

  • 11/21/2022 9:35 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Did you know that Virginia now requires 3 hours of live CE for license renewal


    To help you fulfill this requirement VSHP is offering three live webinars in December with each having one hour of live CE.  These webinars are FREE to VSHP members.  Non-members pay a nominal fee.

    December 8 @ 12 noon: Dynamics in the Biosimilar Landscape: Recent and Upcoming Changes  To Register

    December 13 @ 12 noon: Depression Updates  To register

    December 15 @ 12 noon:  Thrombolytic Product Conversion Implications for Health System Pharmacy  To register

    Please share with others on your team.

    Hope you will join us for these programs.

  • 11/21/2022 8:38 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    ***As presented at the VSHP Fall Seminar, November 4, 2022****

    The VSHP New Practitioner Award is given to a VSHP member that has earned their first pharmacy degree in the last five years.  This member supports the organization through meeting attendance and participation, promotes the pharmacy profession within the commonwealth, and provides service to the community.  They must also demonstrate superior leadership, innovation, or clinical skill as compared to other new practitioners.


    This year’s award winner is a graduate of Auburn University, where she also completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency.  She came to Virginia to complete her PGY-2 in Ambulatory Care at INOVA Fairfax and is now a Clinical Pharmacist with the Inova Juniper Program.  She is board certified in Ambulatory Care and is accredited as an HIV Pharmacist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.  She is member of the Education and Communications committees and was recently Region 2 President.  She is a frequent contributor to VSHP meetings (and is presenting today) and is published in the most recent AJHP.

    Congratulations to VSHP New Practitioner of the Year, Caitlin Prather.

  • 11/21/2022 8:27 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    ***As presented at the VSHP Fall Seminar, November 4, 2022***

    Congratulations to Tyler Goins, PharmD, MSHA, BCPS, as recipient of the VSHP New Practitioner Award. Tyler is a 2018 graduate of the VCU School of Pharmacy, after which he completed a two-year HSPAL pharmacy residency at UVA Health in 2020. As a resident, Tyler was heavily involved in the renovation and construction of multiple sterile product areas, in addition to earning a Masters degree. Moving into a role at UVA Health overseeing sterile compounding and children’s hospital services, Tyler quickly has become an expert in multiple facets of pharmacy operations, and was featured nationally to share his expertise in non-sterile compounding during the COVID-19 pandemic. In his current role as Director of Clinical Operations he has continued to expand his pharmacy expertise, now including home health as an area of oversight. Tyler is also a committed member of VSHP, having served as a presenter and currently serving as the Region 1 President. Please join me in congratulating Tyler.

  • 11/21/2022 8:12 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    If you are attending the ASHP Midyear Meeting, we hope you will plan to attend the Virginia reception, Sunday 12/4.  See details below.

  • 11/17/2022 1:31 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    ***As presented at the VSHP Awards Ceremony, November 4, 2022***

    The 2022 VSHP Clinical Practice Achievement Award recipient is an infectious diseases pharmacist at Carilion Clinic who leads the inpatient antimicrobial stewardship program for the health system. She has impacted pharmacy practice and patient outcomes in 3 key areas. Over the past two years, she has led the creation of inpatient treatment guidelines for COVID-19 and assisted with vaccine education across the health system. She was also instrumental with implementing a novel approach to managing CDI utilizing a clinical decision support-designed order set for all treatment medications and expanded use of a novel agent, fidaxomicin, which reported superior outcomes to oral vancomycin. The AMS Team worked closely with case management and the Carilion Medication Assistance Program to design a process to obtain this high-cost treatment course for almost every patient who needed it. The recipient led grant-funded research to evaluate the impact of the clinical decision order set and found after implementation readmission rates dropped from 18.9% to 8.5% and clinical cure with no recurrence rates increased from 55.9% to 73.3%. Overall effects of the program from 5/2018-5/2022 included 438 patients treated with CDI, 44 readmissions prevented, 876 bed days saved and a cost savings of $976,280. This process pathway and evaluation was published in Infectious Diseases and Therapy this year.  In 2020, she also implemented a process for the antimicrobial stewardship pharmacists to review every patient with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia or Candidemia in the health system. Previous literature as well as internal research at Carilion Clinic identified this as an area where infectious diseases consult could have a large impact on patient care including mortality. Ultimately, she was able to implement automatic ID consults for patients with S. aureus bacteremia or Candidemia in July 2022.

    Congratulations to the VSHP Clinical Practice Achievement Award winner for 2022, Lauren McDaniel!

  • 11/17/2022 1:18 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP President Kathy Koehl attended the ASHP Presidential Officers Retreat (POR) in Dallas, TX November 14-15.  The POR provides a venue for the interaction of ASHP elected leaders and state affiliate elected counterparts. The retreat is designed to produce outcomes beneficial to the mission of the organizations at a state and national level.

  • 11/15/2022 11:16 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    ***As presented on 11/4/2022***

    VSHP held our Annual the Jennifer E. Stallings College Bowl on Friday, November 4, 2022.  We were able once again gather four teams from our local Virginia Colleges of Pharmacy who have successfully won their local competitions. 

    Here is a bit of background on how this College Bowl came to be.

    On March 14, 2008, VSHP members were devastated to hear that Jennifer Elaine Stallings, Treasurer of VSHP, died suddenly due to a suspected Bilateral Pulmonary Embolism at 36 years of age.  Jennifer had been actively involved in VSHP, beginning with Student Chapter President and her passion and commitment continued through her last days as Treasurer. 

    Jennifer was born at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital. After working and while attending William & Mary, Jennifer (an Honors student), decided to attend Pharmacy School and pursue her dream to become a pharmacist. In 1997, Jennifer graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from VCU/MCV College of Pharmacy. 

    After graduation from Pharmacy School, Jennifer worked for Sentara Health Systems and was certified in Warfarin dosing and taught classes at Old Dominion University for Nurse Practitioners.  Jennifer served as the VSHP Tidewater Regional President, Membership Chair, and she was a champion for pharmacy students throughout Virginia, she visited many pharmacy schools in Virginia to speak with students about VSHP, encouraging them to become involved and that joining an association is a wonderful way to give back.  In 2002, Jennifer was nominated, and won the VSHP Clinical Pharmacist of the Year Award. 

    Jennifer was described by many as being a fun-loving, positive person, with an easy-going spirit who loved her family and her patients.

    Before her unexpected death, Jennifer introduced a concept to VSHP called the VSHP College Bowl.  Now renamed the Jennifer E. Stallings College Bowl.  This scholarship fund was developed to offer financial support for travel and registration for the winning team(s) of the VSHP sponsored college bowl to attend the annual ASHP Midyear Clinical Skills Competition. Please visit our website at for more details on how to make your tax deductible contribution to the fund so we can continue Jennifer’s commitment to our future Healthcare Leaders

    VSHP would like to acknowledge each of team with a Certificate of Achievement.  The winning team will receive a $1,000 scholarship award, $500.00 for each student from the Jennifer E. Stallings College Bowl Fund. 

    Before I announce the winners, I want to thank the judges:

    Richard Nicholas from Appalachian College of Pharmacy

    Rebecca Anderson from Shenandoah University

    Alexis Crawford from VCU


    Alphabetically, by School name:

    Alan Kurian and Annamay Fry from Appalachian College of Pharmacy

    Samantha Burton and Natalie Parrish from the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University

    Nia Haley from Hampton University - School of Pharmacy

    Caitlyn Cason and Sterling Saunders from VCU School of Pharmacy


    And the winning this year is ……..

    Caitlyn Cason and Sterling Saunders from VCU School of Pharmacy

    Congratulations to all of our participants




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