As we move into spring, life around us begins to transform. Flowers again blossom. The sounds of birds chirping reemerges. Darkness turns to light. At the same time, the new season signals a soon to come transition for many new practitioners. Some are preparing for their second year of residency. Others are pursuing fellowship or taking the dive into their first clinical or administrative roles. A chunk of us are also transitioning out of the forum as five years has passed. No matter where you are, with this change comes the opportunity for growth and time for reflection. As such, I would ask you to consider the following:
1.) Are you utilizing the resources ASHP has available for New Practitioners?
Make sure to check out the ASHP New Practitioners Forum home page when you have a chance. We have a variety of resources specifically aimed at addressing the topics of job preparation, research, networking, career development, mentoring and preceptor development.
If you're preparing for a BPS exam, ASHP has you covered! Check out the variety of preparatory and re-certification materials available for all board specialties.
2.) Do you want to learn how to address surface contamination in healthcare settings?
Get free on-demand CE activity (1.5 hours) titled “USP Chapter <800>: Focus on Approaches to Addressing Surface Contamination in Healthcare Settings. This CE features Patricia C. Kienle, Chun-Yip Hon, and Wendy Gaudet.
3.) Interested in becoming more involved within the forum? There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available within the forum's five advisory groups to expand your involvement if interested. The deadline for applications is May 1st, so be sure to check out the advisory group homepage if interested.
Wishing you the best as you spring ahead to new endeavors.
NPF Executive Committee
University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics