Professors Wilhelm, Miller to receive awards at APhA annual meeting

Two faculty members in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences are being honored at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) annual meeting in Seattle this March. Associate Professor (Clinical) Sheila Wilhelm and Professor Emeritus (Clinical) Douglas Miller will receive national awards from pharmacy leadership fraternity Phi Lambda Sigma. Wayne State’s chapter, Gamma Chi, nominated Wilhelm and Miller.

Sheila Wilhelm
Sheila Wilhelm (left) with former Gamma Chi chair Xhilda Xhemali 

Wilhelm earned the fraternity’s Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award for making a significant impact on Gamma Chi, from leading events and participating in fundraisers, to improving the structure of the organization both operationally and financially. This award is given to just one advisor from Phi Lambda Sigma chapters across the nation each year.

In his letter of recommendation for the award, Associate Dean of Pharmacy Richard Lucarotti praised Wilhelm’s graceful leadership, writing: "Her approach is to provide guidance sufficient to enable members to develop and conduct the various efforts, consistent with developing leadership skills of chapter members."

Outside of Gamma Chi, Wilhelm is the WSU Applebaum CVS Patient Care Laboratory Coordinator. She has served as an American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Walmart Scholar Faculty Mentor for the past two years, is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and won the 2010 EACPHS Excellence in Teaching Award, among other accolades. She has an extensive publication record and is active in both local and national pharmacy organizations.

Douglas Miller
Douglas Miller (left) with former Gamma Chi historian Matthew McTaggert

Miller, who founded Wayne State’s Phi Lambda Sigma chapter, earned the Proctor & Gamble National Leadership Award. Throughout his long and distinguished career, he has served as coordinator of clinical pharmacy services and assistant director of pharmacy at Henry Ford Hospital, where he is currently a pharmacy consultant; a member of the Michigan Board of Pharmacy, including four years as vice-chair and four years as chair; mayor of Plymouth for two terms; and a board member for the American Pharmacists Association, the Michigan Pharmacists Association, and the Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He founded and was president of the Michigan Institute for Patient Medication Safety and Pharmacy Peer Review nonprofit corporation; wrote and edited several publications, including textbooks; and earned an extensive list of awards and honors.

Now retired from teaching, Miller has been involved in educating EACPHS pharmacy students since 1976. He both taught courses and acted as director of the CVS Patient Care Laboratory. He conceived and implemented the Longitudinal Advanced Practice Program (LAPP) at Henry Ford Hospital as a part of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) portion of the pharmacy curriculum, which was innovative in that it allowed rotations to be completed at a single institution. The model has since expanded to several other area hospitals. Additionally, Miller served as the Gamma Chi faculty advisor for eight years alongside Associate Professor (Clinical) Francine Salinitri.

In her letter of recommendation, Chair of Pharmacy Practice Lynette Moser described Miller's impact on both the profession and the college as highly influential, writing: "Dr. Miller's leadership story transcends his resume and impressive list of accomplishments."

As part of this award, Miller will have the opportunity to speak at the awards ceremony and will have his name engraved on the perpetual plaque maintained at the Phi Lambda Sigma national office.

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