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There’s an old (and probably apocryphal) notion that if you try to put a frog in boiling water, they will immediately jump out. But if you put that same frog in a pan of cold water and slowly bring it to a boil, the frog will simply sit there and cook to death. As ugly as that metaphor is, I find it seems to describe traps we get into with automation, in which we willingly adapt to inadequacies in system design, and eventually lose track of the notion that we ever found them inadequate. Indeed, in my experience, pharmacy staffs often struggle to envision doing anything that is more than one or two steps removed from their current process, even when that process drives them crazy. I suspect that this occurs, in part, because we build up a procedural infrastructure of workarounds that we would have to undo if that inadequacy was addressed.

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General : Informatics, Leadership, Mentorship, PPMI, Technology

As a new practitioner, do you have a greater preference for clinical, direct patient care or more of the traditional operational functions?

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While still waiting patiently for DC/Maryland to thaw out, this week I got to meet the second extern at ASHP, Kit, from North Dakota State University.  It was interesting to learn about the similarities and differences in our experiences in pharmacy school.  I was really impressed with some of the opportunities Kit was involved, such as tele-medicine and extensive MTM work.  In Hawaii, our school is still quite new, so many programs haven’t been as developed but there are many rewarding learning/outreach opportunities for the motivated student. 

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Joseph McCormack in Brief Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less has advice for us.  Consult the whole book for more ideas.

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Dear Fellow Members:

I'm undertaking a research study on the differences between hospital formulary lists. More than 80 hospital pharmacy directors have sent their lists. If you're interested in participating (and being well compensated for providing a copy of your institution's hospital formulary list), kindly reach out to me at the following address: DMJ24@Columbia.edu. 
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Fostering Women Leaders in a Knowledge Café

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My first week (albeit an abbreviated week) at ASHP headquarters provided many lessons.  Living in Hawaii’s 80 degree sunny weather for most of my life, I did a lot of research before my 11hr flight to the DC area.  I was mentally preparing myself for 30-40° weather, little did I know I would arrive in the midst of winter storms bringing the coldest temperatures in MD since last winter.

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(Written by Allie Sturm*) As little "L" (every pharmacist) and big "L" (formal) leaders, there is constant pressure to always be your best. How do we make sure we are being our best selves every day for our employees, colleagues, patients, and loved ones? In

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Ever since I entered pharmacy school, I have continued to hear about the value of extracurricular activities. Most of us are aware of the importance of getting involved throughout our training and as new practitioners. Not only does it help develop our extracurricular education and leadership skills, it also prepares us to manage a well-balanced career.

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Eric Douglas in The Leadership Equation. Practices That Build Trust, Spark Innovation, and Create High-Performing Organizations

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A little less than 8 years ago, I started out wide-eyed and naïve struggling to master the top 200 drugs during pharmacy school. My challenges today are new drug approvals, those on the horizon in drug development, and the increasing use of off-label therapies. Pharmacy and medicine are continuously evolving disciplines where conflicting thoughts occur of reveling in the progress of the past to identify directions for the future, while also simultaneously being dissatisfied with the status quo to help advance treatment paradigms and outcomes. At times, even during the course of graduate studies, certain disease state algorithms have changed from when you learned it to the time your professors are teaching those a year behind you depending on the timing of drug discoveries, landmark trials, and/or new guideline releases.

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Many of us began our journey with ASHP as pharmacy students involved in our school’s Student Society of Health-system Pharmacy (SSHP).

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Adaptive Leadership. Evolving to Thrive in Complex Environments Mind Tools Club offers us the following suggestions.

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Congratulations!

You just landed your first job out of residency!  Your first step to a new beginning!

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As a final year pharmacy student last year, I was somewhat overwhelmed with the residency application process.  Letters of intent, The Midyear and the Residency Showcase, and hearing from some of my hopeful residency programs for an interview while being turned down from others, all made for an exciting and anxious period of time for myself and my career.  I was fortunate to receive several interview opportunities and was Matched on that fateful day to a great program. 
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My current rotation is a bit of a change from pharmacy practice; I’m on a teaching rotation at the pharmacy school. It is interesting to see all the work that goes into each class behind the scenes. Even simple things, like labeling saline vials with lot numbers and expiration dates for vaccine injection practice, take time. Writing multiple-choice questions was more challenging than I expected. It took several minutes to come up with each well-balanced answer choice that wouldn’t give the answer away. I had the opportunity to teach SOAP notes to 2

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General : APPE, rotations, teaching  Audience : Pharmacy Students

(Written by Allie Sturm*) With the rapidly changing landscapes in industries from healthcare to technology, experienced leaders face questions, such as “will my knowledge and skills become obsolete and irrelevant?” “How will I keep up?” Seasoned pharmacy leaders moving into leadership roles outside of pharmacy likely ask themselves, “how can I be at my best when I know very little about this area?” Liz Wiseman, author of

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They say time flies when you are having fun… and they (whoever they are) could not be more right.

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I was privileged to attend the Informatics Institute at the ASHP Summer Meeting in Las Vegas. Let me first assert that, as an experienced informaticist, this programming was some of the most advanced, and most useful that I have experienced. Please join me in congratulating ASHP and the Section on Pharmacy Informatics and Technology for an excellent series of sessions.

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General : Informatics, Medication Safety, Technology

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