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December 18, 2009

Lend Your Voice to ASHP Policy Development

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WOULD YOU LIKE to influence ASHP’s professional policies on important issues such as pharmacy technician training and residency training standards? There are many ways to get involved in policydevelopment. You can:

Serve on executive committees of ASHP membership Sections or Forums.

E-mail to submit your name for consideration, and include the specific Section or Forum you would like to serve. For more information, go to

Nominate yourself as a delegate in the Society’s House of Delegates.

Contact your state society to submit your name for consideration to be part of this voting body that approves all of ASHP’s professional policies.

Learning the Ropes of Mentoring

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A RECORD-SETTING 733 participants gathered in Washington, D.C., in August for the 2008 National Residency Preceptors Conference, the only meeting focused exclusively on residency training issues. Preceptors, residency program directors, and residents attended a variety of educational sessions on topics such as generational differences, clinical teaching roles, mentoring, and managing preceptor burnout. Participants also found ample opportunities to network at the conference, which saw an increase in attendance from the 525 attendees in 2006. The conference is held every other year. Undergoes Extreme Makeover

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ASHP RECENTLY relaunched its consumer health Web site,, with a new design and new features. The site, which went live in mid-November, helps raise consumer awareness about the patient-care role of health-system pharmacists, while sharing important health information. The new site features a colorful new design as well as pictures of ASHP members throughout. It also offers:

• Consumer-friendly monographs on more than 12,000 medications based on ASHP’s drug information resources.
• New graphic illustrations commissioned by ASHP to demonstrate “How to Administer” certain medications.
• A new Pharmacists’ Journal that features ASHP members “blogging” about common medication issues.
• “My Medicine List,” an important tool developed in partnership with the ASHP Foundation to help consumers keep a list of their medications.

In the future, ASHP will be launching a Spanish-language version of the Web site. In addition, ASHP is seeking partners (such as other health Web sites) to help expand the reach of this great information.

A New Look at Retirement

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A NEW SURVEY of ASHP members age 50 years and older finds that many plan to either work part-time or do consulting after the age of 65. More than 1,300 members responded to the October 2008 online survey, which posed questions about their career plans as older practitioners. Members often cited the worsening economy and the ongoing need for health insurance as compelling reasons for their decision to take a “phased-in approach” to retirement. ASHP will be using the information from this survey to plan future programs.

A Pharmacy Icon Looks to the Future

Kevin J. Colgan, M.A., FASHP

ASHP WILL LOSE A VENERABLE GIANT of the profession to retirement in a few years, and I felt that it was important to acknowledge this significant transition. You may already have heard that ASHP’s esteemed EVP and CEO Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., recently announced his retirement as of June 30, 2011.

This dedicated ASHP executive has worked tirelessly for more than a decade to provide big-picture thinking about the future of the profession. He is a passionate, eloquent advocate of medication safety. And he has proffered exceptional leadership to ASHP’s Board of Directors; councils, committees, and House of Delegates; and staff members along the way.

Perhaps the most important contribution Henri has made—and continues to make—to ASHP and its members is his important work in raising the visibility of the Society exponentially among other healthcare organizations, both in the U.S. and internationally. A fixture in the hospital and health-system pharmacy world, Henri is well-known in national healthcare, legislative, and regulatory circles.

From the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Institute of Medicine, and the Food & Drug Administration to The Joint Commission, Congress, and International Pharmaceutical Federation—and all points in between—Henri has had measurable impact on educating others about the value pharmacists bring to patient care and quality outcomes.

Henri continues to serve all of us well as the voice of ASHP and health-system pharmacy practice. I, for one, deeply value the friendship we’ve enjoyed over the years, and I look forward to our work together this year and into the future.

Kevin J. Colgan, M.A., FASHP

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