The third annual Pharmacy U Toronto conference on Jan. 25 at the International Centre will build on the success of the previous two events with an even stronger focus on education to help pharmacists improve their professional and business skills and level of patient care.
By Talbot Boggs
“This conference is helping to push forward the vision of what the profession of pharmacy is evolving into,” says Samy Saad, owner of Richpoint Pharmacy. “It’s essential for pharmacists to embrace the changes that are taking place in the industry and actually implement them in their individual businesses.
5 top reasons to attend Pharmacy U Toronto:
- Improve your professional and business skills
- Obtain professional credits
- Learn from the best
- Network with peers
- Come away with new plans to enhance the value of your pharmacy business.
Things like implementing a flu vaccine practice and adapting prescriptions are giving pharmacists the skills and information they need to embrace change and successfully manage the new dimensions of pharmacy.”
This year’s event will feature a broad range of Continuing Education (CE) seminars and workshops on subjects ranging from cholesterol skin testing, implementing flu vaccination and smoking cessation clinics in your pharmacy, and optimizing medication review services, delivered by some of the industry’s leading practitioners and experts.
As well, it offers a robust menu of seminars on improving patient drug adherence, developing an effective business plan, and improving productivity through workflow and design, all intended to help pharmacists and owners manage and operate their businesses more effectively.
Some of this year’s courses include:
- Implementation of flu vaccination into your practice will explore different logistics and management issues regarding influenza immunization and address common myths that prevent many patients from receiving the vaccine.
- CV risk assessment: Focus on non-invasive skin cholesterol screening will discuss the evidence supporting skin cholesterol testing as an option for CV risk screening. It will teach the practical skills to determine and interpret a patient’s Framingham risk score & skin cholesterol score, and ways to communicate patient results in a manner that motivates them to act.
- Inter-professional communication: Inter-professional collaboration for enhanced patient care will provide effective strategies for communicating and collaborating with physicians, especially with respect to changes in the scope of practice of pharmacists across the country.
- Optimizing your medication review services focuses on strategies for implementing effective medication reviews and lays out a step-by-step system pharmacists can use to identify and solve patients’ drug-related issues.
- How to assess and meet your technology needs will explore how to analyze the technology needs of your pharmacy and develop a customized solution to improve output, productivity and efficiency and improve staff retention.
- The secret sauce of high adherence pharmacies is a “how-to” seminar for pharmacy owners who are committed to improving patient drug adherence. High-adherence pharmacy owners will join a noted retail expert and share their experiences about how they establish an adherence culture, measure results and optimize the latest adherence tools and technologies.
- Building a business plan for your pharmacy business will teach you why you should build a pharmacy business plan, what the basic elements of a good plan are, how to get started, what you need to do and, perhaps most importantly, why it provides value to your pharmacy and customers.
- Current trends in Canadian retail pharmacy valuations will provide the valuation methods and tools you need to determine what your business is worth whether you are looking to finance a new or existing operation or preparing for sale or succession planning.
This year’s event will feature industry-leading presenters, including Wayne Caverly, Jim Danahy, Tom Smiley, Mike Boivin, Iris Krawchenko, Dorothy Pardalis, Mike Jaczko and Hani Kafoury.