Alumna of the Year – 2006

Pam Ploetz

With the same passion and energy that pervades her personal life, Pamela A. Ploetz has contributed to the Wisconsin pharmacy community for more than 35 years. A 1968 graduate of the UW School of Pharmacy, she spent the greater part of her career at the UW Hospital and Clinics, from 1970 to 2000, retiring as associate director of pharmacy, practice, education and research.

During her career, Ploetz served the profession as preceptor, clinical instructor, and finally, clinical associate professor. During the 1990s, she directed the ASHjP accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at UWHC. It was largely through her influence that the professional program at the School of Pharmacy came to emphasize the clinical aspects of the practice of pharmacy so evident today.

Ploetz continues to influence future pharmacy practitioners through the Pamela Ploetz Scholarship Fund, created by friends, colleagues and past pharmacy students and residents. The scholarship is awarded each fall to a PharmD student who meets the scholarship criteria, reflecting the values treasured by Ploetz: intellectual curiosity for higher education. To date, seven students have received the Pam Ploetz Scholarship.

Ploetz has worked on influential committees, task forces and councils with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She also served Wisconsin Health-System Pharmacists in the House of Delegates of ASHP for many years. She similarly served on the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy from 1982 to 1988.

Among her passions are issues and policies created to focus on the patient. These include high quality patient care, medication use safety, and research and education to develop, promote and foster best pharmacy practices.

Closer to home, Ploetz is heralded as one of the champioins in the creation of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, joining members of the Wisconsin Pharmacist’s Association and the Wisconsin Society of Health-System Pharmacists into a unified voice for pharmacy in the state of Wisconsin. Ploetz served as president of PSW in 2001 – 2002, after serving leadership roles in the Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board and the Wisconsin Pharmacy Internship Board.

Among her many career honors, Ploetz received the 1999 PSW Distinguished Services Award, the Wisconsin Hospital Pharmacist of the Year in 1981 and the UW School of Pharmacy citation in 2003.

Ploetz served on three School of Pharmacy Dean Search Committees, including one for Dean Roberts, and on the School’s Board of Visitors in the late 1980s, as well as the Current Board of Visitors. She has given frequent invited lectures and has co-authored numerous publications and research poster presentations.

She also served the Pharmacy Alumni Association as president from 1998 – 1999 and was a member of the PAA Board of Directors from 1998 – 2004.

As reflected in the criteria for the scholarship that bears her name, Pam is actively involved in numerous community endeavors, ouside the practice of pharmacy including her current participation in the UW Women’s Philanthropy Council.