Michelle Dano earned her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Texas Southern University in 2019 and ranked as one of the top students of her class. She was a member of Rho Chi Honor Society and an officer of Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership society. Subsequently, she matched to a 2-year pharmacy residency program in Medication Systems and Operations at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin. She is currently finishing her training and has accepted a coordinator position at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. to begin after her residency graduation in 2021.
Prior to pharmacy school, she received a Bachelor’s in Biology at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin.
Dr. Dano wants to encourage others to overcome roadblocks on their path. She is indebted to Texas Southern University for their encouragement and belief in her capabilities.
Overview of Facility/Health System
UW Health is the integrated health system of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Governed by the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority, UW Health partners with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health to fulfill its patient care, research, education and community service missions.
More than 600,000 patients from the Upper Midwest and beyond are served annually by 1,500 physicians and 17,000 staff at seven hospitals and 87 outpatient clinics.
As a first-year resident, my longitudinal project was to implement non-sterile to sterile compounding within our institution. Currently, I am working to standardize certain medication practices across UW Health clinics. This includes controlled substance delivery and documentation of inventory, implementing compliant waste practices, and implementing best practice medication inventory storage standards.
Initial Involvement in ASHP
Operations and Automation Section Advisory Group and Predictive Modeling Sub-Group
Why did you become involved in ASHP?
I joined ASHP to find career opportunities, stay abreast of issues impacting pharmacists, provide mentorship to pharmacy students and to apply for board certification.
Advice for Someone New to Your Specialty Area
Understanding clinical pharmacist responsibilities will serve as a foundation for implementing operational initiatives.
How would you explain the value of ASHP to a friend or colleague?
ASHP has an extensive presence in the pharmacy profession. ASHP gives pharmacists opportunities to meet with others in various specialties and continue learning about their profession.
What is the value of ASHP for the profession?
Providing a network of professionals to learn from and advancing our profession through focused educational opportunities.