June 2022

NYCSHP Installation Chair 2021 – 2022
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Bone Marrow Transplant

  • Grashma received her Doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of South Florida Taneja School of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY1 at Nebraska Medicine and PGY2 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).
  • Grashma is currently a Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at MSKCC rotating between inpatient and outpatient units which provides her a unique ability to follow patients through all points of their transplant process. Her inpatient responsibilities include multidisciplinary rounds and following up with both admitted and discharged patients. She is also involved with teaching students, residents, and fellows, in addition to working on research projects. In her outpatient clinic, she helps providers with pharmacy questions, provides education to patients going in for a transplant, and follows up on newly discharged patients to ensure continuity of care. Additionally, she helps with medication access and assists in making treatment decisions to ensure that evidence-based practices are followed.
  • The best part of being a pharmacist for Grashma is her patients. Her patients are her motivation to keep learning so she can help make the best decisions to ensure they make it through the transplant as safely and comfortably as possible.
  • A memorable moment was after counseling an allogeneic transplant patient, he turned and thanked her for explaining the rationale of the transplant and medications in a way he could understand, which allowed him to finally feel comfortable moving forward with the process. She remembers being the caretaker for her family member when they were sick, and it was the pharmacist who helped her understand what was going on and the need for certain medications. Providing that same comfort and understanding to one of her patients during a very scary time of their life helped her to feel that what she is doing is meaningful.
  • A legislative initiative she would like to see implemented is provider status to receive appropriate reimbursement of pharmacy services and the ability to collaborate with other primary care providers such as nurse practitioners.

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