Hello New Practitioners!
February can be a quick flash in the year. It is quantitatively the shortest month – despite being a Leap Year in 2020 – so it feels like I’m just starting the month and then in the blink-of-an-eye, it’s already over. Many of us are entering another interview season – either as a candidate, preceptor, or residency program director. At the same time, we may be planning summer trips, deep into the teaching semester, or working on other professional projects. Also simultaneously, we may be celebrating different healthcare awareness initiatives such as American Heart Month or Patient Recognition Week. Likely, your calendar is already busy; however, I encourage you to take a few minutes to check and ensure that your professional engagement meter is still full!
As we ride the tide of the new decade, I hope this has solidified a foundation on professional engagement and involvement. Maybe you’re a PGY1 looking to further your growth within ASHP or exiting the New Practitioners Forum in July and wondering where next to make your professional home within ASHP. No matter where you are in your journey, I hope you find it stimulating and challenging.
I loved seeing many of you at 2019 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and connecting with friends across the nation. I always feel re-invigorated as I come home with novel ideas and updates. Do you have a similar feeling? Consider applying for an educational session for the 2020 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. Also, the educational session recordings are now available for FREE to all full meeting registrants. View the sessions you missed and attend at your leisure.
Additionally, don’t forget about all of the continuing education resources provided through ASHP’s eLearning. Some of these continuing education webinars have been created by our very own New Practitioners Forum Advisory Group members. This is a great opportunity to sort not only by specialty but also by topics which impact new practitioners, such as building preceptor skills and networking for introverts.
Lastly, I want to bring attention to the launch of the latest podcast channel, @ASHPOfficial. ASHP Official is your source for informative and thoughtful conversations exploring key issues impacting the field of pharmacy today.
As always, We want to hear from each of you and encourage you to participate in discussions on ASHP Connect. Do you have ideas or comments for the New Practitioners Forum to meet your needs? Message me, Megan Adelman, on ASHP Connect or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the discussion started.
Megan Adelman (Elavsky), Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP, CDE
Member, New Practitioners Forum Executive Committee