Community Pharmacy-based Point-of-Care Testing Certificate Program

This program is based on a Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) educational program entitled Community Pharmacy-based Point-of-Care Testing, originally developed by:

Ally DeringAnderson, Pharm.D., RP, FAAIM, FAPhA, is a Clinical Associate Professor and the community pharmacy specialist on faculty at the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy.  She coordinates the Pharmacy Law & Ethics series for the College.  She also lectures in Pharmacotherapy, Pharmacy & Health Care, and Pharmaceutical Care.  Additionally, she coordinates the Immunization Class, the Self-Care Class, and the Point of Care Testing Class for the University of Nebraska.  She manages the student-run immunization clinic that provides influenza vaccine and tuberculosis screening to all of the students, faculty and staff on the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus in Omaha.  Dr. Ally served as the 2019 President of the Nebraska Pharmacists Association.  She has coauthored manuscripts on Point-of-Care Testing in the Community Pharmacy and has taught the NACDS sponsored Point of Care Testing Certificate Program in over 20 states. 

Paul Dobesh, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, BCCP earned his Bachelor of Science and Pharm.D. degrees from South Dakota State University and Internal Medicine Specialty Residency with the University of Texas at Austin at Brackenridge Hospital.  Currently Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science with the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Currently maintains clinical practice with cardiology services at Nebraska Medicine.  Responsible for teaching pharmacy and medical students and residents and lectures in the area of ischemic heart disease, antithrombotic therapy, and other cardiology and critical care topics. He has also published book chapters and several manuscripts in this area.  Dr. Dobesh was awarded the “Distinguished Educator or the Year” award at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy in 2017, an award he has received 5 times since 2007. In 2013 he was also awarded the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus wide Outstanding Educator Award.

Mary Farrington, CMP, is the Director of Education at Michigan Pharmacists Association where she has been employed since 1996. In this role, she manages all educational activity offerings for the Association. Farrington is also the Association’s Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Administrator and ensures all accredited activities meet ACPE quality criteria. Additionally, Farrington is a Certified Meeting Professional through an internationally recognized certification program representing the standard of excellence in today's meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. 

Donald G. Klepser, Ph.D., MBA, is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy. He has PhD in Pharmaceutical Socioeconomics from the University of Iowa, an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Michigan. He has studied the use of POC testing in community pharmacies for the past 11 years and is currently the primary investigator on grants to develop community pharmacy practice models for managing diseases such as HIV, diabetes, hypertension, influenza, and group A Streptococcus. Dr. Klepser serves as a consultant to both diagnostic test manufacturers and pharmacies seeking to implement POC testing in pharmacies.He is also the primary investigator on grants to better understand how state and local health departments perceive the role of pharmacists conducting POC tests.

Michael E. Klepser, Pharm.D., FCCP, FIDP,  is Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Ferris State University College of Pharmacy. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy in 1992. He has also completed a pharmacy practice residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Hartford Hospital in Hartford Connecticut. Dr. Klepser has held academic appointments at the University of Iowa and most recently at Ferris State University where he has held the rank of professor since 2001. Dr. Klepser has studied numerous pharmacy-based CLIA-waived POC screening programs for influenza, group A Streptococcus, HIV, and HCV over the past 10 years.  He has also been instrumental in expanding educational opportunities for pharmacists in the area of CLIA-waived POC tests and collaborative disease management programs.

Stephanie Klepser, Pharm.D., 
is VP of Clinical Development at OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy, responsible for developing and implementing innovative, pharmacist-run clinical programs, including home and ambulatory infusion services, a comprehensive pharmacy-based travel health clinic, child and adult immunization services, pharmacogenetic testing services and disease management programs for specialty conditions.  Previously a pharmacist staff educator at Borgess Medical Center, Dr. Klepser earned her Pharm.D. with highest distinction from Ferris State University (FSU) and completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She received her Certificate in Travel Health (CTH) from the International Society of Travel Medicine and serves as advanced practice pharmacy preceptor for Ferris State, North Dakota State, and Oregon State Universities and is currently a member of the Pharmacy Advocacy Response Team (PART). She served on the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Executive Board, Michigan Society of Community Pharmacists (MSCP) Board of Directors, the MSCP Member Education and Communication Committee, MPA New Practitioner Committee, and Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists Public Affairs Committee House of Delegates. 

Dianne Malburg, R.Ph., CPIA, is the Chief Operations Officer with the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) and Pharmacy Services Inc. based in Lansing, Michigan. She earned her bachelors in pharmacy and applied biology from Ferris State University in 1987. Malburg has worked nine years in hospital practice and 10 years owning an independent pharmacy in addition to working for the Association since 1995. She has led MPA initiatives related to immunizations, point of care testing and medication therapy management in an effort to advance the profession, as well as establishing collaborative practice agreements with medical providers. She also represents the pharmacy profession on the Governor-appointed Michigan Public Health Advisory Commission. Malburg has been recognized as the Distinguished Young Pharmacist by MPA,  Pharmacist of the Year by the Michigan Society of Health System Pharmacists and the Clark Andresen Distinguished Pharmacy Alumnus from Ferris' State University College of Pharmacy. 

Keith Olsen, Pharm.D., FCCP, FCCM,
 is the Dean and Professor, College of Pharmacy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He earned his PharmD and completed a residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is recognized as a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Thrice graduating doctor of pharmacy classes have recognized him as the teacher of the year. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, and book chapters in the areas of critical care pharmacotherapy and infectious diseases. He was elected as a Regent for the American College of Critical Care Medicine in 2010, re-elected in 2013, and served as Chancellor for 2018-2019 and was elected to the Board of Trustees Research Institute for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy 2012-2015.

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