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Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners Chair Message September 2019

Zach Weber, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP, CDE

September 2019

“I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.” – Franklin P. Adams

Dear Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners (SACP) Members,

It’s hard to believe that summer is winding down, but I hope everyone has been able to the enjoy the warm weather over the past couple months. This time of year is always hectic for many people as we help get our recently graduated practitioners acclimated to new jobs, prepare for classes to start on college campuses, send our own children back to school, and try to find a little bit of time to enjoy an upcoming Fall bonfire, football game, or changing leaves. In the midst of everything going on, I like to remind our members of the support and resources available through the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners. In particular, I would encourage you to explore the great resources in the Ambulatory Care Resource Center. In addition to the existing resources, new information has been added about Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist PeerReview and an FAQ on Pharmacist Workforce Development.

The new SAG year is also quickly approaching. I would like to welcome our new members, and say thank you to our returning members. We truly appreciate your service to the Section and to ASHP and could not support our mission without you. Whether you are a new or returning SAG member, remember that these groups are the perfect chance to get involved. Look for opportunities to be active in the creation of resource documents, webinars, meeting presentations, networking sessions, and more. I remember my first SAG networking session years ago and never imagined it would be stepping stone for the level of collegiality and service I’ve been able to enjoy in ASHP. I encourage you to search for your opportunities to contribute!

As we continue the theme of exploration, I’d like to remind you about the support provided by the A3 Collaborative. The A3 Collaborative focuses on helping healthcare providers and organizations make Comprehensive Medication Management a part of their strategic plan. The 12 month learning experience provides continuing education, team coaching, and networking opportunities to help pharmacists implement and expand ambulatory pharmacy services.  The A3 Collaborative is accepting applications for the 2019 – 20 cohort; you may apply here

As you plan the remainder of your 2019, I encourage you to consider opportunities to get information in person. The National Pharmacy Preceptors Conference is scheduled for October 17 – 19 in Dallas, Texas and the Midyear Clinical Meeting is December 8 – 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Registration is open for both conferences, go ahead and make your travel arrangements now.

As you navigate this hectic time of year, seek out ways to provide helpful information to others. You never know when you might have the opportunity to find something helpful for you ‘on the way’.

All the best,

Zach Weber, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, CDE
Chair, Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners