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Table of Contents Letter from the Editor—4 President’s Address—5 Voices of CAPSI—7 Future of Pharmacy Excellence Award—8 SEP Experiences—10 I’d Be Lion if I said I Didn’t Love Africa—12 Thoughts on Voter Apathy—14 CAPSI National Council: Call for Elections—16 CSHP Corner—17 PDW 2020—Innovating Through Time—18 My Mental Health Story—21


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Letter from the Editor

ada. Now we are excited to be using our social media to spread awareness of wellness initiatives and member benefits that are available to us through our gracious sponsors. Please take a mo-


ment to read our President’s address for more, as well as a feature from President Elect Morgan Patrick. Her goal this year was to in-

Hello CAPSIL readers!

crease mental wellness for Pharmacy Students. Turn to page 8 to

Welcome to a new year of pharmacy school! I hope this fall se-

read about her initiative Voices of CAPSI, and read our first submis-

mester has treated you well. Pharmacy school will never fail to keep

sion to Voices from Victoria Carroll. She has also introduced a new

you busy and terribly sleep deprived. I hope reading the fall issue

sub committee for Student Wellness.

Dear CAPSIL members and partners, Welcome to the Fall 2019 edition of the CAPSIL! On be-

of the CAPSIL will serve as a nice break before final exams. I am looking forward to seeing all your friendly faces at PDW this year

I’d like to take a moment to thank all those who have contrib-

in Montréal, Quebec. The PDW planning committee has been

uted to our CAPSIL. Our translation committee, particularly our

working tirelessly to make this PDW one to remember. To this day,

Jr. and Sr. Reps from the Universities of Laval and Montreal. They

pharmacists tell me that the last PDW held in Montreal was one

have worked tirelessly, and on some very short deadlines in order to

of the best times of their lives, and I am sure PDW 2020 will not

make our social media, our website, our competitions and all of our


communications bilingual. Last, I’d like to thank Katie Bishop UBC

half of the Canadian Association of Students and Interns in

CAPSI has enriched my 4 years of study in pharmacy

Pharmacy, I hope you have had a great start to school. CAP-

by allowing me to meet exceptional and passionate indi-

SIL is an opportunity to bring pharmacy students from coast

viduals across Canada who are pushing me to become a

to coast to present various local and national stories and

better future pharmacist. In addition, our association is in

initiatives that could inspire you to excel and thus achieve

national discussions with national organizations such as the

unexpected personal goals.

Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP)

Senior Rep for the photography she graciously lent as the cover of In this issue of the CAPSIL, There is a spotlight on the amazing international opportunities in pharmacy. On page 12 read about

CAPSI this fall. She is a photographer and adventurer and beautifully captures the mountains of British Columbia.

the experiences of our Student Exchange Officer (SEO) Sofiya Terekhovska, who went abroad this summer to attend various IPSF events around the world. You will also hear firsthand from students

Sarah Bento-De Sousa

who completed the student exchange program with IPSF and how

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it changed their perspective of pharmacy.

University of Toronto 2020

This year, CAPSI National is proud to start new initiatives to engage and support our members. Throughout this semester, we have been encouraging the use of social media to create engagement and awareness within our members. In the past, the CAPSIL was the only way for us to connect and share stories across Can-


us know what you think of this initiative!

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Members of the CAPSI National Council began their

to ensure that pharmacy students integrate well into the

terms at the PxP 2019 conference in June in Toronto. We had

rapid development of the pharmacy world. CAPSI works

4 days of meetings during which we set the goals for this year

hard to recognize academic excellence and student initia-

and discussed new initiatives to better represent our mem-

tives through awards and competitions. CAPSI also allows

bers and be more transparent about the various projects we

me to stay up to date with current pharmacy-related topics

undertake. Indeed, I hope you saw that we have been more

across the country. Finally, this year’s Professional Devel-

active on our social networks! Every Monday, our Members’

opment Week (PDW), held in Montreal, is my favorite

Monday aims to present the various projects and discussions

pharmacy event every year. The theme of PDW 2020 “In-

initiated by the CAPSI National Executive Committee and

novating through time” reflects that we will continue to learn

the benefits of being a member of CAPSI. Every Wednesday,

and develop not only as an individual, but also as future

there’s a student wellness post that will show you an inspiring

pharmacists in order to provide the best care to our patients.

story or quote, tips for getting through the semester or even

Pharmacy is constantly evolving, and our field of practice is

a recipe for a healthy snack. Every Friday, a fun fact related

growing. I hope to meet you at PDW 2020 to learn togeth-

to pharmacy is published for your personal knowledge. Let

er about what our wonderful profession is preparing for

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us and especially to share your passion with pharmacy stu-

Facebook : CAPSI-ACEIP

dents from across Canada.

Twitter : @CAPSINational

If you would like to share your story, please speak to your CAPSI local representatives or email Morgan Patrick, CAPSI President-elect at

Instagram: @CAPSINational

CAPSI is here for you.

Finally, to strike a balance between our exams, our clinical courses, our personal projects, our student involvement,

Good luck for the rest of your semester and I look for-

and our social life is not always easy. I think during our jour-

ward to hearing about all your successes and achievements

ney in pharmacy many of us felt discouraged by the amount

this year!

of work to be done. This year, CAPSI is working hard to


Dear CAPSIL readers,

make our student voice heard by drafting a position state-

CAPSI believes that health and wellness are two vital

ment for faculties, creating a committee for student well-be-

components to the success of all pharmacy students. Ac-

ing, sharing inspiring stories, campaigning on our social net-

cording to the Mental Wellness Survey CAPSI conducted

works, and producing a video related to student well-being.

in 2018, over 85% of students in all ten Canadian Faculties

However, it is equally essential that you talk to someone if

Jin Kwon

of Pharmacy feel overwhelmed at some point during their

you ever feel discouraged.

CAPSI National President 2019-2020

education. Furthermore, during CAPSI meetings at PDW

Université de Montréal Class of 2020

with local representatives and presidents, it became evident

that the increasing workload and stress felt by pharmacy

I hope you will enjoy this study break by reading the fall 2019 edition of the CAPSIL. I also hope that it will be a mo-

students was a recurrent issue and there was a gap in the

ment for you to review the progress made during your fall

support offered on campus.

2019 semester and think about how CAPSI has enriched your academic career. Also, it’s not too late to get involved

With hopes of destigmatizing mental health, CAPSI

in the student community by participating in the CAPSI elec-

launched a campaign titled “Voices of CAPSI”. This cam-

tions or in your local student association!

paign provides a platform for pharmacy students across Canada to share their mental wellness story with CAPSI members. The campaign was proposed by our Presi-

To stay up to date on all CAPSI initiatives, follow us on

dent-Elect, Morgan Patrick.

our social networks!


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Morgan Patrick CAPSI President Elect 2019-2020 University of Alberta Class of 2021


to page


for our very first story from a

CAPSI member.



EXCELLENCE AWARD Get to know Riaaz What inspired you to become a pharmacist? I was inspired to enter the profession because being a pharmacist allows you to spend a significant amount of time with patients to educate them about their medications and their general health. What is your favourite memory during your pharmacy studies at UBC? What I find most memorable was when I ran the first review session for the class of 2021 – the turnout to the session was far greater than I expected and it got to the point where people were sitting on the floor to listen to me talk. I was absolutely floored at that moment.

BIOGRAPHY Riaaz Lalani is a fourth year student in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia. He was elected Secretary of the UBC Pharmacy Undergraduate Society (PhUS) in first and second year and continued on as the Year Representative for his class in third and fourth year. Through these roles and those he held in CAPSI UBC and other organizations, he exhibited commendable leadership and teamwork. Riaaz demonstrated initiative by supporting first year students through creation of a subcommittee in PhUS which provided academic support through review sessions. Outside of school, Riaaz dedicates much of his free time to his part time job at a pharmacy that specializes in optimizing the care of Canadian refugee patients fleeing persecution from across the world.

What do you hope to achieve during your career? I hope to help redefine the role of a pharmacist in the healthcare system – I think sometimes we get a bit too boxed into job descriptions, like being either a retail or hospital pharmacist. In reality, all of us are capable of performing a myriad of roles and I see the opportunity to branch out and apply the vast clinical knowledge from school into practice. Any advice for current and incoming students? Be open minded, do your best to learn from people in disciplines outside of pharmacy, and seek out mentors who are already practicing pharmacists. I’ve had the opportunity to learn from some remarkable pharmacists through work and practicum with diverse skill sets such as expertise in addictions treatment, pharmacy operations and entrepreneurship. Putting down your textbooks once in a while to gain practical experience is the most worthwhile investment of your time. Let us know a fun fact about you! My favourite series is Harry Potter, I’ve read the books at least a dozen times, if not more.

CAPSI National is proud to announce Riaaz as Winter 2019 recipient of the “CAPSI Future of Pharmacy Excellence Award”. 8  CAPSIL-JACEIP

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make known hospital pharmacy. She has also actively organized activities for PAM in collaboration with the UdeM chapter of CAPSI. Through her work, she has proved that she cares about advocating for her future profession. Emilie will become a fantastic pharmacist because of her community involvement and her caring personality. CAPSI National is proud to announce Emilie as the Summer 2019 recipient of the “CAPSI Future of Pharmacy Excellence Award” GET TO KNOW ÉMILIE What inspired you to become a pharmacist? ​I wasn’t sure I wanted to become a pharmacist before entering program! The only thing I’ve known since my childhood is that I want to help people and contribute to make a difference. Because this profession allies communication skills, empathy and knowledge, I can flourish in my environment. What is your favourite memory during your pharmacy studies at University of Montreal? It is such a hard question because there are so many!! I think it includes every social activity organized by the association because I met so many people and it kept some balance in my busy life! I won’t forget PDW 2019 which made me realize how exciting the project I’m working on really is! What do you hope to achieve during your career? ​I would like to contribute in one of the changes to come for the pharmacy practice in Quebec! I’m not sure how or when but I know there is space for me! Any advice for current and incoming students? ​ Studies in pharmacy are very intense and it is important to find a balance. Sports, social life and getting involved in the student association is my recipe to keep my motivation because it drives you to your best everyday. Let us know a fun fact about you! I’m a crazy vegan foodie. My friends can tell you: I always say things related to food and think about what I want to cook...I just can’t help it! Fall 2019

BIOGRAPHY Émilie Roy-St-Pierre is a 3rd year student at the University of Montreal and has been actively involved in the student community. She is one of the co-chairs for the PDW 2020 Planning Committee and she has tremendous leadership skills. Organizing an event hosting close to 650 people over 3 years is very demanding but she makes sure everyone feels comfortable. Through her dedication and sense of responsibility, this student represents CAPSI’s core values of professionalism and excellence. Emilie was also the president of CEPPUM, a committee advocating for pharmacists. During her term, she created a short video entitled “Coach du médicament v2.0 - Cascade médicamenteuse” showing the crucial role of pharmacists in hospitals. The video now has over 32k views on Facebook and over 1.5k views on Youtube and has been highlighted by A.P.E.S. (CSHP in Quebec). She’s now the Montreal’s CSHP contact to continue to CAPSIL-JACEIP  9

Student Exchange Program (SEP) Oh the Places You’ll Go! CANDICE JEANNE Hello! My name is Candice, I am from France and this summer I had the chance to participate in the student exchange program for 3 weeks near Montreal. I did my internship at a community pharmacy in Côte-St-Luc and I really loved this experience! During these three weeks, I was able to help the pharmacist prepare prescriptions for patients, I discovered the dissolution process of tablets and I was able to participate in the creation of compounds. I was also able to see the differences in pharmacy practice between Quebec and France and what struck me most was the enormous involvement and great responsibility of the pharmacist in the therapeutic follow-up of the patient, something that there is not in France and where the pharmacist is seen only as a “seller of boxes of medication” It was definitely a very rewarding internship! Of course, the SEP experience is not only about the internship but also about the great

encounters I was able to have with Canadian students and other SEP students, with whom we scoured daily to discover and feel comfortable in the beautiful city of Montreal. For me, this trip was an unforgettable experience with new friendships and has given me a great desire to return! Finally I would like to thank once again Chris Martine Belhomme, Maéva Blot, Sydney Morin and Gabrielle Anhoury-Sauvé for having welcomed us so well, organized great activities such as the fly boat ride on the St. Lawrence, visiting Quebec City and Montmorency Falls with this little adrenaline rush during the zip line at the above them, and also the various evening events organized, in restaurants or elsewhere! Thanks for everything!

GIGI LAI: I am currently a Year 3 student at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto and this past summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the IPSF SEP exchange in Japan. Having the opportunity to travel to the opposite side of the world and learn about a completely different healthcare system was an amazing experience. Japan was one of the countries I had always wanted to visit as it was so full of culture and innovation. Being able to see how pharmacists practice in Japan, as well as all the differences in the profession compared to Canada was an experience that I knew I wouldn’t be able to get any other way.

I hope to see you soon!

Besides visiting various areas of pharmacy including community, hospital, and industry, I participated in many sightseeing events organized by the Japan APS. Together with the many new friends I made along the way, I explored all the different parts of Tokyo as well as neighbouring cities including Yokohama and Kamakura. While most of Japan is quite touristy, having Japanese locals take you around allows you to learn more about the culture and history of the country.


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OUTGOING Much of Japan uses Oriental or Traditional Chinese Medicine, especially in the geriatric setting. As part of the exchange, we were able to see how pharmacists incorporate aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine into western medicine in drug therapy. Apart from learning about Japanese pharmacy practice, I also learned a lot about pharmacy practice from the other SEP participants who were from different countries as well. Being a part of a pharmacy exchange program was a very unique experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about participating. Take that leap and go explore! Seeing how pharmacists in Japan tackle various problems in pharmacy has definitely impacted the way I will practice as a future pharmacist. I am excited to reflect on all that I have learned during the SEP program to bring new ideas in improving pharmacy practice in Canada!

The Student Exchange Program is hosted by the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation and offers thousands of pharmacy students the chance to experience pharmacy in countries around the world. Placements vary from 2 weeks to 2 months and can be in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, research and more. If you are interested in doing an international placement contact our Student Exchange Officer Sofiya Terekhovska at


I’d be lion if I said I Didn’t Love Africa On behalf of CAPSI I’d like to thank Sofiya for being a fantastic representation of Canadian pharmacy students. Her dedication to CAPSI, IPSF, and pharmacy across the world is inspiring. -Sarah, CAPSIL Editor.

Sofiya Terekhovska is currently the Student Exchange Officer (SEO) on CAPSI National Council. She was previously the IPSF liaison. Over the past year, she has participated in various International Pharmacy Students’ Federation (IPSF) committees and attended conferences all over the world such as Pan American Regional Symposium (PARS) in Costa Rica and IPSF World Congress in Rwanda. Upon my arrival to San José, I was greeted by my friend Juan, whom I met last summer during World Congress in Argentina. I stayed with Juan’s family on their farm on the outskirts of the city, which was the most immersive way to learn about Costa Rican culture. I had the opportunity to wake up to parrots singing, enjoy traditional breakfasts and appreciate the beautiful view of the mountains from the farm. After my stay with Juan, it was time to get ready for PARS. At PARS, I was delighted to be joined by a big Canadian delegation. The CAPSI delegation included Alida, Steven and Hanna from University of Alberta, Jean-Phillippe from Laval University, Chris and Roody from the University of Montréal and myself. One of the main events of PARS is the Regional Assembly (RA), where decision making within the Pan American Regional Office (PARO) occurs. Alida, Hanna and I were the three Official Delegates representing CAPSI during the RA, which included PARO Regional Working Group elec-


tions and choosing the location of PARS 2021 (which was voted to be in Santiago, Chile).

that has displayed exceptional participation in IPSF events over the previous year.

Professional Development activities were also offered at PARS. In fact, CAPSI formed a team and competed in the Clinical Skills Event – where we were given a patient case for which we had to make treatment recommendations. Other Professional Development activities offered at both PARS and World Congress included the Patient Counselling Event, Poster Competition, Compounding Event and Marketing Skills Event. These competitions provide a unique opportunity for IPSF members to display their skills and receive constructive feedback in order to prepare for pharmacy practice in various fields. An exciting event that occurred this year at PARS was the Health Fair. Held outdoors in a stadium, the Health Fair featured vendors from industry and other fields of pharmacy. The Health Fair had several blood pressure and glucose measuring stations and, as the fair was open to the public, IPSF members had the awesome opportunity to educate the public on common chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.

After PARS came to an end, I joined a group of friends that I made last year at the World Congress in Argentina and we took off to travel to Costa Rica for a week. We went to La Fortuna waterfall, which is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Then, we drove to the Pacific coast, a city called Jaco, where we enjoyed a relaxing day on the beach. My friend and I went on a hike to an abandoned hotel, from where we could see the entire city. After our time in Jaco came to an end, we spent one last night on a coffee farm in Heredia, which is near San Jose. After an eventful few weeks, I returned home to rest for my next adventure.

At the end of PARS, there is a gala night where the delegates got the chance to formally dress up and network. The gala night is also where the awards and competition winners were announced. To my delegation’s surprise, CAPSI won the Carlos Juarez Award for Best PARO Association. This award is given to an association

Later that summer, I found myself on another plane—this time to East Africa! Upon my arrival in Nairobi, Kenya, I met up with my friend Chloe from Australia, whom I had also met last summer in Argentina. During our first few days in Nairobi, we checked out several interesting museums displaying East African art and culture. We also went to a Giraffe Centre in the city, where we got a chance to feed the giraffes and even kiss them for a photo! Finally, we visited the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, where we were able to watch baby elephants being fed as we heard their stories. After our time in Nairobi came to an end, Chloe and I embarked upon a six-day safari that stretched across Kenya. We visited several national parks, met people from all over the world and

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saw a variety of animals (including giraffes, elephants, lions, cheetahs, zebras and hippos). During the safari, I witnessed some of the most beautiful sunrises that I have ever seen, which reminded me of the opening scene from The Lion King. After those amazing six days, Chloe and I travelled to Rwanda, host country of this years world congress. Upon our arrival in Kigali, Rwanda, we were ready to represent our countries at the Flag Ceremony which marks the opening of the World Congress. Throughout World Congress, I attended various presentations and talks. The most memorable and impactful talk was on the effect of Rwandan genocide on mental health. This specific presentation focused on the difficulty of forming close interpersonal relationships and barriers toward building trust in society today, as a result of the Rwandan genocide. The majority of my time at World Congress was spent at the General Assembly (GA), which is the highest decision-making body of IPSF. I ensured that CAPSI’s interests were well represented during IPSF executive council elections, voting on the location of World Congress 2021 (which was elected to be Izmir, Turkey), and any motions passed during the GA. I also participated in the Humanitarian Campaign, where various donation items (mainly stationary and toys) were collected and delivered to the Gisimba Center, which was created during

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the 1994 Genocide. The delegates got a chance to visit the Gisimba Center and learn about its history, which gave us insight into the societal changes brought upon by the genocide in the country. Originally an orphanage, the Centre was turned into a school after the orphaned children found their families. Today, the Gisimba Center brings youth together for educational activities. Two events that occur during World Congress are auction night and interantional night. Both nights are great ways to meet delegates from other countries and learn about cultures from around the world. During auction night, delegates brought unique items from their countries to be auctioned off. The Swiss delegate brought a box of Swiss chocolates, the Portuguese delegation brought a traditional capa that is worn on graduation day, and the American delegation brought a cowboy hat. I got the chance to auction off a bottle of maple syrup, and ended up buying a beautiful traditional Moroccan dress and a sweater from New Zealand. International night typically occurs at both regional symposia and World Congress, and is one of the highlights of IPSF events. Delegates get to dress up in their traditional attire, and set up a table or a booth with any food, drink and souvenirs from their country. I had the chance to go around the venue and taste French wine and cheese, Austrian chocolate, and South Korean desserts. The delegations also got a chance to express their cultures through dance, the most memorable of

which being the dance of the Turkish delegation. Overall, it was truly fascinating to see that many cultures come together and celebrate diversity, all while being in the same field of study. After World Congress came to an end, I took part in the Post Congress Tour (PCT)of the host country. During the tour, students got to experience Rwanda by visiting various cities. We camped, went to the beach (where I ate the best fish in my life), drank Rwandan coffee in adorable cafés, hiked up a volcano and walked across a suspension bridge in the Nyungwe forest. Overall, I am incredibly grateful for all the opportunities that IPSF has provided me with, and for all the people I have met thanks to this fantastic organization. Getting involved in the Federation provides truly unique opportunities that have allowed me to learn about pharmacy and healthcare in other countries. This will not only assist me in becoming a well-rounded pharmacist, but also contributes to my own personal development. Travelling across the world for conferences like PARS and World Congress are opportunities of a lifetime and will create memories that you’ll treasure forever. I hope CAPSI will be well represented at the 14th annual PARS 2020 in Cusco Peru, and at the 66th annual World Congress 2020 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.


Thoughts on Voter Apathy (or Why Patients Don’t Always Take Their Medications)

By: Marianna Pozdirca Senator and UMSU Director PharmD Candidate, 2023 College of Pharmacy Rady Faculty of Health Sciences University of Manitoba.

A few days ago, I attended a panel discussion on the results of Manitoba’s 2019 election. I heard again and again how panelists and audience members alike were perplexed and baffled over the low voter turnout.

“Do they not realize how important voting is? Is it not simple enough to do?” It was seemingly difficult for them to understand how eligible, young voters would decline voter registration or have an apathetic attitude towards elections in general. I’m not claiming to have understood the low voter turnout phenomenon entirely, but I can claim that my background in pharmacy (more on that later) has made me no longer baffled or perplexed. If I had to boil down low voter turnout to one factor it would be a lack of confidence. It has been my principle to vote in every election I can, but if it were not for 14 CAPSIL-JACEIP

that principle, I would not have voted in the recent provincial election either. At the same time, regardless of that principle, I will vote in the upcoming federal election. The difference between these two elections lies in two things: firstly, my level of confidence in how my vote translates to real results, and secondly, my level of confidence in who I am voting for.

results, perhaps more than other generations, but I think each generation has been primed to prefer results, not just promises of change that come sooner rather than later.

This may be why the voter apathy among young people is consistently lower even over the course of many decades. For young people to show up, we need to be confident that our vote will yield action. And we need realistic Inspiring Confidence in Realistic expectations of tangible results – not Results (or Why We Are So Good at catchy campaign promises. Raising Awareness and So Bad at Voting) Inspiring Confidence in Candidates (or Why We Did Vote in 2015) To be engaged in politics we want to be able to visualize how our actions We also need to be confident in who bring about the results we want. My we are electing. Voter turnout among generation happens to be very good youth has been consistently low but we at raising awareness, and perhaps this saw it rise by 18% in 2015.1 The reasons is because the distance between its ac- for this are multifactorial, but it likely had tion and result is short. When the goal is much to with the confidence placed in raising awareness, then sharing a story Liberal Party leader, Justin Trudeau or showing up to a protest bears quick (whether the confidence was misplaced results. Both these things bring about or not four years later is another stonearly immediate awareness to an is- ry, not within the scope of this article). sue. Without that confidence, and in the absence of any dire circumstance that However, when the goal is chang- requires an outright referendum on the ing our government policies in a system status quo, voter turnout among youth fraught with delays and debates, the re- will likely remain low. sults are far from instantaneous. We’ve been primed to prefer instantaneous It has often been stated that low Fall 2019

voter turnout stems from the fact that young voters tend to be less informed. I think we have to ask ourselves why that is. I think we have to consider whether a lack of engagement in political information can be linked to a lack of confidence in how the system works and who can best represent us.

Inspiring Confidence in Realistic Inspiring Confidence in HealthResults (or Why We Counsel Pa- care Providers (or Why Trust Is So tients on Anticipated Effects) Important)

I was recently speaking with a pharmacist who graduated in 1966, and she explained how much she had to advocate to her fellow colleagues for the imParallels in Pharmacy (or Why portance of explaining to patients how My Pharmacy Education Helps Me taking their medications translates to Understand Low Voter Turnout) tangible results. As I sat there and watched political scientists stumped by our low voter turnout, I also saw a parallel image. An image in which a panel of pharmacists and other healthcare providers would stand perplexed over why their patients won’t take their medications as directed.

Similarly, our patients must have trust in their healthcare providers. If they think their doctors or pharmacists are simply “pushing pills” without a tangible reason, why should they take their medications? Though it may be easier for us to spark confidence in patients than it is for the political community to spark confidence in voters, there is a great significance to the role confidence plays in our adoption of good habits, be it voting or taking our medications.

When we fail to explain the process properly, our patients fail to take their medications correctly. When patients don’t understand why they should finish taking their antibiotic even after they feel better, they’re less likely to fully complete their medication regimens. When we fail to explain the process of eliminating Unless we can understand and ap“Do they not realize how important it bacteria with an antibiotic (even in ba- preciate this in all fields, from pharmais? sic terms), we can’t blame our patients cy to politics then a lack of confidence Is it not simple enough to take?” for not finishing their antibiotics. will persist, and we will continue to fight against apathy, from our patients and While there are obvious socioecoThis is why we counsel patients on even in ourselves. nomic factors involved with medication anticipated effects. We don’t promise non-adherence (as there is with lack of cures when there aren’t any. We don’t voter turnout), I think we’ve understood promise swift recovery, and instead we that confidence plays a major role. explain it takes time. We explain how much time it takes. We explicitly state if References: it will get worse before it gets better. And 1 Elections Canada (2016), Retonly when doing this, can we can expect rospective Report on the 42nd our patients not to stop their medication General Election of October 19, if they don’t feel better after a few days. 2015, p. 31. Fall 2019


Hello CAPSI Members, It is with great excitement that CAPSI National opens the call for candidates for the 2020-2021 election season! As Executive Secretary, I look forward to overseeing the elections process, and am confident that new elections procedure will bring forward more excellent candidates than years before. Election packages should include: • A 4 minute speech followed by a question and answer period filmed by your local CAPSI representatives • Resume (template provided) • Letter of Intent (template provided) • Nomination Form • Confidentiality Agreement

Questions, comments, and concerns at any time can be voiced to local representatives or to me. I am excited to see what exciting candidates this election’s term brings forward, and am confident that our improved procedure will see CAPSI being ran by the most excellent in our profession into the 2020-2021 term All the best,


Pamela Ip National Executive Secretary 2019-2020 Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, Class of 2020


Applications will be due no later than Friday, December 6th, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. Please note that your local CAPSI representatives may set an earlier deadline to assist you with submitting your final application.

My name is Jordan Kelly and I am the new Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) National Student Delegate for the 2019-2021 term. I am looking forward to representing students from across the country interested and involved in hospital pharmacy practice!

In hopes to better streamline the process this year, CAPSI has provided templates for the resume and letter of intent. We have also allowed candidates the option to submit all forms and documents this year in both French and English, providing that the information is identical. Please note that, in the event that a position goes unfilled, by-elections will be held at a later date.

Don’t forget to renew your student supporter-ships! Renewal is due January 2020. Keep a lookout for all the exciting events occurring across the country like CSHP’s famous PPC conference in Toronto (, or the CSHP Banff conference (

Furthermore, CAPSI is ecstatic to open our Ad-Hoc Electoral Committee to general members for a third year in a row for the 2019-2020 term. If you are interested in becoming a member of this committee and contributing to our ever-evolving elections procedures, please do not hesitate to contact me.

There are HUGE student discounts if you are a supporter and there are invaluable networking opportunities at these events! I highly recommend checking them out.

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This year marks the start of the National CSHP Student Committee, and I am more than excited to help with leading this new initiative. Stay tuned for more CSHP events and national support at your local schools! It is our goal to increase different student opportunities throughout the country to help better align you for practice in hospital and institutional settings. Also, don’t forget to reach out to your local provincial CSHP reps if you have any questions regarding CSHP, hospital pharmacy practice or if you have any questions about CSHP in general.

Jordan Kelly National Student Delegate 2019-2021 Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists University of Alberta, Class of 2020


search for speakers, the organization of the logistics of the event. the event

It is by daring that we innovate through time

itself (hotel, shuttles, meals, etc.), the coordination of registration, monitoring the budget, the organization of thematic evenings and the exhibitors’ lounge or the translation of all the promotional and educational material used in

conference, Olivier Bernard will demystify with us certain myths related to the field of health and ways to approach them with our patients. Among the

The rest of this article will be devoted to present you what awaits the delegates who will be present from 8 to 11 January 2020!

many other topics covered during the PDW, we can count LGBT care (Marni Panas), telepharmacy (Alexandre Chagnon), travel health (Sherilyn Houle),

connection with the event. We can definitely say, in my opinion, mission ac-

the role of the pharmacist in Antimicrobial Stewardship (Daniel Thirion),


the care of patients with chronic pain (Philippe de Grandpré), the eco-responsible pharmacy (Marc-André Mailhot), digital tools for health (Michaël

The countdown is on! In 36 days, we will host the largest PDW in the last 5 years with more than 615 students from across Canada, in addition to hosting 5 students from Haiti. What a feat!! At the first official meeting of the organizing committee a little more than 2 years ago (October 25, 2017), the project was still in its infancy and we had no idea what we had embarked on. How much has been done since then! After attending 2 years of PDW for some, several hours of committee meetings (over 75!) and even more individual work hours, here we are at the finish line. For those who do not know, be aware that the organization of such an event requires a huge personal investment from all committee members! Be it for the search for sponsors, the


Mission accomplished, I have to say! Indeed, the fruit of the labour of all

Cardinal), the evolution of pharmacy over time (Jean-François Bussières ),

members of the organizing committee allows us today to offer pharmacy

expanding the role of the pharmacist (Bertrand Bolduc) and the detection of

students a professional conference of very high quality, comparable to the

situations of psychological distress among students (Ema Ferreira and Dom-

conferences organized by our professional associations, and at a (relative-

inique Saheb). As evidenced by this range of topics related to our theme “In-

ly) affordable cost and organized 100% voluntarily between our hours of

novate through time”, our goal is to get students to reflect on their practice

classes and studies! This is something to be proud of! The range of speakers

and to equip them to adapt to the context of today in their daily practice. We

we have assembled for you is second to none and is the envy of graduated

are of the opinion that they will certainly find their account!

pharmacists who do not have access to such a concentration of expertise and talent. Themed evenings will allow you to build friendships with future pharmacists from across Canada. This is a unique opportunity to expand your network and open you to the practice of pharmacy in the rest of Canada and around the world!

I invite you to dare. Dare to talk to strangers, even if they do not speak the same language as you do! Dare to participate actively in talks to improve your professional skills! Dare to question yourself and see what you can discover from this experience! It is with daring that one learns more. It is by daring that we improve our practice.

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Delegates will have the opportunity to attend more than 20 unique talks

Approximately 40 industry players and representatives of professional

on a variety of topics, all of which focus on their professional development

associations will be present at the PDW this year at our exhibitors’ fair. We

and extra-curricular skills. They will have the opportunity to hear Stanley

strongly encourage all delegates to go talk to them to learn more about what

Vollant tell them about his career as the first Innu surgeon and his efforts to

they have to offer. We must not forget that it is largely thanks to the contri-

inspire young Aboriginals to pursue their dreams while Alexandre Bilodeau

bution of our partners that the PDW is still possible year after year at an

will tell us about his Olympic career, but also how his brother with cerebral

affordable cost.

palsy pushed him every day to excel in his sport and, at the conclusion of the

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The social events will be a great opportunity for our delegates to meet new

city of Montreal from January 8 to 11. We hope you will take this opportunity

people, share and connect with other students from across Canada. To do

to get out of your daily routine, to go on an adventure to discover the city,

this, the students will be welcomed on the first night as part of the Opening

to develop professionally, but especially to develop new bonds with students

V oices

Gala with the theme of a vintage circus, after all, Montreal is the birthplace of

from across the country, and no matter what language you speak. In the end,


the famous Cirque du Soleil. Throughout the meal services, acts will perform

remember that the fondest memories that will stick with you forever are not

to entertain delegates throughout the evening. The second evening will be a

related to your courses throughout your pharmacy career,, but rather in the

bit special since two options will be offered, namely to participate in the tours

connections and friendships and links that you have created throughout your

developed by our VPs Social to discover the city of Montreal and / or go to

life and, we hope, during the PDW 2020. Looking forward to seeing you at

celebrate in a club reserved for the evening! This will be a great opportunity



To conclude, we are all looking forward to welcoming you to our beautiful

to relax, discover the city and have fun. The activities will continue on the third evening with the very popular Canada’s Next Top Pharmacist, a competition

Derek Bergeron

where a representative from each university will try to demonstrate that he is

PharmD student at the Université de Montréal

the next best pharmacist in Canada. Our incredible team of judges will be

ACEIP Senior Representative / CAPSI Senior Representative

responsible for assessing who has the assets to pass through this competition.

Local Executive Board Pharm.D.-QeP - AEPUM

A surprise will also await the delegates at the end of the evening! Finally, the

VP Education PDW 2020 / PDW 2020 Education Officer

PDW will end with a Speakeasy theme at our closing Gala, Montreal being

PDW 2020

known for its many underground bars that dotted the city at the time of prohi-


bition. This will be an occasion to celebrate one last time together before we go back to our homes across the country.

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I was always an anxious kid. I’d get nervous for a lot of things, even things I was excited for. I would work things up in my head so much that I

everything was okay. I continued going to school, going to dance class, playing sports, hanging out with my friends. From an outsider’s perspective, everything seemed fine. On the inside, however, was a different narrative.

wouldn’t be able to sleep the night before them, or I’d get sick to my stomach because of the anticipation. It never occurred to me that this was odd, I

Life didn’t seem worth living anymore; I began to wonder if anything would

just figured everyone stayed up until 4 a.m., worried that their house would

change if I wasn’t here. I didn’t see the point in continuing to live. In my mind,

burn down or someone would break into their house and murder them.

I was adding nothing to the world. If anything, I was just a waste of space.

That was just something I thought happened to everyone, and something I

This went on for years. I would start to make deals with myself – if I could

had to deal with on my own.

make it to the next Saturday night, things would be better. If I made it to the end of ninth grade, things would get better. If I made it to 14, 15, 16

Things got a lot worse when I was in junior high. Instead of talking about the

years old, things would get better. But I would reach these milestones,

things I was feeling, I pushed them down, internalizing everything. I blamed

and nothing changed. I still felt worthless, hopeless, useless. I convinced

absolutely everything on myself. I thought anything that went wrong was

myself that I didn’t deserve to feel normal, that everything I was feeling

my fault, because I was stupid, an idiot, a moron. With this blame came

was because I was a worthless idiot who didn’t deserve to feel happy.

self-hatred. I spent many nights in my room, staring at the ceiling, making a list of everything I’d done wrong that day. I would count the reasons I hated

After four years, I finally told my mom how I was feeling. It was

myself, adding on to the list every single night, until I would fall asleep, qui-

the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do. I will never forget that

etly crying. I spent hours lying on the floor of my bedroom, staring up at the

moment. She had come into my room, and I was sitting on my

ceiling, wondering if I’d ever be good enough.

bed, sobbing. I looked at her and said, “it isn’t worth it.” When she asked me what I meant, I could only choke out one word: “life.”

That was when the depression set in. I didn’t tell anyone how I was feel-

She sat with me until I managed to stop crying, and we made a plan. The

ing, because I was convinced that they would think I was just trying to get

next morning, we booked an appointment with my family doctor, where I

attention. I was doing well in school, I had a family that loved me, there

was given a prescription for an antidepressant and a referral to see a ther-

was nothing wrong with my life, and because of that I thought everything


should’ve been fine. So, I continued to push the pain down, and act as if


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I began taking my antidepressant every day, and I saw a therapist once a week. Slowly (and I can’t even begin to emphasize how slowly it was), things

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started to get better. I stopped crying every day, I was washing my hair a normal amount, I was starting to plan things for my future. I felt like a real person again, not just someone who was pretending that everything was okay. I know that I’m not completely okay. I don’t think I ever will be okay, 100%. There are still times when I feel hopeless, anxious, useless, worthless. That’s a part of me, and it will always be there. However, now I know that when I’m feeling these ways that it will only last for a little while. I have anxiety, but I’m much more than just that. It doesn’t define me anymore.

How can CAPSI support its members’ mental wellness? Providing resources to its members, spreading awareness, helping to fight the stigma, and using its platform to tell stories like mine. Victoria Carroll University of Saskatchewan 2021

On behalf of CAPSI, we thank Victoria for sharing her story. We hope that our CAPSI members continue to speak up about mental health. The more we talk, the more we can stop the stigma surrounding mental health. If you’d like to share your story, contact Morgan Patrick, President Elect at


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