Greetings New Practitioners,
I hope everyone had the opportunity to take a break and enjoy the holiday season with their family and friends. The New Year (January 1st) provides an opportunity to reset ourselves, to reflect on all that we have accomplished, and to identify or re-commit to personal and professional goals. You likely achieved many things in 2018 that you might have never imagined. I encourage you to take a brief moment to pause and recognize all that you have accomplished.
The end of the 2018 also brought another Midyear Clinical Meeting in December, which was hosted in Anaheim, CA. For those who attended, it was a busy, exciting, and potentially overwhelming time. Whether you were interviewing for a job, a residency, or a fellowship, or were the one conducting interviews, there were opportunities to meet new people, catch-up with old friends, attend CE presentations, and learn about new and innovative pharmacy practices. This is what makes the Midyear extremely valuable and enjoyable! For those who were unable to attend, be sure to check out ASHP TV meeting highlights. Educational sessions from the 2018 Midyear will be available online later this month.
In addition to reflecting on the past year, the New Year provides an opportunity to set new goals. Several approaches are available to help ensure that you are successful for the upcoming year. A common strategy is to set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic, and Time-related). This approach has been proven beneficial and provides a valuable framework for setting tangible goals and tracking your progress. It is also important to remember that your goals do not need to be massive and setting small goals can have a large impact. One of my goals for 2019 is to continue donating to the ASHP Foundation and the ASHP-PAC. These two entities work to advance the pharmacy profession and to ensure that the issues affecting you and your patients are heard by members of Congress. Ultimately, whatever goals you set, you will be aiming to improve yourself in some way. So be kind to yourself, do not aim for perfection, and enjoy the process.
Best wishes in 2019,
John D. Hill, Pharm.D., MS, BCPS
Chair, New Practitioners Forum Executive Committee