If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work; but when they seldom come, the wished for come. -Shakespeare
Happy New Year! I hope all of your year-end activities were enjoyable. My December was very busy – but wonderful. After a good mix of work and play with pharmacy colleagues and friends at Midyear, I jumped into the Christmas season at home. My family is filled with those “crazy Christmas people” that you may have heard of… the kind that listen to Christmas music starting in November (or earlier), binge-watch cheesy cable holiday movies, decorate every room (including 2 large Christmas trees), and go into a mild funk when it’s all over and has to be put away. I’m in the de-decorating phase right now (though hopefully will be done by the time you read this), which means I’m also in a “let’s plan some fun stuff so I have things to look forward to” mode (well, more than normal) to compensate!
For most people, the busiest travel times of the year are around the end-of-year holidays, spring break, and summer. I’m fortunate that most of my family is nearby, so we don’t have far to go to spend time together over the holidays. I haven’t been in school for years and don’t have kids, so spring break isn’t a big deal for me anymore. And as the daughter of a farmer (that’s “farmer” with an “f”, not “pharmer” as many of my fellow pharmacy people say), my childhood summers didn’t include a lot of big vacations. Plus, as a life-long Oregonian, summers here are fantastic – so there isn’t a lot of motivation to leave. My family usually times our vacations as a much-needed break from the rain and clouds of a Northwest winter. Although I don’t have a big trip on the books right now, I’m starting to think about my next destination. (Feel free to send me ideas!) Maybe I’ll get to see the new ASHP Headquarters this year!
Like many, for me the New Year presents a chance to take stock of both accomplishments and challenges of the past, as well as set new goals for the upcoming 12 months. Goal setting for the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners occurred during the recent Midyear Clinical Meeting. Some of our meeting highlights included:
- Review of the 2 items that came before the Virtual House of Delegates (HOD) in November, and beginning discussion of the 2017 HOD proposed policies. If this is an area that interests you, considering following the discussion on ASHP Connect .
- A joint session with the other Sections’ and Forums’ members discussing plans for Provider Status legislation in the 115th Congress. The bill will be reintroduced in 2017 with select co-sponsors.
- Celebrating the recognition of SACP Distinguished Service Awardee, Gloria Sachdev and ASHP Distinguished Leadership Awardee, Mary Ann Kliethermes. Visit ASHP awards to learn more and watch for the call to nominate your colleagues for future consideration.
- Section Advisory Group (SAG) and Committee mid-year assessment. These groups hosted dynamic networking sessions during Midyear, were involved in numerous well-attended CE sessions, have several webinars planned for 2017, and have created new materials for the Ambulatory Care Resource Center. The ASHP Section Advisory Groups on Compensation and Practice Sustainability and Clinical Practice Advancement are conducting a short survey regarding the credentialing and privileging (C&P) of pharmacists. Consider completing the Credentialing and Privileging Survey to provide information about your current C&P processes.
If your New Year’s resolutions includes getting involved in one our SAGs or Committees – or if you are already a member of one of these groups and would like to get more involved in our Section – the applications will be available this spring. If you have questions about involvement, the SAGs or our Section in general, please feel free to contact any of the executive committee members to discuss! I know that 2017 is going to be a big year for Ambulatory Care with ASHP and I am looking forward to all that it has in store. I hope your plans for the New Year are grand – and include some “fun stuff to look forward to”!
Kristina L. Butler, BS Pharm, Pharm.D., BCPS,
BCACP, FASHP, FOSHP
Chair, Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners (2016-2017)