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November 30, 2020

ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting is Unstoppable

Dear Colleagues,

The 55th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition is about to kick off! We have a wonderful week ahead packed with world-class educational programming, exciting speakers, and opportunities to connect with colleagues and enrich your practice. This year’s theme is “Unstoppable,” and more than 23,000 attendees will have the opportunity to come together, Dec. 6 –10, on our virtual platform to knowledge share, network, and experience the largest gathering of pharmacists in the world in a new and unique way. Registration will remain open through Dec. 10, so there is still time to register and take advantage of everything the meeting has to offer.

We are delighted to welcome our keynote speaker, award-winning actor, producer, director, and COVID-19 survivor, Tom Hanks, on the morning of Monday, Dec. 7. We are also very pleased to welcome Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, joining us on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Please note that these special events will only be available for viewing during the scheduled session days and times. You don’t want to miss these extraordinary speakers.

The 2020 Midyear also features:

  • More than 175 hours of continuing education
  • More than 4,600 posters
  • 1,328 booths in the Residency Showcase (29% increase over 2019)
  • 132 exhibitors/booths

The Midyear Clinical Meeting is the longest, continually running clinical pharmacy meeting in the world. This year, against the backdrop of a global pandemic, ASHP promises to bring you an unstoppable Midyear, offering the most timely and relevant content to support contemporary practice and the best possible patient care.

Our 55th meeting brings together our profession’s best and brightest subject matter experts who will share their knowledge about current pharmacy practice in an ever-changing healthcare landscape.

The distribution and administration of the anticipated COVID-19 vaccines are top of mind and on Monday, Dec. 7, ASHP will hold the first of two late-breaking COVID-19 vaccine sessions. Monday’s session will focus on clinical considerations. A second session will be held on Wednesday, with a focus on operational considerations. In addition to the late-breaking vaccine sessions, we have 18 relevant and informative sessions that will keep you up-to-date on the latest developments related to COVID-19 response and recovery.

Monday will also feature a special Town Hall hosted by Paul C. Walker, Pharm.D., FASHP, chair of the ASHP Task Force on Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Dr. Walker will present the Task Force’s draft recommendations for new and enhanced efforts ASHP should take to address issues of racial diversity, equity, and inclusion impacting Black, Indigenous and People of Color. The Task Force will consider feedback from the Town Hall and other channels in preparing a final report and recommendations to submit to the ASHP Board of Directors in January 2021.

This year’s Midyear marks the first anniversary of the ASHP Innovation Center. The center seeks to elevate the vital role hospital and health-system pharmacy practitioners play in new and emerging science, and position pharmacy practitioners as influencers in developing systems that advance patient safety and quality care. This year’s Midyear offers a wealth of programming dedicated to implementing and using innovative strategies and solutions to further pharmacy practice, including two critical on-demand sessions: Innovations in Drug Information Practice and Research; and Advanced and Innovative Roles in the Specialty Pharmacy Setting. Later in the week, on Thursday, Dec. 10, we have a session highlighting the pros and cons of new technologies that have improved patient care safety and efficiency.

As part of the ASHP Innovation Center, the ASHP Foundation is currently accepting applications for a competitive grant program to support projects that demonstrate the impact of optimizing health information technology and digital transformation that enhance safe and effective use of medications. The grant program is available for interprofessional healthcare teams with a pharmacist as principal investigator. The deadline for applications is Feb. 4, 2021.

I encourage attendees to check out the ASHP Midyear Virtual Posters. With our virtual platform, you can review poster PDFs and audio clips summarizing each project. Authors will be available for real-time video Q & A chats alongside their virtual posters.

These are just a handful of the highlights from the largest gathering of pharmacists in the world. Be sure to follow us on social media @ASHPOfficial and #ASHP2020 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and look for News & Views, the official Midyear newspaper, which will be delivered digitally to all attendees via a daily e-mail. Also, be sure to check out ashptv.com for daily interviews, member stories, and content.

The success of this unstoppable Midyear Clinical Meeting is due to the tremendous work of hundreds of ASHP members and staff, and we are pleased to showcase their efforts and share this event with you.

Finally, I would like to wish all of our members a safe and healthy holiday season. Thank you for being a member of ASHP and for all you do for your patients and our profession during these very challenging times.

Sincerely,

Paul

March 17, 2017

Residency Match Day 2017

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

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO MATCHED during Phase I of the residency Match! If you didn’t match in the first round, please plan to participate in Phase II, as there are still a number of unfilled positions at excellent programs all across the country.

This year’s Match was another remarkable success. There were 5,752 applicants this year for 4,592 residency positions. Of those total positions, 3,750 are now filled with the remainder to be filled in Phase II of the Match. It should be noted that over the last five years residency positions have increased by 1,594.

It is wonderful to see such incredible interest in residency training and how the profession is responding to the increased demand by adding new positions. Residency training is an opportunity for pharmacists to further distinguish themselves as the medication experts on the patient care team, and expand their role in overall patient care.

ASHP, under the leadership of former CEO Dr. Joseph A. Oddis, created the concept of residency training and began accrediting programs 55 years ago. ASHP’s leadership in this area planted the seed for the formation of clinical pharmacy practice. Today, residency training and clinical pharmacy are more important than ever, and patients everywhere are benefiting from these important advances in pharmacy practice.

PGY2 ambulatory care residencies have experienced dramatic growth in recent years. Two years ago, there were 83 residency programs in ambulatory care; today there are 137 programs. Compared to last year, PGY2 residency programs in the areas of emergency medicine, infectious disease, and psychiatric care have also expanded rapidly.

The significant increase in the number of PGY2 residencies indicates that the market is demanding highly trained pharmacists for specialty areas of practice. In addition, the rising support for provider status at the state and national levels, as well as other changes to the healthcare landscape, is creating a demand for more residency programs.

Participating in residency programs is a win-win for you, your patients, and for the profession. I know that all of you as new PGY1 and PGY2 residents will rise up to meet the many challenges of completing a residency, and the experience will prepare you to practice at a higher level as a vital member of an interprofessional team.

Know that regardless of where you practice — whether in an ambulatory clinic, hospital, or other patient care setting — ASHP is your professional home as a patient care provider. Please plan to continue to read and contribute to AJHP Residents Edition. ASHP is the only organization with this exceptional peer-reviewed platform for pharmacy residents, and its success is fully attributed to you and the great work you will be doing as a resident. During your residency, keep up with best practices in research by viewing the ASHP Foundation’s The Essentials of Practice-Based Research. Please also make sure to stay involved in the ASHP New Practitioners Forum, which provides a multitude of resources and opportunities, including in-depth information about preparing for career transitions.

Again, congratulations to all of you, and good luck in your residency. I look forward to seeing you at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in Orlando in December!

Sincerely,

Paul

June 28, 2012

Foundation’s Visiting Leaders Program Links Past to Future

Although John Darnell, Pharm.D., is just embarking on his pharmacy career, he already can see how easy it would be, a few years down the road, to fall into a pattern of professional inertia.

“One of my biggest concerns is that I won’t continue my education and professional growth beyond the minimum I’ll need to practice,” said Dr. Darnell, who is finishing up his first residency year at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland, OR.

From left, ASHP Past-President Sara J. White, M.S., FASHP, and Chelsea Smith, Pharm. D. candidate (2013), Oregon State University College of Pharmacy

An antidote to his qualms arrived in the form of ASHP Past-President Sara White, M.S., FASHP, who visited the medical center in March to meet with residents and share insights that she has gained during a long and distinguished pharmacy career.

“To meet someone who never became complacent in her career and still continues to strive to make pharmacy more progressive is inspiring,” said Dr. Darnell. “It was also humbling to meet a person whom my own mentors look up to.”

Challenging and Inspiring Residents

White, now retired, is the former director of pharmacy at Stanford Hospital and Clinics in Palo Alto and clinical professor at the University of California-San Francisco. Her visit was arranged through the ASHP Foundation’s new Visiting Leaders Program (VLP), a program that offers pharmacy residents a chance to engage with some of the most highly accomplished and esteemed leaders in their discipline.

Among the program’s goals are to challenge and inspire residents to become leaders themselves. The details and structure of each visit vary according to the needs of the host facility, but each two-day visit typically involves a blend of conversations and mentoring among the pharmacy leader and small groups of residents, meetings with preceptors and department directors, and a lecture. Often, the host institution invites residents, preceptors, and pharmacy leadership from nearby programs to participate in some of the activities, as occurred in Portland.

White’s advice centered on the fact that residents must embrace the idea that leadership is an inevitable process even if they never assume an official leadership title.

“I tell them they are the CEOs of their own career, and that even pharmacists who do not hold managerial positions still need to become what I term a small ‘l’ leader,” said White. “Every pharmacist on every shift has a responsibility to lead, because they’re accountable to their patients and colleagues to continually search for a way to improve the quality of care. That’s a kind of leadership.”

The residents won’t soon forget White’s blend of wisdom and optimism, according to Kate Farthing, Pharm.D. , BCPS, pharmacy clinical specialist for quality & patient safety at Legacy Good Samaritan, who coordinated White’s visit.

“The residents were able to connect to her and visualize how they will fit into the profession,” she said. “Even as great clinical practitioners, they still need to prepare for the challenges of leadership.” Dr. Farthing’s relationship with White goes back several decades; White hired Dr. Farthing to her first job at the University of Kansas in the early 1990s. “Sara truly is someone who embodies the Visiting Leaders Program,” Dr. Farthing noted.

Broadening Perspectives

Residency directors around the country quickly realized the value of the VLP soon after it was launched early in 2012. “All the slots were filled within two and a half months after we announced the program,” according to Richard Walling, R.Ph., director of the Foundation’s Center for Health-System Pharmacy Leadership. By the end of the year, about 450 residents will have taken part in the program, either directly through their residency programs or as guests of host institutions. Walling hopes to renew the VLP for 2013.

David A. Zilz, M.S., FASHP, addresses residents in the greater Cincinnati area as part of the ASHP Foundation’s Visiting Leaders Program.

In April, the residency programs in the greater Cincinnati area welcomed visiting leader David A. Zilz, M.S., FASHP, an emeritus professor of pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and past president of ASHP. (The VLP is supported by an educational donation from Pfizer to the ASHP Foundation’s David A. Zilz Leaders for the Future Fund.)

Bonnie Hui-Callahan, Pharm.D., who is nearing the end of her residency at Kroger/University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy, was immediately struck that Zilz seemed to know the residents so well even though he’d never met them before. “He asked us to send him our bios and photos, and it was clear that he studied all of them beforehand,” said Dr. Hui-Callahan. “That level of concern from someone so highly regarded in the profession was very powerful.”

Zilz assured the residents that the very fact of their residency gives them distinct advantages in reaching their goals. “As residents, they already have a unique set of skills that puts them in a strong position,” he said. Yet, he also counseled patience and flexibility and the need to pivot away from what he considers the entitlement mentality that pervaded residency programs a few years ago, when job options were plentiful and placement was usually assured.

“I’d like to see residents broaden their perspectives and be willing to move in directions they may not have previously considered,” he said. That might include pursuing additional degrees in fields as diverse as engineering, journalism, or business, which can provide a young pharmacist with a novel blend of qualifications that may lead to unforeseen opportunities.

“I encourage them to put together a holistic life plan and think carefully about how they can integrate their careers with their wider life goals,” said Zilz. “I believe they really enjoyed that.”

All told, Zilz met with several dozen residents from six different residency programs in the Cincinnati area.

“The residents were impressed by the level of personal interest he displayed,” said Marianne Ivey, Pharm.D., MPH, an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati, former vice president of pharmacy services for a health system in Greater Cincinnati with a large residency program,  and former ASHP president (she also is among the VLP’s slate of visiting leaders).

“It meant a lot to them that an honored colleague was so interested in helping their careers. Residents are so busy learning the practice of pharmacy and how to take care of people that they rarely have time to pause and consider the big picture with someone like David Zilz.”

April 2, 2012

Deadline for 2012 ASHP Foundation Literature Awards Applications

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March 28, 2012

Deadline for 2012 ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Residency Excellence Awards Applications

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June 14, 2011

Pharmacy Leadership Academy Opens New Horizons

Participants in the ASHP Foundation's Pharmacy Leadership Academy discuss aspects of leadership.

FOR MICHELLE CORRADO, PHARM.D.,  the creation of the ASHP Foundation’s Pharmacy Leadership Academy (PLA) in 2007 came at the perfect time. A year earlier, she became the system director of pharmacy services for Hallmark Health System in Medford, Mass., with responsibility for a staff of about 50. Always on the lookout for opportunities to hone her skills, Corrado discovered a game changer when she enrolled in the PLA in 2008.

“I was a new leader, had a new team, had managers under me, not to mention a cadre of staff,” she said. “The course opened my eyes to a whole world of resources and gave me the confidence and basic skills at an important point in my career.”

Empowering Pharmacists to be Leaders

 The PLA is a rigorous, Web-based distance learning program for aspiring pharmacy directors, newly appointed directors, and any pharmacists who want to elevate and polish their leadership skills. Developed by the ASHP Foundation’s Center for Health-System Pharmacy Leadership, the course consists of nine six-week modules stretched over 15 months. Each module covers a specific area of competency. Elements of the program include prerecorded video presentations by distinguished leaders in pharmacy, interactive live discussions in which students can speak directly to faculty and one another, small-group projects, and readings from a range of sources.

The Academy exposes pharmacists to the possibilities of what they can achieve and empowers them to grow into effective leaders, said Richard Walling, R.Ph., M.H.A., director of the Center for Health-System Pharmacy Leadership. Corrado agrees with Walling’s appraisal.

Michelle Corrado, Pharm.D., system director of pharmacy services, Hallmark Health System, Medford, Mass.

“What I learned is readily applicable to situations and challenges I deal with all the time,” she said. One of the recurring themes from the PLA is how important it is for leaders to engage with their staff. She wasted little time putting the idea into practice by initiating an annual retreat for her department’s leaders.

Over three days every February, Corrado and her managers meet off-site to gauge their progress toward department goals, refresh milestones, reassign responsibilities, and consider budgets. “It’s worked phenomenally well,” she said. “Our plans have fallen into place. Everything links to everything else, and everything has a purpose.”

Finding Effective Approaches

Lynn Eschenbacher, Pharm.D., M.B.A., began the PLA in January. Soon after beginning the course, she noticed a shift in her mind-set about her work.

“I began thinking more about how I led and what approaches were most effective,” said Eschenbacher, who oversees 70 employees as assistant director of clinical services at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, N.C.

From interactions with other PLA students, she also realized that every problem usually has multiple solutions. “When a question comes up in class, it’s exciting to see how many different answers come back. That’s broadened my viewpoint,” she said.

Recently, the ASHP Foundation announced a big dividend for PLA students. Graduates are eligible to put credit hours toward advanced degrees at two accredited colleges: a master of health administration at Simmons College, and a master’s degree in management, public policy, or health information management at New England College.

All of the PLA programs are distance learning. The credit waiver applies to students who complete the 2011 and subsequent PLA courses. Pre-2011 alumni (whose PLA programs were shorter) can qualify for the exemption by completing two capstone modules.

The potential savings in time and money are significant, said Walling. Simmons College, for example, will waive 28 of the 48 required credit hours toward its master of health administration track (each hour costs more than $1,000). PLA students are also eligible for course credit from the University of Florida’s master of science in pharmacy program, provided they apply before beginning the Academy curriculum.

The PLA, observed Walling, “is the only program I know of with the opportunity to delve into the leadership aspect of pharmacy and then go on to a master’s level program and come out with a comprehensive set of skills required to lead a pharmacy enterprise.”

Corrado is taking the capstone modules in preparation for a master’s degree. Janice Glascock, Pharm.D., completed the PLA in 2009 and also began the capstone courses to make her PLA certificate creditworthy toward a master’s program. Glascock is the assistant director of clinical and educational services at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta and manages a staff of 27.

The Academy “opened up options for how I behave as a leader in ways I’d never considered before,” she said. “Sometimes it’s as simple as being a better listener or being more empathetic to others’ concerns, and finding approaches that satisfy needs beyond my own.”

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