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REF NO.: 119

SUBJECT: School of Pharmacy embraces Pharmacist Awareness Month

DATE: March 3

Students, faculty and staff in Memorial University’s School of Pharmacy will contribute to Pharmacist Awareness Month (PAM) until the end of March by offering several community engagement events.

The events will help educate health-care practitioners from other disciplines and members of the general public about how a pharmacist can help improve our population’s health and well-being.

The Canadian Pharmacists Association created Pharmacist Awareness Month to encourage pharmacists across the country to help create public awareness of the expanding scope of pharmacy practice. Featured events include: Pharmacy “Phair” Organized by the School of Pharmacy Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI) counsel, this booth-style setup will showcase the potential of a career in pharmacy. Students, faculty and staff will be available to offer insight on a variety of topics including entry requirements, work load, the expanding scope of pharmacy practice, and pharmacists’ role in health care.

When: Friday, March 13, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: The Loft, third floor, University Centre, St. John’s campus

 

Med Heads Speed Round

How would you deal with a depressed patient who stopped taking his antidepressant because it caused sexual dysfunction? Med Heads is a role-playing board game designed as a teaching and learning tool, where students can hone their pharmacist-patient communication and counselling.  You’re invited to sit with current pharmacy students and faculty to experience a unique teaching tactic for learning how to communicate with and assess patients and to ensure they benefit from their medications.

When: Friday, March 13, 12-1 p.m.

Where: The Loft, third floor, University Centre, St. John’s campus

 

Pharmacy Research Innovation Day

Researchers will showcase the varieties of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research being conducted in the School of Pharmacy’s three strategic research directions – health outcomes, drug discovery and delivery, and teaching and learning. This full day event will begin with poster presentations from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the main foyer of the Health Sciences Centre, followed by oral presentations in the main auditorium from 12-1 p.m. A reception will follow.

 

Selected topics include:

  • Booze and Berries: How do the effects of ethanol exposure in adolescents affect their long-term motor function? And can blueberries and partridgeberries help protect your brain?
  • Many Voices, One Community: Can a strong community help prevent mental-health disorders and substance abuse in youth?
  • Bariatric Surgery, Before and After: How effective are obesity management medications both before and after bariatric surgery?

 

Public Pill Drop

CAPSI students in partnership with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are holding the annual Public Pill Drop, where members of the public can safely dispose of their expired medications. Visitors are asked to please leave labels on medications to facilitate easy identification of medications. All personal identification information will be destroyed.

When: Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: RNC Headquarters, Fort Townshend, St. John’s

 

A variety of other community outreach initiatives are planned, including presentations to primary/elementary, junior high and high schools on topics such as smoking cessation, the dangers of prescription drug abuse, blood pressure testing for seniors and counselling on the services pharmacists can offer, plus teaching local Sparks and Brownies groups how to make lip gloss.

 

Be sure to keep up to date on all things PAM!

Facebook.com/munpam2015 and facebook.com/schoolofpharmacy

Twitter: @MUNPAM2015 and @schoolofpharm

Memorial hashtag: #MUNPAM2015.  

A full schedule of events is available at www.mun.ca/pharmacy.  

 

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For more information, please contact Heidi Wicks, communications co-ordinator, School of Pharmacy at wicksh@mun.ca, (709) 777-7302 or (709) 749-7462.

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