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SACP Chair Message November 2019

November 2019

“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But, when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.” – Maya Angelou

Dear Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners (SACP) Members,

This time of year always seems to be a mix of emotions for me. On one hand, the weather is getting colder and days are getting shorter. But, on the other hand, holiday season is in full effect as we watch our little ones dress in costumes and consume too much candy, prepare our menus for Thanksgiving and stake claim to our favorite spot for the ‘post-turkey’ nap, and plan the gatherings, decorations, and presents for special December celebrations. While the holidays keep many of us actively involved outside of work, it’s important to consider the pharmacy gathering that will involve so many of us in a few short weeks.

Thousands of us will soon gather in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 54th Midyear Clinical Meeting. This is a time for education, networking, socializing, and fun!  As the largest gathering of pharmacy professionals in the world, the Midyear is a chance to take our ASHP membership to the next level.  The meeting provides the opportunity to involve the next generation of pharmacists, while mentoring them through critical years of training. Please consider ways for your learners to attend student programming events, participate in PPS interviews, and visit the residency showcase.   New this year, is the Virtual Residency Showcase.  This event will allow ASHP members unable to attend the Midyear Clinical Meeting to connect with residency programs online. 

Our Section Advisory Groups will host a variety of Roundtable Discussions during the Midyear Clinical Meeting.  Topics include guidelines in ambulatory care, pain management clinical practice advancement, and navigating the reimbursement system.  We will also hold our third annual ambulatory care themed poster session with a discussion on population health.

If you are not able attend the Midyear, you can remain connected through ASHP’s newly launched podcast channel.   The ASHPOfficial channel features conversations with ASHP leadership, researchers, authors, and practitioners.   Current episodes highlight advocacy updates, updates to the solid organ transplant guidelines, and pain management in the emergency department.  Ambulatory Care related content, featuring members of the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners, will be added in December 2019. 

As we enter this festive time of year, I hope you have the chance to “feel the sense of hope and accomplishment“ that comes from staying involved in your profession, your practice, and the lives of those that are important to you.

All the best,

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