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Title: Academic Rotation

Guest: Emily Henningsen (email:

P4, University of Iowa

Welcome to the Pharmacy Podcast Network, I’m your cohost Tony Guerra for the PharmacyFutureLeaders podcast broadcasting from the Des Moines Health and Public Services Building at DMACC’s Ankeny Campus

Connect with me on YouTube where you can find over 900 pharmacy videos supporting my audiobook Memorizing Pharmacology.

Today we have our P4 student, Emily Henningsen, a PharmD Candidate from Preston, Iowa who is looking at both ambulatory care and clinical community pharmacy opportunities. She’s especially excited to help patients with their continuity of care. She chose an academic rotation to impact students and learn what goes on behind the scenes as one develops courses and programs. 

  1. Everyone’s leadership road is a little different; tell us what you are doing now and how you got there.
  1. You’re almost a quarter done with your rotations, we’ve talked a little about the ticking clock for this year, how do you manage with job / rotation / life / NAPLEX studying balance?
  1. What’s the hardest part of the three years before your APPE rotations? (two weeks)
  1. You come from Preston, Iowa, which is a smaller to town. We’ve had Brandon Gerleman on who just graduated and is in Winterset and is very pro rural town, tell me about your divide between current opportunities in the profession and underserved communities?
  1. You can’t really know what kind of teacher a person is going to be before they get in front of students. I seen you excel teaching a cohort, a large classroom, and working with students one-on-one, what in your background at Iowa or otherwise do you think made you a good teacher?
  1. Many P4s are essentially homeless, how do you take advantage of the freedom that comes along with moving from one side of the state to the other because you went from Eastern Iowa to Central to Eastern Iowa back to Central Iowa then you bounce from Eastern Central Iowa to Eastern Iowa, anyway, you get the picture.
  1. What are you most looking forward to right now?
  1. What’s it like to be at in the front of the classroom?
  1. What advice do you have for a student who wants to learn to teach that you wish you had known?
  1. How did it feel when students started coming directly to you for advice and help with their class?
  1. You’ve made YouTube videos to help fellow students with their NAPLEX prep, what’s it like to get 1500 views?
  1. What did you learn from interviewing another P4 from another college?
  1. What blanket advice do you have for someone wanting to get to where you are?
  1. How do you prefer people contact you?

Emily Henningsen 


P4, University of Iowa


Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Emily_Henningsen__Mixdown_2.mp3
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About Integrated Care Partners:

To enhance already established standards of patient centered care, and improve the health of the population we serve by creating a system-wide community-based care coordination team and process.   Our Mission:  To be a high-performing network of integrated providers successfully delivering value-based population health.  Integrated Care Partners (ICP) is a physician-led, clinically integrated health care network whose mission is to assist our members in providing the highest quality care at the most reasonable cost for our patients in the current, rapidly changing medical environment.


About Sean Jeffery, PharmD

Sean Jeffery, Pharm.D., CGP, FASCP  SeanJ12cropDr. Sean M. Jeffery is Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at Integrated Care Partners, the care coordination and clinical integration arm of Hartford Healthcare Group. Within this accountable care organization, Dr. Jeffery is responsible for pharmacy network development and strategy, population health management, and provision of direct patient care through home-visitations for high-modifiable risk patients.  

Dr. Jeffery is also a Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. His area of expertise is senior care pharmacy. Prior to joining Integrated Care Partners, Dr. Jeffery served as a consultant pharmacist for VA Connecticut’s Geriatrics Consult service from 1998 – 2015. During this time Dr. Jeffery also established a PGY2 Geriatrics Pharmacy Residency Program and served as Director from 2002 – 2015.  Dr. Jeffery has extensive association leadership experience including, serving as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists from 2012 – 2014 and Chairman of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Geriatrics SIG in 2007 – 2008.

He currently chairs the Polypharmacy Special Interest Group for the American Geriatrics Society and is a member of the Medication Therapy Management Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He co-founded the Coalition for Senior Medication Safety in New Haven, CT to raise awareness among seniors about medication safety. The coalition supports community efforts which, target medication education/management to low-income, immigrant communities.  He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (BS) and Ohio State (PharmD) Universities and completed a post-graduate residency in geriatric pharmacy at the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Durham VA Medical Center.

Christina M. Polomoff, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP

Dr. Christina Polomoff is a Population Health Clinical Pharmacist at Hartford Healthcare Integrated Care Partners. She is responsible for managing the complex pharmacy care needs of high-risk patients in addition to population health management strategies that focus on network pharmacy performance metrics. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Polomoff graduated from the University of Connecticut with her Doctor of Pharmacy and Business Minor in 2014. She completed her PGY1 residency at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System followed by a PGY2 ambulatory care residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Direct download: SenioRx_-_Integrated_Care_Partners_.mp3
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The Pharmacy Podcast Network was honored to cover the 2017 McKesson ideaShare, helping to Shape Independent Pharmacy with the Power to Perform. The McKesson Pharmacy Technology & Services division, MPTS, sponsored the PPN.

We kick off this 12 podcast series of MPTS customer testimonials, thought leaders interviews, and MPTS executives interviewing Senior Vice President and General Manager of MPTS Mr. Bernie Reese, 30+ pharmacy technology veteran of McKesson.

About MPTS:

McKesson Pharmacy Systems provides technology and services that help you deliver care to your patients, manage your operations, and gain insight into your data. In addition to three unique pharmacy management systems, we offer adherence and clinical solutions to help minimize DIR fees, manage patient care, and simplify management of patient wellness programs. Our pharmacy technology, software and services all work together to help you take your pharmacy to the next level.

Pharmacy Management Systems

Our pharmacy systems help you take care of your business so you can focus on your patients. We offer three pharmacy management systems built to accommodate a wide range of business objectives:

  • EnterpriseRx—Our cloud-hosted pharmacy management software that maximizes store operations, centralizes patient and pharmacy information, and supports patient wellness programs.
  • PharmacyRx—Our affordable, hosted pharmacy management software that processes prescriptions, manages pharmacy operations and enhances patient care.
  • Pharmaserv—Our proven, on-site pharmacy management system that fully integrates prescription medication dispensing, pharmacy operations and patient clinical services.


About ideaShare:  

With over 6,000 attendees the McKesson ideaShare 2017, July 12–16, 2017 was centered in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

McKesson ideaShare is an annual conference for independent pharmacists to discover new solutions and technology to successfully compete and grow their businesses.

“We’re focusing on giving independent pharmacists and owners the knowledge, tools and resources they need to improve their pharmacy’s performance and maximize profits. This year’s show will highlight Health Mart’s approach to helping independents transform their business by driving improvements in clinical performance and store profitability,” said Steve Courtman, president, Health Mart.

“We’ve reimagined the meeting experience to give independent pharmacies more peer-to-peer networking opportunities focused on helping our members run a better business while becoming a preferred destination for patient care.” Attendees will gain access to industry experts, participate in personalized action-planning activities and network with peers.

McKesson ideaShare 2017 featured the Health Mart® Annual Meeting and more than 30 accredited CE courses designed to deliver the latest ideas and best practices in clinical services, new drug therapies, marketing, merchandising, financial management and succession planning. Attendees learned tangible skills to gain access to more patients, providers and services that help grow their business. New sessions added this year include an LTC and Specialty Pharmacy Summit, a new Lunch and Learn session, “Expanding Pharmacy Services — Providing Comprehensive Care for Patients with Diabetes,” and a Women in Pharmacy event.

Contact MPTS:

Jeff Hunter

Customer Communications Editor

734.523.9526 telephone

McKesson Pharmacy Systems

30881 Schoolcraft Road

Livonia, MI 48150

Direct download: 01_McKesson_Pharmacy_Technology_Systems_Idea_Share_2017_-_Bernie_Reese.mp3
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Retired X-Wing Fighter, Force User, Lawyer, and Pharmacist Darshan Kulkarni strikes back to the Gavel & Pestle Podcast Universe to share his advice for selling your pharmacy business. ---May the Force be with You! 


  1. Consider a self audit
  2. Consider a data room
  3. Have a HIPAA agreement in place
  4. Have clear financial data available for viewing for at least 3-5 years
  5. Make sure employment agreements for all key employees are done
  6. Be open to owner financing
    1. But have clear deliverables and
    2. A very clear exit strategy - how do you get your money if he doesnt pay?
  7. Looking at appropriate valuation
    1. There are quick and dirty strategies
      1. 3x Gross sales
    2. Online calculators
    3. Ask others what they have paid for similar sales
    4. Consider an actual valuator
  8. Is there any present or threatened litigation?
  9. Are there any pending or expected audits?

During the Sell

  1. Have a clear timeline, but an ultra aggressive timeline will doom your relationship from the start
  2. How will the money be paid?
    1. How much immediately
    2. How much after a certain period of time (e.g. costs come through, reimbursement comes through etc)
  3. What kind of promises do they expect? E.g. Business continues same way

After the Sell

  1. How long and for how many hours do you need to work with/for them?
  2. Fraud can come back to be highly problematic
    1. Kickbacks
    2. Billing
    3. Lack of Rx

So how can I help? 

Direct download: 3_Tips_for_Selling_a_Pharmacy.mp3
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Dr. Erin Albert welcomes back Joseph T. Rannazzisi Deputy Assistant Administrator (RETIRED), Office of Diversion Control, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the final segment of the 3 part series. 

About Joseph T. Rannazzisi

Joe Rannazzisi, JD, RPh, began his career with the U.S. Drug Enforcement (DEA) in 1986. He served as a staff pharmacist at the Veterans Administration for the 18 months preceding his employment with DEA. During his DEA career, he served as a Diversion Investigator (Indianapolis), Special Agent/Criminal Investigator (Indianapolis/Detroit), Clandestine Laboratory Coordinator (Detroit), Homicide Task Force Supervisor (Detroit), Staff Coordinator (Domestic Operations-Headquarters), Section Chief (Dangerous Drugs and Chemicals Section-Headquarters), Assistant Special Agent in Charge (Detroit), and Deputy Chief (Office of Enforcement Operations-Headquarters). In January 2006 he was appointed to Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of Diversion Control, a position he held until his retirement in October 2015. In this capacity, Mr. Rannazzisi was responsible for overseeing and coordinating major pharmaceutical and chemical diversion investigations; the drafting and promulgating of regulations; establishing drug production quotas; and conducting liaison with the pharmaceutical industry, international governments, state governments, other federal agencies, and local law enforcement agencies. He earned a BS degree in pharmacy from Butler University and a JD degree from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. He is a Registered Pharmacist in the State of Indiana and a member of the Michigan State Bar Association.

Direct download: DEA_Pharmacy_Part_3.mp3
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Today we have Dena Scully has been a pharmacy technician for 35 years starting in high school, has worked in retail, hospital, managed care, and teaching. She’s earned her BBA from the University of Michigan – Flint. She now teaches full-time program at Charter Healthcare training center.

How long is your program? How do you break up your program to comply with ASHP accreditation? How do your students do their externship hours?

How do you get a Pharmacy Technician off the ground? How long does it take to develop?

How did you learn about the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council (PTEC)?

Is it easier to find PTEC from another technician or a pharmacist?

How was the Michigan Pharmacy Association part of guiding you towards a program?

How did you use the ASHP guidelines to set up your program?

How did you use the interactions at the first PTEC meeting?

How did the information at PTEC differ from other CEs you’ve attended?

What’s it like to be part of the first graduating class? How many classes a year do you fill?

What do you look forward to at this next PTEC meeting?


Dena Scully, BBA, CPhT

Director, Pharmacy Technician Program

Charter Health Care Training Center

1055 Charter Dr. Ste 103, Flint, MI 48532

Phone: 810-600-6000 | Fax: 810-600-6006


Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Dena_Scully.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:56am EDT

ACMA Board Certified Medical Affairs Specialist Program (BCMAS) Certification – Q&A with Dr. William Soliman - Chair – Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs


An experienced executive with several years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, Dr. Soliman has held key positions within medical affairs where he was instrumental in launching a variety of innovative platforms expanding the role of medical affairs across the industry. He is currently the Chair of the Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs (ACMA).

Dr. Soliman is often invited to speak at important pharmaceutical industry conferences focusing on medical affairs, patient navigation and its relationship to field based medical teams, and the ever-changing role of the medical science liaison (MSL). He has also held a variety of critical management roles across the industry at Eisai, Veeva, Retrophin, Gilead Sciences, Abbott Laboratories, Boehringer Ingelheim and Merck.

Dr. Soliman previously also served as Vice President of Medical and Scientific Affairs at CME LLC, a leading provider of CME to health care providers nationwide. He has published extensively and led a number of initiatives focusing in the areas of ischemic heart disease, dyslipidemia, diastolic heart failure, type 2 diabetes, and obesity where he has collaborated with some of the nation’s top research institutions such as the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, the Washington Center for Weight Management & Research, the Yale School of Medicine Digestive Diseases Program, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Weight & Eating Disorders.

Dr. Soliman was most recently invited to speak at the Center for Medical Technology & Policy’s (CMTP) conference on Comparative Effectiveness Research to help inform payers, healthcare policy makers, physicians and patients on the most effective ways to design clinical trials to better address gaps in medicine. He has also held several academic appointments at Seton Hall University’s School of Health & Medical Sciences, New Jersey City University, Kean University’s College of Natural & Applied Sciences, and Touro College of Physical Therapy & Pharmacy teaching a variety of courses including clinical therapeutics, pharmacology, pathophysiology and epidemiology.

Dr. Soliman earned his Ph.D, MPHil. from Columbia University, his Bachelor’s degree from New York University and a Master’s Degree from St. Peter’s University focused in Biochemistry & Education. He also completed post-doctoral work at Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

William Soliman, PhD, MPhil, MA


Anne Leighty – P4 pharmacy major:

This podcast was sponsored by the ACMA.

Direct download: ACMA_William_Soliman.mp3
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The RxSafe RxASP 20 Adherence Packaging system has made a significant impact to the efficiency of a Community Independent Pharmacy, Love Oak Pharmacy.

Special Guest & RxSafe Customer:

  • Ben McNabb, Owner, Love Oak Pharmacy


  • How RxASP 20 adherence packaging has allowed Ben to introduce a tangible product to his customers and increase revenue and profitability in the process.


  1. Tell me a little about RxSafe and how the RxASP 20 works in independent retail pharmacies.
  2. You also just introduced a new marketing service called PakMyMeds, can you tell me what that is?
  3. Can you give me some background on Love Oak Pharmacy?
  4. Why did you decide to purchase a product like the RxASP?
  5. Tell us what your experience has been with the RxASP 20.
  6. Let’s talk about how adding a new product line instead of simply expanding pharmacy services has impacted your pharmacy (i.e. differentiation, expand geographic reach, scalability).
  7. Has this product affected reimbursements?
  8. Have you been able to take advantage of the section 199 tax deduction?
  9. Has your pharmacy workflow been impacted?
  10. How does this product affect pharmacy operations (i.e. patient adherence, accuracy & speed, growth, profitability, ROI)?
  11. What are you now able to do that you weren’t able to do before adding RxASP?
  12. How successful has this program been for your pharmacy?

Nicole Hagaman
Marketing Consultant
C:  760-445-5060 E:
2453 Cades Way, Vista, CA 92081





Direct download: The_RxSafe_Difference_on_Pharmacy_Operations.mp3
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