Pharmacists are meeting at the Charleston Marriott, August 17 and 18, to celebrate the West Virginia Pharmacists Association’s 111th Annual Convention.
Continuing education courses scheduled include: APhA Immunization Certificate Program; Drug Diversion; More Soup for You; Hot Topics and Advocacy – Creating Your Future Starts Now and Getting Hired in a Tough Job Market; West Virginia Pharmacy Law Update; Immunization Update; and Student Pharmacist Self-Care Championship.
Up to nine and one-half hours of approved continuing education courses are available for pharmacists to enhance their professional skills and maintain their license, including a three-hour drug diversion course required of pharmacists every two years for licensing.
Presenting the courses are: Olivia Bunner of WVU School of Pharmacy; Krista Capehart of WVU School of Pharmacy; Adam Chester, Director of Regulatory Affairs for CardinalHealth; Kerry Cormier, Recruitment Strategist for CVS Health; Allison DeLancey of WVU School of Pharmacy; Dani Dolin of White Hall Pharmacy; Mark Garofoli of WVU School of Pharmacy; Michael Goff, Interim Director of WV Board of Pharmacy; Kelsi Hines of WVU School of Pharmacy; Craig Kimble of Marshall University School of Pharmacy; Lan Le of WVU School of Pharmacy; Matthew Rafa of Kroger Pharmacy; Crystal Vance of Cabell Huntington Hospital; and Janet Wolcott of Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Vendors exhibiting products and services available to pharmacists include: AbbVie, American Pharmacy Cooperative, American Pharmacy Services Corporation, Cardinal Health, Mylan, McKesson, Pharmaceutical Dimensions, Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Companies, and WV Board of Pharmacy.
The State’s three schools of pharmacy – Marshall University, University of Charleston and West Virginia University – are hosting a reception honoring WVPA Past Presidents.
Awards will be presented selected pharmacists in recognition of their professional accomplishments and advances in providing patient care. They are: J. J. Bernabei recipient of the Dr. James H. Beal Award sponsored by the West Virginia Pharmacists Association; Charles “Laddie” Burdette, recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association; Chelsea Gresham, recipient of the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award sponsored by Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Companies; Mark Garofoli, recipient of the Generation Rx Champion’s Award sponsored by Cardinal Health; and Gretchen Kreckel Garofoli, recipient of the Excellence In Innovation Award sponsored by Upshur-Smith Laboratories.
WVPA officers meeting to plan the Association’s activities for the coming year are: Craig Kimble, President; Ken Reed, President Elect and Incoming President; Crethen Kreckel-Garololi, Secretar; Karen Reed Treasurer; Robert Stanton, Director at Large; Dani Dolin, Director at Large; Eric Belldani, Community Pharmacist Director; Matthew Rafa, Employed Pharmacist Director; Stephen Carter, Institutional Pharmacy Director; Gayle Brazeau, Dean of Marshall University School of Pharmacy; Michaelle Easton, Dean of University of Charleston School of Pharmacy; and William Petros, Dean of WVU School of Pharmacy.
To stay informed go to: wvpharmacy.org