LeAnne Kennedy, PharmD, Chair
Kamakshi Rao, PharmD, Chair-Elect
Alison M. Gulbis, PharmD, Immediate Past Chair
ASBMT Staff Liaison: Angie Dahl
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On behalf of the Steering Committee, thank you for your interest in the ASBMT Pharmacy SIG. We hope this site provides you with the information and tools necessary to become an active and engaged member of our SIG and of ASBMT. If you have any questions or suggestions, email us at ASBMTPharmacySIG@gmail.com. We value your input and welcome your feedback.
LeAnne Kennedy, PharmD,
ASBMT Pharmacy SIG Chair
New: January 2018!
The American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) Pharmacy Special Interest Group (SIG) is seeking enthusiastic and motivated pharmacists working in the area of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HCT) to participate on an ASBMT Pharmacy SIG Working Committee.
Working committees include: advocacy/policy, communications, education, membership, program planning, and research. Please click here for additional information and the application. Additionally, if your term is ending on your current working committee and you are interested in continuing on that committee or joining a new one, then a new application form is needed.
Check out "Fast Facts” for information regarding the purpose, responsibilities, and duties of each committee.
“Role of the HCT pharmacist" document endorsed by national associations
The Advocacy & Policy and Education Working Committees of the ASBMT Pharmacy SIG joined forces to develop an HCT (hematopoietic cell transplant) Pharmacist Role description delineating the role of the pharmacist in HCT practice. The purpose of this document is to educate healthcare professionals, HCT program staff, and pharmacy leadership about the specialty role of the HCT clinical pharmacist. NMDP, ASBMT, HOPA & ACCP endorse the document. Please click here to view the document.
Here you can find the ASBMT Pharmacy SIG December literature update, November literature update, October literature update, September literature update, August literature update, July Literature update, June Literature Update, March Monthly Literature Update and the February Monthly Literature Update. For the Oct. 2016 Literature update, click here.
We welcome any feedback or suggestions. Please send any comments to ASBMTPharmacySIG@gmail.com.
Sincerely, Katie Gatwood, Pharm D.
The HCT Pharmacy Special Interest Group (SIG) provides leadership for pharmacists within ASBMT and facilitates pharmacist representation on ASBMT committees. Our mission is to represent pharmacist membership within ASBMT, provide a forum for pharmacists to network and share ideas, and move the HCT field forward. This SIG was created in response to the National Marrow Donor Program's System Capacity Initiative as a means of ensuring an adequate infrastructure and pharmacy workforce to support the anticipated increase in demand for HCT by 2020.
Why You Should Join
The Pharmacy SIG has several resources that allow us to invest in your professional development, build your network, and expand your clinical practice. Listed below are some of the many resources you can access as a Pharmacy SIG member.
These offerings will allow you to easily meet the 10 hours of cellular therapy CE required by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and beyond!
- BMT Tandem Meetings – BMT Pharmacists Conference
- Fundamentals of HCT training course
- CE from post-conference online case series
- Monthly literature summaries
- Pharmacy SIG newsletters
- Digital subscription to Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, ASBMT's monthly journal
- Access a large group of HCT pharmacists, advanced practice providers, and physicians to provide insight on complex clinical issues such as patient care, policies and procedures, and best practices via the Pharmacy SIG Listserv and the Clinical Case Forum.
- Collaborate in research efforts.
- Find mentors in HCT.
How You Can Join
Membership in the Pharmacy SIG is open to any ASBMT member. If you would like to join the SIG, you must first be a member of the ASBMT. If you are not, begin by completing this ASBMT membership application. If you are already a member of ASBMT, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to join this SIG.
Read the Pharmacy SIG charter for more information on the SIG's purpose, membership and committees, including committee composition, selection and responsibilities.
The Pharmacy SIG has six working committees: Program Planning, Advocacy and Policy, Communications, Education, Membership, and Research. These committees have been exploring and expanding the role of our membership and furthering our initiatives within ASBMT.
Colleen Timlin, Chair 2017-2018, Colleen.Timlin@uphs.upenn.edu
Kamakshi Rao, Immediate Past Chair 2017-2018, Kamakshi.email@example.com
Ashley Teusink, Member through 2018
Jeanne McCarthy-Kaiser, Member through 2018
Zahra Mahmoudjafari, Member through 2018
Terri Lynn Shigle, Member through 2018
Meg Croom, Member through 2019
Nicole Watts, Member through 2019
Tajtiana Grgic, Member through 2019
Jamie Elsner, Member through 2019
Terri Davidson, CE Provider/Logistics Support
Ross Davidson, CE Provider/Logistics Support
Advocacy and Policy
Rebecca Tombleson, Chair 2017-2018, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ila Maewal Saunders, Immediate Past Chair 2017-2018, email@example.com
Vi Doan, Member through 2018
Susanne Liewer, Member through 2018
Amy Wiglesworth Bryk, Member through 2018
Ben Andrick, Member through 2019
Justin Arnall, Member through 2019
Katie (Kaminski) Gatwood, Chair 2017-2018, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teresa Kam, Immediate Past Chair 2017-2018, email@example.com
Suzanne Gettys, Member through 2018
Scott Lanum, Member through 2018
Stephanie Malenfant, Member through 2018
Ryan Shaw, Member through 2018
Dwight Eplin, Member through 2019
Brandi Anders, Member through 2019
Morgan Belling, Member through 2019
Shreya Shah, Member through 2019
Juianna Roddy, Chair, Member through 2018. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Valla, Immediate Past Chair 2017 2018, Kelly.email@example.com
K Leigh Casey, Member through 2018
Laura Whited, Member through 2018
Diwura Owalabi, Member through 2018
Cathryn Jennisen, Member through 2018
Missy (Melisa) Stricherz, Member through 2018
Mariana Lucena, Member through 2019
Cynthia Herrara, Member through 2019
Eric Chow, Member through 2019
Membership and Awards
Kathy DeGregory, Chair 2017-2018, KAD9A@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu
Maurice Alexander, Immediate Past Chair 2016-2017, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Shillingburg, Member through 2018
Kelley Carlstrom, Member thru 2018
Lauren Ice, Member through 2018
Emily Wang, Member through 2018
Helen Marshall, Member through 2019
Amanda Seddon, Member through 2019
Kathryn Culos, Chair 2017-2018, email@example.com
Dragos Plesca, Immediate Past Chair 2017-2018, Dragos.Plesca@CarolinasHealthcare.org
Angela Hsieh, Member through 2018
Whitney Wallis, Member through 2018
Michael Westmoreland, Member through 2018
Jamie Rouche, Member through 2018
Julie Merten, Member through 2018
Kelly Hawks, Member through 2019
Shayna Smith, Member through 2019
Erika Wass, Member through 2019
Role of the HCT Pharmacist: The pharmacist is an integral member of the multidisciplinary HCT team, providing a variety of pharmacy and educational services to both the health care team and the patient in an effort to optimize collaborative, patient-centered care. In October 2016 the “Role of the HCT Pharmacist" document was endorsed by national associations.
HCT Pharmacist Activities:
- Provide thorough patient medication profile review.
- Participate in interdisciplinary rounding
- Manage chemotherapy processes: assistance with treatment planning and review or with preparation of order set and policy documents.
- Assist with therapeutic drug monitoring: immunosuppressants, anti-infectives, anti-seizure medications, anticoagulants, etc.
- Provide medication therapy management: diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, etc.
- Manage anti-infective therapies and promote stewardship: prophylaxis and treatment recommendations, and monitoring.
- Assist in symptom management: supportive and pain/palliative care.
- Optimize graft-versus-host disease management.
- Facilitate post-transplant vaccine administration.
- Educate patients, caregivers, health care providers and trainees.
- Assist with transitions of care; provide medication reconciliation and collaborate on discharge planning and management.
- Facilitate access to medications available through patient assistance programs.
- Participate in end-of-life planning.
- Contribute to institutional and collaborative research and scholarly activities.
- Assist with policy and guideline development.
- Serve as a patient and professional advocate.
Related Meetings and Groups
The combined annual meetings of ASBMT and the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research will take place Feb. 22-26, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. Online conference registration, abstract submission and hotel reservations will be available at a later date, with updates provided on the BMT Tandem Meetings page.
The International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners (ISOPP) connects oncology pharmacy experts from around the world. Through the society’s symposia, journal (JOPP), newsletters and website, members can access leading-edge oncology knowledge, best practices and essential professional networks. Visit the ISOPP website and become a member today!
Recommended external websites in support of pharmacist's initiatives.
- Google Group discussion board
- ASBMT Pharmacist Listserv
- ASBMT Listserv archive
- ASBMT Pharmacy SIG newsletter archive
Have a question or suggestion for our newsletter? If so, contact ASBMTPharmacySIG@gmail.com.
- ASBMT Training and Education information
- ASBMT practice improvement modules (PIMs) – members only
- Fundamentals of HCT course
- NMDP BMT curriculum
- Online case series
- Standard of Care Guidelines and Resource Links
Pharmacy Research Grants
- HOPA Rx Research Grant
- Amy Strelzer Manasevit Research Program
- ISOPP Research Grant
- EHA/ASH TRTH
- ACCP Junior Investigator Research Award
- ACCP Research Investigator Training Award
- ACCP Focused Investigator Training Award
- ASHP New Investigator Research Grant
- PhRMA Foundation Research Starter Grant
- NMDP Immunobiology Research Grant
- Amgen Grant for Clinical/Translational Cancer Research
- European Society of Clinical Pharmacy Research Grant (European only)