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Some time last Fall, nestled between my busy Cardiac ICU and Emergency Dept learning experiences I managed to squeeze in some time to take a BPS exam in pharmacotherapy.  It was a blur, and I had a lot of responsibilities to occupy my time and not stress about whether I passed, etc.  I was fortunate to receive a random email in mid-November informing me to check out the testing administration website.  So yea, BCPS certified!!!  
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I'm super excited to participate in the BCPS ambassador program!  I'm more than a little intimidated to start blogging, but it's a small price to pay for the opportunity.  I get to use ASHP's pharmacotherapy recertification materials in exchange for sharing my experience with them over the next 12 months. When I was starting the second half of the BCPS exam, I was thinking "I NEVER want to take this test again!" I'm glad I passed and I'm glad ASHP has given me this opportunity.
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If you had asked me a year ago when I was prepping for P4 rotations if I thought I would have to go through the Scramble, I probably would have laughed in your face. I have known I wanted to do residency since the beginning of my pharmacy school career. I did everything I needed to do to prepare for getting a residency position, and not even because I thought I had to, but because I enjoyed doing it all. I built up my leadership skills by holding positions on a local, state, and national level, I presented numerous posters at conferences, I volunteered in the little amount of free time that I had, I worked every other weekend as an intern, and I even selected a hard P4 rotation schedule. My CV was 5 pages long, I thought my letters of intent were great, I thought I nailed my interviews, and I ranked 6 programs overall. I thought I was set.
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Hi all,

Welcome to my blog.  My name is Adam Utley, I am from way up north in Michigan (Boyne Falls), I attended Ferris State University's College of Pharmacy (graduated 2010) and I work as a clinical pharmacist at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital (202 beds). 
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Hello ASHP members!

First, I would like to start by saying how honored I am to have been named one of the twelve recipients of the 2014-2015 ASHP Student Leadership Award. I have been asked to share the essay that I wrote for increasing PPMI awareness, from a student's perspective. This is also my first time posting a blog so I encourage any comments or feedback!
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As you may have seen perusing the blogs recently, there are several of us that have been selected as BCPS Ambassadors for the New Practitioner's Forum. Now normally I do not usually have trouble finding what I want to say, but I am new to this whole blogging... experience and have had a bit of writer's block in trying to find the best way to introduce myself. Well... here goes nothing.
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Hello all,

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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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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