Letters to a Young Pharmacist

Even More Sage Advice on Life & Career

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Letters to a Young Pharmacist is the next installment of the ASHP Letters series created to inspire pharmacists through all stages of their professional journey.

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Letters to a Young Pharmacist, 2nd Edition, delivers even more advice and insight for new pharmacists through 35 personal letters providing practical guidance, ideas and inspiration—all drawn from the writers’ experiences.

Learn from people who have faced many of the same career and life experiences that lie ahead of you on such topics as:

  • Living with imposter syndrome
  • Finding the right job or residency
  • Developing productive partnerships
  • Making difficult career decisions
  • Working well in the culture of your organization
  • And many more


Susan A. Cantrell, BS Pharm, MHL, CAE

Susan Cantrell currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), chair of the USP Biologics Sector, and is a member of the board of directors of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance. Cantrell was formerly Senior Vice President and Director, Americas for DIA (Drug Information Association). Prior to joining DIA, Cantrell was with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, a professional society for whom she worked for 19 years in a series of progressively responsible positions. She most recently served as Vice President of Resources Development, where she led the society’s efforts in domestic and international business development. Prior to this role, she served as Managing Director, ASHP Advantage, a division of the society that developed and implemented accredited educational programs to assist pharmacists and health professionals. She brings significant experience in pharmacy practice, healthcare delivery and policy, and association management, including a substantial background in professional education, large meetings, business development, and volunteer engagement.

Cantrell is a member of the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education, the American Society of Association Executives, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the International Pharmaceutical Federation. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Mississippi, and has completed a residency in hospital pharmacy. She earned her graduate degree in public health at the University of North Carolina. Ms. Cantrell’s numerous honors include the 2010 Alliance for Continuing Medical Education President’s Award.


Sara J. White, MS, FASHP

Sara White is a retired Director of Pharmacy from Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and a primary faculty member for the ASHP Education and Research Foundation’s Pharmacy Leadership Academy. She served as Associate Director, Director of Clinical Education, and Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center and School of Pharmacy for 20 years. White has served as an ASHP Foundation Scholar-in-Residence.

White graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy. After graduation, she worked at the University of Oregon Medical Center and Emanuel Hospital in Portland for 2 years. She then earned her Master of Science degree at The Ohio State University and completed an ASHP-accredited residency at The Ohio State University Hospitals and Clinics.

White has served as President of the Greater Kansas City Society of Hospital Pharmacists, Kansas Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She has also served ASHP as Chair of the House of Delegates, a board member, and a council member. She has received multiple awards for her contributions to pharmacy, including the Kansas Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award, Kansas Pharmacist of the Year Award, Harold N. Godwin Lecture Award, Lambda Kappa Sigma Vanguard Leadership Award, Clifton J. Latiolais Award, John A. Webb Lecture Award, Ohio State Jack L. Beal Postbaccalaureate Award, ASHP Distinguished Leadership Award, and the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award. In addition to developing, implementing, and leading comprehensive computerized clinical and distributive pharmacy services, which included computerized prescriber order entry and unit-based drug distribution automation, White has trained over 90 pharmacy residents and taught numerous pharmacy students.


Bruce E. Scott, MS, FASHP

Bruce Scott is a retired Healthcare Executive from EnvisionRx and EnvisionPharmacies, and a former faculty member for the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy. He is a past ASHP President and Harvey A.K. Whitney Award Winner. He previously served as President of The CADENT Group, providing consultative services to healthcare business and provider-related organizations. He has served in executive roles at Allina Hospitals and Clinics, McKesson Medication Management, and Medco Health Solutions. 

Scott is a Past-President of both the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He is a recipient of the John Webb Lecture Award from the Northeastern University College of Pharmacy.