Like many of you, I take IPPE and APPE students for hospital rotations from the Tri-State area. In my case, the Tri-State area includes New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska…we have had a few students over the past few years from the Creighton University School of Pharmacy.
Of the topics we discuss during the rotation is leadership, and more recently leadership during crisis…like now. The common themes from our readings is that our post-COVID world will require new leadership skills tailored to an environment of urgency, high stakes, and uncertainty—even after the current pandemic is over.
As leaders we must (1) foster adaptation, helping people develop the “next practices” that will enable our institutions to thrive in a new world, even as we continue with the best practices necessary for current success. (2) Embrace disequilibrium, keeping people in a state that creates enough discomfort to induce change but not so much that they flee, fight, or freeze. And, (3) generate leadership, giving people at all levels of your health-system the opportunity to innovate to help adapt to these changing times.
As your professional organization, I’m proud to be associated with leaders at all levels of NJSHP who have felt comfortable in this discomfort: having adapted, ie. 2021 Annual Meeting, embraced disequilibrium, ie. Virtual Residency Showcase, and generated leadership, ie. 2020 public policy/advocacy efforts.
Daniel T. Abazia, PharmD, BCPS, CPPS
President, New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NJSHP)
Director of Pharmacy, Capital Health