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Mark Dickson Appointed 2014-2017 | Principal, M.D. Hygieia Advisory, Vancouver Knowing that the BCPhA captures more than 85 per cent of community pharmacists in BC, should the Association try to recruit more members and/or increase the involvement of existing members? Because advocacy associations are only as strong as their membership, the BCPhA should continue to strive for 100 per cent pharmacist membership. Real success, of course, is also found when 100 per cent of members are fully engaged. Board members act as liaisons to members and represent the Association as a whole. What do you hear as the top three issues on members’ minds? The issues can be summarized as ‘how to do more with less.' Prescription counts and competition continue to climb, practice complexity and scope expansion requires more time and total reimbursement levels decline, while adjudication is more complex. The Board of Directors is a strategic advisory group for the Association. How do you balance the challenge of your day-to-day job in which you address pharmacy operations, yet you must come to the Board with a strategic mindset that advances the profession as a whole? For my day job, I am fortunate to enjoy a part-time practice consulting primarily in the strategic pharmacy business and advocacy spaces. I bring a somewhat unique perspective to the BCPhA Board in that I am no longer tied to a particular pharmacy corporation or practice in my day-to-day work. Where do you see the pharmacy profession in five to 10 years? Pharmacy will be more fully integrated with other health-care practitioners, primarily through medical record integration but also through collaborative practices. There will still be “pills in my pharmacy” but given the downward trends in reimbursement, a larger proportion of the pharmacy’s revenue (and therefore pharmacists' salaries) will come through billings for professional services.

Julie Ford Elected 2015-2018 | Pharmacist, Glovers Medicine Centre Pharmacy Pharmacist Instructor, Stenberg College Pharmacy Technician Program, Kamloops Knowing that the BCPhA captures more than 85 per cent of community pharmacists in BC, should the Association try to recruit more members and/or increase the involvement of existing members? The Association should be very proud of its efforts and ability to capture such a large percentage of community pharmacists in BC but we should always be doing the best job we can to attract, involve and retain members. As with any association, membership numbers will ebb and flow depending on career and personal situations but the fact that the BCPhA has been able to capture 85 per cent of community pharmacists is a testament to the quality work of the Association to offer value added services to its members. The Board of Directors is a strategic advisory group for the Association. How do you balance the challenge of your day-to-day job in which you address pharmacy operations, yet you must come to the Board with a strategic mindset that advances the profession as a whole? It is imperative that all Board members come to the table with an open mind and the ability to set aside their corporate or personal views. I can honestly say that our current Board does an amazing job of doing this. Personally, I am an independent pharmacist and I live in the Interior of BC so I have the benefit of listening to and being exposed to all types of pharmacists and pharmacies.

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