Now that we are deeper into the fall season, it is exciting to reflect upon all that has been accomplished thus far and to also anticipate upcoming events, including the 2017 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando, Florida. I know that it has been a busy autumn for everyone, and the thoughts of seeing family, friends, colleagues, and mentors over the next month is greatly anticipated!
I was honored to attend ASHP’s Policy Week during the last week of September as the representative for our Section. This was my first time attending, and I learned a great deal about the development of ASHP’s policies as well as the amount of time and effort that is spent contacting legislators to gain support for pharmacy initiatives within the government. I attended numerous meetings of various ASHP Councils and observed as they completed policy reviews and began development of new policies. I also spent Wednesday on Capitol Hill, during ASHP’s Legislative Day, interacting with members of Congress from Massachusetts. I even had the opportunity to meet Senator Elizabeth Warren during a meet and greet session. I felt a great deal of pride in representing ASHP through discussion of key issues with these people, including support of pharmacists as providers.
The final morning of Policy Week was a joint session where all council members discussed initiatives to support clinician well-being and resilience. The National Academy of Medicine launched the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience where ASHP is the only pharmacy organization that is part of the network of more than 50 organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout. Because clinician burnout has such a negative impact on the ability to provide quality and safe care to our patients, I am proud that ASHP is representing pharmacists in this multidisciplinary collaboration. It is crucial that we identify factors that lead to frustration and burnout and determine how to optimize well-being in ourselves and our colleagues. Following this discussion, the Councils continued to meet to finish their work. I left Policy Week feeling energized and excited for the future!
As the 2017 Midyear Clinical Meeting (MCM) is rapidly approaching, I am looking forward to traveling to Orlando. As some of you know, I met my husband at the 1999 MCM in Orlando, so this location holds a special place in my heart. I am excited to participate in networking sessions, as these are great opportunities to interact with colleagues and gather new ideas to bring back to our home institutions. The Section Meet and Greet will allow the members of our Section to interact in a more casual way after hours; I always enjoy meeting new people and seeing how their practices are similar yet different from mine. Don’t miss the 2017 Section Meet and Greet on Monday, December 4, from 6:00 -7:00 p.m. at Harry’s Poolside Bar and Grill in the Rosen Center. (This is a self-treat event.) I’m also planning to attend various educational programming that will optimize my practice. Attending the poster sessions always invigorates me and gives me new ideas to approach when I return home. I have been using the link https://midyear17.ashp.org/About to obtain a great deal of information related to the MCM, including meeting schedules, special events, and travel information. I hope to see everyone there!
As always, please feel free to contact me at any time with any thoughts, input, or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to continuing to work with you all!
Linda Spooner, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP, FCCP
Chair, Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners