2003 UW Honorary Citation Report – Ploetz

The 2003 Citation recipients: Dr. Holly Mason, Pamela Ploetz, Dr. Charles Sih, and Dr. Leon Lachman, with Dean Emeritus Mel Weinswig and Dean Jeanette Roberts

The 2003 Citation recipients: Dr. Holly Mason, Pamela Ploetz, Dr. Charles Sih,
and Dr. Leon Lachman, with Dean Emeritus Mel Weinswig (left) and
Dean Jeanette Roberts (right).

Pamela A. Ploetz, BS ’68, has passionately contributed to the Wisconsin pharmacy community for 35 years. She spent the greater part of her career at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC), retiring as Associate Director of Pharmacy, Practice, Education, and Research. Presently, she continues at UWHC as a consultant, and writes for the publication, Pharmacy Now.

During her career, Ploetz served the profession as preceptor, Clinical Instructor, and finally, Clinical Associate Professor at the UW SOP. During the 1990s, she directed the ASHP accredited pharmacy practice residency program at UWHC. It was largely through her influence that the professional program at the UW SOP came to emphasize the clinical aspects of the practice of pharmacy, so evident today.

Among her contributions to the School, Ploetz served a term on the school’s Board of Visitors in the late 1980s, and served on two School of Pharmacy Dean Search Committees in the 1990s. She continues to influence future pharmacy practitioners through the Pamela A. Ploetz Scholarship Fund, created by friends, colleagues and past pharmacy students and residents, in lieu of a farewell party or retirement gift.

Ploetz’s professional service accomplishments are numerous. From 1976 to the present, she has worked on influential committees and task councils with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She similarly served 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 has served the profession of pharmacy in many leadership roles, including the Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board and the Wisconsin Pharmacy Internship Board. She also served as President of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin in 2001-2002. She received the PSW Distinguished Services Award in 1999 and the Wisconsin Hospital Pharmacist of the Year in 1981. She is a frequent invited lecturer and has co-authored numerous publications and research poster presentations.