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A Conversation with Distinguished Service Awardee for the Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders Kate Schaafsma

Broadcast Date: March 14, 2023


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In this Pharmacy Leadership episode, David Chen sits down with the Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders’ Awardee, Kate Schaafsma, to discuss what membership within the Section and ASHP means to her and how it has helped him develop as a pharmacy practice leader.


Kate SchaafsmaKate Schaafsma, PharmD, MS, MBA is the director of pharmacy for Community Hospital Division with Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin (FMCW). Previous roles include leading growth and expansion of retail and specialty pharmacy services and integration of practice across FMCW. She received her PharmD and MBA degrees from Butler University, and Masters in Pharmacy Administration from University of Wisconsin while in a 2-year HSPA Residency. Dr. Schaafsma has served in numerous state and national leadership roles for the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin Board of Directors, Vizient, and ASHP

David ChenDavid Chen is the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Assistant Vice President for Pharmacy Leadership and Planning. ASHP represents more than 58,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. His role with ASHP includes coordinating efforts of ASHP members in advocacy, education on pharmacy leadership, continuity of care, manager development, reimbursement rules & regulations, specialty pharmacy, and multi-hospital health systems. His responsibilities include staff liaison to ASHP’s Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners, Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders, and Pharmacy Executive Leadership Alliance.

The information presented during the podcast reflects solely the opinions of the presenter. The information and materials are not, and are not intended as, a comprehensive source of drug information on this topic. The contents of the podcast have not been reviewed by ASHP, and should neither be interpreted as the official policies of ASHP, nor an endorsement of any product(s), nor should they be considered as a substitute for the professional judgment of the pharmacist or physician.