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Technician Network Happenings
by Becky Ohrmund, CPhT, Pharmacy Technician Specialist; Northwestern Memorial Hospital; ICHP Technician Representative
Hello ICHP technician members,
The Technician Network is growing, and we would like for you to come and join us. Recently I was on a call with the Pharmacy Directors of ICHP and encouraged each of them to help promote ICHP to their technicians. Here are just a few of the highlights of how technicians can get involved with ICHP.
- Tech Network – We have bi-monthly calls to discuss all things technician-related. We also actively plan the technician sessions for our Spring and Annual meetings. In addition, we meet every other month on the 2nd Tuesday of the month via Zoom from 5-6 pm.
- Educational Affairs - I am personally involved in this division and help plan the educational content offered by ICHP. We plan the CE Appetizers, and some of us are members of the Spring and Annual Meeting planning committees. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11 am-noon via Zoom.
- Spring and Annual Meeting planning committees - This is a short-term commitment helping to plan the Spring and Annual meetings. We have weekly meetings for approximately 1-2 months to plan the sessions offered at the meetings. In addition, you would play a role in facilitating a section of the meeting and making it your own for the members of ICHP.
There are several other divisions and networks that you can participate in, such as Government Affairs, Organizational Affairs, Professional Affairs, Marketing Affairs, and the Pharmacy Informatics and Technology Network. This information can be found on the ICHP website under the About Us tab and then both the Divisions tab and the Networks tab.
Now on to what the Technician Network is up to. During the past few meetings, we have been brainstorming ways to get more technicians involved within ICHP and planning the technician session of the Annual Meeting. Now that planning for the meeting has concluded, and Illinois is no longer under restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be focusing on getting members to attend the meeting in September (save the date for September 23-25 in Oakbrook Terrace, IL).
Have you always wanted to attend the meeting but you are not able to due to work commitments? I encourage you to speak with your director or manager to see if they will allow you to take the days off to attend the entire meeting or participate in a division or network. I will be in attendance for the full meeting, and we will have great programming throughout. I would love to see you all at the meeting and get to know you better.
If you know anyone on the fence about becoming a member of ICHP please send them my way, and I will answer any questions that they may have. Contact me through either email Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope to see you all in September at the Annual Meeting.