Achieving Professional Involvement
|Submitted by Pharmacist officers CDR Mary Kremzner, USPHS, and LCDR Christine Oliver, USPHS|
As members of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps), the importance of professional involvement is often stressed. We often become involved with groups and committees affiliated with our everyday jobs to fulfill this responsibility. However, it is equally important to get involved with State professional associations. They are often overlooked as a way to stay professionally connected. Yet, this involvement can help guide you through your career at the same time providing you with new opportunities.
|State professional organizations want and need your help. Your background as a Corps officer provides diversity and new perspective, which these organizations want in order to move forward in the 21st century.|
|Participation provides you with many benefits. For example, continuing education, listservs, access to meetings, publications, and most importantly, participation keeps you updated with key players and current trends in your field. Through the diversity of practice settings represented in the organization, you learn of new opportunities within your field such as training, local government appointment positions, and a number of other opportunities.|
|Working on a committee is an ideal way to learn new skills that you may not ordinarily be exposed to in your current position. For instance, if you would like some budgeting experience, join a committee that manages a budget for a program or project. If you enjoy writing or want to gain writing or publishing experience, look for committees that publish newsletters or other publications. Consider submitting an article to your group's newsletter. Diversify your skills by participating in activities you can't perform at your daily job.|
|Want to get involved but donít know where to start? At your next staff meeting, ask if anyone is a board member, speaker, or otherwise involved in a State professional organization. Even better, attend or call-in to the next Professional Advisory Committee meeting and ask fellow officers, and then go with them to the next scheduled State professional organization meeting. That is all it takes. Before you know it, you will be an integral part of the activities and making a difference in your profession.|
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