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Well this month, ASHP Recertification this month involved some pulmonary diseases, including the use of magnesium in asthma attacks and some various issues with COPD. The part of this study which was very interesting to me were the 2 studies involving the use of magnesium in asthma attacks (in both pediatrics and adults). This topic is something that is always discussed, but there are not a wide array of studies that show a benefit or adverse effect or actually any effect at all in using magnesium for these attacks. It is also a good time to think about this, when I am sure asthma attacks are increasing as spring allergies arrive and the heat of the summer. The studies involving the magnesium were good examples of this use in asthma and provide some good thoughts for its use in clinical practice. Of course, there is still not enough data to make a true clinical statement about this use, but these studies show that there may possibly be a benefit for this, however, it will be only a rare instance. 
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Amy Bernstein in Why Are We So Hard on Female CEO’S (May 2015 HBR) offers the following insights.

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The Ironman 70.3 is done and the baby is still 2.5 months away so I was able to carve out a few hours this week to complete the next module.
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I am delighted to update you on exciting efforts to transform AJHP and to outline the roadmap to achieving that transformation that will unfold over the next several months. As we build on the extraordinary legacy of exceptional efforts of
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Hello everyone!  May has been a whirlwind month for me with final grades being due, commencement ceremonies, then 2 weeks in Ireland/UK with students learning about pharmacy and healthcare in those countries. And to top it off, I'm heading out of town to a family high school graduation this weekend! Needless to say, I found it a challenge to find time to do recertification credits. Fortunately, I found a few hours to try out a new recertification product from ASHP: Intensive Study A (Pharmacogenomics).  As a reminder, as an ASHP Recertification Ambassador, the recertification products were provided to me for free, but the opinions below are entirely my own.
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I am (now!) a fourth year student pharmacist at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy.  I am honored to say that I am one of the students accepted for the 2014-2015 ASHP Student Leadership Award. 
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Mind Tools Club in How to Manage Rivalry in the Workplace has the following advice for leaders.

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My apologies in advance if I am positng in the wrong place.  It is my first time blogging.  I am a pharmacist for a rural hospital.  I currently visit with patients and perform medication reconciliation and medication education for our patients in the hospital.  In the February 2015 issue of Pharmacy Practice News, an article discussed billing for MTM services in the hospital.  Does anyone know how your billing department/financial goes about doing this?
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ASHP BCPS Recertification Module 1B Review

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General : Ambassador, BCPS, Cardiology, MetaAnalysis, Recertification

Have you thought about volunteering with the medically indigent population? If you haven’t had a chance to do so, I would strongly encourage you to find a free health clinic in your area and give it a try. This semester, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the University of Kentucky Salvation Army Clinic (UKSAC): a free clinic run by medical and pharmacy students. UKSAC opened in 1986 to offer care to the uninsured adult population in Lexington. This leadership effort allows underserved patients to have access to free group smoking cessation classes, individualized care, and medications.

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(Written by Allie Sturm Vecchiet*) Have you ever experienced change? Have you ever had to stand before teams that are indifferent, or even hostile, and convince them that change is necessary? In light of the changes to healthcare and pharmacy practice recently, it is very likely that we have all experienced some type of change in our workplaces. Were you successful or prepared to handle or deal with that change?

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I'm a guy, she's a girl.  I'm a pharmacist, she's an artist.  I'm into sports, she writes songs about not being into sports. We have a lot of similarities.  Ok maybe not but we have at least one thing in common...we both get excited to teach.
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For those of you accustomed to my verbose ramblings, this one should be a relief.

I would like to encourage our profession to develop more precision in our speech. In the 40 years I have been in practice (good heavens!) and the 28 years I have been in industry, I have found myself constantly amazed at the lack of precision in our speech, and the resulting confusion we create within those who lack the context to figure out what we mean.
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Pharmacy Informatics Reporting Structure:  Pharmacy or the Health Care Information Services Department?

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The Mind Tools’ Club Beware The Mid-Career Slump Bouncing Back From a Career Plateau has the following advice for us.

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Having nearly completed my PGY2 in Emergency Medicine, I realize while my knowledge of topics pertinent to EM have made quantum leaps throughout the year - I had not realized how my knowledge in other areas had dwindled so rapidly.  I consider my 'system' of keeping up with the literature to be sufficient (
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So I actually set down tonight and started the Literature Study Module for BCPS re-certification. I was pleasantly surprised once I completed the statement of attestation and the activities were opened up to me. Instead of reading and reading to learn, the literature study modules let you analyze articles that are pertinent and new in the area. The modules provides you the article to read and assess using guided questions. While I have not made if far in the articles, I find it refreshing to have a way to re certify that is active and requires more than just sitting and reading. I have to critically analyze the articles provided and I refresh my statistics skills while learning the most update information in cardiology. I view that as a win-win situation!
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I haven’t gotten as much done this month as I had planned… but I had an amazingly awesome time at the ASHP Pain and Palliative Care Traineeship!!  I will refocus on the BCPS Ambassador program next month.

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Well, April is in full swing in the mid and deep south. There has been a strange, solid yellow wind over the lovely bluff city of Memphis the past few weeks. With this inspiration, and being an allergy/asthma sufferer myself, I decided to try out the COPD and Asthma review module this month. I have definitely seen an increase of cases of COPD exacerbations in our Emergency Department as of late. Time for a refresher. 
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The May 1 issue AJHP features

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