MPA | Pharmacy News

Julie Schmidt is a cardiology clinical pharmacist at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo and has been an MSHP/MPA member since 2013.

Describe Your Role/Day in the Life:

It depends on the day! Some days, I work on the inpatient cardiology floor, and other days, I am working in our outpatient heart failure clinic. On the inpatient side, I work with providers and nurses to make sure patients receive the correct medications and dosages for disease states such as atrial fibrillation, AMI and decompensated heart failure. I provide a lot of patient education to make sure patients will be successful with their medication regimens after they leave the hospital. In the congestive heart failure (CHF) clinic, I am part of an interdisciplinary team comprised of a social worker, dietitian, nurse practitioner, registered nurse and two medical assistants. Our main goal is to impact our CHF patients in a positive way by decreasing hospitalizations and improving their quality of life. I work closely with patients optimizing their CHF medications, assessing for adherence barriers and ensuring they understand their disease state and what we can do to help.

Why You’re an MSHP/MPA Member:

MSHP/MPA has allowed me to network with professionals all around our state as well as keep in contact with friends I may have known from pharmacy school but may not otherwise see. I enjoy working closely with other individuals who are also passionate about advancing our profession. Being a part of MSHP/MPA is also a great way to keep up on current events and be involved in activities I would otherwise not be a part of.

Recent Accomplishments:

I was elected and currently serve as the president of Western Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (WMSHP). This year has also been exciting, because I have advanced my involvement in MSHP to become the western regional society representative on the MSHP Board of Directors. In non-pharmacy news, I have recently house trained a puppy, which is no easy feat!

How MSHP/MPA Has Helped You Achieve Any Accomplishments:

Through my years as a member of MSHP/MPA, I have gained invaluable leadership experience. I have been co-chair of the MSHP Public Affairs Committee and most recently the board liaison to the MSHP Membership Committee. Being a part of a state organization has allowed me to be actively involved in the advancement of our profession, which ultimately leads to improving outcomes for our patients.

Bookmark and Share  

Search for
Pharmacy News