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My First AJPE Co-Written Article

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

After a not-so-great-day, thought I’d share some better news.

I had my first co-written publication out today in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE)! Woot! Always a crowd pleaser with the academic pharmacy peeps.

As you know, I like to write books, but I haven’t done a ton of peer reviewed articles.  Have one now!

(And seriously, if you are into experiential education in pharmacy, you might want to read it – there are some really good ideas in it!)

2015 Pharmacy Organization Listpalooza

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

I’m not at my best today.  I don’t think I’m at my best any Sunday.  There is a reason they’re made for rest.  So, I’m resting. With my laptop on top of me. Thinking about – my organizational membership renewals for 2015.  ‘Tis the season.  Most of my memberships expire at the end/start of the calendar year.

I started digging around to see what pharmacy organizations are out there.  All I can say is–wow. There are tons.  Is this part of the problem with the profession?  I don’t know.  I’m not feeling like a judge today.  But instead, I thought I’d share the orgs I found, and some others for you, so if you’re a pharmacist like me, maybe you can find an organization or two that really scratches your own professional niche itch. (Don’t say that fast 3 times.)

Let me start with a disclaimer or two:

1. I am a member of some of the organizations I’m about to share.  I’m also a FORMER member of some of these organizations as well. I’ve also NEVER been a member of some of the orgs I’m about to share.  I’m not here to rate or again judge any of them today – this is merely a list. No endorsements, just indexing.

2. I’m not including very many international pharmacy orgs, nor any pharmacy fraternities or sororities.  I didn’t include the state and US jurisdictional pharmacy associations.  I didn’t include any accrediting organizations for board certifications for pharmacists, and I didn’t even touch on organizations for certain therapeutic areas or disease states unless the org was specific for pharmacists.  You can Google the other stuff. Here and here are pretty comprehensive lists of pharmacy organizations too (although, honestly, even they may not be fully inclusive).

3. I’m about to list orgs that members may join.  The types of members may be different (most accept individual members, some only accept corporate members, and some do both.  Some only do certain types of corporate or org members.  Every org is different – get the hint?)

4. These are “official” in the sense that they have their own websites and have either all or nearly all pharmacists.  Some may have some pharmacists, and let in other healthcare or industry professionals.

Pharmacy and Pharmacist Professional Organizations I’ve Found in Existence for 2015:

AACP – American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
AAPA – The Arab American Pharmacist Association
AAPCC – American Association of Poison Control Centers
AAPS – American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences
ABHP – Association of Black Health System Pharmacists
ACCP – The American College of Clinical Pharmacy
ACCP – American College of Clinical Pharmacology
ACPE – Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education
AHLA – The American Health Lawyers Association
AIHP – American Institute of the History of Pharmacy
AMCP – Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
APhA – American Pharmacists Association
ASAP – American Society for Automation in Pharmacy (awesome acronym, BTW)
ASCP – American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
ASCPT – American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
ASHP – American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
ASOP – Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies
ASP – American Society of Pharmacognosy
ASPL – American Society for Pharmacy Law
BIO – Biotechnology Industry Organization
CPS – Controlled Release Society
CPNP – College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists
DIA – Drug Information Association
FDLI – Food and Drug Law Institute
FIP – International Pharmaceutical Federation
HBA – Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association
HDMA – Healthcare Distribution Management Association
GPhA – Generic Pharmaceutical Association
HOPA – Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association
HIMSS – Healthcare Information Management Systems Society
IPhO – Industry Pharmacists Organization
ISOP – International Society of Pharmacometrics
ISOPP – International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners
ISPOR – International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
NABP – National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
NACDS – National Association of Chain Drug Stores
NADDI – National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators
NASPA – National Alliance for State Pharmacy Associations
NAWP – National Association of Women Pharmacists (UK)
NCPA – National Community Pharmacists Association
PCCA – Professional Compounding Centers of America
PDA – Parenteral Drug Association
PhRMA – Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
PPAG – Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group
SIDP – Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists
TPA – The Pharmacy Alliance
USP – U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention

As I said, this is a lot of organizations that are national in scope.  I’m starting to see why pharmacists struggle with joining groups, organizations and societies, when there are so many to choose from.  It’s probably a mixed blessing.  All I do know is, one could make joining these and attending their events and meetings a full-time job now.

It’s complicated.  Just like healthcare.

What I’m Working on 3Q14

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

I like this whole accountability thing by posting what I’m up to each quarter of 2014.  And, not to mention it is flying by like no one’s business.  So, better hop to it and share with you what I’m up to for 3Q14, so you can hold my proverbial feet to the fire! Ready?

1. #SMDames14 #Indy #FAIL – Yes, the Social Media Dames are heading back to Indy, back by popular demand, on November 20, 2014 (the Thursday before Turkey Day, just like last year).  This year, we’re cooking up a theme of “FAILURE” around the talks.  (Oh. Yeah. I could easily come up with 18 talks of my very own in that realm – with or without social media involved. Ugh!) BUT–my friends, we have to get the moose on the table and start talking failure; otherwise, how are we ever to learn from our mistakes?  (Here’s the little trailer…)

2. Development of a first for me – an open access journal – While I’ve written 7 adult books and one children’s book, the one thing I haven’t done is develop a peer reviewed journal from scratch.  Thanks to the Butler Innovation Fund, I now have the challenge of figuring out how to do this, in our creative commons resource at BU. It will be around #STEM #healthcare and #innovation, and it WILL be different than all the other journals out there, if it is the last thing that I do. Pray for me, people, on this one because I can’t really find that many peeps in my network who have been there, done that on this one…sigh…

3.  Barcelona and Bilbao planning – Sorry, sistah has to fly the coop this year.  I try to get away outside the US at least once per year, and this year’s trip is going to be epic!!!

4.  Column for Pharmacy Careers – Part of Pharmacy Times is an ePub called Pharmacy Careers – and I’m writing a column for them this coming academic year.  If you’re a pharmacist doing something weird or cool professionally, tell me, so I can get you in the cue. If you’re a pharmacist, read the column for some inspiration – I’m going to do my best to go as weird as possible on it.

5.  AACP Professional Affairs Committee – Geeking out on future of pharmacy stuff in DC this fall (although, I’m still not sure who put me up for this…but I’m sure it will be fun).

Of course there are other shenanigans, like:

…and all this could be up for grabs–because who knows what the future holds?  That’s my favorite thing about the future…the unknown…!

Policy & Advocacy in Pharmacy

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

I’m working on a lecture for one of the courses here at BUCOPHS on why policy & advocacy is important to pharmacy practice, and how to get involved in P&A as a pharmacy student or pharmacist.  So, I thought I’d start a list of resources here for those policy and advocacy pharmacy geeks out there like me, who are trying to push the profession forward, on top of the other stuff that we do all day.

And I did discuss this throughout The New Pharmacist: 46 Doses of Advice book I just published, but I need to give an hour presentation on this topic, so I’m trying to go a little deeper here.

Here we go.

First, you can advocate and push policy forward right from your very own desktop or laptop–as a pharmacist, or as any other type of professional or citizen.  You can do any of the following to advocate and move policy forward:

  • Blog – like moi (just make sure your employers are cool with that – check your co.’s policies)
  • Write letters to the editor, or editorial pieces for your local papers or newsletters
  • Write your reps–Senators, Congressmen/women, etc. at the local, state and federal levels–about pending legislation or policy that is under notice and comment.  Even if it is NOT under notice and comment, feel free to put forth your opinions in writing to the powers that can actually vote on pending law.  There’s some crazy statistic I read once that said for every letter a Congressperson receives, a dozen or more others in the same district have the same concerns–yet, no one takes the time to pen a thoughtful letter around an issue.  Don’t let that be you (the ‘no one’ in the sentence above).
  • Get involved in a cause/issue or a political candidate’s run for an office
  • Offer to serve as an adviser on healthcare or pharmacy to a candidate already in office (You’d be shocked to know how little many politicians actually know about health care. Shocked. Appalled.)
  • Join a group and get involved in policy & advocacy – for us in pharmacy, that’s groups like APhA, ASCP, ACCP, ASHP, ASPL, AACP, NACDS, NCPA, or AMCP (and if I missed any, sorry).  There are usually state pharmacy organizations to get involved in as well – in Indiana, for example, we have the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance.
  • Sign petitions.  Better yet, start petitions. and or are a few places where you can sign and/or start a movement via petition–just make sure the issue isn’t already out there.
  • If you’re hardcore, consider a fellowship in healthcare policy or pharmacy policy–either right out of school, or after your first year of residency.  VCU has one for pharmacy policy.  There are others – like the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows Program, or Health and Aging Policy Fellowship, and more than I can possibly list here.
  • If you’re really hardcore, consider law school.  (Although, I caution you right now on this one, law jobs aren’t o’ plenty right now.)  After that, maybe work as a lobbyist (just make sure you believe in what you’re lobbying about…).
  • You could analyze policy at a Think Tank (<-and yes, this links to Wikipedia’s list of Think Tanks).
  • If you’re absolutely at the top of hardcore policy and healthcare development, consider running for office.  There are local and national programs you can go through to get training on how to do that.  My recent favorite was the Women’s Campaign School at Yale–but there are others.  The LA Times just did an article on more physicians running for political office – why not pharmacists too?

What have I missed?  While I’ve never lived in D.C., nor did a fellowship, residency or ran for office (yet, anyway), I’m certain there are others out there with more knowledge than me on this subject. From them I ask–what did I miss?



I Wanna Be…In Pharmacy

Monday, February 4th, 2013

I rarely post about pharmacy here…I like to keep it more as an outlet for writing, reading, and my other shenanigans.  However, props must be paid from an article that recently came out from one of the pharmacy organizations I am part of – the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

In their quarterly publication about academic pharmacy–Academic Pharmacy Now–you’ll see a fascinating story on the cover about engaging the NEXT generation into the profession of pharmacy.  I was THRILLED to have Butler part of that story as well, because Butler’s student senior children’s book project from 2012, Pharmacy and Me, was part of that article.  But as I read, what I found more interesting overall, two items:

1. Pharmacy is high on interest right now as a profession – Yay! But…

2. I’m frightened to think about how much pressure the next generation of students have on themselves to quickly ascertain what they want to do for the rest. Of. Their. Lives!  (That sounds so…definite.)

I’m here to advocate for pharmacy, because I think it not only is a cool profession, yes, but more important, I think (now more than ever), there are a LOT of different things one can do with a pharmacy degree.  Like–write books.  Like–be an entrepreneur.  Like–help shape healthcare reform and policy.   Like–help people live longer, healthier lives.  Like–improve public health. But, choosing a college degree and a program that is time consuming and expensive is a LOT to decide so early in your life.  It’s a daunting task, and with colleges increasing costs so much, an expensive choice to make.

Look, if you’re a kid reading this post on some fluke, if you’re thinking of pharmacy as what you want to study in college–I say, go for it.  Just keep in mind that nothing is forever, and everything is how you make it.  WHATEVER degree you pursue, it’s still all up to you what you do with it.

So choose your own adventure, and keep an open mind. (And thanks in advance for your consideration of pharmacy.  It’s a good choice to consider.)

And thanks to AACP for giving Butler the shout out!