President's Message from Alex Oschman
"You do not like them, so you say. Try them! Try them! And you may!" – Dr. Seuss
As the new year starts, many of us are setting new goals for the year, both personal and professional. An article recently reported that January 19th is the day most people are likely to give up on their New Year’s Resolutions. While there are lots of ways to build new habits and implement changes, one way to help be successful in your goals is to engineer your environment to set you up for success. And sometimes, it takes many small changes to reach your bigger goal.
As I reflect in the new year and look at what I would like to achieve for MSHP, the above statement of setting up our environment and looking at a bigger picture resonates. Sometimes it takes small changes and time to reach bigger goals for the future, which is hard because we often want fast results. I would like to encourage each of you to think about your goals for MSHP and how you can help us achieve bigger and brighter things. As an organization we have been working to increase our presence in legislative advocacy for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Missouri. This is an area that is unfamiliar to a lot of us; yet it is one of the most important areas where we can affect pharmacy practice. MSHP will be increasing opportunities to get involved and learn more about legislative advocacy in the upcoming months. One of the first opportunities is April 1, 2020 where you can join other Missouri pharmacists, technicians, and students at Legislative Day. Keep an eye out for more information to come! Our public policy committee is another great way to learn more about what you can do to promote pharmacy in the state of Missouri.
I would like to encourage each of you to think of what goals you would like to achieve this year and to try something new. Sometimes the thing that we end up enjoying or appreciating the most, is the thing we never would have imagined.
Alex Oschman, PharmD, BCPPS