“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,
Because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” -Theodore Roosevelt
Dear SACP Colleagues,
I am honored to serve as your section chair for the next year; it will be an exciting year as we prepare for provider status! The Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners has been my professional home for the past 9 year and I am so grateful for all of the professional development and friendships that have resulted from my involvement. I first became involved in the Section with the encouragement of ASHP staff member, David Chen. I was a solo practitioner establishing ambulatory care services in a rural health clinic in Minnesota and I was encountering many challenges while establishing a practice. I had support in my home state, but it was so gratifying to meet other pharmacists around the country who were also in the trenches of ambulatory care practice development. Our profession has evolved since that time, and ambulatory care is one of the fastest growing areas of pharmacy practice! Today, the members of our section are caring for ambulatory patients on a daily basis. We come together as members of ASHP to learn, network, and share.
Ambulatory Care pharmacists did all of those things while at the Summer Meeting in Minneapolis. While there, I was able to participate in quality continuing education programming as a part of the Ambulatory Care Conference. The programming covered topics such as reimbursement, data collection, and storytelling. I returned to my practice site with a renewed energy to move my practice forward over the next year. The House of Delegates debated some important policies, including one around collaborative practice. There were many opportunities for networking, including a thought-provoking networking session organized by the Section Advisory Group on Pain and Palliative Care in which we discussed opioid stewardship.
I have learned a lot during my year as chair-elect of the section. I am especially grateful for the mentorship of the immediate past chair, Kristy Butler, the outgoing immediate-past chair, Kelly Epplen, and past section chair Melanie Dodd. I would also like to thank Mollie Scott and Betsy Shilliday for serving as directors-at-large and Jessica Skelley for serving as director-at-large elect. All of these women have provided amazing examples for me of what it means to be dedicated to the profession of pharmacy and ASHP. I look forward to working with the incoming officers as well. Please cast your vote in the ASHP elections, and make your voice heard.
The Man in the Arena speech by Teddy Roosevelt, which began this message, hangs on the wall of my office right above my computer. I look at it every day to remind me that doing innovative things requires an openness to failure. As ambulatory care practitioners, we are breaking new ground every day. Many of us have been a part of starting a new ambulatory service or advancing the existing services within our organizations. We try new things… sometimes they are successful, and sometimes not so much. I have learned more from my failures over the past 11 years than I have from my successes. I issue a challenge to all of us this year: to take risks that will advance our ambulatory care services as we prepare for provider status, and to support one another as we do this.
Laura Traynor, Pharm.D., BCPS
Chair, Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners (2017-2018)