Week 5: Whistle While You WorkMay 5 - May 9
As my fifth week in comes to a close, I realized I only have one week left to enjoy the beautiful weather (albeit unpredictable at times) and to explore the unique assortment of shops on King Street. This also means that I only have one week left to squeeze out the most that I can out of my association management rotation at AACP. It definitely feels like time has flown by! At times, I wish I can just freeze time to allow me to get all done that I wished to complete during my time in Alexandria, Virginia.This week has been mostly working on my projects and ensuring that I will be able to make my deadlines next week, especially since I have two comp days from the Science Festival and will be using them (friends and family are visiting!). I’ve never been good at just sitting at a desk for 8 hours at a time completing tasks. I love variety which is why the last two weeks of traveling have been extremely exciting for me. However, this week my desk was overflowed with yellow sticky notes. The strategy that always worked for me in a setting like this was to write down a list of what I needed to accomplish. Not only would I just write a complete list, but I would categorize it by priority and even write a separate list for each day. If I felt myself falling behind, I even broke it down by hour. Doing this allowed me to feel a bit more accomplished every time I crossed an item off and it also kept me on task. Another one of my priorities this week was to identify areas of the association I still might not understand completely and seek out those that will be able to assist me. Jen has developed a very comprehensive rubric to evaluate my performance and understanding of association management that will be able to help me identify these areas. While going through the rubric, I realized that I have forgotten some of the detailed information I learned about AACP’s programs and services since reading about them during my first week here. Now that I have met all of the senior staff members and learned about their roles and responsibilities, I think it is important to revisit all of that information from my first week. I feel like I will be able to come to a complete full circle with this method. Looks like it’s time to write my to-do list for my very last week at AACP (and for my very last week of pharmacy school!)
Hillary AphaisuwanPharmD Candidate, 2014 Midwestern University, College of Pharmacy – Glendale
It was a very eye-opening experience to be on the exhibitor side. While I wish I could be here in 2016 to help out with the next festival, the best I can do now is help AACP prepare for it based off of this weekend’s experience. My next step right now is to help identify issues we ran into and propose solutions that could possibly solve these problems. The better prepared we are for the next festival, the more smoothly things should run. Although this experience has been quite exhausting overall, it was worth the smiles and excitement from the hundreds of kids who walked away with the lip balm I helped teach them to make…and I wouldn’t trade that for the world. Hillary AphaisuwanPharmD Candidate, Class of 2014Midwestern University, College of Pharmacy – Glendale
• “If you react to change when it is on your doorstep, it is difficult; be prepared for change.” – Linda Cabe Halpern, Ph.D., Vice Provost for University Programs at James Madison University
• Rear Admiral Scott F. Giberson discussing the future of pharmacy practice and the potential pharmacists and physicians have on transforming health care
• Panel of community and retail pharmacy leaders discussing partnership opportunities between community pharmacies and academic institutions to develop residency programs that create pharmacists prepared to handle the changing healthcare environment and expand research opportunities
• Gary R. Matzke, Pharm.D., School of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University, sharing VCU’s approach to preparing current pharmacists and student pharmacists for Interprofessional Team Practice
• L. David Harlow III, B.S., Pharm.D., Chief Pharmacy Officer, Martin Health System, discussing the role of the “Primary Care Pharmacist”
• “Innovations in Teaching and Learning,” was presented by Holly Ludgate, Ed.D., who is a Senior Director for Program Development at New Media Consortium. Dr. Ludgate showed a video of a young girl who created a blog and video series on healthy cooking. This young girl, about 7 or 8 years old, was already experienced in using media and technology to teach others about her passion in the kitchen. Dr. Ludgate asked, “What if this was a student in your classroom?” She used the story of this young girl to emphasize that the days of “sage on the stage” teaching are gone and integration of technology and innovative teaching methods are necessary to keep up with the new students of today.
What I can take away from these sessions is that, “Shift happens! You are the key to change!” With changes in higher education and the healthcare environment, we need to be prepared. Part of that preparation involves strong leadership and motivating others to work towards a specific goal. A leader is not defined by status, hierarchy or titles. A leader is defined by the change they helped create and the leaders they developed along the way.
So will I become a leader over night? No, but I plan to find out what strengths I have and how I can develop them to lead and motivate others. It is easy to keep up with the same old routine, but sometimes, shift happens. I can complain about it and get nowhere or I can find the positive outcomes in the middle of all the shift. I choose the latter. What about you?
10. Turkey on banana nut bread is more delicious than you think. Try it. You won’t be disappointed. 9. Birthday parties are not just for little kids. Adults love them too!
8. You don’t actually know your ABC’s until you enter the world of pharmacy associations. 7. Progress and change do not happen overnight. Be patient.
6. Take surveys seriously. They could affect your future. 5. A pre-meeting makes the actual meeting more meaningful and focused.4. Working directly with drugs is not a requirement for being a pharmacist.3. There’s a committee for that. 2. Stop! Collaborate and listen. 1. Watch the gap.