Summer Tenet - Have Fun
Aaah, summer - that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It's a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends.
- Darell Hammond
While you are doing your best to stay cool from the summer heat, I hope you are able to take time for yourself and your family, enjoy some summer fun, and perhaps even a nice vacation with those you love. Integrating fun into your life, at home and at work, is an essential part of the personal and professional balance we are all trying to find. Take some time, chat with your co-workers, tell a joke, go get some ice cream, and enjoy the ride on this crazy journey called life!
Summer has arrived and so has a new year for many including universities, residency programs, health systems and of course MSHP. We started our year with our annual Strategic Planning Meeting which was held in Mid-June in Kansas City. I am happy to report that we had a good turnout, a productive meeting, and set straightforward, measurable goals for our society this year. Highlights include efforts to achieve full prescribing authority with recognition as mid-level providers in the state of Missouri, continued support for technician advancement initiatives ongoing in the state, increase the utility of our members’ only section of our Society website, and improve communication to the membership at large. While fun may not be the best word to describe our experience during this meeting, there were a few laughs, everybody left with a smile on their face, and a good feeling about the plan for the year.
Lastly, I want to update you on a new and fun opportunity that will take place on September 6-9th, 2018 in Branson, MO. We are working with the Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA) on a co-branded fall meeting. This is a new effort for our organizations and we hope it is the first step in a collaborative effort that will continue into the future. Content for the meeting will be presented by both MSHP and MPA members and will cover both community and health systems perspectives on various topics. I encourage anyone who is interested to participate to join me for some fun in Branson this fall. Information and registration details can be found at https://www.morx.com/conference.
Enjoy your summer, have as much fun as you can, and get those new residents trained. I look forward to updating you in the fall with what I hope will be early success on a few of the strategic priorities mentioned above.