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NPF Executive Committee Message December 2018

Valerie D. Nolt

December 2018

Greetings New Practitioners,

As we get ready for the 2018 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, the New Practitioners Forum Executive Committee would like to share some of the great opportunities designed for new practitioners in their first five years of pharmacy practice. Sunday, December 2nd in Room 154 and 155, 100 Level, ACC North there is an entire section of Midyear programming devoted to addressing the unique needs of residents and new practitioners. The Career Development track is focusing sessions on key topics including clinician well-being, emotional intelligence, preceptor development, and teaching literature analysis. The Clinical Development track tackles hot topics including legalized cannabis, the opioid epidemic, new hypercholesterolemia guidelines, and antimicrobial stewardship. The New Practitioners Forum Executive Committee and Advisory Group Chairs will also be available throughout the day (outside Room 154) to provide resources and information on opportunities for new practitioners.

The topic of clinician well-being will not only be focused in the new practitioner programming, but will also be emphasized throughout Midyear programming. Be sure to enjoy the Expressions of Clinician Well-Being, a traveling art exhibit on the ACC North Pedestrian Bridge curated by the National Academy of Medicine to promote greater awareness and understanding of barriers to clinician well-being and solutions that promise a brighter future. Feel free to stop by the meditation room in ACC North, Room 110, Level 1 to spend some time away from the organized chaos of Midyear in a quiet, calm space for attendees. Finally, take advantage of over 13 hours of programming dedicated to the important topic of healthcare workforce well-being to ensure you set yourself up as a new practitioner to cultivate resilience that will last throughout your long career ahead.

Many of us will be spending some amount of time at the Personnel Placement Service (PPS) either as a candidate pursuing a new position or as an employer recruiting new talent to our institution. Look no further than ASHP Connect for many posts from pharmacy leaders to prepare your interview skills. David Witmer talks about interviewing with a purpose; Sara White writes about interviewing for character, behavioral interviewing scenarios, and favorite interview questions; Fred Massoomi writes about tips to make you a better conversationalist. Regardless of which side of the interview table you will be sitting on, reviewing some of these posts can boost your ability to have a successful interview.

Perhaps the biggest “can’t miss” event for new practitioners is the New Practitioner Networking Session planned by the Membership and Outreach Advisory Group on Sunday, December 2nd from 4:00pm-5:00pm in Room 154, 100 Level, ACC North. This session is designed to help you connect to peers and share information, resources, and ideas to tackle the most pressing issues new practitioners face through conversations with other new practitioners and distinguished facilitators. It is not necessary to register in advance for the event, but make sure to spread the word to your colleagues and friends! 

We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim!

Safe travels,

Valerie D. Nolt, PharmD
Member, ASHP New Practitioner Forum Executive Committee

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