I recently got back from the Regional Delegate Conference in Chicago. If you are signed up for the House of Delegate Connect Digest emails, you no doubt received many notifications during the last weekend of April! The Regional Delegate Conferences are held in four locations with a small number of delegates and alternate delegates who gather to discuss proposed professional policies that will go before the June ASHP House of Delegates, potential amendments, and areas of unmet policy need.
Confused? I was too until a couple of years ago. For a full description of the ASHP Policy Development Process, click here. In summary, here a few highlights:
- A professional policy is ASHP’s official stance on an issue related to pharmacy practice or use of medications in society. ASHP Policy Positions are available on the ASHP website.
- The ASHP House of Delegates is the ultimate authority over ASHP professional policies. It meets annually “in-person” at the ASHP Summer Meetings and virtually in March and November, where it reviews policy proposals that have been approved by the Board of Directors.
- The bulk of these proposed policies come from councils that meet in the fall; these councils are Education and Workforce Development, Pharmacy Management, Pharmacy Practice, Public Policy, and Therapeutics.
- The delegates include fraternal delegates (from the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Public Health Service, and Department of Veterans Affairs), past ASHP presidents, ASHP officers and directors, section and forum chairs, and delegates credentialed by their affiliated state societies.
- The number of state delegates is based on a proportionate number of active ASHP members in each state. Contact your state affiliate if you are interested in serving.
Some of the most discussed policies this year are the Medical Aid in Dying, Drug Dosing in Diseases that Modify Pharmacokinetics or Pharmacodynamics, Ready-to-Administer Packaging for Hazardous Drug Products Intended for Home Use, and the Drug Testing policy recommendations. Discussions are ongoing on the ASHP House of Delegates Connect Community. I would encourage you to comment if you feel strongly about a policy. Alternatively (or in addition), please feel free to contact me at the email below if you would like to discuss your views on any proposed policy (since I am the Section’s delegate in the House of Delegates).
I just recently got off of a call with all of our Section Advisory Group (SAG) and Educational Steering Committee (ESC) leaders. SICP members are involved in many ASHP activities including: serving as mentors and reviewers, presenting at ASHP national meetings, developing guidelines, field testing , and more. Members of the ESC and SAGs have been producing great content this year. Some highlights for me include:
- Published a Frontline Pharmacist article in AJHP
- Sponsored the webinar, Preparing for Clinical Trial Audits: What Pharmacy Needs to Know
- Submitted articles to www.safemedication.com, including “Personalizing Your Medicine”, “Preventing the Flu”, “Dietary Supplements”, “Inactive Ingredients”, and “ADR Reporting”.
- Developed an algorithm for ADC Override Medications – coming soon
- Co-sponsored a webinar on change management with the National Rural Health Association and the Office of Rural Health Policy
- Published a new Advanced Pharmacy Technician Role Case Study on a Clinical Pharmacy Services Technician
- Conducted six networking sessions at the 2016 Midyear Clinical Meeting
- Developed a ‘Busy Day Toolkit” that is a resource for preceptors to provide meaningful experiences when a preceptor has an unexpected busy day that takes them away from their students – coming soon
- Sponsored the annual Small and Rural Hospitals programming track at the 2016 Midyear Clinical Meeting
- Developed Medication History Pharmacy Technician and Medication Safety Technician Toolkits – coming soon
- Coordinated the Safety & Quality Pearls Session at the 2106 Midyear Clinical Meeting
- Sponsored a networking session and coordinated educational sessions at the upcoming Summer Meetings’ Medication Safety Collaborative
- Hosted the Small and Rural Hospitals Caucus held at Summer Meetings
- Developed educational activities for 2017 Midyear Clinical Meeting
- Much more is in the works and will be revealed later this year!
I have enjoyed being Section Chair this year. It really has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. Please continue to feel free to contact me with ideas, questions, and more. I hope to see many of you in Minneapolis at the ASHP 2017 Summer Meetings and Exhibition!
Jennifer Robertson, Pharm.D., BCPS
Chair, Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners