Dear Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists Members,
The Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists (SPCP) has grown from a vision to a reality through a collaborative effort of achievements and shared goals in a very short period of time. I am honored to be a founding member and 2018 President of SPCP. In our short history, SPCP has fostered collaborations amongst members in academic, clinical and research roles in within hospice, palliative care and pain management settings. Our members represent a diverse pharmacy practice with a common goal of reducing the suffering of our patients.
We have formed strong collaborations with AAHPM, PAINWeek and CAPC, as well as joined the National Coalition for Hospice & Palliative Care as their 10th organizational member where we will have a voice at the table in advocacy for our patients and our profession.
Our strategic plan outlines our goals to promote society growth, be a leader in education amongst pain, palliative care and hospice pharmacists, advance pharmacy practice in these specialty areas, develop benchmarking strategies for our profession, support advocacy efforts in line with our mission, and provide mentorship to future leaders in pain, palliative care and hospice pharmacy.
In 2018, we will sponsor a ½ day pre-con at the AAHPM Annual Assembly in Boston where we will also host an evening educational and networking program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where I practice as a clinical specialist with the inpatient palliative care consult service and outpatient clinic setting. We will be presenting our first annual Research Award. We are also reviewing opportunities to host a virtual meeting in 2018 with a goal to have a live meeting in 2019. We continue to offer live webinars in the form of journal clubs for continuing education credit and make these programs available as enduring educational programing for our members.
As an all-volunteer organization, we rely on the active engagement of our members to grow the society and provide support and collaboration in our professional lives. Our committees provide a great opportunity for our members to get involved in the Society work through educational program development, research awards (recognition), development of communication tools such as the listserv and newsletter.
I urge those who have not yet joined a committee to review the available opportunities and reach out to me to get more involved. I would be happy to appoint dedicated pain, palliative care and hospice pharmacists to our committees to continue to grow the resources and opportunities provided by the society.
If you are not ready to join a committee, please take advantage of the resources membership in SPCP provides. Update your bio on the website, create a Mendeley profile as an SPCP member to share publications with your colleagues, participate in a webinar, utilize your free subscription to the Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, or checkout our toolkit where you can find sample policies, protocols, guidelines and much more. If you have great examples that you would like to share, contact us and we can post your contributions for other members to adopt in their practice settings.
Finally, I would like to emphasize the sentiments of our immediate past President Rabia Atayee: SPCP Board members represent our members. If you would like you share ideas for new and innovative ways in which we can support and represent our membership, email myself or any other board member today!
Bridget Scullion, PharmD, BCOP
2018 President, Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists