McCreary Reflects On Conference Travel
Nov. 4, 2014
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Erin McCreary, a fourth-year student at the Harrison School of Pharmacy, represented Auburn at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, National Community Pharmacists Association and the Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists meetings this fall. Below, McCreary provides her perspective of the meetings, as well as a listing of HSOP involvement in the organizations.
The opportunity to travel to local, state, and national meetings throughout my time at the Harrison School of Pharmacy has significantly enhanced my educational experience. As the daughter of a government employee, I have called two countries, six states, and nine cities home in my quarter-‐century of existence. Consequently, wanderlust is a part of my core and has caused me to embrace any chance to travel. After 21 years of education, I am precipitously close to entering the “real world.”
This transition is exciting yet terrifying for any young adult; however, I find myself more prepared to take this step due to the numerous opportunities I have had throughout my time in pharmacy school. Pharmacy is a very small world and while it sounds trite, networking is truly a beautiful thing. Knowledge is one of the greatest assets one can possess, and relationships are one of the most valuable resources one can have at hand. Accordingly, these are the two things that pharmacy organizations and meetings most readily provide and the biggest reasons I encourage involvement in these events at every level.
Conventions offer programming on a variety of topics that expose students to clinical controversies and cutting-‐edge research, as well as professional coaching. Many organizations provide programs about interview skills, curriculum vitae writing, and building a solid personal financial base, among other topics.
The meetings are constructed to promote interactions with students and pharmacists through roundtable discussions, mixers, and receptions. Other miscellaneous opportunities include the ability to volunteer for national committees, learn about upcoming events, frequent exhibit halls, and purchase resources. If these reasons are not convincing enough, conferences are simply fun. There is nothing quite like exploring a novel place with your peers, acquiring new tastes, and meeting new people.
When traveling, people often ask, “Where are you from?” Having no real hometown, my answer to this question unconsciously became “Auburn,” and I could not be more proud. I chose to attend Auburn University because of the Auburn Creed, and because everyone I met on campus truly embodied the ideals in this doctrine. Recently, I traveled for 11 straight days to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Annual Meeting, National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Annual Convention, and Alabama Society of Health-‐System Pharmacists (ALSHP) Annual Meeting. ALSHP is the state affiliate of the American Society of Health-‐System Pharmacists (ASHP). I plan on traveling to the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December.
These experiences continue to prove true that Auburn men and women are something special. I do not believe that as students we realize the remarkable work our faculty does outside of the classroom. I was amazed by how well Auburn was represented at these meetings and by the level of scholarship and leadership our faculty display. This article highlights the Auburn students and faculty involved in these three organizations on a state and national level. As these are only three of the many, many associations one can join, I cannot even imagine the impact Auburn students, faculty, and graduates are having across the scope of our great profession.
Involvement in pharmacy organizations has consistently motivated me to work not to make my presence noticed, but my absence felt. This is the essence of the efforts pharmacists are making across the country toward becoming nationally recognized healthcare providers. Pharmacists are crucial members of the healthcare team; without them, patient care suffers. I have had the opportunity to meet inspiring individuals from all areas of pharmacy practice in every part of the country at these meetings. Not a single one of them goes to work each day for the accolades they may receive; they work for the advancement of the profession, the betterment of patient care, and the internal satisfaction these things provide.
Most of these revolutionary practitioners have created their positions through intense dedication and hard work. Their accomplishments have taught me a great deal about extending the frontiers of pharmacy practice. I would encourage every pharmacy student to travel to a professional conference at least once throughout pharmacy school. The professional and personal growth you will experience cannot be quantified. It is absolutely worth the cost of travel and the all-‐nighter you’ll pull to study for the test you have to make-‐up. The best advice I can give is to simply not let your dreams be dreams. Live them—better yet, travel and share them.
About the Harrison School of Pharmacy
Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the School offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.) while also offering a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences. For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit http://pharmacy.auburn.edu.
Last Updated: Nov. 4, 2014