ASHP Releases New Book on Career Insights

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Letters from Rising Pharmacy Stars Offers Advice on Balancing Life and Career

ASHP has released a new book of advice for student pharmacists, residents, and new practitioners. Letters from Rising Pharmacy Stars: Advice on Creating and Advancing Your Career in a Changing Profession, by Susan A. Cantrell, B.S.Pharm., CAE, and Sara J. White, M.S., FASHP, is a collection of compelling letters from 30 early- to mid-career pharmacists who share their experiences and insights with their younger colleagues.
A companion to ASHP’s Letters to a Young Pharmacist: Sage Advice on Life and Career from Extraordinary Pharmacists, the new book is a guide to the choices and challenges that young pharmacists face. The compilation of down-to-earth and empathetic letters provides practical advice, ideas, and inspiration, all drawn from each writer’s personal and professional experiences.

Letters from Rising Pharmacy Stars includes a wealth of practical guidance on a wide range of topics, including the following:

  • Finding and landing the right opportunities
  • Choosing roles and settings that best match personal interests
  • Navigating life and career as a two-pharmacist couple
  • Pursuing careers in academia
  • Coordinating postgraduate year 1 and 2 residencies
  • Dealing with the impact of significant life events
The rising stars are trailblazers who are on the forefront of the rapid changes in pharmacy and healthcare,” said author Susan Cantrell. “We hope that their insights and experiences will not only serve as powerful examples for student pharmacists and new practitioners, but will also inspire a new generation of leaders.”

Cantrell is Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP). Prior to joining AMCP, she was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Americas with the Drug Information Association and also served as Vice President of Resources Development with ASHP. She is a co-editor of Letters to a Young Pharmacist: Sage Advice on Life and Career from Extraordinary Pharmacists.
Sara J. White is faculty for the ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Leadership Academy. From 1992 to 2003, she was Director of Pharmacy at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Pharmacy. She is a co-editor of Letters to a Young Pharmacist: Sage Advice on Life and Career from Extraordinary Pharmacists.
For more information or to place an order (978-1-58528-568-6), visit, email, or call 866-279-0681 (U.S. & Canada) or 001-301-664-8700 (international).
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About ASHP

ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s more than 43,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For over 70 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website,, or its consumer website,
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