Vancouver Convention Centre (West)
1055 Canada Place
The conference is restricted to persons 19 years of age and older.
Anyone under the age of 19 will not be admitted.
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8:30 – 9:30 A.M.
Change is constant, unpredictable and accelerating. Extreme change can, much like a hurricane, leave you dizzy, disoriented and dazed. But help is at hand. Dr. Mark DeVolder, a change management expert and peak performance coach, throws you a lifeline with strategies and tools he’s developed to clear away the fog. Don’t miss this high-octane, content-rich, and humour-filled presentation that will teach you how to overcome change-paralysis, develop a change-ready mindset that will allow you to make smart decisions faster, and be bold, nimble, and innovative in the face of constant change.
Presented by Dr. Mark DeVolder
PERSONAL FINANCE FOR PHARMACISTS – CAPITAL MARKETS SOLD OUT
9:40 – 10:40 A.M.
This workshop builds on the introductory workshop “Personal Finance for Pharmacists” delivered at Pharmacy U Toronto and Vancouver in 2016. Pharmacists will be introduced to how capital markets function, what to look for when evaluating risk-adjusted returns and market indexes, important aspects of common and preferred shares, the roles of various investment professionals, and active versus passive investing.
Presented by Mike Jaczko
MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOUR PATIENTS TO MANAGE THEIR DIABETES – PRACTICAL TIPS TO USE EVERY DAY! (1.0 CEU)* SOLD OUT
There are many aspects to managing diabetes. Your unique advantage as the most accessible healthcare provider requires you to ‘know it all’ and ‘provide it all’. Learn practical tips you can apply in small ‘doses’ every day, or combine them to make an effective diabetes medication review. Whether it is practical adherence tips, strategies to incorporate lifestyle changes, ways to reduce the risk of diabetes complications, maximizing the use of technology, or other easy-to-implement recommendations, you will be able to enhance your patients’ diabetes management plan.
Presented by Shelley Diamond
Traditional pharmacy revenue sources are under pressure and will continue to be in the foreseeable future. At the same time, costs for the entire healthcare system are rising, and patients are not getting the care and counsel they need to manage their health. Community pharmacy is faced with a great opportunity to play a critical role in improving patient health outcomes through the provision of more targeted clinical services that drive pharmacy revenues while offering greater value to the healthcare system.
Presented by Sandra Hanna
The introduction of biologics has transformed the management of many conditions seen in primary care. As the patent for these medications expires, the introduction of a number of biosimilars will transform the delivery of these medications. This presentation will summarize the differences between biologics and biosimilars, examine the key issues from clinician, pharmacist and payer perspectives, and explore how pharmacists can promote their knowledge in this area to other professionals in order to acquire more patients.
Presented by Mike Boivin
This session will review the opportunities and risks associated with starting a compounding practice, with a focus on summarizing the requirements for compounding practice, including staff training, building structure and current and upcoming regulatory requirements. Finally, you will be introduced to some of the clinical applications and therapeutics of novel compounded medicines to enhance your practice and patient care.
Presented by Amy Lamb
11:10 A.M. – 12:10 P.M.
Astute pharmacy owners recognize the value of a carefully considered and well-orchestrated corporate structure to their success. This workshop will help you understand the benefits of a succession plan, common structuring techniques used by pharmacy owners, the caveats associated with restricting strategies, successful real estate strategies, and how a family trust can benefit pharmacy owners.
Presented by David Dorward
Are pharmacists still relevant in the information and technology age? In a landscape of skyrocketing health costs, governments and payers are continually looking for ways to reduce costs. Much of the traditional job of “Pharmacist” is replaceable through the explosion of technology, as well as the expansion of roles of less expensive pharmacy labour. How can pharmacies continue to thrive and grow when product-based revenue is shrinking, and how do pharmacists as a profession maintain their value in the health care system?
Presented by Carlene Oleksyn
Although medical cannabis is not currently distributed in community pharmacies, pharmacists who are knowledgeable in medical cannabis can provide a valuable service to their patients, as well as provide their pharmacy with incremental billing and marketing opportunities. In this session, you’ll learn the pharmacology of the drug, how pharmacists can assist patients that may benefit from medical cannabis therapy, the state of current regulation, and how to leverage this knowledge for the benefit of the pharmacy.
Presented by Michael Kani
This session will help guide OTC and non-pharmaceutical recommendations to enhance the clinical outcomes of pain therapies or as an alternative pain management strategy when drug-disease interactions, drug-drug interactions or addiction limits use of pharmaceutical agents. We will also discuss example programs including sustainability, documentation, communication and marketing.
This session will review the important role that the pharmacist can play when managing patients on non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants. The program will explore innovative practice examples that can help improve adherence and outcomes in patients, as well as drive your professional service business.
Presented by John Papastergiou
12:10 – 1:50 P.M.
The business environment for pharmacists is changing at a remarkable rate. With this change comes an opportunity for pharmacists to connect with their patients in a new way that enhances the current patient/pharmacist model. Robert Hawke, a professional speaker, author, actor, and cancer survivor conducts this original, entertaining, and interactive session that will help pharmacists increase their levels of engagement with patients in a way that makes their practices more impactful, serves community pharmacy business needs, and most importantly, provides greater human care for the people they serve.
Presented by Robert Hawke
2:20 – 3:20 P.M.
The presentation is intended to serve as a review of basic pharmacogenomic principles. The program will explore early implementation experience from one of the nation’s first community pharmacy-directed pharmacogenomic clinics. The discussion will include initial workflow barriers and real-world case examples.
With international travel increasing in popularity and pharmacists’ scopes of practice expanding, travel health presents an excellent opportunity for pharmacists to provide a valuable service for their patients. Yet very few pharmacists practice in the space. Time constraints and a lack of available resources contribute to this phenomenon. This engaging and informative “crash course” in travel medicine will give you the essentials for starting, and the resources for building a pharmacy-based travel medicine business.
Presented by Ajit Johal
Beyond improving workflow, new advancements in the ways patients engage in interconnected diabetes management and interact with healthcare providers can positively impact therapy outcomes as well as drive pharmacy business sustainability. From apps that log meal data to tablets that connect the pharmacist to the cloud, this session will provide insight into the community pharmacy’s role in diabetes care for this digital era. We will also explore how to connect virtually with your patients for enhanced insight into your patient’s lifestyle and medication management. The session will look at the Business Model Canvas and how to seamlessly implement digital diabetes health monitoring into your pharmacy workflow and link it to revenue growth in the front shop, as well as innovative approaches in screening.
Presented by Aaron Sihota
This session will review the role of a pain optimization project in clinical practice. This practical session will review the common issues found in pain regimens, and address sustainable solutions ranging from: opioid cycling, long-acting and short-acting opioids, and adjunct agents. We will review practical tools for assessment including the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) assessment tool. Discussion will touch upon provincial and national initiatives, including naloxone, fentanyl patch-for-patch, and the updated Canadian Guidelines, as well as program sustainability, documentation, communication and marketing.
Presented by Bryan Gray
Adapted for the real-world of community pharmacy from leading Motivational Interviewing techniques, this session will help you to apply and coach others in the nine most powerful tools every pharmacist can use to quickly deliver better care in any situation. Learn how to make every 45-second patient pick-up encounter more effective, confidently deliver better med reviews, uncover hidden drug therapy problems and build deeper, lasting patient relationships. Hands-on practice and coaching in real-world simulations will be provided.
Presented by Jim Danahy & Chris Juozaitis
3:30 – 4:30 P.M.
The presentation is intended to assist pharmacists with integrating a sustainable point-of-care screening program into a busy community pharmacy practice. The program will review the available technologies and the current evidence that supports the value of implementation. In this session, we will also explore strategies to overcome common barriers and workflow issues.
There are currently many knowledge gaps on the part of people at risk of anaphylaxis, their caregivers and healthcare professionals. Educating yourself, your patients and their families on appropriate management of life-threatening allergies means the difference between life and death. Making appropriate recommendations to patients can also benefit your pharmacy business as well as creating a level of trust with your patients and their families. In this session, we will identify some of the knowledge gaps in anaphylaxis education and training, and provide some business-building tips in providing this valuable service.
Presented by Shelley Diamond
Pharmacists continue to expand and evolve their professional roles, but this movement forward is not possible without the critical role of pharmacy technicians. In this session, we will explore how to maximize the potential of our pharmacy technicians and incorporate them into the new framework of pharmacy practice. We will also look at how your pharmacy can employ pharmacy technicians to increase revenue and improve patient outcomes.
This session will review the therapeutics of chronic venous disease and explore business and practice opportunities for the community pharmacist. Real world cases will be incorporated into the program to highlight strategies for identifying patients and leveraging OTC and Rx sales.
Emerging precision topical drug delivery systems are revolutionizing localized, efficacious drug delivery for a rapidly expanding range of conditions that community pharmacists encounter, with novel prescription and OTC formulations. From cannabinoid delivery to skincare penetration enhancers, patient safety and enhanced dose absorption are important advantages of these new products. This is a must-see session for pharmacists who treat significant numbers of patients with complex care regimens and significant natural health businesses.
Presented by Aaron Sihota
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