Special Interest Groups
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are communities of PPAG members who are interested in sharing focused ideas, knowledge and experiences with others in a specific sub-specialty area. The SIGs are formal groups organized around a common interest area, offering the opportunity for ongoing interaction among professionals regarding a certain topic.
SIGs members use the following tools to connect.
- Organized discussions on the Internet, listservs, eCommunities, and Conference Calls
- Targeted content within our Electronic newsletters and web content
- In-person meetings during our Annual Conference each year.
Current Special Interest Groups
Chair: Tracy Hagemann, PharmD, FPPAG
The Academic SIG is for members of PPAG interested in discussing topics related to teaching pharmacy students and post-doctoral trainees. The Academic SIG is a key contributor to PPAG Preceptor Development educational programming.
Chair: Brooke Gildon, PharmD
According to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, "ambulatory care pharmacy practice is the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by pharmacists who are accountable for addressing medication needs, developing sustained partnerships with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community. This is accomplished through direct patient care and medication management for ambulatory patients, long-term relationships, coordination of care, patient advocacy, wellness and health promotion, triage and referral, and patient education and self-management. The ambulatory care pharmacists may work in both an institutional and community-based clinic involved in direct care of a diverse patient population." The Ambulatory Care SIG brings together members who practice in pediatric ambulatory care.
Chair: Lizbeth Hansen, PharmD
According to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, "critical care pharmacy practice specializes in the delivery of patient care services by pharmacists, as integral members of interprofessional teams, working to ensure the safe and effective use of medications in critically ill patients. The practice requires informed, rapid assessment of clinical data for patients whose pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic parameters differ substantially from the non-critically ill patient. Pharmacists in this practice are required to review, analyze, and frequently reassess multifaceted clinical and technological information to make reasoned decisions for highly dynamic patients with life-threatening conditions and complex medication regimens." This SIG brings together members who practice in pediatric critical care.
Drug Information and Technology
According to the Health Care Information Management and Systems Society, pharmacy informatics focuses on medication related knowledge and data within health care systems. Informatics consists of the “acquisition, storage, analysis, use and dissemination” of data to help provide safe, evidenced-based patient care. The Drug Information and Technology SIG helps members focus on issues related to Computerized Prescriber Order Entry (CPOE), Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA), and other technologies. The Drug Informaton and Technology SIG brings together members who practice in pediatric informatics.
Emergency Medicine (ED)
Chair: Ean Miller, PharmD
The clinical enviornment in the emergency department is considered high risk for adverse drug events. The main goal of practitioners who work in this enviornment is to help increase medication safety and provide drug information to staff. This is a rapidly growing practice area. The Emergency Medicine SIG brings together members who practice in pediatric emergency departments.
The General Pediatrics SIG is for members who work in a variety of pediatric patient care settings.
Chair, Tara Higgins, PharmD
According to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, oncology pharmacy specialists recommend, design, implement, monitor and modify pharmacotherapeutic plans to optimize outcomes in patients with malignant diseases. The Hematology/Oncology SIG brings together members who care for pediatric cancer patients.
Chair: Heather Girard, PharmD
An infectious diease pharmacist actively participates in antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention and control efforts through clinical endeavors focused on proper antimicrobial utilization. The Infectious Disease SIG brings together members who practice in pediatric infectious disease settings.
The Leadership SIG is for members who serve or are interested in serving in pharmacy department or clinical leadership posts.
Chair: Nicole Mollenkopf, PharmD
A medication safety pharmacist or officer is responsible for managing the Medication Use Safety and Improvement Plans within instutions or care settings. They are responsible for patient and medication safety, staff development/training and medication use improvement. The Medication Safety SIG brings together members who provide these services in a pediatric setting.
Chair: Eloise Woodruff, PharmD
Neonatal pharmacists deal with vulnerable patients, who are often most susceptible to medication error. They are experts in the use of medicines to attend the needs of sick or premature babies. The Neonatal SIG brings together members who serve neonatal patients.
The New Practitioner SIG is for members to have been in practice for less than 5 years. This SIG includes post-doctoral trainees (residents and fellows).
Chair: Kim Novak, PharmD
Pulmonary pharmacists focus on medication therapy for respiratory diseases, such as asthma and cystic fibrosis. The Pulmonary SIG brings together members who serve pediatric pulmonary patients.
The Student SIG is for members of student groups associated with colleges or schools of pharmacy.