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Scientific Council on Pharmacy and Pharmacology Year in Review

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Christopher R. Ensor, PharmD, BCPS-CV
Pharmacy and Pharmacology Council Chair
Boston, Massachusetts Native

"We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon." - Emil Zatopek, Four-Time Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist, Czech Republic

This past year's work on behalf of the Scientific Council on Pharmacy and Pharmacology has been a marathon. Our first year with a conventional council structure, function, and leadership design, has been both an exciting and humbling experience. Our committee representatives have functioned as integral parts of the various ISHLT committees and cross-council collaboration efforts were started. Lastly, membership and interest in our council has grown amongst pharmacists, pharmacologists, and others alike.

This year has seen exciting developments for our council. First, we elected and installed a core group of officers and committee representatives for the first time. Initiatives within the Education, Standards and Guidelines, and Registries and Databases committees relative to our council involvement have occurred. Furthermore, we are grateful to the ISHLT community who has welcomed our representatives on the various society committees with open arms. Second, we undertook the writing of a Core Competency Statement for Pharmacy and Pharmacology Practitioners in Thoracic Diseases. Our work is nearly completed on this exciting paper. Third, the beginnings of cross-council collaborations were undertaken. Ongoing work on education materials with the Nursing, Health Sciences, and Allied Health Council, and future collaborations with other councils on myriad activities are critical to our success.

Our council again sponsored a Lifecycle Journey Symposium in Cystic Fibrosis and Lung Transplantation at the Montreal meeting. Many of our council members presented posters and orals throughout the week's curriculum either in our focus sessions or integrated into various others. Additionally, we entered into discussions with pharmacy-based continuing education providers and the ISHLT to provide CE at the San Diego meeting next year. We believe this to be critical in our recruitment efforts for additional pharmacists and pharmacologists into the society.

While this year's marathon is coming to conclusion, an exciting new one is simultaneously beginning with a bright outlook for our council.

"The marathon can humble you." - Bill Rodgers, Four-time winner of the Boston and New York City Marathons. To help the victims of the Boston Marathon Tragedy, visit:

Disclosure Statement: The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.