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OPA New Practitioner eXperience (NPX) Launchpad

August 2018

Welcome to the NPX Launchpad

Welcome to the Summer edition of the NPX Launchpad, the quarterly newsletter intended to help you, new practitioners, excel personally and professionally! 

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We hope you enjoy the NPX Launchpad and we invite each of you to take the next step in your professional growth by getting involved with NPX today!

Sincerely, your NPX Advisory Team,

Chair: Jen Sabatino, PharmD, BCACP
Vice-ChairDana (Bachmann) Wilkerson, PharmD, MS
Member-at-Large: Emily Eddy, R.Ph., PharmD
Member-at-Large: Lindsay Tsai, R.Ph., PharmD
Member-at-Large: Marilee Clemons, R.Ph., PharmD
Launchpad Coordinator: Lauren Castle, R.Ph., PharmD



Meet the 2018-2019 Advisory Team!

Chair: Jen Sabatino, PharmD, BCACP

What is the one thing you can’t live without?
Audiobooks! They make the morning commute and time at the gym fly by.
If you had not chosen to be a pharmacist, what would you be doing?
Educating patients and prescribers is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job. If not a pharmacist, I think I would have enjoyed being a teacher.

Vice-Chair: Dana (Bachmann) Wilkerson, PharmD, MS

What is the one thing you can’t live without?
Netflix. I love to binge watch all types of TV shows! A few of my favorites are Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, Gossip Girl, and Criminal Minds.
If you had not chosen to be a pharmacist, what would you be doing?
A forensic anthropologist like on the TV show Bones!

Member-at-Large: Emily Eddy, R.Ph., PharmD

What is the one thing you can’t live without?
The Red Sox!
If you had not chosen to be a pharmacist, what would you be doing?
Before I went to pharmacy school, I was a high school math teacher for 7 years! I would probably be doing that if I wasn’t a pharmacist.

Member-at-Large: Lindsay Tsai, R.Ph., PharmD

What is the one thing you can’t live without?
I can’t live without caffeine! Ever since I started pharmacy school, I have to have at least one cup of coffee to make it through the day.
If you had not chosen to be a pharmacist, what would you be doing?
I would probably be a veterinarian because I love animals. I have a dog and a cat!

Member-at-Large: Marilee Clemons, R.Ph., PharmD

What is the one thing you can’t live without?
I would not be able to live without my iron skillet -- I love to cook!
If you had not chosen to be a pharmacist, what would you be doing?
Working as a member of the Jeopardy! Clue Crew

Launchpad Coordinator: Lauren Castle, R.Ph., PharmD

What is the one thing you can’t live without?
Family; my husband and my cat, #emilythemainecoon!
If you had not chosen to be a pharmacist, what would you be doing?
High school chemistry teacher or veterinarian

Practitioner Profile

Dana (Bachmann) Wilkerson, PharmD, MSDana Bachmann

What’s your current position?
System Manager of Ambulatory Pharmacy Services, Holzer Medical Center-Gallipolis, Athens, Jackson

What year and from where did you graduate?
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in May 2016

How long have you been an OPA member? What’s been your best experience so far?
I joined OPA as a student pharmacist in 2012, and I have been a member ever since that day! I really enjoy being involved with OPA and all of the activities that I get to participate in by being an active member. However, my best experience so far was providing testimony for Senate Bill (SB) 265, which would recognize pharmacists as health care providers in Ohio. I was able to show the value of community pharmacists and play a vital role in advocating for the profession of pharmacy!

What’s been your favorite moment of your career so far?

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Professional Pearls

So, you aren't a student or a resident anymore...
5 Tips for those Transitioning from Student or Resident to Not

By Emily Eddy, R.Ph., PharmDEmily Eddy

1. Stay on the resident schedule (a little)
You are now beginning the transition from resident to professional. Having come off of what was probably the most challenging year of your career, you may be feeling burnt out. As a resident and student, you were always juggling projects and other work, causing you to live a very regimented and scheduled life. Personally, as a resident I remember scheduling short term and long-term goals to manage little and big projects. As you transition out of being a resident I would encourage you to keep that mind set. To backwards plan and set goals for yourself. Life will always be busy and if you want to make sure things get done you have to set goals for yourself and milestones. While staying in this mindset will help you accomplish goals in your career, the time line should change. You are not a resident anymore and have worked hard to get to that place in your career, so give yourself a little slack. Most likely as you transition into a new part of your career, your timelines will change a little. You will have some things that will need to be resolved quickly with precision, but somethings will be long term goals and you can relax your timelines a little.

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Rx Impact

Volunteering at Reach Out’s Bettman Charitable Pharmacy in Dayton, Ohio

By Lauren Castle, R.Ph., PharmDLauren Castle

When I was promoted to a district manager role for my company last fall, one of my biggest reservations was that I would be stepping away from the bench only 5 years after becoming a pharmacist. I spent 6 years in pharmacy school to become a community pharmacist; something that I had wanted to do since I was 16 years old. I was so involved with my patients’ health care in my store, and in creating and testing new clinical programs to better their outcomes. Accepting this promotion might mean that I lose the one piece of my job that brought me the most joy every day; interacting with my patients. Or so I thought…

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Money Matters

Why You Should "Just Say No" to Company Stock 

By NPX Member, Renee Bonsell, R.Ph., PharmD

Renee Bonsell

As a pharmacist turned financial planner, I’ve experienced firsthand many of the financial obstacles and challenges that my clients are now facing. Through my company, Pharmacist Wealth, I’ve had the pleasure of helping hundreds of pharmacists across the country achieve financial success and navigate the complex economic decisions that are unique to our profession. From managing student loans, to selecting employee benefits, to purchasing disability insurance and maximizing tax deductions, there seems to be a shared set of questions that we’ve all had throughout our careers. Fortunately, we can easily turn to an insurance agent, tax accountant, or HR representative to answer most of these. But when our questions are investment related, namely whether or not we should buy company stock from our employer, it can be difficult to find a trusted professional to confide in. For example, if we turn to an investment broker, he or she is just as likely to sell us a product as they are to provide us with unbiased advice. And if we ask a representative from our own company, we’ll probably hear stories about what it means to be a “team player” and believe in our company. After all, the corporate executives are probably invested heavily in company stock, so we should be too, right? Well, not exactly.

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Get Involved with the Launchpad

Thank you Renee for submitting an article for the Money Matters section of the Launchpad. You can help us write the next newsletter! Articles may be submitted for Practitioner Profile, Professional Pearls, Rx Impact, Ohio Days, or A Taste of Our Kitchen. Have an idea for another article relevant to new practitioners? You can submit that as well!

Sign up for upcoming articles at our Google Doc:

Articles should be submitted in a Word document to Lauren Castle. Photographs for articles should be submitted separately for higher quality images. Thank you!

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A Taste of Our Kitchen


Giada's Chicken Piccata

Soy & Honey Glazed Salmo

From the kitchen of Marilee Clemons, R.Ph., PharmD


Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.
In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter with 3 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add 2 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes. When chicken is browned, flip and cook other side for 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to plate. Melt 2 more tablespoons butter and add another 2 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add the other 2 pieces of chicken and brown both sides in same manner. Remove pan from heat and add chicken to the plate.
Into the pan add the lemon juice, stock and capers. Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavor. Check for seasoning. Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove chicken to platter. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to sauce and whisk vigorously. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.

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2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, butterflied and then cut in half

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

All-purpose flour, for dredging

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup chicken stock

1/4 cup brined capers, rinsed

1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Ohio Days

Dayton, Ohio: A Day in the Gem City!

By Lauren Castle, R.Ph., PharmD

While Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati are all fantastic cities with lots to offer, Dayton, OH has earned its nickname the “Gem City” from an 1845 newspaper article that stated “it may be fairly said that Dayton is the gem of all our interior towns.” It’s got all of the fun of a big city but with way less traffic and crowds!

Dayton is full of rich history, and is home of the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, National Museum of the USAF, Historic Carillon Park, and the Dayton Art Institute. Dayton is centered in the heart of the Miami Valley and is also home to the Five Rivers Metroparks

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News & Upcoming Events

Pharmacist Training Program for Immunizations

Wednesday, August 29 at the OPA office - Registration is open
The goals of this program are to train pharmacists to set up an immunization program for all vaccines recommended by ACIP; and to train pharmacists to properly administer vaccines and meet the requirements established by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy for recordkeeping and for the use of physician protocols. Participants must demonstrate proper sterile technique and administration of both IM and SQ injections during the program. More info can be found at the following link:
August 29 2018 Immunization Brochure.pdf

Long Acting Injectables Training will be offered soon.

Friday, September 21 (tentative) at the OPA office
(More details will be posted soon on the OPA website.)

APhA’s Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program for Pharmacists

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Registration is open
Amy Bennett OPA Assistant Executive Director discusses immunization technique.APhA’s The Pharmacist & Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program is an educational experience designed to equip pharmacists with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to provide effective, evidence-based diabetes care. The program provides comprehensive instruction in current diabetes concepts and standards of care and incorporates case studies and hands-on skills training focused on the situations most likely to be encountered — as well as the services most needed — in community and ambulatory care practice settings.

OPA Midyear Meeting

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - Makoy Center, Hilliard, OH
More details coming soon to the OPA website!

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NPX Committee Liaisons

Summer 2018 Committee Liaison Reports

Practice Advancement & Innovation (June 28)
Guest Liaison: Jen Sabatino, R.Ph., PharmD

The Practice Advancement and Innovation Committee, formerly the Medication Therapy Management Committee, held their first meeting going into the 2018-2019 year with a focus on how the Committee can best meet the needs of the members that they represent from various practice settings. A past product of the Committee, the Collaborative Practice Agreement templates, are now available to OPA member on the OPA website. Committee members and guest APPE students worked actively during the June meeting on the Payor Toolkit, which will include a glossary of terms to provide OPA members with information to use when approaching stakeholders to discuss financial support for pharmacist-provided services. Also during the meeting, the MTM Consortium reported on the completion of the data collection portion of their 5-year CDC-funded project designed to support expansion and integration of pharmacist-provided MTM in Ohio FQHCs.  

Member Services & Development (July 17)
Liaison: Christine Prusa, R.Ph., PharmD

Discussed membership report in detail looking for opportunities to grow membership. Opportunities to grow Pharmacy Student membership leading to second opportunity of growing NPX membership. Many students do not join and/or may not be aware they can join separate to APhA or that by joining APhA also CAN join OPA. Want to make concerted effort to get NPX more visible on campuses to drive student membership that will end up also helping NPX membership.
Next opportunity to increase capture of students into the NPX members after graduation. One idea to grow an NPX event at the Midyear meeting. Have a second track that focus on NPX needs and include partners (optional). Stay tuned for exciting updates as this plan comes together.

The OPA Awards deadline is September 20, 2018. OPA Awards & Leadership Nomination

All meetings are held at the OPA office, 2674 Federated Blvd, Columbus 43235 at 10:00 am unless otherwise noted. Please visit the OPA committee webpage for more information.

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OPA/NPX Mentorship Program

If you are looking for a mentor within your profession, or perhaps are interested in becoming a mentor for new pharmacy practitioners and students, we want your involvement!  Join the Ohio Pharmacists Association and New Practitioner eXperience as we work towards offering mentoring opportunities in 2018.  Mentees can learn from mentors’ experiences, both personal and professional, related to career paths, leadership roles, skill development, and much more.  It takes just a few minutes to fill out the online application. Click here to link to the form!

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