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Welcome to OCCP

The Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy is a chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.  Our vision is to advance the common interests of clinical pharmacists to enhance patient care.

The purposes of this organization shall be to:

  • promote the rational use of medications in society;
  • advance the principles and practice of clinical pharmacy in the state of Ohio;
  • promote the full time,advanced practice of clinical pharmacy;
  • encourage and communicate state-of-the-art research in clinical pharmacy;
  • provide an advanced level of continuing education programs in the area of clinical pharmacy;
  • provide a forum for the expression of opinions on pharmacy practice, education and research from the  perspective of clinical pharmacists; and
  • support, promote and advance the goals and objectives of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy as outlined in its Constitution and Bylaws
  • provide a local recruiting base for ACCP

OCCP Summer Vote and COCHA Summary Statement

Hello OCCP Members!  You will soon receive and email containing the OCCP Summer Vote.  Let your voice be heard as we plan for the future of OCCP.  One of the items up for a vote is an Organizational Membership in the Council for Ohio Health Care Advocacy (COHCA).  For more information on this organization and the benefits of becoming an Organizational Member see this document.


OCCP Spring Meeting Materials Posted

With the Spring Meeting quickly approaching, presentation slides and resident abstracts can be found on the Spring Meeting Page.  See you at the Airport Mariott! 


OCCP Spring 2015 Newsletter Available

Updates from your OCCP leadership, committees and student chapters are available along with clinical pearls and an advocacy update.  Head over to the Newsletters page (login required) to download your copy today.


A Call for Presentation Proposals

The OCCP Meeting Planning Committee is soliciting presentation proposals for the 2015 OCCP Spring Meeting which will be held on May 29, 2015 at the Cleveland Airport Marriott at 4277 West 150th Street, Cleveland, Ohio.  ACPE credit will be provided for selected presentations.

The educational goal of this program is to update the pharmacist on current clinical topics in the ambulatory and inpatient settings.  The target audience for this program includes clinical pharmacy practitioners, educators, students, and scientists.  Healthcare professionals including pharmacists and pharmacy residents are encouraged to submit proposals for the following presentation areas: Keynote (i.e. Innovations in Clinical Pharmacy, Collaborative Practices, Innovations in Transitions of Care), Updates in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy (30 or 60 minute presentations), Updates in Acute Care Pharmacy (30 or 60 minute presentations), and New Drug updates (15 minute presentations).

Please submit your presentation proposal here.  Proposals will be accepted through February 22, 2015.  The OCCP Meeting Planning Committee will review all proposals.  Responses to volunteers will be provided by February 27, 2015.  All speakers will be provided complimentary meeting registration that includes access to all meeting materials and presentations as well as breakfast and lunch.

If you have questions, please contact Christina Wadsworth or Cristal Exline.

We look forward to seeing you at the Spring meeting!


A Chance to Advocate for Your Profession

Do you work with physicians, nurses, administrators or public health officials that support expanded vaccination abilities for pharmacists?  If so, House Bull 394 will be having a proponent testimony hearing on November 19th.  You can help move the profession forward by collecting written testimony in favor of the bill or by identifying proponents that are able to attend the hearing in person.  For more information, contact Drew Luder, OSHP Legal Affairs Division Director.


Save the Date: Ohio Pharmacy Residency Conference

The third annual Ohio Pharmacy Residency Conference (OPRC) will be held Friday, May 15, 2015 on the campus of Ohio Northern University. Early bird registration (received by 4/3/15) for preceptors and residents is $100.   More information regarding the conference and registration can be found at  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Michael Rush at


Handouts Available for the Ohio Pharmacists Forum

A new page has been added under the Meetings tab for the Ohio Pharmacists Forum.  There, you can find the save-the-date and handouts for the speakers.  We hope to see you there!


Fall Meeting Registration is Now Open!

Join OCCP for our Fall Meeting at the Cleveland Airport Mariott on November 7th.  Meeting registration and a brochure are available on the Fall Meeting page.  Act fast as registration is due October 17th!


The OCCP Newsletter, First Edition

The first edition of the OCCP Newsletter is available to view here (login required).  Catch up on the latest OCCP news including a letter from the president, student chapter updates, and a clinical pearl.  Special thanks to Maya Wai for serving as our first editor!


Save the Date: Ohio Pharmacists Forum


Congratulations to our Resident Poster Winners

Another successful OCCP Spring Meeting is in the books.  To view photos from the event, log in to your OCCP account and check the Members Only section.  Please join us in congratulating the winners of the Resident Poster Award Winners:

PGY-1 Residents

1st place:  Rachel Mitchell, Pharm.D., St. Elizabeth Health; “Comparison of two pharmacist-delivered transitions of care models for patients discharged home from a community teaching hospital”

2nd place: Rhianna  Godios, Pharm.D., Summa Akron City; “The role of a pharmacist in meeting standard clinical quality measures of a Medicare Shared Savings Program: An accountable care organization demonstration project”

PGY-2 Residents

1st place:  Heather Carey, Pharm.D., Cleveland VA; “Review of a Pharmacy Medication Risk Mitigation Program for Veterans Identified as High Risk for Suicide”

2nd place: Jessica Traeger, Pharm.D, UH Hospitals Case; “The Efficacy of a Novel Pain Management Strategy Including Lidocaine 5% Patches and Intravenous Acetaminophen in Postoperative Cardiothoracic Surgery Patients”



Spring Meeting 2014

Hello, OCCP!  The Spring Meeting is quickly approaching.  Registration is open and resident poster abstracts have been posted.  Check back as the meeting approaches for lecture handouts.


Ohio Pharmacy Residency Conference

The second annual Ohio Pharmacy Residency Conference (OPRC) will be held Friday, May 16, 2014 on the campus of Ohio Northern University. Early bird registration (received by 4/4/14) for preceptors and residents is $100.   More information regarding the conference and registration can be found at  If you have any questions feel free to contact Michael Rush at


Congratulations to the new President-Elect

Congratualtions to Andrea Pallotta, Pharm.D., BCPS on her election to the office of President-Elect!


Election open for President-Elect

OCCP members should have received an email to participate in the 2014 Election for President-Elect.  If you did not receive a ballot, make sure you paid your dues, you have an updated email on file with OCCP, or use the Contact link above to let us know about the missing ballot. 


Fall Meeting 2013

Thank you to all of the attendees, sponsors and presenters at the OCCP 2013 Fall Meeting!  In particular, join us in congratulating the winners of the resident awards:

Presentation Style
PGY-1:  Sarah Petite (CCF)
PGY-2:  Heather Carey (VA)
Research Quality/Content
PGY-1:  Sarah Welch (CCF)
PGY-2:  Gabrielle Gibson (CCF)


OCCP Student Travel Scholarship Winners

Dear Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy (OCCP) Membership,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the 2013 OCCP Student Travel Scholarship
which was approved at the spring 2013 meeting. This scholarship is intended to support student travel
to the 2013 annual American College of Clinical Pharmacy meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We
approved two separate scholarships for up to $1,000 per recipient.

As you can imagine, we had very qualified candidates from across the state and thank all those who
applied. This year’s winners are Elizabeth Legros and Mary (Liz) Fredrickson both from the College of
Pharmacy at Northeast Ohio Medical University. We would like to thank the OCCP nominations
committee for selecting our winners and the OCCP members for being supportive of our students.

All the best,

Patrick J. Gallegos, Pharm.D., BCPS
Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy, President


Fall Meeting Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the Fall Clinical Meeting.  Keep an eye on the Fall Clinical Meeting page for more information.  Click here to register!


Pharmacy Advocacy

Want to learn more about the current pharmacy advocacy underway in the state of Ohio?  Follw this link to the Legislative News section of the OSHP website.


OCCP Vision Survey Results

The results of the OCCP Vision Survey results are in!  Head over to the Membership Votes page (login required) to review.