Greetings! Happy fall and hope you are enjoying some cooler weather wherever you are. I say this because in the south, we rarely get cold weather and I currently feel as if this heat will never break and more importantly, see the humidity drop below 95%!
But regardless of the weather, at ASHP it is an exciting time for our section and its members! I recently represented our section at ASHPs annual policy week where the commission and five councils gather together to craft policy as it relates to our members and our profession. During the two days of policy discussion I rotated among several of the councils to hear issues that were identified as being relevant to our section members. Topics discussed included measurements in metric units, medication overuse (or rationale use of medications, rather than just overuse), formulary management for health systems, CPIC and IDSA guidelines, and use of biomarkers in clinical practice. A good deal of time was spent on an issue that most likely affects all of us: clinician well-being and resilience. ASHP, along with 50 other healthcare organizations, recently joined the Action Collaborative to ensure that the healthcare workforce, including pharmacy, is healthy, resilient, and functioning at the highest capacity. The goals of this Action Collaborative are to (1) assess and understand the underlying causes of clinician burnout and suicide, and (2) advance solutions that reverse the trends in clinician stress, burnout, and suicide. Stay tuned for more information to come on this widespread issue. The councils will continue to refine their policy recommendations over the coming months and submit a report to the board of directors. A final report will then be generated for review in the spring and discussed in depth at regional delegate conferences in late spring 2018. The policy making process comes to fruition at the June 2018 ASHP House of Delegates meeting. You can continue to follow the policy making process at ASHP Policy Process.
Speaking of policy making and the importance of it in relation to our pharmacy practice, this is a great way to get involved – to serve on an ASHP council or commission! The call for council or commission involvement is open now and closes November 15th! Apply here: 2018 - 2019 ASHP Appointment Recommendation Form The councils that all ASHP members can be involved in include: Council on Public Policy, Council on Therapeutics, Council on Education and Workforce Development, Council on Pharmacy Practice, and Council on Pharmacy Management. The active commission is the Commission on Affiliate Relations. Several of our section members have served on these groups, including myself, and it is a great way to be involved in ASHP and work on the issues important to our daily practice! This is also the time for your students or residents apply to the Student and New Practitioners Forum.
As a part of policy week, all council, commission and board members, as well as section chairs, get to take a trip to the “Hill”! This is my favorite part, where we get to meet with members of congress and senators to discuss important legislative issues that affect pharmacists and our care of the patients we serve. This year we lobbied for pharmacists as providers, improved transparency in drug pricing and continued funding for the opioid crisis. With over 100 of us, it was a powerful day! #4ourPatients
So now we move on to preparing for Midyear in sunny Orlando in December! For our section, we have some exciting events planned! There will be many networking sessions as well as expanded poster sessions for Pediatrics, Emergency Care, Critical Care and Ambulatory Care on Sunday in the Residency Showcase space. I hope you have made plans to attend the Midyear and that we can meet up there. In the meantime, continue to use our section for your educational needs and networking. As always, let us know how we can better serve you at [email protected] Make it a great day!
For those of you who practice in an Emergency Department: The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) is asking for members who practice in Emergency Medicine to provide input on the role and responsibilities of specialists in Emergency Medicine Pharmacy practice. The results of the survey, collected as part of a role delineation study, will provide the basis for exploring a BPS certification examination in Emergency Medicine Pharmacy. Please fill this survey out no later than November 3rd. Emergency Medicine Specialty Survey
Finally, the Emergency Care Section Advisory Group will be hosting a Twitter Chat on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time on Drug Shortages in the Emergency Department. Save the Date!!! You can follow them on Twitter at: @ASHP_EMPharm
Kim Benner, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP, FPPAG
Chair, Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists