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Leadership: Central to Pharmacy Practice Advancement

Aug 08, 2013
Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP

Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP

EFFECTIVE, FOCUSED LEADERSHIP AND EXECUTIVE PRESENCE are essential to driving pharmacy practice advancement, thus optimizing patient care. ASHP and the ASHP Foundation are committed to supporting pharmacists in their professional and leadership development journey to achieve this goal.

Leadership in clinical practice and effectively working collaboratively on interprofessional teams are what drives practice change. And, through a number of initiatives, ASHP and the Foundation are dedicated to assisting pharmacists across the complete spectrum of their career… from student, to new practitioner, to emerging clinical and administrative practice leaders, and, ultimately, as experienced leaders.

No other pharmacy organization has the depth and level of commitment to your practice leadership development that ASHP does. Please let me review with you this level of commitment and showcase examples of leadership development opportunities that ASHP and the Foundation are offering our members.

Pharmacy Leadership Academy

The Pharmacy Leadership Academy (PLA) has been in existence for five years, and nearly 400 practitioners have completed this transformational leadership development program. The Academy is helping to launch talented new clinical practice leaders and assisting other established leaders in reaching new heights in their careers.

At the Foundation’s ASHP Summer Meeting Donor Breakfast, I heard three pharmacists speak about their life-changing PLA experiences. I was touched and thrilled to hear their heartfelt stories of professional success, and I suggest that you read their inspiring messages and view the video on the Foundation’s website.

What impressed me about the graduates’ messages was their self-confidence, poise, passion, and full commitment to their patients and to leading our profession to new heights. This month, 68 pharmacists began the year-long, distance-based PLA program. They are poised to reach new heights in practice leadership.

If you are interested in catapulting your career, I encourage you to consider enrolling in the next class. In addition, directors and chief pharmacy officers should also identify members of their staff who are primed for success and enroll them in the 2014 class.

leadersINNOVATION Masters Series

ASHP and the Foundation also offer the leadersINNOVATION Masters Series, which consists of two, six-week distance-learning programs: “Developing Transformational Leadership Skills” and “Designing Transformational Change: Strategy and Tactics.”

This leadership development series is an excellent option for pharmacists who may not be able to fulfill a year-long commitment, or who seek a program before the start of the next PLA class. The leadersINNOVATION Masters Series begins August 18. Courses position practitioners to deal effectively with rapid changes in the health care environment and to position pharmacy for the type of transformational change that can expand and advance pharmacy practice.

The series is ideally suited for an emerging leader, a recent pharmacy resident graduate, or for an established leader needing guidance on how to move pharmacy practice to the next level. It also may be exactly what you need for your own professional development or what you have been seeking for one or more of your staff.

leadersEDGE Webinar Series

The new leadersEDGE Webinar Series is another leadership development program that will be launched by the Center for Health-System Pharmacy Leadership in September 2013.

This 90-minute program will address major, cutting-edge leadership challenges facing pharmacy practitioners in health systems. The first program will address the current state of the “Business of Pharmacy.” Webinar faculty will focus on the critical capability and capacity necessary to transform practice. It is the perfect program for pharmacists interested in staying in front of major leadership issues facing our profession.

Opportunities for Students, Residents

At ASHP, we believe that our student pharmacists and pharmacy residents are the lifeblood of our profession.

Pharmacy students face a competitive environment when they graduate and are looking for opportunities to develop and ultimately showcase their leadership talents. ASHP has a host of opportunities through the Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy, Leadership Speakers BureauASHP Student Leadership Award ProgramStudent Leadership Development Workshops, and the national Clinical Skills Competition.

The future of our profession is in the hands of our pharmacy students and pharmacy residents. ASHP remains committed to providing leadership opportunities for them, including the Visiting Leaders Program, which has been developed explicitly for pharmacy residents.

Showcasing ASHP’s Many Leadership Offerings

During my many years working in hospitals and health systems, I relied upon ASHP, as my professional organization, to assist me in that journey at all steps along the way. It was a challenge for me to keep up with the many offerings of ASHP, and I know many of you face the same challenge.

That is why, at this critical juncture, I am taking the time to showcase ASHP’s commitment to our leadership development programs. Please take the time to share this message, and have your colleagues or your staff members review these fantastic program opportunities.

Feel free to share your thoughts with me about your leadership development needs, and remember that focused and effective leadership is central to pharmacy practice advancement at the bedside, in the pharmacy, in the clinic, and in the administrative office.

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