To My Friends and Colleagues in the Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists:
The year is coming to a close, and this will be my last message to you as your Chair. It has been a whirlwind year filled with challenges for myself and the other volunteer leaders in the Section, but it has been awfully rewarding and downright fun as well.
We have accomplished quite a bit this year, some of which I have elucidated in previous messages and some I will describe in this one. But, I would be remiss if I did not begin this last address with recognition of everyone that helped me throughout my tenure thus far. Dr. Chris Betz showed great patience as I was coming on to the Executive Committee in his role as Past-Chair. He also got me in to see some pretty cool jazz. Thanks, man. Dr. Curt Collins is an amazing practitioner and leader. He always has a unique and poignant perspective, and it adds greatly to the conversation and decision-making. I hope I was able to live up to the expectations left by him and Dr. Betz. I have had a lot of fun with Drs. Joel Hennenfent and Aaron Steffenhagen. They had a big job over the year attempting to keep me in line. I have thoroughly appreciated their guidance and measured opinions. Dr. Doug Slain is the new kid on the block in his director-at-large position but brings worlds of experience and well-directed candor to the group. Dr. Kim Benner has some solid work ahead of her coming behind me in this position. I wish her all the luck and am confident the Section is in great hands. I’m here whenever you need me, Kim. I was so pleased as well this year to have Dr. Amber Lucas as our board liaison. She always knew when to come into the conversation, and her humor and wit are always valued commodities. You’re the greatest, Madam Chair. And lastly, Dr. Vicki Basalyga deserves more gratitude than I can ever show her in 100 lifetimes. Thanks for keeping me on track, Khaleesi! The next trip to Iron Rooster is on me.
Now that my colleagues have received their due accolades, it is time for me to remind everyone that the Summer Meetings are upon us. I hope you have your calendars marked for June 3-7 as days spent in Minneapolis, Minnesota catching up with colleagues, enjoying educational materials from four different educational tracks (The Ambulatory Care Conference , The Medication Safety Collaborative , Informatics Institute , and Pharmacy, Practice, and Policy), and helping to shape policy for the future of ASHP. Summer Meeting is truly a unique experience, and I hope to see each of you there.
As promised throughout the year, I have highlighted activities of our SAGs. I have a couple left to tell you about below. I know you will be pleased with the hard work put in by the members of these groups. As an aside, when you get the chance, take time to thank all of your SAG members and leaders. They put in a tremendous amount of time to carry out the work and fulfill the needs of the Section.
- Preceptor Skills Development: The Preceptor Skills Development SAG diligently reviewed and updated the Preceptor Skills Resource Center, has several “Preceptor Minute” mini-webinars that will be available this summer as well as a webinar for continuing education later this summer.
- Educational Steering Committee: The Educational Steering Committee has been hard at work this year. They will be bringing some excellent content to the 2017 Midyear Clinical Meeting as well providing 5 mini-webinars on selected clinical topics, a recommended articles list for practitioners and two new resource centers focused on geriatrics and pediatrics.
- Network Facilitators: In addition to the excellent sessions they host at the Midyear Clinical Meeting every year, they have also on a weekly basis, posted on the SCSS ASHP Connect Community an interesting article on a specific disease state, highlighted a best practice or provided resources to improve preceptor or clinical skills. Each one our 16 Network Facilitators posts twice a year so there is always something to check out on Connect!
It also my distinct pleasure to announce a new work group coming into the mix that is focused on issues surrounding the pediatric population. This group will be charges with developing resources for our pediatric practitioners, contributing to appropriate bodies of literature, and developing and revising policy related to the care of pediatric patients. Welcome to all who will begin to serve in this capacity in the next year. Good luck in your endeavors!
On a final note, it was my distinct pleasure to travel to Bethesda last month to participate in strategic planning for the organization. It was a great experience, and I would be glad to relate any specifics to those who are interested. But, on top of the unique experience, I also got to enjoy ASHP’s new headquarters. I encourage each of you to take advantage of similar opportunities if they are presented to you. I found it to be impressive to say the least. Oh, and thanks for the cupcakes, Dr. Abramowitz.
I will close this message and my tenure as your chair by reflecting on Dr. Seuss and his wisdom just one more time. There is a simple message put forth in The Lorax that has influenced me in many areas of my life, not the least of which is my profession. I’m sure you remember the Lorax and his statement on the rock, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” So, my friends, go out and care. Care a whole awful lot.
It has been my pleasure.
Casey H. White, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS, BCNSP, BCCCP, FASHP
Chair, Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists