Happy spring! It is my hope that all of you are enjoying a time of renewed energy as we head into summer and the changes that may bring in our patient care, teaching and personal life. Whether you have a fun summer vacation planned, a big move or change of professional activity, we hope you keep ASHP and our section in your practice plans!
Speaking of which, make plans to join us at the ASHP Summer meeting, June 2-6, 2018 in the beautiful city of Denver! As always, there will be many educational sessions along with one of my favorites, the House of Delegates (HOD). The HOD is an integral part of ASHPs policy making process and will occur Sunday and Tuesday afternoon. We have 31 policies up for approval; discussion surrounding these important policies has already begun on ASHP Connect. Please keep in mind that you do not have to be a current ASHP delegate to participate in the discussion. We encourage you to convey your concerns about the policies, including any suggested amendments you have as I will represent and vote on behalf of our section in the HOD. Being a former delegate, having the opportunity to participate in the house delegations gets me pumped about ASHP and our advocacy! If you are a delegate, I look forward to seeing you at the HOD but if you are not a delegate and available and I encourage you to attend the house sessions; all meeting participants can attend a HOD session but only registered delegates can address/vote in the house. There are also open forum and caucuses that occur surrounding the HOD; refer to the HOD website for a detailed schedule.
Other exciting events at the summer meeting include educational programming, poster sessions, an exhibit and the ever popular Whitney Dinner and Reception, this year honoring Rebecca S. Finley, Pharm.D., MS, FASHP. Our section will host a Networking Session on Tuesday June 5th from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 502 of the Colorado Convention Center. Additionally, several of our section members will be honored at the Inaugural and Awards Tuesday morning at 10:15 pm. We hope to see many of you at these events! As a frequent attender to both Midyear and the summer meeting, I will say that the summer meeting has a more “intimate” feel and is a great way to connect with our ASHP friends; check it out!
As my year of Chair of the SCSS comes to a close, I reflect upon the great activities of our members, SAGs and past and present leaders. I have enjoyed getting to work with and for all of you and am appreciative of all the new friends I have made. We truly have a hard working section with highly functioning SAGs and Networks. There are too many individuals to name here but I am truly thankful for all of our SAG chairs, vice chairs, members and Network Facilitators. You all have put in a great deal of work and innovation to move our section forward and produce resource centers, webinars, manuscripts and many other helpful ASHP products.
Having an effective functioning ASHP section is a culmination of a solid foundation set by prior section leaders and the continued efforts of our Executive committee. I would be remised it if didn’t personally thank our Executive committee: Audrey Kennedy, Chair-elect, Casey White, Immediate past-chair, our two current Directors-At-Large: Aaron Steffenagen and Doug Slain, and our Director-at-large elect, Katelyn Dervay. (If you are in attendance at the summer meeting, join us as Audrey and Katelyn get sworn in a Chair and DAL, respectively!) We are also appreciative of our board liaison who has been with us this entire year, Jennifer Shultz. I have grown to love and respect all of these individuals and appreciate their hard work. We are sad to see Aaron roll off as DAL and look forward to working with our new Chair-elect and DAL-elect to be elected this summer. Lastly, all of our section work is possible due to the energetic wisdom from our section director, Vicki Basalyga – you rock Vicki and we all cannot thank you enough for your unrelenting dedication to our section!
In closing, it has been my honor and pleasure to have served you as section chair this past year. Thank you all for your support in this past year. I have definitely learned a great deal and met some amazing colleagues I am honored to call friends. Since the end (and subsequent) beginning of residencies will soon be upon us, I will leave you with this quote that a former student shared on the first day of his residency:
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” Pele
I wish you all much success in all you do for our section, ASHP, and the patients we serve. As always, let us know how we can better serve you at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make it a great day!
Kim Benner, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP, FPPAG
Chair, Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists