|Network While You Work|
Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” ― Jane Howard
One of the most valuable and rewarding facets of ASCP membership is networking. Amidst the tangible values we provide to our members—like educational webinars, regulatory guidance, cutting-edge speakers, toolkits, and being a conduit to engagement with government agencies and congress— there is an overarching, powerful benefit: our network.
Last week at the 2018 ASCP Forum, I got to witness ASCP’s network streaming at full tilt. The Forum kicked off with four focus groups meeting that gathered the innovators, leaders, and ‘movers and shakers’ of our membership. These members we able to share their wishes, dreams, successes, and failures. And by sharing, they gained perspective, set priorities, and moved the ball forward for pharmacists.
I was fortunate to be able to peek into every focus group and see what dynamic and brilliant members we have. The conversations I popped into were inspirational… Listening to Harry Thibodeau and Paul Rasa spar on how things go in New Jersey; watching Lyndsi White lead an important discussion about our identity as members of ASCP; listening to Alan Rosenbloom frame the many components of pricing issues from DIR fees to rebates; hearing leaders from Avanir engage with nursing home executive pharmacists and recognize how important they are to patients and the senior care environment; watching Hedva Levy shape dialogue among energized pharmacists working in home and community settings. These tangible, organic moments happen live, and in that face-to-face interaction, we make deep progress on how we approach practice.
And at the Forum, it’s about more than just the structured focus groups and meetings. It’s the casual bar talk at the hotel, the chats over coffee, and the introductions made by the dessert bar which stimulates critical commentary and reveals such critical opportunity.
As you enjoy this holiday weekend “networking” with loved ones, family, and friends, I urge you to reflect on how you can similarly benefit from opportunities to connect in person with your ASCP friends and colleagues. We are fortunate to have numerous, intimate opportunities to collaborate, learn, and network. Plan on making the Forum and Annual Meeting a mandate to your practice. You can only learn, can only improve, and you can make lifelong friendships and mentors while on the journey. Our passionate, innovative members are our greatest asset. We will continue to provide venues for you to gather, share ideas, and network—one of our greatest values.
ChadChad Worz, PharmD, BCGP ASCP Executive Director and CEO American Society of Consultant Pharmacists | www.ascp.com