February’s Board of Director’s meeting welcomed back members to a new year of events. President, Dr. Amisha Arya, opened the meeting and discussed the upcoming state events. The Upstate Pharmacotherapy program will take place on March 15th, the Pharmacy Technology program will follow on March 20th, Pharmacy Legislative day will take place on April 21st in Albany, and the Annual Assembly will take place between April 24-26th.
President-elect, Dr. Yi Guo, discussed the events that took place this January. January’s double CE event took place on January 15th at Montefiore Medical Center and was a huge success. The lecture topics consisted of Cardiology Grand Rounds and updates in Diabetes Mellitus. There was a networking event on January 29th at the General in Manhattan.
Immediate Past President, Dr. Mary Choy, spoke about the awards, elections, and resolutions process. There were many nominations from the New York City chapter for awards and for elections this year. There were many great resolutions developed by our members and the resolutions committee. The committee has met to further discuss the drafts and will be meeting at the end of the BOD.
Secretary, Dr. Michele Kaufman, emphasized signing the sign-in sheets in her secretary report. Treasurer, Dr. Tran Tran, gave her treasurer’s report.
Director at Large, Dr. Charrai Byrd, gave his report consisting of the Constitutions & Bylaws and Public Relations. Special Projects is planning a brunch event on March 21st taking place in Ugly Kitchen. The speakers will be Drs. Martha Rumore, Kanika Ballani, and Mark Klang.
Director at Large, Dr. Karen Berger, gave her report on Student Relations, Legislative Affairs, and Supportive Personnel. She opened up discussion about having the New York City’s student workshop in collaboration with or to remain separate with the state’s student workshop. There was discussion about the timing of the event(s) and the benefit to the intended audience. Traditionally, the state offers the workshop in the late summer, August or September. The city chapter has been coordinating their student workshop in November, in preparation for ASHP midyear. This topic will be further discussed to help maximize the benefit to students. Dr. Berger also thanked Drs. Sasha and George Libman for their contributions in their medical marijuana article. The Supportive Personnel committee is scheduling a presentation at Sanford brown on “Manual and automated dispensing systems.”
Director at Larger, Dr. Jason Babby has confirmed the Installation Dinner to be on June 25th at The New Yorker Hotel. Dr. Babby is reaching out to individuals who have not renewed their 2014-2015 membership. Industry Relations also has a confirmed date on September 17th, 2015 at Riverview Terrace.
The Bulletin Editor Report was given by Dr. Hanniyah Hossain. The Winter bulletin is almost ready to be published. She thanked everyone for their contributions, writings, and photos. Dr. Jamie Chin gave the Historian and Social Media report. All updated events have articles and photos posted on the NYCSHP website.
Community Outreach Coordinator, Dr. Kanika Ballani proceeded with summarizing the Community Outreach Brown Bag event at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church in the Bronx. The church was very receptive of NYCSHP and is interested in having a future session focused on their Spanish population.
Dr. Amisha Arya summarized the Residents Collaborative report. The New York City residents had successfully met for a networking event and plan to continue their events throughout the rest of their year.
Dr. Fran Jordan and Dr. Joseph Pinto gave The State Liaisons Report. They discussed that the Annual Assembly will offer 20 credits of CEs over a 2 day period. They will be having the first residency showcase with over 40 residents participating. The theme of the event will be Friday Night Party with comfort food.
In closing, President Arya announced that there will be breakout sessions concluding the meeting for Resolutions, Bulletin Team, Public Relations, and Student Relations.
Article written by Jamie Chin
Photos taken by Jamie Chin