By Kari Vavra Janes, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, Ferris State University College of Pharmacy, Grand Rapids
As discussed in the past issues of the MSHP Monitor, the 2018 Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) theme is “Demonstrating our Value.” What better time to do this than right now? October is officially American Pharmacists Month, and it is the perfect time to bring the 2018 theme to life! American Pharmacists Month is a time to “celebrate the pharmacy profession, recognize your pharmacy staff and reach out to your patients.”1 The American Pharmacists Association offers an American Pharmacists Month planning guide on their website if you’re in need of ideas. The guide is available at: www.PharmacistsProvideCare.com/american-pharmacists-month.1 Regardless of your practice setting, there are plenty of ideas for every type of pharmacy to “spotlight pharmacists’ contributions toward improving medication use and advancing patient care.”1 There are ideas for technicians and student pharmacists as well. While the guide offers a more extensive discussion, a few examples include scheduling a health event, visiting your state senator or representative, talking to your administrator(s), connecting with your state pharmacy associations and so much more.1 The guide is just a starting point – be creative!
This month, let’s celebrate pharmacists and the value they provide. Locally, Michigan Pharmacy week is Oct. 14 – 20, 2018. Be sure to thank your pharmacists for optimizing medication management and patient health, offering many varied professional services, educating patients and advocating for and advancing our profession.
This month, let’s celebrate technicians and the value they provide. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 is National Pharmacy Technician Day. Be sure to thank your technicians for supporting distributive and clinical pharmacy functions; they are an essential part of these pharmacy services!
This month, let’s celebrate student pharmacists and the value they provide. Be sure to thank your students for the role they play in extending pharmacy clinical services and improving patient care; they are the future of our profession, and they are ready and willing to be involved!
Thank you pharmacists, technicians and student pharmacists for “Demonstrating our Value” each and every day! Enjoy this month dedicated to you!
- American Pharmacists Association. American Pharmacists Month. American Pharmacists Association website. http://pharmacistsprovidecare.com/american-pharmacists-month. Accessed Aug. 28, 2018.