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Chair Message March 2017

Colleagues,

This year is just flying by! It is hard to believe this is the fifth time I have reached out to the Section with important information this year. I have several bits of news, notes, and other ponderings to share with you that warrant your attention. Here goes:

It’s Time to Get Involved!
Have you ever wanted to make a difference? Have you ever felt you needed to share your experience and expertise with your colleagues to better your profession? We want you…to become more involved in advisory groups or and in the section. See the link here for more information and to submit your name for a higher calling: Get Involved in the Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists

Practice Advancement Initiative
The Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists is seeking to contribute to the resources showcased on the Practice Advancement Initiative site. The SCSS Executive Committee believes an area that the SCSS can have significant impact would be to contribute to the area on the site that provides Supporting Evidence . This page is a repository of articles that supports the role of the pharmacist in various practice settings and includes evidenced-based research on direct patient care activities and improving outcomes for patients with acute and chronic diseases. If you can recommend articles that speak to the value of pharmacists in three areas: the Inpatient or Institutional Setting , Alternative Locations and the Outpatient Setting, I encourage to you share them though ASHP PAI Comments.

Alternately, where you work may exemplify advanced pharmacy practice. Take a look at these Practice Spotlights and see if you are doing something similar or innovative that could be spotlighted.

Clinical Leadership SAG Activity
As promised in previous chair’s messages, I wanted to take the time to highlight the outstanding work being put forth by our SAGs. In this installment, I would like to highlight the SAG on Clinical Leadership and some of the hard work the members of that SAG have carried out. Much of this activity will culminate later this year including a Twitter Chat discussing issues related to the Opioid Epidemic and a series of webinars that include updates to guidelines and topics in the patient care environment.

Distinguished Service Award
Nominations for our most celebrated award are now being taken and reviewed. I encourage each of you to examine your mentors and/or colleagues and recognize them for their achievements in the profession. Here is the link: Nominate a Colleague

New Website!
ASHP now has a new and improved website! If you haven’t had the chance to take a cruise around the site to see the new layout and features, I encourage you to do so immediately. It is obvious much thought and hard work went into the new design and implementation of the site. While you’re on the site, take a look at Dr. Abramowitz’s blog describing the history of development of the site as well as details on its new functionalities.

Summer Meeting
ASHP’s Summer Meeting is just around the corner. This year, it is in Minneapolis, Minnesota June 3-7. If you’ve never been before, I highly encourage you to check out the boutique educational meeting offerings (Medication Safety Collaborative, Informatics Institute, Ambulatory Care Conference, and Pharmacy, Practice and Policy) and the policy making process offerings available including the House of Delegates. If you have attended before, I encourage you to attend again! It is always a good time and an outstanding place to network and meet new people in the profession. Find more information here: http://www.ashpmedia.org/sm17/ .

Parting shot
March Madness is here! I love this time of year as the competition heats up, and teams play their hearts out for a chance at glory. My love for basketball has been rekindled in the past couple of months with results of local teams and the play on the national scale. I cannot help but notice how success on the court can equate with success in other areas of life. Good coaching/mentorship, a strong work ethic, sound fundamentals, fluid teamwork, a will to perform well, a drive to improve, and just a little splash of luck when needed can make all the difference whether you’re talking about the national championship or the patients down the hall you are caring for. Keeping these tenets in mind can help keep you professionally engaged and constantly striving for better patient outcomes. As John Wooden, famed UCLA basketball coach once said, “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming”.

Sincerely,
Casey White

Casey H. White, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS, BCNSP, BCCCP, FASHP
Chair, Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists
sections@ashp.org