The 51st ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting has come and gone and, seemingly, we all survived Las Vegas. As always, it was great to catch up with old friends, meet new colleagues, and participate in the variety of programming to develop our practice. Our Educational Steering Committee should be commended yet again on the successful rollout of nearly 20 educational sessions as well as the excellent networking opportunities our Section’s 16 Network Facilitators provided throughout the week. Couldn’t make it to the Midyear Clinical Meeting or a particular Networking Session? Be sure to check out the discussion summaries on posted on ASHP Connect this month.
If you have not heard, the section did award one of our most accomplished members with the Distinguished Service Award for 2016. This award recognizes a member from each Section and NPF whose volunteer activities have supported the mission of their Section or NPF and helped advance the profession. That very deserving person was Dr. Linda Gore Martin. Her contributions as a pharmacist, educator, and colleague are too numerous to mention. Just listening to her bio at the awards ceremony made me feel like I needed to get off my rump and get to work! Congratulations, Dr. Martin, on this well-deserved honor! Do you know a pharmacist who deserves recognition of their service? You can nominate them for their contributions here: Recognize a colleague.
As a closure on discussion of Midyear activities, I would like to highlight a few changes implemented this year that I feel were markedly successful and have made, or will make, changes for the better within the Section:
This year, Section Advisory Group Chairs were invited to participate in a session especially set aside at the Executive Committee meeting. I could not have been happier with the outcome. One of the perennial goals of the Executive committee is to enhance communication at all levels of the Section. Not all Chairs were able to attend, but we had a very productive discussion, and it was a blast to see the energy and passion being displayed by members getting the job done!
It was new and rewarding for me to be able to sit in on each SAG onsite meeting. I may not have been able to stay an extended period of time at every one, but it was still a great experience to finally put a face with a name in many cases and witness the group dynamics and productivity firsthand. Thanks to each and every one of you SAG members for what you do. It does not go unnoticed.
With the last few messages throughout this year I am serving as Chair, I’d like to highlight some innovative activities our SAGs are developing, implementing, and promoting. This could never be an all-inclusive list (this message would be pages and pages long!), but I want to capture things in which our Section members should be aware and take pride. Be on the lookout for further SAG updates in the remaining Chair messages of the year.
The Emergency Care SAG hosted its inaugural Emergency Care Poster Session at the MCM. It was very well-received and well-organized with a ton of meaningful participation. Kudos to everyone involved, and I am sure this will continue from the initial success experienced.
The Emerging Sciences group has put an incredible amount of time and effort into their Pharmacogenomics webinar series that will be launched later this spring. Be sure to check them out, you will not be disappointed. Again, thanks for making the Section proud, Emerging Sciences.
It is that time of year again, and there is much opportunity for involvement and volunteerism. As always, we are looking for proposal for educational sessions through various venues such as Midyear Clinical Meeting, National Pharmacy Preceptor’s Conference. Feel free to Get Involved if you have a pertinent or innovative topic. You might look at this listing of Practice Gaps to get your thinker going. Also, it is time for 2017 House of Delegates Call for Resolutions. Remember, delegate status is not required for submission of resolutions; they just need to be submitted by March 6, 2017 and sponsored by at least two active members of ASHP.
In conclusion for this message, I would like to discuss the importance of change. Change can be hard for some, easy for others, and sometimes can seems more difficult the more people you put together. I encourage all you reflect and consider what is presented to you as sometimes, great things never come to be because change cannot be embraced. This echoes even more so within a member organization like ASHP. We must be open, willing to listen to one another, maintain fluidity and adaptiveness to meet the needs of our fellow members. All of what we do in ASHP is member-driven, and we must remember this on every level and adapt as our members’ needs necessitate.
After all, as Bob Dylan puts it: “the times, they are a-changing”. I don’t believe that’s going to stop anytime soon. We need to be open and ready to adapt in order to bring the best possible experience to our members, and it all starts with us as individuals. Remember what George Bernard Shaw said: “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” So embrace change! You and ASHP as a whole, will thrive as a result.
Casey H. White, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS, BCNSP, BCCCP, FASHP
Chair, Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists