When I was a new practitioner, I knew I wanted to be actively involved in ASHP. As a resident, I had witnessed various mentors (especially Bill Greene and Jennifer Reddan) participating in various ASHP leadership volunteer activities and taking great professional pride in these roles. However, when it became time for me to participate and volunteer, I really had no idea where to start. So, I hung around for about 10 years, doing this and that, but never really taking the next leap in professional organization involvement.
Jump ahead to March 2011. A Section NewsLink email came across asking for volunteers on Section Advisory Groups (SAGs). I wasn’t sure what they were, so I turned to my ASHP guru (James Hoffman) and asked if I should volunteer for the Medication Safety SAG. He strongly encouraged me to apply. Now it’s six years later and I’m writing this Chair Message for you, encouraging you to take the next leap!
How do I get involved?
A good first document to read is the Section’s Get Involved document. This document outlines suggested tips for how to get started in volunteer activities with ASHP. Here are a few highlights:
Submit your information for appointment consideration for a SAG . These groups are really the backbone of the ASHP Sections. The Section for Inpatient Care Practitioners is made up of several section advisory groups (SAGs), including Medication Safety, Small and Rural Hospitals, Pharmacy Practice Experiences, and Advancing Pharmacy Practice with Technicians. Each Section, including ours, also has its own Educational Steering Committee. Considers submitting your information for appointment consideration to be a member of one of these important work groups. The time commitment includes a one-hour conference call every month (September to May) and active participation in several SAG group projects, such as developing a resource, tool, or toolkit that is published on the ASHP website . Applications for appointment consideration are due by April 1, 2017, so don’t delay!
Volunteer to serve as a reviewer or contributor for AJHP . Your contribution could take the form of an editorial, clinical review, therapy update, report, or commentary. See the AJHPwebsite for more information.
Get involved in an ASHP meeting . Submit a proposal for an education session, poster, or management case study; sign up to be a proposal reviewer; and/or volunteer to be a poster mentor at a meeting.
Curriculum Vitae (CV) Review Program . Volunteer to review CVs for pharmacy students and new practitioners. ASHP offers this service to students twice a year and it’s both quick and easy to do (plus rewarding!)
2017 Summer Meeting
The ASHP 2017 Summer Meetings and Exhibition is open for registration. The meeting will be held in Minneapolis, MN, June 3-7, 2017. The meeting is comprised of four boutique meetings: Medication Safety Collaborative, Informatics Institute, Ambulatory Care Conference, and Pharmacy, Practice & Policy. While you must select one meeting as your “home,” all of the sessions are open and available to all registered participants. I hope to see you there!
New ASHP Website
Be sure to visit the new ASHP website ! The new website is designed to provide you with a personalized experience. Customizable by practice setting and topics of interest, the new www.ASHP.orgis a mobile-responsive site that combines ASHP’s diverse websites into one digital ecosystem. Learn more about this exciting new website in a blog by Paul Abramowitz .
Have a wonderful spring!
Jennifer Robertson, Pharm.D., BCPS
Chair, Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners