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Posts Tagged ‘ASPL’

5 Cool Items I’m Working On…Right Now

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

1. This – on the pharmacy podcast.

2. This – coming soon at #SMDames17 – I’ll be discussing podcasting. Here’s registration if you’d like to take your social media game to the next level.

3. This – working on lining up speakers for #HealthCarDev in Indy with HBA IN. Here’s a peek at our speakers.

4. This - I’m glad Indy and Mother Nature are getting all of the rain out of the way for our HBA IN 7/26 event at the top of Eskenazi Health at the Sky Farm!

5. Upcoming talks – on big data, privacy, ethics – so many egregious real-world cases to choose from…hopefully I’ll see you at Indy Big Data or ASPL to discuss them with you!

3Q17-4Q17: What’s Coming Up?

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 10.06.41 PMI cannot believe I’m about to write down what I need to get done for the rest of 2017. I still think sometimes I’m stuck back in 2011 or 2012 somewhere.

Anyway, here’s my list for the rest of 2017. Inspirational color palette to set the tone – check. Kind of a melon-y, sunflowery tone, methinks.


3Q17-4Q17: Let’s Roll!


1. SWE 3 – or bust. Next new book.

2. STEMP4 – really want this to be done in time for the holidaze; let’s see if I can make that happen.


3. HBA Indiana – continues to produce amazing programs and stuff. 3Q17 will be no exception. The big project I’m working on is #HealthCarDev on 9/29 - the first ever Unconference for the chapter. We’re going to have 18 speakers in a 1/2 day session that will rock. It’s all focused on healthcare career development. We’ll also have the inaugural #PurpleSock Awards for healthcare amazingness in Hoosierland at our awards gala in November. Read more about how to nominate your healthcare hero or shero here. Here is the nomination form – if you know someone great, nominate them.

4. ASPL 

5. Shopping for a cause – since my terms with these two orgs will be up 12/31, I’m shopping right now for one cause. Not sure what it will be just yet, but I’m on the lookout, universe!

Talks & Events:

8/1/17 – #SMDames17 – Indy – talked podcasting.
9/14/17 – Indy Big Data – Indy
9/29/17 – #HealthCarDev – HBA IN – Indy – we’ll also have a super cool countdown campaign to this that will occupy some time in July & Aug.
Judge for the Reimagine Education Awards.
First week of Nov – 2 talks at ASPL – one on big data and ethical use, and one on ASPL’s first ever benchmarking survey of Ethics Profs at US Schools of Pharmacy.

Pharmacy Podcast:

Big series this fall about one of the biggest topics I am asked about as a career coach. More to come!

Life Changer:

Trip to Scotland. It was awesome. Pics at Instagram.  I think that covers the highlights, and the highlands…LOL! Slangevar!3Q2

Pharmacy Stuff

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Pardon my organizing for a moment, but I need to warehouse all of the pharmacy stuff I’m tracking or updating online in one post.  (And BTW, I still don’t know what the proper way is to represent one’s social media/online stuff on a CV; if you have a clever way to do this, I’m listening!)

Clean up on aisle 2015….

Pharmacy 2015, 2016, 2017+ National Meetings

Pharmacist Certifications (and in Healthcare)

Butler COPHS CE:

Tools & Techniques for Preceptor Development (homestudy)

Advocate to Vaccinate

Butler COPHS Ex Ed page on Faceplace, and Twitter

Pharmacy Times/Pharmacy Careers Articles

The Pharmacy Podcast interviews

The Student-Driven Open Access Multimedia Journal – BU Well

Slideshare – where I post slides from presentations

LinkedIn long posts – some of which are pharmacy-focused

I’ve posted a couple of times on how I use the most awesome SurveyMonkey in my work at their blog

And incoming board member for ASPL.

That, I think for now is it.

A Week

Friday, November 20th, 2015

You know you’ve had a week when….you get home at the end of a long one, you have dinner, then sit down only to wake up when it’s time to go to bed…

Either I’m getting old, or I had a week.  I’m going to chalk it up to more of the latter than the former.

Really cool hi-lights, however this week included the following:

ASPL’s fall meeting – Left Miami Sunday to head home from the American Society for Pharmacy Law this weekend to kick off the week.  I’m really looking forward to being part of the board and helping this organization grow over the next 2 years, as this org has stuff I cannot get anywhere else on the planet, like pharmacy law education materials and the new case law compendia for members.

#SMDames15 – This 4th in a series over the several past few years now gave more women some ideas how to spread their messages around through social media.  #BigWin was the hashtag theme this year, and I’m glad to see the program alive and well without me as involved these days. Big shout out to Amy Stark and Digital Dames for keeping the fires burning at Dames.

Pharmacy Times dropped an article I wrote about…change in pharmacy.  It also framed change around what I learned at altMBA this summer.

Phi Lambda Sigma induction – This is pharmacy’s leadership fraternity.  It was fun to watch all the current earlier leaders in the profession be inducted as well.  I probably would not have qualified for this group when I was in their shoes, but nonetheless, it’s never too late to be a leader inside your profession, whatever that profession is – I think from the state of the universe these days, we need more leaders now than at any point in history.

Started putting together a mastermind for 2016 – A mastermind was something I tried way back in 2004 or 5 (it’s been a while), but I wanted to try it again thanks to the Biz Chix Podcast having a series on Masterminds.  If I want to take things to the next level, I’m going to need some peeps in my life to check me from time to time.

#STEMPrincess3 – Yup – STEM Princess 2 isn’t even delivered yet and we are already cranking on book 3!  But I think this one will be fun, and the genre of the book is on fire right now.  I know, I’m vague blogging here, but I should have more later one, after I’ve sold out STEMP2…hahaha!

Student projects at Butler are humming along – had the opportunity to review one of the Midyear posters accepted on BU Well and writing at pharmacy schools (good luck!), and the two children’s books on type I diabetes Ralphie the Giraffe and the Antibiotic Stewardship book (Andi, Chase and the Mysterious Case) are nearing manuscript delivery time. We also got a new homestudy CE program up on immunizations this week for pharmacists – as we are trying to reach a broader preceptor audience.

OK. Now that I really think about it, I see why I came home and crashed.

Here’s looking forward to a shorter holiday week NEXT week!

Rocktober Wrap Up

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Yesterday was love a red head day.  Today is love a lawyer day.  So, thanks for the double love if you’ve visited my tiny corner of the world!

It’s been crazy around here of late, and my posts have suffered for it.  But I am working out here…really!  Here’s a few things still sort of in beta, but since all of the fab 13 are cool enough to keep it on the D/L, I thought I’d share…

1. Interview with Abdul-Hakim Shabazz on drug crisis in the US and Indiana – This is a huge problem.  Sixty minutes also had a featured story last weekend on the heroin problem in our neighbor next door, Ohio.  Here are my show notes on Indiana.  Abdul stated he was going to put the interview in a couple of places soon.

If any of politicos are reading this blog, I think we need to get naloxone OTC in the 2016 legislative session in Indiana for this problem.  We also need to get more needle exchange programs up and running.  And, I think we need to stay as far away as possible from legalizing marijuana right now, because so many people state that it is the gateway to heavier drug abuse.  (I know that won’t be popular with the tax revenue generating types, but tough.)

Last but certainly not least here, my pharmacist friends are getting robbed. A lot. We are #1 in the country for pharmacy robberies  now.  Indiana pharmacists are under the gun–literally.  We need to consider stricter and longer penalties for juveniles who choose to rob pharmacists.

(BTW – if you are a pharmacist, please take 5 minutes to complete the annual Continuing Education (CE) needs assessment – it helps us figure out what programming and education we need to put together for 2016 for pharmacists.  Link is here.)

2. Global health – In one of the classes I teach, students are giving global health system presentations on several different countries around the world.  The last day is Monday.  What is so striking about this is that every country brought up thus far has had significantly lower costs, and better care (through metrics like infant mortality and life expectancy) than the U.S. It’s time to really start looking to see how other companies do healthcare.  Our system is a mess.

3. Vook reports – In the entrepreneurship in healthcare elective this week, students had to turn in 3-minute vook reports, or video book reports on one business book they read during the semester.  Then they had to comment on each other’s videos.  Great books like Lean In, Jab Jab Jab Right Hook, the 4 Hour Work Week, and Zero to One were all discussed.  After taking altMBA this summer and having this video assignment, I wanted to try it in class.  The students made it look a lot easier than it actually was to create videos!  Awesome!  Also, put up a social entrepreneurship lecture for ethics class at Butler this week too.  Last in this realm, I created my first ever business plan canvas on an idea I’m helping out Butler on…stay tuned on what that exactly is – but try the one page canvas if you have a business idea – it’s a good place to start.

4. SQL – I’m trying to learn mySQL for work.  For those of you not like Dakota and into big data, it’s relational-based data software. Think Excel on steroids, or Excel with the ability to pull multiple datasets from multiple Excel spreadsheets in queries.  Anyway, after a 2.5 hour training session today online at Coursera, my brain is a little fried.

5. Continuing Education – We almost have a new homestudy CE up for pharmacists – it’s undergoing a final review now – but here it is on immunizations.  Thanks to our speaker, Carrie Jung, for experimenting with us at the day job on this…  And our annual needs assessment is up – if you’re a pharmacist and could take 5 minutes to fill it out – I’d REALLY appreciate it!

6. ASPL – I’m speaking in Miami next week about BU Well at the American Society for Pharmacy Law annual meeting.  Super pumped, because the pharmacy law educators for the most part are pharmacists and attorneys – so they easily get the idea of law review.  Presented BU Well at the IUPUI Assessment Conference too – that went pretty well–although, I still don’t really yet know how to assess an “awesome” infographic vs. an “OK” one….

7. STEMPrincess2 – of course is coming – but surprise emails have popped into the inbox for last minute details…  And there’s the two teams of children’s books cooking at Butler – Ralphie and his insulin pump adventure, of course, and Andi, Chase and the Mysterious Case

8. Class where I’m the student – On top of ASPL in Miami next week, I’m also attending a one-day course on Presenting Data and Information, which looks like it will teach us design strategies for conveying information.  Maybe I’ll get some infographic ideas here.  Oh, yeah, and #SMDames15 is coming up on Friday, November 20th!

9. Cleaned up the 2015/16 Pharmacy Meetings Calendar and the Certifications Grid.  Super pumped about some of the meetings next year!!!

10. Other – working on some big stuff for 2016 this week too.  Stuff, unfortunately that I can’t talk about just quite yet.  But hopefully, soon…what I hope to accomplish here in 2016 is to reach a bigger audience, particularly in healthcare.  We shall see how this pans out…

So, what have you been up to?  Maybe soon we can catch up and discuss.  I’ll bring the redheaded lawyer along…

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.

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?