Bigger. Brighter. Midyear: My experience at the ASHP Clinical Meeting as an ISMP International Medication Safety Management Fellow
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition is the largest gathering of pharmacy professionals in the world. Attended by more than 26,000 pharmacy professionals from all over the world, the meeting provides valuable opportunities for:
enhancing practice skills
staying current with the latest products and innovations.
Every year the Midyear Meeting is held at different locations, this year was in Las Vegas hence the theme bigger and brighter!
As an ISMP International Medication Safety Management fellow, I spent my time:
At the ISMP booth
Attending the Medication Safety Intensive workshop
Co-authoring a poster for the fellow poster presentation
Attending the CHEERS award dinner
Co-presenting at the midday symposium in front of around 250 healthcare providers
Among all the above activities, I would like to highlight my experience of presenting at the Midday Symposium.
Justifying Your Return Investment with Integrated Medication Use Technology
The symposium focused on drawing attention to at-risk processes, and helping pharmacists see technology through a safety lens.
The symposium educated healthcare providers about the unintended consequences of suboptimal use of healthcare technologies; how to justify the return on investment for expansion of technologies, and by what means to identify gaps in best practices related to the use of automated dispensing cabinets, one of the most widely deployed forms of integrated medication use technology. I co-presented with Susan Paparella on Finding the Gaps: Best Practice Guidelines for Use of Technologies. Thank you so much ISMP for allowing me to speak at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. It was an honor to share the stage and present it with safety experts and leaders. The future is technology and to maximize return on your technology investment, it is important to implement safe practices by utilizing ISMP safety recommendations.
Making Lifelong Memories and Connections
Not only did I made lifelong memories and connections, but also learned about how I can contribute to patient safety in many more ways. The quote that will stick to me in my medication safety journey is “People don’t do what you expect, they do what you inspect” by Stephen Eckel, so following up on your projects is the key for it to be successful.
I am grateful to ISMP and our supporters for giving fellows an opportunity to learn and participate, in educational programs and symposia, and be surrounded by safety experts and leaders.