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ICHP Leadership Spotlight Interview - Jared Sheley, PharmD
Leadership Position in ICHP
I serve as the President of the Metro East Affiliate of ICHP (Metro East Society of Health System Pharmacists or “MESHP”), where I am responsible for planning and carrying out local affiliate meetings and working directly with the ICHP Board on relevant activities. I re-initiated the MESHP as an active chapter in 2015 and have served as President since that time. I am also the Director-elect of the Southern Region, where I will represent Southern Illinois members on the ICHP Board of Directors.
I am a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, teaching in a variety of clinical courses. I am also a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Internal Medicine) at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, where I round with the inpatient teaching service with the Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency Program. I also regularly contribute to educational activities for the Family Medicine Residency program, as well as precept APPE students, pharmacy residents, and medical residents.
How did you know pharmacy was for you?
I decided to go into the pharmacy profession as a high school senior after contemplating several healthcare related professions and shadowing pharmacists in multiple practice settings. I was excited about the knowledge pharmacists had regarding how specific medications worked and how they contributed to enhancing patient care. Every time I make a significant clinical intervention at work, or instill important knowledge and skills in pharmacists-in-training or physicians that I know will have a positive impact on multiple patients in the future, I know I have selected the right career.
Tell us about a time when you had to fix a problem at work.
On several occasions, I have identified areas for improvement and subsequently developed and delivered formal education to pharmacists, physicians, and nursing staff to impact positive changes in patient care.
Why do you stay involved in ICHP?
ICHP is great because of the many amazing people who dedicate their time to continually improving this already great organization!
Why did you join ICHP?
I first joined ICHP as a student. After returning to Illinois following 2 years of residency training, I was encouraged by a few colleagues at SIUE to get more involved within ICHP and consider rejuvenating a local presence in the Metro East.
Do you have anyone you would like to thank?
Special thanks to everyone who contributed to my professional growth and for making me who I am today in my career. I don’t have one person to point out, but I have gained something from many, many people along the way – so thank you to ALL of you! Also to my wife for all of her support throughout my school, post-graduate training, and busy work life!
What advice do you have for a student?
Keep an open mind about your future and do not be afraid to change paths as you encounter new knowledge, experiences, or opportunities. Try to find a way to grow through every single experience.
Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?
Spending time with family (especially with my recent addition of twin boys) and friends, being outdoors and active (hiking/camping/kayaking/recreational sports), and becoming a self-taught handyman.
Tell us something we may not know about you.
I was a state champion wrestler. ■