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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

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.


OCCP 2013 Spring Pharmacotherapy Updates

Thanks to all of the speakers, presenters, volunteers and attendees that made the Spring Meeting a success.  Congratulations to the winners of the BPS Award and the Resident Poster Awards! 

BPS Award

Colleen Hall

PGY2 Poster Awards

Stephanie Bass

Leslie Bittner

PGY1 Poster Awards

Collin Verheyden

Connie Cheng

Sign in to the Members Only section to view photos from the meeting.


OCCP Vision Survey

In the spirit of our organizational mission – to advance common interests of clinical pharmacists to enhance patient care – we hope to identify from you, our membership, how we can best attain that goal.  Over the past couple months, 22 OCCP members volunteered to assemble 3 small work groups to design and craft questions that would be formed into a survey.  Check your inboxes (and possibly spam folders) for an individual link to the survey.  It should take no more than 5 minutes of your time and will help shape the future of OCCP!  The survey closes April 30th.


BPS Award

The Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy is once again taking submissions for the BPS Certification Award to support the advancement of new clinical pharmacists. Please find the detailed submission information here (login required), and consider applying or encouraging one of your colleagues to apply. This is a great way to support the advancement of clinical pharmacy practice among our new practitioners.


OCCP 2012 Elections

It has been a productive and successful year in the Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy and it is now time to hold our annual elections which will elect our President-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer positions beginning 1/1/13. Please find the bios for our two candidates and the link to vote for each position in the Membership Votes section (login required). Voting will be open for 1 week and will close on 12/19/12 at11:59pm EST.


The New is Here!

All members, whether new or renewals, must use the Membership link above to join OCCP, pay this year's dues and create an account for the new website.  If you have any questions, use the Contact link.

Would you like to register for the Fall Meeting?  Use the Fall Clinical Meeting link above to access the registration page


OCCP Spring 2013 Pharmacotherapy Updates

The OCCP Spring 2013 Meeting will be held on May 31, 2013 at the Marriott Cleveland Airport at 4277 West 150th Street, Cleveland, Ohio.  

Michael Maddux, Executive Director of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, will give the keynote address entitled "Getting the Medicines Right: How Clinical Pharmacy Will Contribute to the Health Care Teams of the Future."

Please see the Meeting page for more information.

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