Hello! It is my pleasure and honor to be greeting you as the new chair of the Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists! I truly appreciate the honor to serve you and look forward to a productive, and fun-filled year! For those of you who I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet, you may have seen me working in other former ASHP capacities such as the Council of Therapeutics member/chair, Alabama delegate and former president, Clinical Skills competition judge/co-coordinator, as well as other various Student forum, Foundation and State affiliate functions. Evident in these activities is my passion for our profession and for ASHP. I am excited for my new role in ASHP the opportunity to get to meet and work with all of you towards a common goal of advancing patient care.
I am appreciative for the work the previous executive committee has accomplished, under the direction of the now past-chair, Casey White. Not only does he make me laugh, but he had a very successful year as chair and has left me with some big shoes to fill! Casey was joined by the two directors-at-large, Joel Hennenfent and Aaron Steffenhagen, our immediate past chair, Curtis Collins, our ASHP Board liaison Amber Lucas and our ASHP Staff liaison, Vicki Basalyga. In the short time I have worked with this group, it is easy to pick up on the talent, passion and fun this group exudes while leading the section. I am fortunate to have a similar committee for the 2017-2018 year including the returning Aaron and Vicki, Casey as immediate past-chair, our board liaison Jennifer Schultz and welcoming Doug Slain as in director-at-large and a yet to be named section chair-elect (stay tuned for election results in early August!). Our entire executive committee is committed to a productive year and look forward to serving you. Let us know how we can assist you by reaching out to one of us or [email protected].
The beginning of a new year is an appropriate time to remind our section members of our Sections Advisory Groups (or SAGs), committees and workgroups and introduce some new ones; all that function to assist members in various specialties. We currently have four SAGs: clinical leadership, emergency care, preceptor skills development and emerging sciences. The two committees include the educational steering and nominations committees. A new workgroup on pediatrics was recently formed that will convene and focus on addressing the needs of members in caring for my personal favorite patient population: pediatrics! (Did I tell you I practice at a local pediatrics hospital?!) There are also 16 active networks that cover the many specialties where many of us practice. These networks all have live meetings at the annual Midyear meeting in December. Serving on a committee, workgroup or being a network facilitator is a fantastic way to start involvement in ASHP; watch for a call for involvement in Spring of 2018.
In addition to the current resource centers on ASHPs website: Anticoagulation, Emergency Care, Emerging Sciences and Preceptor Skills, we have recently unveiled two new resource centers: the Pediatric and Geriatric Resource centers thanks to the Educational Steering Committee. We encourage you all to take a look at these valuable resources and utilize them in your practice.
In summary, there is much going on in our section! Our entire executive committee encourages you to be/get involved, utilize our resources and share your experiences/needs! I look forward to working with the section this coming year, meeting and talking to as many of you as I can and helping to move our section forward! Again, let us know how we can better serve you. Make it a great day!
Kim Benner, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP, FPPAG
Chair, Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists