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This issue of AJHP is a theme issue featuring numerous papers on provider status. I applaud the Journal for featuring more theme issues such as this one that bring us more in-depth focus on important topics facing our profession. What struck me most as I read these papers is that a common theme in all of them was the foundation of some process to credential and privileging pharmacists based on the patient care roles they perform. In their paper, Elevating pharmacists’ scope of practice through a health-system clinical privileging process , Jordan, et al describe privileging programs at several institutions including Truman Medical Centers,...
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AJHP , ASHP’s peer-reviewed scientific journal, continues to support our members’ efforts to provide optimal patient care with its second theme issue, the September 15 issue on Prescribing . As we work to improve the quality of the U.S. healthcare system, one of the keys to accomplishing this goal is to emphasize the continued use of pharmacists as the healthcare team members who are responsible and accountable for prescribing medications. As you know, the concept of pharmacists as prescribers is not new, but it is a concept that has gained some traction in recent years. Given our education and training on the science and therapeutic use of...
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Should You Have a Pharmacist CV or Pharmacist Resume? To remain competitive, you’ll need to lay a good foundation for both your pharmacist CV and pharmacist resume What is a resume? Resumes have changed tremendously in the last 5 to 10 years. It is no longer a mundane listing of job duties. A resume is a self-marketing tool that conveys what you can offer a prospective employer. A resume must quickly answer the golden question, "Can you benefit the organization and do the job they need to have done?” What is a CV? While a resume is normally limited to 1- 2 pages, a CV is usually multiple pages in length especially...
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My residency rotation was in dire need of a change. As a primary preceptor for a PGY1 residency rotation titled “Pharmacy Administration/Medication Safety,” I had my hands full. Because the subject matter seemed insurmountable – how much could I possibly teach on these subjects in one month? – the rotation was set up to involve a one-month intensive early in the residency year, with a corresponding longitudinal component spanning the three to six months following the rotation. In my first year as a residency preceptor, my hospital was starting a brand new PGY1 residency program. Everything was new, unchartered territory for the...
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It's already time to start preparing for Midyear 2016 in Las Vegas, NV! This Wednesday, September 14, PPS will open for candidates and employers. What is PPS you may ask? PPS stands for Personnel Placement Service and it's a giant job interviewing session held at Midyear. PPS happens separately from Residency Showcase. It is for candidates seeking residencies, fellowships, and jobs. I participated in PPS in 2012 when looking for a PGY1/2 residency in pharmacy administration and in 2014 when I was searching for my first management job. Here are things I wish I would have known about PPS: The early bird gets the worm. When employers create their...
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Hello! I am excited to announce the second year of the E(I) Lab program , set to kick-off this November. The mission is simple: We bring together multidisciplinary students to tackle real problems in healthcare. Lack of resources shouldn’t stand as a barrier to progress - which is why teams are provided with the up-front financial support, mentorship, and the engineering tools to conceive, develop and test innovative solutions. Collaboration is the culture of UNC, and with that, we are asking for your support. As you move through your work day, whether it be in a clinic, hospital, or pharmacy, keep one question in mind: What can be...
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SSHP-led Video Project: Spreading the word about pharmacists caring for patients Contributed by Angela Goodhart, Pharm.D. Candidate 2017, Katrina Mann, Pharm.D. Candidate 2017, Laura Nice, Pharm.D. Candidate 2018, and Courtney Wooten, Pharm.D. Candidate 2017 Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy How the idea started: The inspiration for our project came from the realization that we as pharmacists and student pharmacists don’t always market ourselves well. Our patients won’t know to request access to pharmacist care until they fully understand that our value transcends counting by fives, and our legislators won’t...
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Pharmacy is a small world, after all : Student Pharmacist experiences at the OSHP A nnual M eeting Contributed by Angela Goodhart and Katri na Ma nn (current P4 students at Northeast Ohio Medical University) As two fellow student pharmacist s travel ing to C olumbus for the O hio Society of He alth -System Pharmacists ( O SHP ) Annual Meeting this past April , we weren't entirely sure what to expect. The parking lot was filled, and as the only two NEOMED students heading down that afternoon, we were...
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Recovering Reputation

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MindTools Club’s Recovering Your Reputation Lose Your Label and Regain Your Standing has the following advice. None of us is perfect. Making mistakes or getting things wrong is just part of life and part of a learning process Sometimes though depending on how often or how seriously you make mistakes you might find that your reputation gets tarnished or you get labeled as being “incompetent”, “untrustworthy”, “difficult”, “foolish” or worse Whether you have made an error of judgment, behaved badly, failed to keep a promise, or just been the victim of the rumor mills, the good news is it is often possible or redeem yourself...
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Earlier this week I had a spirited conversation with Greg Smith (new CIO at ASHP) and Kasey Thompson. Greg is a great addition to the ASHP senior staff; and Kasey and I have had many spirited discussions. Both were kind enough to endure this curmudgeon. The subject of our discussion was how we get the organization moving toward the technology promise that has figured so prominently in our early PPMI discussions. My concerns arise from what I perceive as a lack of clearly articulated vision regarding how we intend to use technology to achieve our practice goals. More specifically, we spent some time exploring the edges of where leadership comes from within...
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Loose Ends

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Summer in Seattle is on its way out and there is much to do before the rainy season begins! I have a running list of mini projects for our new home, hikes to tackle while the weather is still optimal, planning needed for organizational involvement, and BCPS recertification to complete. Needless to say, lots of unfinished loose ends! This module set contained some interesting resources and articles. As with some of the previous recertification modules, the clinical topics don't fit neatly together but provided a nice bit of variety to keep me interested. The clinical topics include STDs, Diabetes, and Epilepsy. The article that was most intriguing was...
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Technology and Healthcare

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Daniel Kraft in The Future of Healthcare is Arriving-8 Exciting Areas to Watch from the SingularityHub (Singularity University) Aug 23, 2016 Newsletter outlines the following. If these interest you subscribe for free. A couple of years ago we had an ASHP Meeting Speaker from Singularity University is how I got connected to this newsletter. I am only going to summarize so check out the complete article on SingularityHub.com. These eight are only a taste of the technologies and platforms that are rapidly entering healthcare. The actual newsletter has links to many mentioned as they are being used now or in development. The connected, healthy,...
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With the semester starting soon (or maybe it has started already!), I thought I would share some tips for the incoming SSHP presidents and officers! Use the many resources available to you Coming up with events, programs, and ideas for chapter activities can be challenging. Fortunately, there are many resources you can use to help plan for the year. Ask past-presidents for events they held, reach out to other chapters, and use the ASHP website! The ASHP website features many tools and resources, such as professional development project ideas, that were submitted by student chapters to help other chapters. ASHP Student...
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I hope your summer has been fun, relaxing, and productive! I recently spent some time working on a few ASHP modules to earn both CE and BCPS recertification credit. These modules covered topics in infectious diseases, diabetes, and neurology through pharmacotherapy literature reviews. For those who haven't seen this format before, a series of articles or guidelines are provided to you that address a certain area. After reviewing them, you answer questions about the articles and apply what you learned to example patient cases. This provides an excellent learning environment because this is often how we are using primary and secondary resources in our every-day...
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Think Outside the Box

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Jo Miller on beleaderly.com’s Don't Think Outside the Box Think Like There is No Box challenges us with the following techniques to not limit our innovation and creativity Look for random inspiration Do a quick search on Pinterest, Twitter or Google of what’s hot/trending You want to trigger your brain to make connections it wouldn't normally make Search areas entirely unrelated to your challenge Chat with successful people you know about what they are thinking about and/or working on Listen to Podcasts View Ted Talks Probably have similar leadership challenges...
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I just finished reading a very interesting article about the correlation of performance on some specific human cognition laboratory tests with the tendency to confuse look-allike-sound-alike (LASA) drug names. What got me excited was that the research actually investigated specific cognitive issues: how easily a drug name was read and remembered how easily a drug name was heard and remembered how easily a drug name was read and remembered after performing another cognitive tasks (doing a math problem) how often the drug name was properly distinguished in contrast to another drug name in a known LASA pair The study involved...
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I recently read a good piece on interviewing by Jim Schleckser , CEO, the Inc. CEO Project. In this essay he describes asking candidates "If I was to hire you, how would I know if you were doing a good job?" He goes on to describe how weak candidates will talk in generalities and offer noncritical metrics while the top candidates will offer specific ideas and be able to instantly provide 2-3 key measures that would define and measure their success. This certainly matches my experience with employees who have been top performers and I think it’s a great question. Those candidates who are self-aware will seek ways to verify that they are successful....
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Becoming More Resilient

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Brett Blair in 10 Tips for Becoming More Resilient on coachbrettbair.com provides this advice, which is so applicable for pharmacy leaders. Leadership is going to have significant ups and downs no matter how effective a leader you are Resilience is the ability to become strong, or successful again after something bad happens, or to the have the ability to return to its original shape after it has been pulled, stretched, pressed or bent thus bouncing higher after being knocked down over and over Recognize that being resilient is a choice so consciously choose it Don't ever, ever give up, there is always a...
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I had the pleasure of being selected as a Walmart Scholar by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and as such, recently attended the Annual Meeting in Anaheim with a faculty mentor. This was an enriching experience that taught me much about academia, from the numerous opportunities to the many challenges that face pharmacy educators across the country. After an early-morning flight cancellation and the frantic search to buy a plane ticket to get to Anaheim, I arrived in California. As a Walmart Scholar, I attended the annual Teacher’s Seminar, which consisted of a session about the importance of teaching a common patient care process,...
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I have spent the majority of this weekend dedicated to completing some BCPS Recertification modules, and it is safe to say my time has not been wasted. As much as I would prefer to be outside hiking or catching up on The Bachelorette (don't judge), I am never sorry when I dedicate time to these modules. For one, I am utilizing a great tool ASHP offers for recertification, and I am also enriching my knowledge base on topics I wouldn't normally brush up on or even come across in my day-to-day practice. For instance, one of the modules I completed was on the research, medicinal properties, and future opportunities for the utilization of cannabidiol, especially...
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