As we move forward into March, spring is on the horizon. While spring traditionally brings new opportunities for growth in nature, spring also brings with it a new round of opportunities for growth in the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners! You may have seen a recent email calling for applicants to participate in Section Advisory Groups (SAG) for the 2021-2022 year. If you haven’t participated in the past, there has never been a better time to plug in to the section to not only contribute to the profession but also invest in your own professional growth and development. Speaking from experience, joining my first SAG years ago was the best investment I have ever made in myself as an ambulatory care practitioner. It provided an instant network of colleagues who I could learn from and share with, and helped facilitate participation in opportunities that I never would have had otherwise. When asking other peers about their experiences participating in SAG’s, the most common response I receive is, “I got much more than I gave”- which is a sentiment I wholeheartedly agree with.
SAG members are involved in a variety of Section driven work to help advance ambulatory care pharmacy practice but to also achieve ASHP’s vision that medication use will be optimal, safe, and effective for all people all of the time. Activities include coordination and presentation of continuing education webinars, content creation for the ASHP Official podcast channel, Frequently Asked Question document development for the Ambulatory Care Resource Center, and hosting Twitter Chats on the ASHP Official Twitter feed. To learn more about each SAG and to apply for a position on a 2021 – 2022 group, click here. Applications will be accepted through May 1st.
We anticipate that in the coming years, advocacy will continue to be an important effort for each of us. While advocacy has always been an integral part of the pharmacy profession, future changes to billing, practice models, and the evolving healthcare landscape will require constant innovation, effective communication, and fresh, new ideas and perspectives. Our greatest resource in these efforts are you, our members. So as we enter this spring, consider the ways that you invest in your profession, and yourself:
- Tap into the valuable experiences and knowledge of your peers through ASHP Connect.
- Attend webinars, conferences, and round tables to stay appraised of the most significant updates that impact your practice.
- Consider trying something new like service in a Section Advisory Group.
P.S., if you haven't already, please sign ASHP’s petition that calls on the White House to include pharmacy professionals in the Biden administration’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Please add your name to the petition, and share it on social media using #PharmacyFrontline.
Remember: when you truly invest yourself, you’ll get so much more than you give.
Jessica W. Skelley, Pharm.D., BCACP
Chair, Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners