Spring Tenet-Respect the Past
I have great respect for the past. If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going. I have respect for the past, but I'm a person of the moment. I'm here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I'm at, then I go forward to the next place.
As mentioned in my remarks at our Society’s recent Spring Meeting, I have had the pleasure of serving on the MSHP board for the last six years. I have been able to witness leaders in our profession guide our Society through times of trouble, times of change and times of success. Working on this Board with past Presidents Daniel Good, Andy Smith, Diane McClaskey, Sarah Boyd, Laura Butkievich, and Jeremy Hampton have given me the blueprint for a successful year as President. Having additional past Presidents in my professional network like Brad Cook, Joel Hennenfent, Greg Teale, Amy Sipe, Mark Woods and others will allow me to tap their combined wisdom in order to lead our Society for the next 12 months.
My personal journey with MSHP has been an interesting one. It began with committee service in 2012 on both the Annual Meeting Planning Committee and the Pre-Meeting Workshop Planning Committee. I served as the Greater Kansas City Society of Health Systems Pharmacists President in 2013 and was a voting MSHP board member in that role. I then served as Treasure Elect/Treasure for 2 years in 2014-2015, chaired the Transitions Committee in 2016 and was elected to the presidential cycle last year. These past experiences have helped me understand the unique challenges that come with the operations of our Society and I hope they will form a foundation that will allow me to lead the MSHP Board for the next year.
Moving forward I hope to improve our operational efficiencies as an organization and push forward with the regulatory and public policy momentum we have created over the past 18 months. I would also like to engage you, the MSHP membership, to continue to refine the role MSHP plays in your career, looking for more of what you want from your Society.
It is truly an honor to be elected into the Presidency of MSHP. I will do my best to honor the strong tradition that has been set before I arrived in this role, push our Society forward in the present and hope to set us all up for success in the future.
Tony Huke, PharmD, BCPS