Hi New Practitioners – and Happy New Year from the NPF Executive Committee! We hope that despite the challenging year that 2020 has been, you were able to find time for reflection and peace as we work towards a better tomorrow in 2021.
I also hope that you had an opportunity to take advantage of the Unstoppable Virtual Midyear Meeting, #ASHP20. It was another record breaking year with over 25,000 participants and opened the door to new possibilities in the virtual environment. The New Practitioners Forum was truly that – unstoppable. Our Membership and Outreach Advisory Group members pivoted to the new format to create a virtual networking session where 150+ new practitioners talked about staying up-to-date with literature, developing relationships with interdisciplinary teams, precepting learners, resiliency and wellbeing. There are multiple presentations in the resident & new practitioner programming – both live and recorded – that you can take advantage of until March 1, 2021 (live CE must be claimed by February 1, 2021). The residency showcase and PPS created an avenue for connection and opportunity much like a live meeting. I hope you stopped by the award stage to watch John Hill, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, Division Director, Central Pharmacy at Johns Hopkins Hospital accept the 2020 Distinguished Services Award for the New Practitioners Forum. The best part of it all was connecting with so many of you on Twitter through our newly established @ASHP_NPF account! The fun continues beyond the meeting – follow the Forum on Twitter for more content!
During our recent Forum Executive Committee Meeting, we had the opportunity to revisit our NPF strategic plan. We continue to find ways to grow and improve to best meet the needs of you as a new practitioner. The ASHP NPF supports the mission and vision of ASHP by promoting the growth of pharmacy practice leaders and providing a collective voice for the new practitioners in the association. Maybe you are like me and are looking for resources to help meet your professional new year's resolutions. Good news, the ASHP New Practitioners Forum has many resources to help. Whether you are looking for job preparation and networking tips and tricks or research and preceptor development tools, the Forum has you covered. While the resources out there are expansive and growing – start with the New Practitioners Forum Toolkit.
What is your 2021 goal going to be? Your journey as a New Practitioner is unique and your fellow members are here to support you. If you cannot find what you are looking for, send your Executive Committee ideas for ways we can better support YOU at NewPractitioners@ashp.org.
Kellie L.E. Musch, Pharm.D., M.S.
Chair, New Practitioners Forum Executive Committee
Site Manager, Pharmacy Services; OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, Columbus, OH