“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
I recently attended a holiday party that is organized for patients and graduates of my hospital’s cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs. I spend one day per week working to optimize the medication use of the patients in that program. One of my patients from 7 years ago attended the party this year, and greeted me as “Mrs. Druggist.” He stated that he still remembers the advice I gave him that helped him to tolerate one of his medications. It is moments like this that make me thankful to be a pharmacist, and give me energy to continue my work. What gives you the energy to engage in the profession of pharmacy each day? Share your thoughts by joining the conversation on ASHP Connect regarding Clinician Well Being and Resilience.
The 2017 Midyear Clinical Meeting was a whirlwind of activity including educational sessions, networking sessions, and catching up with colleagues and friends. I left Orlando with fresh ideas, ready to implement improvements in my practice. This year, the Section Advisory Group (SAG) on Clinical Practice Advancement planned round table discussions of timely topics in ambulatory care practice in conjunction with a poster session. Thank you to the more than 100 attendees of the session, the 29 poster presenters that shared the results of their research, and SAG member Jen Davis for facilitating the event.
Midyear also allowed for a mid-point assessment of Section activities and planning for the remainder of the year. Highlights include discussions of the ASHP Strategic Plan, the A3 Collaborative, possible resolutions for the House of Delegates 2018 session, and the work of the Section Advisory Groups (SAGs). The SAGs have been hard at work this year developing resources and programming for ASHP members. For example, the SAG on Home Infusion is currently working on a resource document to aid in a successful FDA inspection of sterile compounding at home infusion pharmacies.
I would also like to congratulate Starlin Haydon-Greatting, on receiving the 2017 Distinguished Service Award for the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners. Starlin has been an active member of our section for many years, including service as Chair of the SAG on Compensation and Practice Sustainability and mentorship of many young pharmacists.
Stay tuned for upcoming SACP events that will be taking place during Winter and Spring 2018, including applications for appointment to the Executive Committee, 2018 Section Advisory Groups and the 2018 Distinguished Service Award. To learn more or to share any ideas you have for the Section, please visit the SACP webpage or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wish you a happy and prosperous 2018.
Laura Traynor, Pharm.D., BCPS
Chair, Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners (2017-2018)