Tony’s Tenents:  Final Tenet - Be Dedicated to Your Craft

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

                                                                                                -Vince Lombardi

If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride - and never quit, you'll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.

                                                                                                -Bear Bryant

As I begin this, my final newsletter message to the MSHP membership, I feel bittersweet as my time as President of MSHP is coming to an end.  I joked early in my tenure as MSHP President that it would be the shortest presidency on record at only 10 months; but due to our recent bylaw change my tenure will actually be 14 months.  My personal dedication to this Society has been one of the most rewarding activities of my professional life, as I have received so much in return for my efforts. 

Dedication to your craft, whatever it may be, is a trait that I admire in others and strive for personally.  I hope that you all understand the importance of true dedication, regardless of your role; intern, technician, or pharmacist.  Dedication to our craft and striving for excellence is the most important aspect of our careers that we control in order to positively impact our patients’ health and lives. 

I know the MSHP Board has been dedicated to serving you our membership over the past year.  I also know that the incoming Board will be just as dedicated to furthering the practice of Pharmacy in the state of Missouri and beyond. 

I will keep my final note short and sweet.  Be dedicated to your craft, the dividends it pays are well worth the time investment it takes. 

Thank you to all who reached out over the year to offer assistance, guidance, and support.  Thank you for electing me President of MSHP for the past year.  It has truly been my pleasure. 


Tony Huke, PharmD, BCPS

MSHP President

Inaugural Address from Incoming President Alex Oschman

As spring wraps up, a new board will be taking over for MSHP for the upcoming year.  My start with MSHP began when I was a pharmacy resident, where GKCSHP participation allowed me to meet new people as a new pharmacist who had just moved to Kansas City.   When I moved back to accept a position as a NICU Clinical Specialist at Children’s Mercy, I got involved with GKCSHP as the newsletter editor for a couple of years.  I then became the membership chair for GKCSHP and then membership committee chair for MSHP.   My years of involvement focusing on membership helped me to learn about the strengths and challenges of our society.   Through my involvement, I have also met numerous members who, with their extensive knowledge and experience, will help the board and myself be successful over the next 12 months in leading MSHP.

Over the next year I plan to focus on membership/member engagement and continue the momentum we’ve gained in the last couple of years in advocacy. Our membership is currently around 300 members, with approximately 50% of those members being new practitioners.  I want to focus on education/programs such as preceptor development, technician education, resources for residents, and opportunities for students.  In the last year, significant strides in the Missouri Legislature have been made to increase the capabilities of pharmacists and technicians in the state of Missouri.   Keeping pharmacists up to date and promoting more involvement of Missouri pharmacists in the legislative arena is key to advancement of our profession. 

I am honored to have been elected as the president for MSHP and look forward working with the members of the board, R&E, and our committees in the upcoming year to look for innovative ways to help move MSHP forward.   We are your board and we are working to make MSHP what you need.  So please, reach out, let us know what we can do for you and what we can do better.   I also encourage all of you get involved in our committees, as many hands make light work, and great ideas come from the combination of different perspectives!

Alex Oschman, PharmD, BCPPS

Incoming 2019-2020 MSHP President

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