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Friday, Nov. 1, 2019
Red Lion Hotel, Cromwell, CT
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2018 Catch the Wave Presentations and Speakers
(5.25 CE for both pharmacists & pharmacy technicians: Apply for your CE by November 16th.)

7 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Posters

7 a.m. Breakfast with our Exhibitors

8:00 - 9:15 a.m. Keynote: "Curing Adultitis" presented by Jason Kotecki, CSP

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. "GLP-I’s Agonists: The Who, What, When, Where, Why and How"

     Morgan Reynolds, PharmD, CDE; University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy

10:15 - 11:00 a.m. Break refreshments with our Exhibitors

11:00 a.m. - 12 noon "Updates from ASHP - The National Perspective on Pharmacy Practice and Advocacy"

     Julie Groppi, PharmD, FASHP; American Society of Health System Pharmacy

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Exhibits, Lunch, Award Presentations

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. "Pain Management During an Opioid Epidemic"
     William Nolan, PharmD; Hartford Hospital

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Panel Discussion:
      "The Mysteries of Clinic: What an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist REALLY Does"

  • Corey Laskey, PharmD, BCPP; Western New England University;
  • Kristen Belfield, PharmD, BCPS; Yale New Haven Hospital ;
  • Eric Kuszewski, PharmD; VA Connecticut
  • Courtney Doyle-Campbell, PharmD; Western New England University
  • Amanda Williams, PharmD, BCACP, CDE; St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center
3:30 - 4:15 Dessert Reception; Prize Drawings
Stamp Contest Grand Prize Winners
  • Amazon Echo - Jinjoo Kang, PharmD, Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Apple EarPods - Kristian Pretashi, PharmD Candidate, UConn
4:30 p.m. Reverse Expo (invitation only event)
    Greg Gousse Residency Conference

    11:00 a.m. - 12 noon Caterpillar to a Butterfly: The transition from resident to a new practitioner
    presented by Kent Owusu, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP;Sr. Pharmacy Specialist, Neurocritical Care, Heart and Vascular Services, Yale-New Haven Hospital

    Greg Gousse Residency Conference Clinical Pearls
    presented by Resident members of CSHP
    9:15 - 10:15 a.m.    1:30 - 2:30 p.m     2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

    Cory Heck, PharmD; PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Resident, Yale New Haven Hospital

    Less is more: Reviewing the Data for Short-Course Therapy for Gram Negative Rod Bacteremia

    Objective: Understand the new findings regarding duration of treatment of Gram-negative bacteremia and apply this knowledge to a patient case.


    Jessica N. LeClair, PharmD, MBA; PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, UConn John Dempsey Hospital at UConn Health

    NAC NAC – Who’s there? Acetylcysteine for Impulse Control

    Objective: Evaluate the use of acetylcysteine in patients requiring impulse control.


    Stephanie Lombardi, PharmD; PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, Hartford Hospital

    How Low Can Your Toxin Go? Integrating bezlotoxumab into recurrent Clostridium difficile treatment

    Objective: Identify criteria to guide the integration of bezlotoxumab therapy into practice.


    Vera Malkhasyan, PharmD; PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, YNHH Bridgeport Hospital

    Biotin interference with lab results. Pharmacist’s intervention.

    Objective: Detect potential biotin-lab test interaction, timely communicate findings to providers, and alert clinicians and patients that biotin can significantly interfere with lab tests resulting in incorrect test results that may go undetected.


    Sera McNutt, PharmD; PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident, Yale New Haven Hospital

    Tools for Taking the “Um” Out of Lithium Drug Monitoring

    Objective: Employ available dosing and monitoring tools to safely manage lithium dosing in patients with bipolar disorder.


    Jasmine V. Patel, PharmD; PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, Hartford Hospital

    CINV: Keeping it down with Olanzapine

    Objective: Describe the off-label use of olanzapine in the management of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.


    Shyam Patel, PharmD; PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, UConn John Dempsey Hospital at UConn Health

    What’s for Breakfast? -- Special K: Legitimate Uses for an Illegitimate Drug

    Objective: Discuss literature-supported doses of ketamine beyond the approved indications for management of continuous sedation and analgesia.


    Katarzyna Sasiela, PharmD; PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, The Hospital of Central Connecticut

    Digi wish your antidote was fab like me?

    Objective: Utilizing patient-specific information, select an appropriate digoxin immune Fab dose and recommend when to check digoxin levels

    Thank you to Eileen Mydosh for taking so many great photos of both the 2018 and 2017 conference. The photos below are from 2017 Check back later this week for 2018 photos.
    If you would like a copy of a photo, contact the CSHP office.



    No later than November 20, 2017, use the below link to complete the Catch the Wave survey evaluation, which is required as part of the ACPE accreditation of our program. Please be very careful in entering your NABP, DOB (NO year) and the validation codes (see below).



    We would very much appreciate your feedback so even if not registering to receive credit, fill out an evaluation.  


    To earn CE credit, enter the validation codes for the presentations you attended:

    Ron Culberson- TURKEY

    Ralph Riello- GOBBLE

    Monica Mahoney-PUMPKIN

    Rachel Eyler- FALL

    Julie Webb- CRANBERRY

    Clinical Pearls I- STUFFING

    Clinical Pearls II-APPLE PIE

    Tammy Malm and Tera Falcetti- DINNER ROLL




    If you have a problem using the above system, please contact Ellen Zoppo at CPA (860-563-4619) 


    To Check Your Credits...

    The easiest way to check your CPE Monitor is to log onto the NABP website by clicking below. You will be asked  for your email and your password, which will then bring you to your dashboard. Click on the CPE Monitor box on the left column and then scroll toward the bottom where you will see the list of CE credits in chronological order, so go back to November 3rd when it's time  to view the CTW credits. If you so choose, you may also print a hard copy from your list. You can choose "Print Transcript of CPE Activity" on this page by using the date selection range.


    Click here to log in to the CPE Monitor

    Thank you to all who participated in the
    Friday, November 3, 2017
    28th Annual Catch the Wave Conference
    and the Greg Gousse Residency Conference
    Radisson, Cromwell, CT

    Catch the Wave 2017 Presentations (5.25 CE)
    • Keynote: "If Not Now, When? Making the Most of Your Life, Your Relationships,
        and Your Work"
        Back by popular demand, noted speaker, humorist, and author -
        Ron Culberson,  MSW, CSP, CPAE 
    • “Hot Topics from the National Level”
        Julie Webb, Senior Vice President of Professional Development, ASHP
    • “Rapid Diagnostics and the Pharmacist”
        Monica Mahoney, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID,Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, Infectious
        Diseases,  Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • “Something Old, New, Borrowed and Overdue: Promising Heart Failure Therapies
        Featured in Recent Guideline Updates”
        Ralph Riello, III, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist, Cardiology and Coronary Care,
        Yale New Haven Hospital
    • “New Agents in Chronic Kidney Disease”
        Rachel Eyler, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Clinical Professor, UConn School of Pharmacy
        Presented with the support of an unrestricted educational grant from Relypsa.

    CE Credit: Conference attendees will be asked to complete an online conference evaluation to become eligible to receive CE credit.
    CSHP contracts with CPA to provide ACPE credit for both pharmacists and pharmacy techs. If you've any questions about logging your Catch the Wave credit, please contact Ellen Zoppo at 860/563-4619.

    Greg Gousse Residents Conference
    A parallel track of programs for residents and residency preceptors.

    9:15-10:15 a.m. Clinical Pearl Speakers (1 ACPE total, pharmacist ACPE only)

    "Anticoagulation Considerations for Patients on Telavancin or Ornitavancin Therapy"

    Oksana Kucher, PharmD; PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident, Yale-New Haven Hospital
    • Objective: Review and evaluate the available literature on anticoagulation management in patients requiring treatment with televancin or ornitavancin
    • Type of learning activity: Knowledge-based
    "Management of Orolingual Angioedema Post-Alteplase Treatment in Stroke Patients"

    Oumaima Sahbani, PharmD;  Pharmacy Resident, UConn Health Center-John Dempsey Hospital

    • Objective: Describe the treatment and medical management of angioedema post-alteplase
    • Type of learning activity: Application-based
    "Using Direct Oral Anticoagulants in the Obese and Extremely Obese Patient"

    Natalie Susan Winters, PharmD; PGY2 Ambulatory Care Resident, St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center

    • Objective: Identify an appropriate anticoagulant for a patient who is obese or extremely obese for the treatment and prevention of VTE and the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular AF
    • Type of learning activity: Application-based

    "Utilizing the Rumack-Matthew Nomogram to Determine N-acetylcysteine Treatment for Acetaminophen Toxicity"

    Anish Subhash Patel, PharmD; PGY1 Resident, Yale-New Haven Hospital

    • Objective: Apply the Rumack-Matthew nomogram to determine appropriate N-acetylcysteine (NAC) therapy in an acetaminophen overdose
    • Type of learning activity: Knowledge-based

    "The Do’s and Don’ts of Oral Cephalosporins for Pediatric Patients"

    Kailynn DeRonde, PharmD; PGY2 Pediatric Infectious Disease, CT Children's Medical Center

    • The pharmacist will be able to identify if an oral cephalosporin choice and dose is an appropriate option, given a pediatric case
    • Type of learning activity: Knowledge-based

    1:45-2:45 p.m. Greg Gousse Preceptor Speakers (1 ACPE for pharmacists and technicians)

    "Making the perfect poster – And how to tell people about it"

    Tamara Malm, PharmD, MPH, BCPS; Assistant Professor, University of St. Joseph School of Pharmacy + Tera (Stock) Falcetti, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP; Clinical Pharmacy Manager, PGY1 RPD, St. Francis Hospital & Medical


    1. Describe the required sections of an academic poster presentation
    2. Review the necessary elements in creating an eye-catching poster presentation
    3. Construct and demonstrate an elevator speech

    Type of Learning Activity: Knowledge-based

    2:45-3:45 a.m. Clinical Pearl Speakers (1 ACPE total, pharmacist ACPE only)

    "Adjunctive Treatment Options in Severe Alcohol Withdrawal in the ICU"

    Muhammad Effendi, PharmD; PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, Yale-New Haven Hospital

    • Objective: Review and evaluate non-benzodiazepine pharmacotherapy options for patients in severe alcohol withdrawal using the available literature available
    • Type of learning activity: Knowledge-based

    "Strategies for Acute Pain Management Beyond the Standard of Care in Patients on Extended-Release Naltrexone Injectable Suspension"

    Megan Teresa Mitchell, PharmD; PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, UConn Health Center-John Dempsey Hospital

    • Objective: Identify appropriate non-opioid analgesic treatment options beyond the standard of care for the management of severe, acute pain in patients on extended-release naltrexone injectable suspension
    • Type of learning activity: Application-based

    "Surgery Following Four-Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate Administration"

    Jaclyn Kowalski, PharmD;  Pharmacy Resident, St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center

    • Objective: Determine when it is safe to perform surgery after 4F-PCC has been administered
    • Type of learning activity: Application-based

    "Medical Management of Urea Cycle Disorders"

    Courtney Genovesi, PharmD; PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Resident, Yale-New Haven Hospital

    • Objective: The pharmacist should be able to initiate appropriate treatment for patients presenting with urea cycle disorders and offer therapeutic options when transitioning to oral maintenance therapy
    • Type of learning activity: Application-based

    "Methadone Therapy for Detoxification in Medically Ill Hospitalized Patients"

    Sylvia Cavero, PharmD; Pharmacy Resident, UConn Health Center-John Dempsey Hospital

    • Objective: Clarify the FDA regulations regarding methadone prescribing and dispensing in acutely ill hospitalized patients not currently on maintenance therapy
    • Type of learning activity: Application-based