Jennifer graduated from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy in 2014. Her informatics training included a three-year internship at the University of Michigan Health System and a five-week P4 rotation at First Databank.
This is Jennifer’s third year serving on the Section Advisory Group on Clinical Information Systems. She started as a P4 student and would recommend it to students interested in informatics. Her sub-group is analyzing drug-drug interaction alert data from electronic medical record and drug information vendors.
Karmanos Cancer Center (KCC) is a Comprehensive Cancer Center as designated by the National Cancer Institute, as well as a teaching hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. They recently joined the McLaren Health Care Corporation.
Since the alignment with McLaren, KCC has been deeply involved with implementing a corporate-wide outpatient chemotherapy ordering system. Jennifer’s work involves managing the system formulary, building treatment templates based on NCCN-approved and institution-specific chemotherapy regimens, and developing other methods of clinical decision support with the vendor.
Advice for Someone New to Your Specialty Area
“If you enjoy solving difficult problems and diving deep into technology, then pharmacy informatics is likely a good fit. I recommend reaching out to informatics specialists at your school or workplace, joining the informatics section at ASHP, and finding out what others are doing and ways you can gain hands-on experience. Even if you change your mind down the road, having an informatics background or training would still be an asset. I am always delighted to talk informatics if you are interested.”
ASHP’s Value to Members
“Being an active member of ASHP was one of the best decisions I ever made, cliché as that sounds. I would not be where I am today without the ASHP community. The networking component is evident. What I appreciate, perhaps even more, is the meeting of the minds, the sharing of knowledge and passion for this profession, online or in person at conferences, and the feeling that I am part of a larger team that strives for a common goal – in my case, to develop technology that helps clinicians provide better patient care.”
“Besides empowering its members in ways I have described, ASHP is a resource for pharmacy professionals and for other professions and organizations that intersect with hospital and health system pharmacy. It’s a vibrant community that educates, facilitates, and advocates for the pharmacy collective.”