P.O. Box 1325 Battle Creek, Michigan 49016
email: jimmiddleton@juno.com
this creaky, devolving website: animatingapothecary.com

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Present Primary Distraction:

Chief Apothecary, The Animating Apothecary

pharmacy media and relief consultant since 1993

producer of animated, historical and educational films 

coordinator for pharmacy and drug education services

holistic and herbal approach to patient care and education

educator in health care and pharmacology 

The dreary details, in case you've actually gotten this far:

Before my present primary distractions:

1993: Battle Creek Adventist Hospital: 
(Director, Pharmacy Services) Brought in to consolidate pharmacy services between the Battle Creek Adventist Hospital and the Battle Creek Health System. Reconstructed incomplete CQI, ADR, and drug information programs to meet Joint Commission requirements.  Learned a lot of vegetarian mock chicken recipes. 
1981-1991: Battle Creek Health Systems/Leila Hospital
(Assistant Director 1988-1991) Responsible for personnel management, assuring regulatory and legal site compliance of 19 employees at Leila site pharmacy; development of policies and procedures and budget preparations while performing same duties as staff pharmacist (detailed below); quality assurance director, co-ordinator for drug utilization review and evaluation. Served as acting director February-June, 1990. Installed AS400, midrange sized, centrally based pharmacy computer system, consolidating both Leila and Community pharmacy sites (after that, decided it was time to get a life)
(Staff Pharmacist/Educator 1981-1988) Staff pharmacist duties included unit-dose dispensing, preparation of IV admixtures, chemotherapeutic, and investigational agents, information services, inventory control, and supervision of six pharmacy technicians and one graduate pharmacy intern. Responsible for quarterly drug utilization/review projects and monthly audits of intensive care unit charting. Initiated aminoglycoside monitoring in 1983; developed a PC-based computer program to do the same the following year. Served as editor-in-chief of Therapeutic Update, published bi-monthly and distributed to 200 pharmacies nationwide, 1984-1991, contributing over forty articles or drawings since its inception in 1980. Instructed pharmacology for the hospital's critical care nursing program and for the school of dental hygiene at Kellogg Community College. Installed stand-alone, PC based computer system at Leila site, June, 1983. Served as pharmacy representative on diabetes advisory council.  Didn't date much. 


1978-1981: Lakeview General Osteopathic Hospital, Battle Creek, MI 49015
Staff pharmacist, involved in reducing on-hand inventory by 50%, developed diabetic team teaching program for inpatients, developed the city hospital Drug and Therapeutic Update newsletter, the first cooperative effort among the (then) four (now one) hospitals in Battle Creek.  Lakeview General is now a nursing home, the pharmacy all gone, bye-bye.

1977-1978: Cunningham's Drugs , Detroit, Michigan
A foray into chain retail pharmacy. Performed first, second, and third shift pharmacy duties in the immediate and surrounding areas of Detroit. Gave serious consideration to a career in plumbing.  Cunningham's became Apex, was bought out by Perry's, and is now all gone bye-bye too.

Summer, 1976: G.D. Searle and Company, Chicago, Illinois 60680
Internship rotation through research and pharmaceutical development. Supervised by W. Mayo Higgins and William Poska. Worked with aspartame development team. Learned secrets about Rumsfeld. Learned that PVP smells nice and that spironolactone smells like spoiled milk.  Searle was bought out by Monsanto, mashed into Pharmacia-Upjohn-Pfizer, and is a blip in Megacorp Health.

1973-1977: Ferris State University (well, then it was only a college)
Laboratory student instructor for organic chemistry, sterile dosage forms, and  chemistry for plastics technology (forget about cleaning up after that); peer counselor for college of pharmacy; co-produced and wrote videotapes for organic chemistry and the FSU School of Pharmacy (the school of pharmacy video was shown for one summer and then banned by the newly installed dean when he actually saw it...I still have a copy, though, heh-heh).  Served under the amazing Ev Neinhouse, PhD and Forensic Organic Chemist who introduced me to the marvels of Tom Lehrer.


Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan (1973-1977, accelerated program)
B.S. Pharmacy, High Distinction, 1977
MCTE (Masters in Career and Technical Education program, with focus on Curriculum Development), Highest Distinction (I think that means my check cleared), Ferris State University, 2003

ASIFA: International and US Central Chapters. President ASIFA Central 2000-
American Society of Hospital Pharmacists 
Michigan Pharmacists Association, local chapter (Calhoun County) president and continuing education coordinator 1981-1992
Rho Chi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, Mensa (area coordinator, 1985-1989)

Lectures and Programs:

"A Feast of Pharmacology" -- 6 hour seminar on pharmacology topics, including new drugs, alternative therapies, and drug mechanisms of action. Conducted biannually at Kellogg Community College
"A Brunch of Pharmacology" -- 3 hour version of the seminar above, conducted quarterly for Summit Pointe and Behavioral Health Resources of Calhoun County
"The Pharmacology of Stress" -- 3 hour overview of the neurological response and the pharmaceutical treatment of stress, anxiety, and depression, KCC Lifelong Learning, nursing continuing education
"The Pharmacology of Women's Health" -- 3 hour overview of hormonal imbalances, cardiovascular diseases, emotional disorders, and cancer therapies; KCC Lifelong Learning, nursing continuing education
"The Pharmacology of Bioterrorism--You'll Need More than Duct Tape!" -- 3 hour review of biochemical processes in agents possibly used as bioterrorism, what can be done, and whether what is being done amounts to little more than another "Duck and Cover" campaign.
Continuing education/Pharmacist and Nursing (partial): 
Vitamin Therapy, Professional communications: "The Internal Voice," Management of Duodenal Ulcer Disease, Otitis Media, Drug and Food interactions, Current concepts in Epilepsy Therapy, ADHD, Therapeutic Myths and Public Perceptions, Effectiveness of Therapy with Hypericum perforatum (St. John's Wort) Psychopharmacy Overview for the AFC Provider

Miscellany (actually, this is the fun stuff, but we'll call it Miscellany, just because Miscellany is such a grown-up sounding word)

--Adjunct instructor, Kellogg Community College, DEHY34, "Pharmacology for Dental Hygienists," (1984-present) EMTP162, "Pharmacology for Emergency Medical Technologists," (1990-1992) and NURS247 and 248, "Pharmacology for Nursing" (1999-2001)

– Adjunct instructor, Kellogg Community College, BIOL202, "Human Physiology," BIOL201 “Anatomy”, CHEM100 “Introductory Chemistry” and ANIM233, 234, and 235:  "Animation Techniques in 2D and 3D" (three animation courses at KCC designed for an associate's art program with an animation emphasis) Click here to see an example of a student assignment.

– Adjunct Instructor, Miller College, BSRN340, “Pharmacology for Nurses” (online course)

– Adjunct Instructor, Kalamazoo Valley College, ANM103, “History of Animation and Gaming” – click here for one of their assignments

– 1998 recipient of Excellence in Education award from Kellogg Community College

– 2010 recipient, Calhoun County Substance Abuse Council community service award

– ANIMATION! Three day workshop on animation techniques (traditional cel techniques, clay animation, pixillation) conducted at the Art Center in Bay City (1986, 1988)

– Gerald Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan: "Charles Chaplin: The Politics of The Great Dictator" January 29, 1988

"Selling Snake Oil in the Cereal City," Michigan Pharmacists Association Interim Session, February, 1994

– GET ANIMATED! Retrospective of film work for Arts Council; contributed historical background on Winsor McCay and other innovators in animated film (1996)

– Herbal lectures "Helpful but not Harmless" (1996 to present)

– Animate This! presentation on public domain music and synchronizing sound-to-image for ASIFA Central retreat, 28 April 2001

"Cross-Influences in Experimental German Animation of the Silent Era," ASIFA presentation, 21 April 2000
– "It Didn't Begin with Disney" - overview of animation influences as the genre developed its own art form and language prior to 1928, 15 May 2000, Ann Arbor Public Library

– "Comedy Tonight," "Frank J. Kellogg presents the Sounds of Noise," and "The Historic Parking Lots of Battle Creek," multi-media presentations for the Historical Society of Battle Creek, various times in 2004-2005

-"It Isn't Your Grandparents' Medicine Chest" - for Focus Corporate Education and Training, Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire, MI, April 2008 and 2010

– Art Installation, multimedia at the Arcus Gallery, Kalamazoo, February 2010 – Click here for a sample of what went on...


--"Pharmacist Attitudes Toward Technician Education and Certification," Journal Michigan Pharmacist, December 2001
--Board of Advisors, Pharmacy Times (1997-2001); contributions include
"These Pharmacy Times" a 4 page illustrated history of the first 100 years of Pharmacy Times magazine, November 1997
"Allergies and Allergic Rhinitis: The Pharmacist's Role" Pharmacy Times, May 1999
"Case Studies" Pharmacy Times, contributing editor 1999-
"New Generics" Generic Product Review, column contributions 2001-
"Oral Hypoglycemics" Pharmacy Times  December 2001
Drug and Therapeutic Update -- regional hospital drug information newsletter (editor/contributor 1979-1991)
Uncle Stan's Profusely Illustrated World of Pharmacy  --an annual humorous look at the pharmacy profession, since 1984, distributed internationally (well, to Canada), with a breather year for 2011 – a slideshow version on youtube can be reached by clicking here
"The One Dollar Miracles of Battle Creek," Journal Michigan Pharmacist (January 1994) and Heritage Battle Creek (Spring 1994)
Uncle Stan's Profusely Illustrated World, Volume I, 1996  (warning! Volume II is in layout)
"The Kellogg Who Would Be King," Heritage Battle Creek (Winter 1996)
"Helpful but not Harmless," guest column, Battle Creek Enquirer, April 10, 1997
"Diabetes: Needle Disposal and Risk to General Population," guest column, Albion Recorder, November 11, 1997
"Joy of Soy" column among others for Felpausch pharmacy advertisements, August 2000
"Road to Wellness" Activity Book, for Kellogg's Cereal City USA, 24 pages, 2002

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PERSONAL: wouldn't you like to know!  OK, I like cartoons, chasing kites and walking the dog.  Sometimes I chase the dog while walking the kite.

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