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Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists Chapter PAI Week Blog – Dorothy Gaddis, Drew Sauck, and Emily McTish Blog Subject: PAI Week Reflections from MUSC The Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI) was developed in 2010 to drive change of pharmacy practice at local levels. It started as a set of recommendations to improve and advance the pharmacy profession across the continuum of care, and evolved as healthcare and technology integrations changed with each decade. The most recent version of this initiative is PAI 2030, which aims to drive pharmacy practice sites on a local and state level (through ...
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Dear Colleagues, As we pass the one-year mark of the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is encouraging to see some very positive signs as the availability of vaccines and the number of people who are receiving them increases. As of today, at least a dozen states have made COVID-19 vaccinations available to everyone 16 and over, with all remaining states announcing their plans to do the same. To support this positive momentum, it is vital that we as a healthcare community continue to work together to build widespread public confidence in the vaccines, as they are the key to ending the harm caused by COVID-19 and getting our lives back to normal. Today I am extremely ...
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Over this last year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the questions and unknowns that arrived with the reality of practicing in a new context have prompted many practice advancements while perhaps pausing others – such as the expansion of disease states within one’s collaborative practice agreement for those in ambulatory care Within ambulatory pharmacy at my health system, our model of care quickly evolved to prioritize safety while optimizing patient care. Initially, face-to-face visits transitioned to telephonic visits. Shortly thereafter, virtual visits were added as another opportunity. Now a year later, we provide ambulatory pharmacy care utilizing a hybrid mix ...
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In December of 2020, the weight of the COVID pandemic was taking its toll on my household. Because it was so cold in Minnesota, my family did not have the opportunity to socialize outdoors as we had in the summer. Therefore, we spent a lot of time as a family unit indoors. I felt the weight of this self-imposed quarantine, so I imagined that it must be particularly difficult for those in long-term care facilities. In many facilities, including those of my family members, residents were confined to their rooms during outbreaks, with little opportunity for social interaction.  I wanted to do my part to allow these residents to see their families again, so ...
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Per Women’s History Month check out Melissa Murer Corrigan’s https://pointshistory.com/2021/03/12/zada-gloria-and-the-sisters-whm/ Her MelisRxScripts podcasts are excellent. You will find a recorded Conversations With Health Systems Most Influential Leaders Tribute to Gloria Francke on the ASHP Foundation’s Web site under the Leadership Development Tab, It plays on You Tube   Breaking the “Glass Ceiling” Overcoming Invisible Barriers to Success from Mind Tools provides the following advice. Don't let who you are allow others to limit your horizons. Great strides have been made toward equality in the workplace but, even today, many people ...
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Dear Colleagues, The much-anticipated Match Day has arrived! On behalf of ASHP, congratulations to all who matched during Match Phase I of the 2021 ASHP Residency Matching Program! This year has been extraordinary as we all faced the continued challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. For residency training programs, it required adapting in new and unique ways, including moving for the first time to virtual interviews as part of the application process. For learners, you may have experienced new adjustments in clinical learning environments. For all, it required new skills and being resilient to change. ASHP continues to be inspired by the creativity, adaptability, ...
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Hello, Wondering if someone could share their policy on securing emergency medications during the transfer of a patient?  Do you allow CRNAs or anesthesiologists to  carry labeled syringes in their pockets during patient transport? Thank you in advance for your help!
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Dear Colleagues, One year ago, the World Health Organization officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Throughout the ensuing 12 months, our members have consistently stepped forward with relentless perseverance and dedication to provide exceptional patient care on the front lines, often facing immense challenges posed by evolving conditions and uncertain outcomes. ASHP staff, working remotely from home and without missing a beat, supported our members and all healthcare providers by developing evidence-based resources and tools to identify solutions and share knowledge to improve patient care. Today, we stand confident knowing that we have ...
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Bite Size (5 minute) Advice for Integrating Life and Career for Busy Pharmacists . Which was presented at the virtual Dec MCM Is now available for those who didn't attend the meeting in the ASHP e-learning section. You can find it under the catalog tab. https://elearning.ashp.org/products/8806/bite-size-advice-for-integrating-life-and-career-for-busy-pharmacists-no-ce Introduction/Announcements Sara J. White Designing A Vision/Mission That Spans Both Personal and Professional Life Jessica Hill Bye Bye FOMO How to Get Rid of the Fear of Missing Out Rena Gosser, Modeling Real Life for Learners Holly Snider and Lisa Edgerton Yoga Mediation Burnout Jill ...
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Dear Colleagues, On Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, the Oddis family, pharmacy, and ASHP lost a true legend and exceptional human being.  Joseph A. Oddis was larger than life in many ways, but was also one of the most personable individuals I have ever met. He took a sincere interest in people, which included his family, ASHP members and staff, and many within the pharmacy and broader Washington, DC, community. You never felt rushed or just part of a crowd with Joe; he cared about every person around him, and his sincerity and authenticity were palpable.      Dr. Oddis was a visionary, and he inspired others to do great things on behalf of patients and the profession. ...
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Per the passing of Joseph Oddis who built and ran ASHP, check out my video Conversation with him per his career. If this link doesn't work you can find the Conversations on the ASHP Foundation website, Leadership tab. https://youtu.be/psJN3G3nVWE SJW   10 Common Time Management Mistakes Avoiding Common Pitfalls from Mind Tools advises: How well do you manage your time? If you're like many people, your answer may not be completely positive! Perhaps you feel overloaded, and you often have to work late to hit your deadlines. Or maybe your days seem to go from one crisis to another, and this is stressful and demoralizing. Many of us know that ...
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Disparities in vaccination for COVID-19 among underserved minority patient populations Brooke S. Carter, PharmD PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, AL              Health disparities in the United States exist within age, sex, race, and/or ethnicity groups. Many of the inequities are further compacted by social determinants of health, such as physical environment, occupation, economic stability, and education. 1 The impact of these disparities can be measured by poor health outcomes; thus, many efforts have been made to address and eliminate them. 1 A specific public health concern is to reduce the disparities of immunization ...
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Disparities in vaccination for COVID-19 among underserved minority patient populations Brooke S. Carter, PharmD PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, AL             Health disparities in the United States exist within age, sex, race, and/or ethnicity groups. Many of the inequities are further compacted by social determinants of health, such as physical environment, occupation, economic stability, and education. 1 The impact of these disparities can be measured by poor health outcomes; thus, many efforts have been made to address and eliminate them. 1 A specific public health concern is to reduce the disparities of immunization ...
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Clinical Appropriateness of GLP-1RAs in Patients with Declining Kidney Function Author: Judy Councell, PharmD Reviewed for Accuracy By: Leanne Ertle, PharmD Reviewed for Readability By: Amber Fisher, PharmD, BCACP   Clinical Question: What is the evidence surrounding the use of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1RAs) with respect to renal protection and up to what point, with respect to eGFR, do renal and/or glycemic benefits continue? Objectives: Differentiate the elimination of incretin-mimetic GLP-1RAs from human GLP-1RAs. Describe the mechanism by which human GLP-1RAs may provide renal benefits. ...
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Challenges in 2020

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Like everyone else 2020 presented many challenges. In my case my personal life intersected with my professional life in unexpected ways My oldest daughter developed psoriasis in late January. A trip to 'Cancun and a week in the sun helped and it was almost gone by the time we returned. The pandemic reared its ugly head and she was under stress with no job and concerns on how to meet her financial obligations. The psoriasis worsened and the dermatology offices were closed. The only option was a remote visit with an online nurse from one of the pharmacies. As a result she only had a low dose steroid cream available, As time progressed she developed a virus infection ...
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Hey PSF community! We are from the Community and E-Communications committee. We wanted to open a discussion about the best strategies to use while going through virtual residency or job interviews. Based on our experiences with virtual residency program interviews, we wanted to share some tips and tricks we have learned along the way. Best Virtual Interviewing Practices: Place books or other items underneath your laptop to have the camera align with your eyes. It looks better to be looking straight on at the interviewer instead of looking down because you can appear more engaged in the conversation. Make sure you have good lighting! It is best ...
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In this challenging environment it is always good to have your CV/Resume updated in case you need to use it. Having publications enhances your experiences. We are still interested in folks to author Letters in our new Book on "the next chapter/ retiring" You can still be working and discuss the questions/concerns,thoughts you have. Hindsight of what to do differently would make a great Letter.  Please let me ( rxsjw@... ) know of your interest using email so I can communicate directly with you. The Letter is limited to 2,000 words which in reality isn't very long  Thanks Sara Susan Boyer and Bruce Scott. Improve Your Concentration. Achieving Focus Amid Distractions ...
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An Opportunity

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An Opportunity I think you all know Susan Boyer, Bruce Scott and I have just published an ASHP Book Letters from Leaders in Pharmacy: Advice from Pharmacy Leadership Academy Graduates, Faculty and Mentors. We are now working on the next “Letters Book” and are seeking your input. It seems to us that the next topic should focus on the chapter of your career immediately following your last full time position or job. Thus how are you thinking about “the Next Chapter”/”Retirement”/”Your Legacy”? We want to have the book available by the 2021 Dec ASHP Mid-Year Meeting. We would appreciate your thoughts on the following: Would such a book be of interest to ...
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Dear Colleagues, This past year was like no other. The challenges that our country has and continues to face are unprecedented. Yet, the relentless dedication and commitment I have seen from pharmacy professionals during the pandemic are valiant and inspirational. As we step forward into 2021, ASHP remains committed to supporting the incredible work that our members are doing on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are also working hard to provide the latest innovative approaches, tools, and resources to support patients across the full spectrum of medication use. I want to share some important new initiatives that ASHP created to help move pharmacy ...
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In these unprecedented times healthcare is facing, pharmacists are presented with great opportunities to impact patient health outcomes in aspects of primary prevention, continuity of care, and more. Our profession allows us to be the most accessible line of direct and effective patient contact to provide care and education. One of the many tools pharmacists and future pharmacists utilize that emphasizes the impact we have on people’s lives is motivational interviewing. Dr. Bruce Berger, author of Motivational Interviewing for Health Care Professionals: A Sensible Approach, describes that most healthcare professionals tend to use automated responses to empathize ...
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