Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists

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  • 01/25/2024 2:28 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the VSHP/VPhA Legislative Day 2024.

  • 01/16/2024 10:42 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.

    Applications received prior to January 31, 2024, will be considered in the first round of the Fellow of VSHP candidates. Inaugural Fellows of VSHP will be recognized at the 2024 VSHP Spring Seminar.

    FVSHP Application Form

    Guidance Document

  • 12/11/2023 10:15 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    2024 Spring Seminar Abstract and Poster Submission

    VSHP is hosting a Poster Competition at VSHP Spring Seminar 2024!


    Accepted posters will be displayed at the VSHP 2024 Spring Seminar on March 7-9, 2024 at Virginia Crossings Hotel in Glen Allen, VA.


    General Information:

    • The primary author for each pharmacy resident, pharmacy student, and pharmacy technician poster submission will receive free registration for the 2024 VSHP Spring Seminar.
    • All presenters must be registered for the 2024 VSHP Spring Seminar, at minimum for the day of the presentation
    • Only one submission per member is permitted as primary author. A member may be a co-author for multiple abstract and poster submissions.

    Award Information:

    • Primary author for pharmacist poster category will be eligible to win a recognition certificate from the VSHP Educational Affairs Committee
    • The primary author for one submission in the pharmacy resident, pharmacy student, and pharmacy technician poster categories will be eligible to win a $100 award and a recognitioncertificate from the VSHP Educational Affairs Committee
    • One recognition certificate will be provided per category.
    • One $100 award will be provided for the student, resident, and technician categories.

    Key Dates:

    • Monday, February 5th, 2024: Due date for poster abstract only
    • Monday, February 12th, 2024: Primary author will be notified by e-mail of submission acceptance/declination
    • Monday, March 4th, 2024: Due date for accepted posters to email their poster (in PDF format) to 
    • Saturday, March 9th, 2024: Author(s) present and available to discuss their posters at the VSHP Spring Seminar. Posters should remain displayed until the last day of the conference.
    • The winning poster(s) will be alerted via direct email to the presenter and will be announced to the VSHP cohort in the VSHP newsletter and social media posts.

    Poster submission link:


  • 12/01/2023 11:05 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    2024 Spring Seminar Presentation Proposals

    Call for Presentation Proposals for the Spring Seminar, March 7-9, Virginia Crossings Hotel, Glen Allen, VA

    VSHP is accepting speaker proposals that will provide quality continuing education to our members. Please submit your completed proposal by Friday, January 5, 2024.

    Thank you for supporting the educational mission of VSHP!

    The 2024 Spring Hot Topics list is located below. The VSHP Education Committee will consider all topics for presentation, with additional consideration for all presentations related to subjects on the Hot Topics list.   Presentations with interactive activities are encouraged.  Pharmacists, residents and technicians are encouraged to submit.

    Submission form

     Hot Topics - Clinical:

    Ambulatory Care (weight management, chronic disease state management, osteoporosis, etc)
    Behavioral Health (antipsychotic use, substance misuse)
    Critical Care/Emergency Medicine
    Guideline Updates
    Heart Failures
    Infectious Diseases
    Medication Safety (chronic medication pump management, clinical metrics)
    Oncology Patient Care
    Pain Management/Opioid Use

    Hot Topics - Operational/Leadership

    Board of Pharmacy/Regulatory Updates
    Controlled Substance Monitoring
    Drug Shortages
    Employee Engagement/Retention
    Informatics - AI Innovation/Automation
    Operational Pearls
    Specialty Pharmacy
    USP 797, 795, and 800


  • 12/01/2023 11:00 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)




    The mission of the Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists is to inspire innovative pharmacy practice by promoting education, advocacy and collaboration to help people achieve optimal health outcomes. We work towards fulfilling our mission every year through education of our members via region meetings, statewide meetings, newsletters, and our website; fostering professional standards; educating the public about the role of health system pharmacists; monitoring legislative issues that affect pharmacy; and by promoting health system pharmacy as a career path for future pharmacists. The majority of our Society's work is done by member volunteers working through our committees. You can play a vital role by serving on one of our committees.

    What will you get out of it? You will meet and get to know many of the current and future pharmacy leaders in Virginia. You will have the professional satisfaction of helping shape and advance health system pharmacy in Virginia. You will make new friends. You will build your resume.

    If you are interested in serving on a committee for VSHP, please fill out the form below.  Committee involvement typically takes less than 1 hour per month and is facilitated through conference calls.

    The Committee Chair will contact you regarding upcoming meetings or other opportunities to participate. 



    COMMUNICATIONS: The Communications Committee is responsible for the direction, development, and quality control of all VSHP publications, including the VSHP web site.

    EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS: The Educational Affairs Committee is responsible for planning, coordinating, and evaluating educational content of the 2 statewide VSHP meetings.

    GRANTS: The Grants Committee will review requests from individuals and groups in need of grant funding for specific programs or program elements which match the mission of VSHP.

    LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: The Legislative Affairs Committee is responsible for informing the VSHP membership and Board of Directors of important legislation and regulations and how they will impact pharmacy practice in organized health care settings in Virginia.

    MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT: The Membership Engagement Committee reviews and suggests ways for the membership of VSHP to become more engaged in VSHP. 

    ORGANIZATIONAL AFFAIRS: The Organizational Affairs Committee reviews and analyzes the VSHP organization and make recommendations to increase its effectiveness. 

    PAC: The Political Action Committee works to raise monies for the VSHP PAC and determines the best uses for the funds raised.

    STUDENT and RESIDENTS COMMITTEE: The Student and Residents Committee provides input to VSHP on how to get students interested in health-system pharmacy practice and how to get them interested and involved in VSHP.

    Make a commitment to get involved in VSHP.

    To join a committee:

    Please respond by 12/31/2023



  • 11/21/2023 2:29 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)


    All pharmacist ASHP members in Virginia are eligible to nominate, be nominated, and vote for delegates and alternates to represent Virginia at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) 2024 House of Delegates. 

    Individuals wishing to nominate themselves or another ASHP member for the slate of candidates are invited to submit names, by 5pm, Friday December 15, 2023, to:   Nominations must be accompanied with a bio not to exceed 300 words which will be used in the ballot.

    Two (2) delegates for a three (3) year term and up to two (2) alternate delegates for a one (1) year term will be elected.

    Duties of Delegates

    The Chair of the House of Delegates will conduct a welcome webinar in late February or early March to provide new and returning delegates with an overview of service requirements before participating in the March 2024 virtual House of Delegates. The Chair also regularly communicates with delegates through email messages to alert delegates to upcoming action items.

    Regional Delegate Conferences are scheduled April 27-30, 2024, and it is recommended that delegates attend one of these sessions either in-person or virtual.

    The House of Delegates will meet on two separate occasions at the 2024 ASHP Summer Meetings, scheduled to be held June 8-12, 2024, in Portland, OR.     

    Additional virtual House of Delegates may be held in May 2024 and November 2024 and/or at additional times, as deemed necessary.

    Resources to Help Serve as a Delegate

    Please review the ASHP House of Delegates webpage for more information on delegate responsibilities.

    The candidate receiving the most votes will become delegate, with the next highest vote receivers elected as alternates.  A simple majority is required for election. 

    For further information, please contact the VSHP office at (850) 906-0779 or email .

  • 11/17/2023 2:05 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    We are excited to partner with the Virginia Pharmacy Association as they host the annual Pharmacy Legislative Day on Wednesday, January 24, 2024!

    Because of this partnership, members of VSHP are invited to register for this event at the $25 rate!

    Registration is open as of November 13, 2023 at Noon EST.
    Click here for more information and to register!

     Registration and Fees

    ·  VPhA & VSHP Members: $25

    ·  Non-Members: $75

    Steps to register and receive your special rate!

    1. Go to the VPhA event page, click “REGISTER HERE”
    2. You will register as a non-member of VPhA
    3. Enter the coupon code “VSHP2024” at the bottom of the Registration Form when prompted
    4. Proceed through the form and submit payment of $25.  

     VPhA is also offering a hotel room block rate of $169/night from January 23 to January 24, 2024 to accommodate out-of-town attendees. There are limited rooms available. – Click here to learn more

    If you should have any questions or concerns while registering, please contact VPhA at

    Brad McDaniel, PharmD, MBA, BCCCP

    Josh Crawford, PharmD, BCPS

    VSHP Legislative Co-Chairs

  • 10/12/2023 2:51 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    October 12th is observed as Women Pharmacist Day.  October was chosen for this special honor as it is also National Pharmacist Month.

    The 12th day was selected in honor of the first female Pharmacist in the United States, Elizabeth Gooking Greenleaf for her 12 children.

    Today, women pharmacists are deeply dedicated to pharmacy leadership roles, deans of pharmacy schools, advancement of pharmacy education and research, training/mentor program development, and have made significant and profound contributions to development of drugs and treatment.

    Women in pharmacy consist of approximately 60% of the pharmacist population and 79% of the technician population.

    Women pharmacists have shifted the profession to be one of patient-centered care including physical, emotional and social needs while providing crucial related therapy.

    Pharmacy is field in which women have made significant contributions while breaking down barriers.

    Here are some famous women who have lead the path!

    • Elizabeth Gooking Greenleaf was one of the first female pharmacists in the United States, having opened her own apothecary shop in Boston in 1727. She also published a book on herbal remedies that was widely used at the time.
    • Susan Hayhurst - first woman to earn a degree in pharmacy from Philadelphia’s College of Pharmacy.
    • Elizabeth Marshall - United States’ second woman to become a pharmacist.
    • Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi - first woman to earn a degree from the New York College of Pharmacy in 1863.
    • Mary Olds Miner - first woman to be an APhA officer, having been elected as the third vice president in 1895.
    • Zada Mary Cooper - Rho Chi Society of Kappa Epsilon Fraternity founder and was one of the founders of the Women’s Section of APhA.
    • Anna Gertrude Bagley - first female pharmacist on staff assisting the editor of JAPhA in the 1920s, and was one of the founders of the Women’s Section of APhA.
    • Margaret Cornelius “Cora” Dow architect for a successful chain of pharmacies, eventually owning 11 stores, a warehouse, and an ice cream factory.
    • Nellie Wakeman- first woman to receive a Ph.D. in a pharmacy discipline, and was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin from 1913.
    • B. Olive Cole - mentor and role model for women in pharmacy, and was a faculty member at the University of Maryland from 1920 to 1953.
    • Edna E. Capurra Gleason - first female pharmacist elected president of the California Pharmaceutical Association, and became a leader in the fight for fair trade pricing.
    • Sister Mary John Geiermann  - prominent hospital pharmacist at Mercy Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, and was a prolific writer and lecturer.
    • Sister Mary Gonzales Duffy - first woman and first religious sister to serve as president of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists in 1978.
    • Gloria Niemeyer Francke  - first woman to earn the Remington Honor Medal in 1987. In 1995, APhA established the Gloria Niemeyer Francke Mentor Leadership Award in her honor.
    • Katherine “Kay” Keating - first female pharmacist to attain the rank of Captain in the Navy Medical Corps.
    • Mary Louise Tigue Andersen - APhA Honorary President in 1997, and was the recipient of the Remington Honor Medal in 2003.
    • Joy Holloman Donelson - APhA Honorary President in 2005, and was responsible for establishing a series of “The Good Ole Girls” dinners at APhA Annual Meetings.
    • Mary Munson Runge - first African American women to become president of APhA in 1979, and received the APhA Hugo H. Schaefer Award in 1996.

    Please join VSHP as we celebrate the significant contributions that women Pharmacists make EVERY DAY to patients nationwide!

  • 09/28/2023 3:36 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Technician Summit + Friday Fall Seminar (11/3/23 ONLY); CPhT Registration - $40


    Schedule is as follows based on the Fall Seminar:

    11AM-12PM: Advanced Roles in the Tech Career Path (1 CE Credit)

    12PM-1:30PM: Lunch

    1:30PM-3:30PM: Technician Career Forum/Discussion (2 CE Credit)

    Technician attendees are welcome to join the other sessions such as the Pharmacy Law Update at 8:15AM.

    For other sessions, check out the schedule:

    To register, choose Technician Summit Participant:  VSHP Fall Seminar Registration

  • 08/17/2023 3:30 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Call for Award Nominations

    Each year, VSHP recognizes pharmacy practitioners that have demonstrated outstanding service to the pharmacy profession within Virginia. 

    VSHP Annual Awards include:

    VSHP Technician of the Year

    VSHP New Practitioner of the Year 

    VSHP Pharmacist of the Year 

    Clinical Pharmacy Practice Achievement Award 

    R.D. Anderson Distinguished Leadership Award


    To nominate:


    Additional details on award criteria and nomination process can be found at Annual Awards


    The deadline for award nomination is Monday, October 9, 2023. Awards will be presented during the VSHP Fall Seminar, Friday, November 3, 2023.  


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