Colleen Hogg, owner/pharmacist at Peoples Drug Mart in Quadra Island, BC, was one of the hundreds of pharmacists who attended last year’s Pharmacy U in Vancouver.
by Lawrence Herzog
“As a pharmacy owner from a more isolated area, I do not have the interaction with representatives and colleges on a regular basis. Pharmacy U lets me connect and stay current, and I bring something back from every event I attend. It might be a small tidbit here and there, but it is all useful to running my business.”
Pharmacy U is the only conference that focuses exclusively on the business of pharmacy. The fourth annual Pharmacy U Vancouver conference, on Nov. 5, 2016, will focus even more on providing pharmacists with a wealth of business and professional knowledge and skills they can apply in their pharmacies to improve business and service to customers.
“Pharmacy U can help them learn ways to improve the viability of their pharmacy business,” says Michael Cronin, vice president and general manager of conference organizer Stagnito Business Information. “Attendees can take away specific strategies and apply that knowledge to make their businesses more successful.”
This November’s conference will feature presentations, workshops and panel discussions by industry-leading experts on a wide range of clinical and business topics. There will be a diverse roster of sessions where attendees can meet their fellow professionals and discuss issues and practices. Here are just a few of the sessions scheduled at this year’s Pharmacy U Vancouver:
CREATING A SENIOR-FRIENDLY PHARMACY
Your senior patients for the most part have specific, and fairly common and predictable needs. But how well do you design and communicate what your pharmacy has to offer to these patients? Learn how to make your pharmacy an ideal choice for senior patients and their caregivers by tailoring services for meet their needs.
BECOMING A TRUSTED HEALTHCARE RESOURCE FOR SENIORS
Move beyond medication management and discover how to build a network of resources to help seniors manage a number of conditions common in their cohort. Become a key healthcare contact in the lives of your senior patients by advising and directing them to services such as physiotherapists, audiologists, home healthcare providers and suppliers.
MEDICATION SYNCHRONIZATION TO IMPROVE PATIENT OUTCOMES
Synchronizing the medications of your patients with multiple chronic conditions can help increase adherence levels and improve their health outcomes. Learn how pharmacist Bryan Gray has implemented such a program at his pharmacy.
IMPROVE PATIENT OUTCOMES AND BOOST REVENUE WITH APPOINTMENT-BASED SERVICES
Transitioning your pharmacy to strategic use of efficient, appointment-based services can improve labour productivity, boost revenue opportunities and enhance personal relationships with patients. Some basic principles and tools can help better manage your periods of peak demand right away.
ENGAGING PHYSICIANS: IMPROVING PATIENT CARE AND EXPANDING YOUR SERVICES
This case-based session will focus on helping pharmacists develop customized strategies to identify common goals and benefits for collaboration between physicians and pharmacists. By engaging physicians on the value of pharmacy services, you can improve patient care and reduce the time physicians spend on managing common drug-related issues.
HELPING YOUR PATIENTS WITH DRY EYE DISEASE
Dry Eye Disease is a highly prevalent, chronic, and progressive inflammatory medical condition. In this session you will learn how you can screen for this common disease in your patients and develop care plans to achieve optimal results for them.
PERSONAL FINANCE FOR PHARMACISTS
Like most Canadians today, pharmacists are faced with a myriad of investment choices and financial service advisory alternatives. This workshop will provide an introductory overview of the Canadian financial services industry and better prepare the would-be pharmacist-investor for financial success.
INTEGRATE TRAVEL INTO YOUR PRACTICE
This session will review some of the key counselling tips and resources to begin offering basic travel health services. Every pharmacist can provide some travel-health services and reduce the travel-related risks of patients while increasing front shop, dispensing and expanded services income.