I can’t believe that this is my last chair’s message; the year has gone by so quickly! It has been an honor to represent the Section of Ambulatory Care Pharmacists (SACP) as your Chair. I hope that I was able to be a voice for ambulatory care pharmacists and for the future of ambulatory care pharmacy practice. I would like to thank the brilliant members of the SACP Executive Committee for their service this year, especially Kristy Butler (Immediate Past Chair) and Betsy Shilliday (Director-at-Large), whose terms will end in June. I would also like to recognize the chairs of the Section Advisory Groups and Committees for 2017-2018: Robin Cooke (Ambulatory Care Medication Management), Ellina Seckel (Clinical Practice Advancement), Jamie Cavanaugh (Compensation and Practice Sustainability), Barbara Petroff (Home Infusion), Courtenay Wilson (Pain and Palliative Care), and Amber Lanae Martirosov (Educational Steering Committee). The Section’s Advisory Groups and Committees have worked tirelessly this past year to plan educational and networking sessions, post blogs on ASHP connect, webinars, and update resources pertinent to ambulatory care pharmacists. Visit the SACP Webpage and the Ambulatory Care Resource Center regularly for updates throughout the summer.
A number of important ASHP events have occurred since my last message:
In April, ASHP held its annual Strategic Planning Retreat in Bethesda, MD. It was gratifying to be able to represent the ambulatory care practitioners at this retreat as our segment of health system pharmacy continues to grow by leaps and bounds. The results of this retreat will be used to shape the future direction of ASHP.
Last week, the Regional Delegate Conferences were held across the country. During the conferences, delegates discussed a number of proposed policies that are especially pertinent to ambulatory care pharmacists. I encourage you to join the House of Delegates community on ASHP Connect to see a summary of the discussions that occurred at each RDC, and contact me to submit feedback on any policies that you think the Section should support, amend, or oppose.
The ASHP Summer Meetings and Exhibition in Denver, Colorado is quickly approaching. There promises to be some excellent ambulatory programming during the Ambulatory Care Conference. Sessions include programming on Telehealth, layered learning in the ambulatory care setting, and a physical assessment workshop. If you have not already registered for the meeting, you can do so here.
Team registration for the next round of the A3 Collaborative is still open! Learn more about this exciting opportunity to advance ambulatory pharmacy practice at your institution here.
I will leave you with a quote from Angela Duckworth, whose book Grit has had an immense impact on my professional and personal life: “I won’t just have a job; I’ll have a calling. I’ll challenge myself every day. When I get knocked down, I’ll get back up. I may not be the smartest person in the room, but I’ll strive to be the grittiest.”
I am forever grateful to my husband for his support during this past year, as my frequent travels have left him to shoulder more responsibility in caring for our two young boys. I am also thankful for my colleagues at Concordia University and Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Health System who covered for me during my frequent absences. This year as truly been a life-changing experience.
If you are considering becoming involved in ASHP and aren’t unsure, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Laura Traynor, Pharm.D., BCPS
Chair, Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners (2017-2018)