Pharmacist Awareness Month Feel the energy! By K ALYNA HENNIG
EACH MARCH, Pharmacist Awareness Month (PAM) celebrates the contributions that pharmacists make to our health care system and seeks to help educate Canadians about everything that their pharmacists can do for them. The Faculty and its students made sure to show the province just that with a variety of activities throughout the month that promoted Alberta’s large scope of practice and the value that pharmacists bring to our health care system.
MARCH 1: Awareness campaigns are all about the talk, so it was fitting that PAM was kicked off by getting people to “taco ‘bout it” over tacos in a bag. The Alberta Pharmacy Students Association (APSA) hosted students and faculty on PAM’s opening day with food, a photobooth, buttons, and important conversations. MARCH 7: Faculty, alumni, and industry came together for the Collaboration in Patient Care: Pharmacists and the Patient Journey event to talk about patients’ transitions from the hospital to home. A panel discussion featuring leaders from across the industry, followed by facilitated group discussion, focused on how pharmacists can give patients the best experience in transitioning from the hospital back to their own homes and community pharmacies. MARCH 8, 13 & 23: APSA students hosted public clinics about heart, bone, and lung health throughout Edmonton where people could take part in free one-on-one consultations with pharmacy students and professionals about their health. A Lung Health and Smoking Cessation Clinic was held at City Centre Mall and offered various
free smoking cessation resources, a Blood Pressure Clinic offered free blood pressure screenings at the Legislature Building, and the Osteoporosis and Bone Clinic at West Edmonton Mall allowed the public to receive Body Mass Index measurements and bone density scans. “We really wanted to see pharmacists interacting with the public and giving on-site demonstrations to showcase the great scope of practice and value that pharmacists bring to the health care system. We want people to know how much pharmacists can do,” said Hannah Kaliel, VP CAPSI Sr. Representative and APSA member.
ABOVE: Honourable Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health, visits with students in the practice lab during her tour of the Faculty on March 28.
MARCH 9, 12, 14: Throughout the month the Faculty hosted Lunch and Learns with special guest lecturers. Topics included antimicrobial stewardship, cannabinoid guidelines, and diabetes interprofessional collaboration in practice. MARCH 31: The annual Alumni Hockey Game was the perfect way to celebrate a successful month. Alumni, faculty (including the Dean), and students wrapped up PAM with their skates on the ice! n
THE MORTAR & PESTLE • SUMMER 2018