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11th Essential Medicines Prospectus Help yourself. Help others. Volunteer.


WHAT IS ESSENTIAL MEDICINES?

Essential Medicines, or EMed, is the voluntary wing of NUSPS. Our members are a dedicated group of people who plan, execute and take part in meaningful activities that give back to the society. These include pharmacy-related volunteer projects such as Medication Reviews as well as other ad-hoc projects involving interaction with young children as well as the elderly.

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WHAT DO WE DO? Basically anything and everything that falls under volunteerism!

Public Education: (On left) Common ailments and its complications. (On right) Community Health Assist Scheme

Our past projects include a health zone and carnival program where we reinforced a healthy lifestyle in young children through games, an NUH program where we participated in activities such as the conduct of a mobile library for children and also the World Diabetes Day at NUS where volunteers manned blood pressure management stations and conducted counselling on lifestyle habits to the NUS population.

Public Education: (On left) Common ailments and its complications. (On right) Community Health Assist Scheme

Basic health screening and medication reviews with registered Pharmacists

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What to expect from the 11th EMed? Here’s the current work plan we have proposed in the 11th EMed Committee.

 The befriender projects are slated to run on those specified months by volunteers who have indicated their interests and availability.  “Know Your Medicines, Get It Right!” medication reviews are not limited to only EMed members. Typically, a call for volunteers’ involvement will be sent out to Pharmily via the various platforms prior to the event so that anyone who is interested to help out at the event can sign up for it. Do keep a look out for these messages!

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What is the key thrust for 11th EMed? This year, we are geared towards making volunteering a wholesome experience for our members. This means more emphasis will be placed on the entire conduct of an event – from the planning, to the resource acquiring to the final execution and post event reflection; rather than just relying on a touch-and-go approach. A structured ‘volunteering team system’, where volunteers take on a particular project is introduced. With this program, a more rewarding self-learning experience awaits those who join us! This long term project will be conducted on a bi-monthly basis with a Family Service Centre. The project is similar to a befriender project whereby volunteers will educate the elderly beneficiaries on medication safety, lifestyle management, and healthy lifestyle and celebrate birthdays/events with them (i.e. CNY in Feb, X'mas in Dec). In turn, the project also aims to foster better youth-elderly ties where the elderly can share their live experiences with the volunteers. The current proposed dates are as follow: Voluntary Project 1: December 2012 Voluntary Project 2: February 2013 Voluntary Project 3: April 2013 Voluntary Project 4: June 2013 Volunteers can choose to commit to either one, or all of the projects based on their availability. We strongly urge all volunteers to take on at least one project and commit it into your calendar. Volunteers can also choose to be exposed to the different job roles in each project to be undertaken. For instance, a person can choose to play the role of a voluntary team member in Voluntary Project 1 (to be held in December) and the role of marketing personnel in Voluntary Project 2 (to be held in February).

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What do the different roles in EMed play? There are currently 4 different key roles in the Essential Medicines Committee namely: Publicity, Marketing, Operations and Voluntary Team. Their respective job scopes are listed below: Publicity Team  Advertising and promotion of all Emed activities (e.g. preparation of PowerPoint slides for publicity)  Visual documentation of the event and preparation of event’s publicity material (flyers etc) Marketing Team  Coordination of fund-raising activities  Sourcing of sponsorship for Emed events Operations Team     

Working with the Marketing Team to secure sponsorship items Liaising with the external agencies for the collection of sponsored items Ensuring the logistical requirements of all E-med activities Procure items required for Emed activities Maintain the Emed cupboard

Voluntary Team  Liaise with external organisations  Allocation of volunteer manpower and assigning job roles to the volunteers, so as to ensure volunteers all have a role and know what they are supposed to do.  Ensure that the residents/elderly signup for the event and that they are not left out (i.e. make sure that they get attended to during the event)  Looking out for other volunteering opportunities

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Why I should join Emed! 1) I want to have a more fulfilling undergraduate career.

Volunteering is always a rewarding experience, be it for the giver or receiver. 2) I want to interact with people.

As future healthcare professionals, we will be communicating with our patients on many different fronts every day. Volunteering will only serve to sharpen and hone our skills.

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Why I should join Emed! 3) I want to know my course mates better / I want to work with Pharmacists

Each team in every project would have a healthy mix of students from the different years of study. Joining Emed is a good opportunity for seniors and juniors to mingle. Also, during medication reviews, students also can get to engage in discussions with Pharmacists and these increase our awareness both in drug knowledge as well as pharmacy as a profession.

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I would like to ask ‌ 1) I am in year 1. Why should I join? The bulk of applications every year usually come from the Freshmen. Freshmen year is the best time to try out campus activities while the workload is still relatively low. We need your energy and enthusiasm to make our projects a success! Also, it would be a good exposure should you decide to take on leadership roles in the future. 2) I am a senior. Why should I join? We understand that seniors are extremely busy with coursework and for the graduating cohort, FYPs. However we need experienced seniors in each team to guide the juniors when it comes to Medication Reviews as this require the use of MIMS as well as other drug references. It is also a good chance to practice communication and counselling skills and maybe put some drug knowledge to good use. 3) How much commitment do I need? The level of commitment required from each individual differs from projects and the role each person plays in the project undertaken so there is no clear cut distinction. You might be required to attend meetings but these are few and far in between. Besides, you get to decide on when you would want to chair the meetings for each voluntary team taking on a particular project for the month. Planning for events might seem daunting and exhausting but the workload will be shared with the other members of the committee. As for the participation in projects, it is normally held on weekend mornings not lasting more than half the day so you will still get the rest of the day to yourself after the event ended. Page | 9


Hesitate no more, join us NOW! Should you still have any enquiries, do not hesitate to ask! Neo Jun Kai (Year 3) Director, 11th Emed emed@nusps.org

Shermain Ng (Year 3) Asst Director, 11th Emed ngyalishermain@gmail.com

Sign up from the URL appended below! We strongly encourage you to partake in the voluntary projects and expose yourself to the various roles available. Do note that once you choose to undertake a particular project, your commitment is required as transfer of allocated manpower will jeopardize the conduct of the event. We strongly urge all volunteers to commit it into their calendar once they have chosen a project. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGltRUdtWTBfNm9 xLUs5VnZOTlQzc2c6MQ#gid=0

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