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Pennant Race

Posted on January 13, 2015 in: Member News

by Frank Zaran, R.Ph., MSHP President

In January 2012, past MSHP President Ryan Bickel invited us to join the race in incorporating the Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative of Michigan (PPMI2). He encouraged each hospital and health-system to take the ASHP PPMI self-assessment and to begin incorporating the proposed practice standards at their sites. Ryan likened the process to running a marathon, noting that adopting these practices at each site could not be done overnight.

Then, in her 2013 editorial “Navigating the Course,” past president Peggy Malovrh continued that scenario and drew our attention to “efforts toward accomplishing our goal of establishing a new pharmacy practice model that will effectively use pharmacists as direct patient care providers.”

Last year, MSHP Immediate Past President Mike Ruffing introduced ambulatory care as the next stage in the PPMI process, tweaking the example slightly, by likening it to a bicycling race such as the Tour de France. I believe that MSHP must continue working toward incorporating the PPMI2 at our sites, which now includes a significant ambulatory component. To this end, many of the 2015 MSHP Committees will be addressing how to encourage the expansion of pharmacy ambulatory care services in the state. However, the need to expand health-system pharmacy services in Michigan to meet the overall PPMI recommendations remains. In some cases, the ability and/or resources available to meet these recommendations are not readily available. To meet these needs, we must first identify them and then help find or create the necessary resources to address them.

MSHP provides excellent educational programs at its Annual Meeting, the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition and the MSHP Residency Conference to support health-system pharmacists, residents and other practitioners. In addition, MPA regularly offers education programs on many topics, including immunization and point-of-care testing.

Later this year, you will be asked to respond to a survey which will cover a number of topics. We need you to respond to these questions, and you need to respond to them. Sharing your wants and needs with MSHP (what is important to you as a professional, what you expect from our Society and what you need to do your job better) will drive our future programming and services. In addition, we will be asking you to volunteer to serve as an advisor to other pharmacists and/or hospitals/health-systems. We will be seeking members who don’t mind sharing some advice and recommendations with others. Most people interested in setting up new programs, thinking about going into a new practice area, learning how to prepare for board certification, considering completing or developing a residency program, wondering about a leadership position or simply applying for a job, would like to talk with someone with knowledge/experience in their area of interest. MSHP members have a great deal of experience that can benefit the rest of the profession of pharmacy. It’s important to keep in mind that neither one’s age nor the size of their institution/practice site is a limitation on the ability to provide advice. It is experience and the willingness to share it, and perhaps give back to our profession, that is important.

Going forward, I would like you to consider what it is that MSHP can do for you as well as what you can do for the profession of pharmacy in general, and in Michigan, specifically. For our profession to continue to grow and thrive, we need to work even more closely together and exercise even more teamwork than before.

I hope you don’t mind if, moving forward, I change our race toward PPMI from a bicycle race to a baseball pennant race. Each member of the team is important. Every player needs to know what’s going on in the game, to understand what their role is and what is needed, and to work together and support one another for the benefit of all. It should be noted that the best managers and coaches in baseball were usually not big name players; they were better teachers and advisors. Now let’s play ball!

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