“… OH! THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!
You'll be on your way up! You'll be seeing great sights! You'll join the high fliers / who soar to high heights.
You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed. You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don't. Because, sometimes, you won't.
I'm sorry to say so / but, sadly, it's true / that Bang-ups / and Hang-ups / can happen to you.
So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact / and remember that Life's / a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)” – Dr. Seuss
Many of you will recognize the excerpt above from the book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”. You may have given or received this very book as a graduation present, or to signal the beginning of a new journey. Perhaps I should have used this quote during my first chair’s message last summer, rather than this last one… but I think it’s a good remind about the journey we’re on every day.
My theme for the year (in case you hadn’t noticed) has been travel… and boy, have I traveled! In my first message, I mentioned that my favorite trips are those where I get to see interesting landscapes and architecture, meet great people, and sample the local cuisine (& wine). My favorite ASHP-related trips are when I get to see my “pharmily”, connect with members of our Section, and represent ambulatory care… all of which I’ve had the privilege of doing as Chair this year.
Since my last message, I had the opportunity to represent ambulatory care – and you, the members of SACP – as Section Chair at the ASHP Strategic Planning Retreat and at one of the Regional Delegate Conferences (RDCs). During the Strategic Planning Retreat, I got to see the new Joseph A. Oddis Global Headquaters of ASHP (a.k.a. the new ASHP building) and connect with many of the amazing ASHP staff. If you are ever in the DC area, I highly recommend you arrange a visit! The new building is very impressive, and the staff are so welcoming and passionate about what they do; plus they love to meet ASHP members! At the RDCs, delegates had lively discussions (which are continuing on ASHP Connect) about policy recommendations that will be voted on in the June House of Delegates at the 2017 ASHP Summer Meeting & Exhibition in Minneapolis. I encourage you to participate in these discussions – and to contact me if you feel there are any issues that SACP should work to support, oppose or amend.
As a Section, we’ve had quite the journey this year too! The Section Advisory Groups have each had an incredibly productive year, developing numerous documents for the Pharmacy Topics (formerly known as the Resource Center), writing blog posts and member spotlights, facilitating dynamic networking sessions at our big meetings, and providing quality educational programs through webinars and in-person meetings. Our next in-person meeting is the Ambulatory Care Conference, one of the four boutique meetings that make up the Summer Meeting. This year’s AC2 has programming on pharmacy terminology, billing & financial sustainability, shared medical appointments, population health, project management, facilitating change, and resilience. There will also be the ever-popular Pearls, and an interactive networking session on Practice Opportunities for Opioid Management in Ambulatory Clinics. I hope to see many of you in Minneapolis!
It’s National Health Care Week and we are having a lot of appreciation events at work this week. I want to share my appreciation for each of you in all that you do for patients, learners, and the other healthcare team members who count on pharmacists to be the medication experts and help people achieve optimal health outcomes. I want to thank all of the volunteers who participate in SAGs, committees, projects, presentations and more that make SACP so dynamic and impactful. I want to especially thank my fellow Executive Committee members and our director, Melanie Smith, for their support and encouragement this year. I am honored to be part of such an amazing profession (especially as an ambulatory care pharmacist), and proud to call ASHP my professional home.
Thank you again for letting me represent the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners and travel on this journey with you!
Kristina L. Butler, BS Pharm, Pharm.D., BCPS,
BCACP, FASHP, FOSHP
Chair, Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners (2016-2017)