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Like many of the other new bloggers you've probably seen, I will be documenting my experience with ASHP's online intensive study modules as an ASHP Pharmacotherapy Ambassador. First, I'll give you a brief background on where I'm coming from. I graduated pharmacy school in 2011, completed a PGY1 residency and was fortunate enough to be hired on at the hospital where I did my residency. I completed the ASHP Patient Care Impact Program in 2013 which involved expanding our services in the emergency department. I serve as a residency preceptor in our ED. I also just took the BCPS exam last fall so this will obviously be my first experience with recertification. On a more personal note, I am training for my first (and last?) half iron man coming up in May, and my wife and I are expecting our first child in August.
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Good-bye Winter, Hello Spring! 

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I have been working in the hospital setting for the past 17 years and like to think that I had some level of understanding of health care economics and the current state of our health care system. I knew that there was a shortage of primary care physicians and that we generally do a lousy job in preventive care relative to other developed countries. I knew that we have the most expensive health care in the world and that our outcomes are not proportionate to our dollars spent. I knew that reimbursement dollars were being slashed by government payors, that the 340b drug discount program was being threatened, and that the runaway freight train of specialty pharmacy expense (with prices pulled out of a hat) was likely unsustainable.
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Good Evening Everyone!

Welcome to my first blog post as an ASHP BCPS Ambassador!  I have never blogged before, so please bear with me as we travel on this journey together.  As a new practitioner and someone who recently achieved BCPS certification, I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself and explain how ASHP has helped me along the way.
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Hi everyone!

Welcome and thank you for visiting my blog. I have been given the honor of becoming a BCPS Ambassador for ASHP, tasked with promoting the growth and distinction of our profession through Pharmacotherapy certification and recertification. Over the next year, I will be documenting my BCPS recertification journey, and I am so glad you will be joining me. I’m fairly green in the blogging world, so bear with me!

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Have you ever thought about attending one of ASHP’s meetings or conferences? If not, I would consider registering for this upcoming Summer Meeting in Denver, CO from June 6

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Hello everyone!  First off, I'm very excited to be appointed an ASHP BCPS Recertification Ambassador!  That means that I have been given access to ASHP's Pharmacotherapy Recertification materials so that I can review them and share my opinions with you all.  Before I start my first review, I wanted to give a couple disclaimers:
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The 2015 interview season was exciting this year due to weather. Cancelled flights, snow, ice, and rescheduling was a theme in February. I reminded of one key thing that easy to forget, be flexible! Healthcare and pharmacy is an ever changing profession that brings on new challenges and opportunities but how do we discover all of this, we be flexible.

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On behalf of ASHP I would like to congratulate everyone who matched in today’s Pharmacy Residency Match Program. Your many years of hard work have paid off, and you are now on your way to the next phase of honing your skills as a patient care provider and a leader in our profession. More than 3,600 pharmacy students and new practitioners matched with a residency position. This year, I am also happy to report that over 300 additional residency positions were added to the 2015 Match. Further, this year’s 8% rate of growth for PGY1 residency positions exceeded the 5% growth in demand from applicants. Things are clearly heading in the right direction, and ASHP looks forward to continuing to build further capacity in pharmacy residency training throughout the United States and around the world.
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It’s hard to believe that Match Day has already arrived!  For those seeking residency positions this day is full of anxiety and excitement.  After the emails go out today, don’t forget that ASHP has many resources to help you navigate Match Day and beyond.  Whether you Match or are facing the Scramble, you’ll find resources from ASHP to help you navigate the process. 

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February was filled with residency interviews. There is a lot I wish I had known ahead of time, such as how early to expect a response from programs, how frequently applicants are asked clinical questions, and the duration of most interviews. This blog post was created to provide insight for those who may be interviewing for PGY1 residencies in the coming application cycles.

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General : interviews, P4, PGY1, Residency  Audience : Pharmacy Students

I was recently selected as an ASHP BCPS Pharmacotherapy Ambassador. As a result I am able to complete the new recertification credit programs for BCPS put out by ASHP. So far, I have completed a few of the literature study modules in which you are given a variety of articles on a similar topic & are required to take a test after. So far, these have been both very informative & challenging. The 1st were Nested Case Control Studies in Cardiology & Meta-Analysis in Cardiology. Both very informative and relevant. I actually did not receive a passing score of the first part involving the Nested Case Control. This section was difficult, including the quiz questions. Even though I did not pass, it was not because I did not learn anything. I am very glad that these recertification credits are very challenging, so I am excited to work on more to continue to learn about new, relevant topics.. I look forward to completing further modules.
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You may ask yourself "Is being Board Certified for me?". Are you a person who likes to be knowledgeable
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I had a conference call with the Pharmacy Student Forum Leadership Development Advisory Group tonight. Talking to other P4 students before the call started made me realize...holy moly I graduate in exactly 2 months! It's crazy how this last year has flown by so fast, especially the last couple of months. Between rotations, traveling to Honduras for one week for my underserved rotation, and traveling all over the country for residency interviews, I have no idea where January and February went! I think what is even more exciting is knowing that my future (or at least the next year of my life) is being determined by a computer system. It's scary not having any idea where I'll end up. I know The Match is only 4 days away, but I've been wondering this for the past year now! Not to mention, the anticipation of The Match has been driving me crazy. The panic of wondering if I'm eligible for a license in the state I ranked first (even though I clearly looked into this before applying), the nightmares of programs not having my ID number...been there, done that. One thing is for certain, though; in exactly 2 months, I will no longer be a P4.
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This is my latest addition to the Kansas Council of Health System Pharmacists. I share it here because it is relevant to every pharmacist throughout the country. I hope you enjoy and share my latest newsletter article to membership.

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Hello, world!  I will be serving as an ASHP Pharmacotherapy Ambassador for the next year.  What is that you ask?  It basically allows me to try out ASHP’s suite of online Pharmacotherapy recertification modules and share my thoughts with members.  The modules will vary in clinical content, but overall will focus on the
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Greetings fellow new practitioners! The Membership Outreach Advisory Group has been busy throughout the winter months and it is my pleasure to provide you with an update regarding our efforts.

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I sit here with mixed emotions, having just submitted my rankings for the ASHP PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Match. You better believe the first of these was an elephant-sized sense of relief - yes, it's now officially out of my hands. Pride that I made the most of my four years of pharmacy school, enabling myself to be the most competitive candidate I could be. Nervousness, anticipation and excitement for the next chapter of my professional life; and above all, gratitude for the faculty, preceptors, mentors, friends and family who gave me a kick in the pants when I needed it most and helped shape the person I am today. All of these feelings and self-reflection have made me channel my inner Oprah and think about the three things I know for sure.

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 Alas, another fall has come and gone and winter will soon (hopefully) yield to the refreshing sun and scent of Spring. Birds will chirp, flowers will bloom and the 2014-2015 blizzard season will only be an afterthought. This coming Spring seasons holds particular significance to me because, during this time of year, I often find myself reflecting upon where I was a year ago.

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General : Match 2015, Residency  Audience : New Practitioners, Pharmacy Students, Resident

Rory Vaden in Procrastinate on Purpose 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time challenges us to selectively procrastinate to improve our future. As with all posts this is not intended to be a complete review of the book but rather key points germane to pharmacy leaders.

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