Choe Wins Award for Statewide Practice Model Implementation

December 8, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees


Congratulations to Hae Mi Choe, PharmD, who has been honored with this year’s Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists President’s Award. The award recognizes the commitment of a pharmacy professional or a pharmacy organization to advancing the theme and goal of the MSHP board of directors throughout the year.

This year, MSHP focused on provider status and the concept of “Changing Gears.” As the terrain of pharmacy continues to shift and the direction of the profession heads toward new frontiers, Choe established herself as a pioneer in her work to advance the role of pharmacists in the ambulatory care setting.

Choe has been instrumental in the development and launch of the Michigan Pharmacists Transforming Care and Quality (MPTCQ) Collaborative Process Initiative (CPI) program, a collaboration between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan and UMHS, which aims to integrate clinical pharmacists into more direct patient care roles.

This program, which was modeled after the program Choe built at UMHS, has brought clinical pharmacy services to 16 health system or physician group practices throughout the state, which encompasses more than 50 individual practice sites, all with a goal of improving patient care through pharmacist-physician collaboration. The program continues to expand, with the intention of being implemented in all 46 health system or physician group practices that work with BCBSM over the next several years.

Choe is recognized by her colleagues as an incredible innovator as well as a strong supporter and mentor of colleagues advancing their practice. They also note she is kind, organized and approachable. Consistent with this year’s theme, Choe’s work creates a framework for pharmacists to practice as providers to improve the overall care of patients. It also serves as an inspiration and model for future pharmacists to practice in these advanced roles.

Choe is an associate dean of pharmacy innovations and partnerships and clinical associate professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the U-M College of Pharmacy.

Choe has been recognized numerous times throughout her career for both her excellence in teaching as well as for her work in developing innovative practice models. Notably, in 2011, she and her colleagues were awarded both the MPA Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award and the ASHP Best Practice Award for their group practice model in the Patient-Centered Medical Home. In 2014, Choe received the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Pinnacle Award in the Individual Career Achievement category.

Click here to read the entire press release from the Michigan Socity of Health-System Pharmacists.