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The Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacists (PSHP) has presented Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Jean Scholtz, PharmD, with the Sister Gonzales Duffy Lecture Award during the PSHP Annual Assembly Meeting in Lancaster, Pa, on Nov. 2, 2015. The Sister M. Gonzales Lecture Award was established in 1985 by the Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists in honor of the late Sister M. Gonzales Duffy, RSM, PSHP member and director of pharmacy and central services at Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa. This award is presented, annually, to an individual of high moral character, good citizenship, and high professional ideals who has made sustained contributions to health-system pharmacy that have impacted practice in Pennsylvania.
During her award lecture, “Making a Difference; Bridging Pharmacy Education and Practice,” Dr. Scholtz shared her career journey, including her tenure at Mercy Pittsburgh where she worked with and was mentored by Sister Gonzales in her first hospital pharmacist position. She also related the parallel evolution of pharmacy practice and pharmacy education concluding with advice on how to optimize learning of today’s pharmacy students.
As a clinician and educator, Dr Scholtz promotes improving patient care and educating students, pharmacists, and physicians. As oncology pharmacist, she created and supervised oncology pharmacy services at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from 1983-1990. During this time, she was involved in research studies and created the ECOG Pharmacy Committee. She then established clinical pharmacy services at two community-teaching hospitals developing pharmacokinetic programs and establishing various clinical services. Dr. Scholtz was the hospital-wide coordinator for the institution's conscious sedation project in 1998, and, as pharmacy director, worked to gain the first JCAHO accreditation for her institution.
She joined USciences in 2000, but continues to be actively involved with various clinical activities at her Mercy Suburban Hospital practice site including the review if ICU patients, immunization program and medication reconciliation program. She is board certified in pharmacotherapy, and has been actively involved in the Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists, serving as president in 2002-3 and teaching numerous ASHP Clinical Skills programs throughout Pennsylvania. Since 1999, she has been program director for the ASHP Residency at Mercy Suburban Hospital, and has served on the ASHP House of Delegates since 2001. Dr. Scholtz received the PSHP Joe E. Smith Award in 1996 and the University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001.
Dr. Scholtz, who also serves as vice chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration, will be repeating her award lecture during the Delaware Valley Society of Health-System Pharmacists student poster session on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, at USciences. The poster session starts at 6pm in the McNeil Science and Technology Center.