Top 10 Reasons to Advocate for Your Pharmacy Profession
Author: Rita Kasliwal, PharmD Candidate
Ms. Kasliwal is a 2010 PharmD Candidate at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and a Howard Sternheim Summer Intern at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation.
- You are the expert. It is your job to inform others about how much you know.
- Show pride in your profession! You have invested a lot of time into studying and building your proficiency in the field of pharmacy—let it show!
- Your patients are counting on you. You have contact with patients on a daily basis. Let legislators know that your job is to care for their constituents.
- The law does not stand still?neither should you! Be aware of changes to laws and regulations, and influence legislation by offering your opinion.
- Build your professional network. Advocacy efforts are great opportunities to network with professionals both within and outside of the pharmacy world.
- Have your voice heard. Legislators want your vote. They will listen if you speak up.
- Advocacy is personally rewarding. Teaching others about something you are passionate about can be very rewarding!
- Do not be left out! Keep up-to-date on health care issues by reading professional journals, newspapers, and association Web sites and newsletters.
- If you do not, who will? You cannot rely on others to advocate for you. All of us have the time—and responsibility—to contribute to the future of our profession.
- The future of your profession depends on you! Your leadership and initiative today will determine what you and your fellow pharmacists can and will do in the future.