October’s second CE dinner program took place at Heartland Brewery and Chophouse in Times Square, New York City. President, Dr. Yi Guo, welcomed all of the attendees to the event and gave a special recognition to the NYCSHP board members present at the event. This particular event was also extended to non-members to partake in the CE dinner program and encouraged new member enrollment.
The event started off with a presentation by Dr. Saba Gidey, a Medical Science Liaison for Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Gidey educated the audience on the management of hyponatermia; the most common electrolyte abnormality in clinical practice.
Furthermore, Dr. Demetra Tsapepas and Dr. Douglas Jennings educated (and entertained) the audience with their creative presentation on Transplant Jeopardy! Some of the topics that were covered include: the high risk for drug-drug interactions with transplant medications, status of mycophenolate and REMS program, the FDA-approved left ventricular assist device called HeartMateII and the role of belatacept in transplant patients. Dr. Tsapepsas and Dr. Jennings stated how the role of a transplant pharmacist was first identified in 1976 and has grown immensely in its capacity. Pharmacists are experts in the pharmacology of these medications and play a crucial role in the interdisciplinary team by identifying drug-drug interactions, enhancing patient medication adherence, and educating other healthcare professionals. This was a very interactive and successful game of jeopardy!
Lastly, President Guo thanked the speakers and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals for their contributions towards this evening’s event and updated the audience on upcoming NYCSHP events, including the Student & Resident Interview Workshop and the November CE dinner programs. President Guo also promoted the “Pharmacists Rxellent People” NYCSHP t-shirts, available during events and through the board of directors for only $20!
Article and Photos by Sharmin Amjad