Saturday, February 3, 2018
Conference Centre Entrance
6900 Airport Rd.
The conference is restricted to persons 19 years of age and older. Anyone under the age of 19 will not be admitted.
Visitor Code of Conduct
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
PHARMACOGENOMICS AND PERSONALIZED MEDICINE: THE FUTURE IS HERE (1.0 CEU)* SOLD OUT
9:40 – 10:40 A.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.
Presented by John Papastergiou
THE MODERN APPROACH TO PHARMACY PRACTICE (1.0 CEU)* SOLD OUT
Tired of the same old, same old in your store? Wish you could take control of your workflow and improve your interactions with patients? Want to find a better way to incorporate professional services into your everyday practice for better patient care and revenue generation? If so, the Appointment Based Model (ABM) will appeal to you. Learn all about ABM: what it is, how it works, how it impacts staffing and patient care, and what it means to your bottom line. We’ll also highlight some of the tools produced by Whole Health that have been helpful in operationalizing the program at the pharmacy level.
Presented by Tim Brady
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
Like many pharmacists, maybe you ask yourself why you need a financial advisor. This session will show you. Here you’ll learn how wealth managers differ from investment managers, the fiduciary duties of the different types of advisors, how to select the right type of advisor for you, and how to prepare for a meeting with a potential advisor.
Presented by Mike Jaczko
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
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.
Parents want trusted information for their children’s healthcare – the kind of information that comes from pharmacists, the most trusted healthcare professionals in Canada. It makes sense to build relationships with patients at the start of their journey and sustain them with value-added programs that keep them coming back. Learn about the needs of prospective parents, expecting parents and new parents that will inspire you to offer services that attract them early and keep them for life.
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. In this session, we’ll examine the community pharmacy’s role in diabetes care for this digital era and 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 John Papastergiou
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
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
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.
Presented by Bryan Gray
In 2016 there were more than 2,800 deaths from opioid overdoses, and every day 16 Canadians are hospitalized as a result of opioid poisoning. Some communities are declaring this issue as a public health emergency. This is why naloxone kits are available at most pharmacies across the country at minimal or no charge. We’ll show you how as a pharmacist, you can play a significant role in educating opioid patients and their families about naloxone, opioid usage, and where to turn for help.
Presented by Wilson Li
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Cape Breton pharmacist Hugh Toner’s own battle with mental health and his training as a pharmacist have helped him develop a better understanding of mental health issues. Mental health, says Hugh, is the last frontier. Pharmacists are ideally positioned to help their patients address mental health challenges. Hugh Toner will share how his own experiences with depression and anxiety have given him the passion and thirst for understanding the condition that he needs to help his patients in need.
Presented by Hugh Toner
Canada’s pharmacy landscape has been shifting dramatically, but buckle up, 2018 may turn out to be the most tumultuous year to date. There are a number of government regulatory and legislative measures that will significantly impact pharmacy operators across Canada. Are you aware of these changes and how they will affect your business and your livelihood? We’ll review the emerging issues and discuss available strategies to create a successful, sustainable retail pharmacy business equipped for current and future challenges.
Presented by Dean Miller and Mike Cavanagh
3:30 – 4:30 P.M.
Since half of all cigarettes are consumed by individuals with mental health disorders, patients with psychiatric comorbidities should be a priority for tobacco cessation programs. In this session we will review the key patient-care considerations and the pharmacy reimbursement model for providing smoking cessation interventions to patients with psychiatric comorbidities so pharmacists are more confident in their abilities to deliver appropriate care.
Presented by Ron Pohar
Emerging precision topical drug delivery systems are revolutionizing localized, efficacious drug delivery for a rapidly expanding range of conditions that community pharmacists encounter, ith 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 Jennifer May
Exiting your pharmacy business starts with maximizing its value long before introducing it to the market. Achieving maximum value while minimizing your tax burden takes years to achieve. In this session, you’ll learn to identify the main focuses for your exit strategy, the professional help you will require, how to build your business while executing an exit strategy, and how to recognize and avoid possible deal killers.
Presented by Max Beairsto
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.
Seasonal and perennial allergies have a negative impact on the quality of life of many of our patients. As pharmacists, we can play a key role in helping them manage their condition. In this session, we’ll discuss allergic rhinitis (AR) and the cycle of symptoms, patient assessment, available OTC options – including the role of intra-nasal steroids in AR management. For a pharmacy, there is no better business strategy than becoming a patient’s trusted source of healthcare advice. Providing your allergy patients with an understanding of their condition, mitigation strategies, and recommending effective self-care OTC products will establish you as an essential member of their personal healthcare team.
Presented by Vijay Sarma
Proper management of COPD can reduce exacerbations, emergency room visits and hospitalizations. Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to play a key role in managing COPD and lung health. This presentation will examine effective and practical interventions that can be seamlessly incorporated into daily practice to optimize both COPD outcomes and the quality of life for your patients. From screening and preventive strategies to tailoring and optimizing pharmacotherapy and devices, you will learn how to use your skills and expanded scope to help patients breathe easier.
Presented by Dorothy Pardalis
*Pending CCCEP accreditation
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