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PAM in pictures

Pharmacist Awareness Month 2016 draws to successful close

Campus and Community

By Heidi Wicks

Every year Pharmacist Awareness Month (PAM) is celebrated across Canada to recognize and educate Canadians about the contributions pharmacists make in the delivery of health care.

Have a look at the photo essay below to see just some of the activities and moments Memorial’s School of Pharmacy organized and participated in as part of Pharmacist Awareness Month 2016.

1/ Outreach at the Avalon Mall

Students and Dr. Debbie Kelly, director of the Medication Therapy Services Clinic, distributed information to the public and was interviewed by members of the media on March 11.

Photo: Heidi Wicks

2/ PAM kickoff on CBC Radio's St. John's Morning Show

From left, Dr. Carlo Marra, dean, School of Pharmacy; Glenda Power, executive director, Pharmacists Association of Newfoundland and Labrador; and Anthony Germain, host, CBC Radio's St. John's Morning Show, pose during a studio interview on March 1 to kick off Pharmacist Awareness Month 2016.

Photo: Heidi Wicks

3/ Discussing the expanding role of pharmacists

Dr. Carlo Marra and Glenda Power speak with CBC Radio's St. John's Morning Show host Anthony Germain about the expanding role of pharmacists in the health-care system, and how increased responsibilities may save health-care dollars.

Photo: Heidi Wicks

4/ Medication Therapy Clinic news story on CBC Television's Here and Now

From left, Debbie Cooper, co-host of CBC Television's Here and Now evening newscast, speaks with Dr. Carlo Marra on March 17 about the Medication Therapy Services Clinic.

Photo: Heidi Wicks

5/ Medication Therapy Clinic interview with Dr. Debbie Kelly

Dr. Debbie Kelly speaks with Anthony Germain about the Medication Therapy Services Clinic on the St. John's Morning Show March 23.

Photo: Heidi Wicks

6/ Students hit Hits

From left, Hits FM host Randy Snow; Kyia Hynes, Class of 2018; and Sydney Saunders, Class of 2017, smile for the camera following an interview the pharmacy students did to promote Pharmacist Awareness Month 2016.

Photo: Heidi Wicks

7/ Snappy Synopsis: Graduate Research in a Nutshell

Graduate student Michelle Debnath-Canning (left) explains her research about antioxidants in blueberries and blueberry leaves to CBC Television's Carolyn Stokes. Ms. Debnath-Canning presented as part of an event profiling graduate research in the School of Pharmacy, which was part of Pharmacy Innovation Research Day on March 23.

Photo: Heidi Wicks

8/ Medication Therapy Services Clinic open house

On March 24, the Medication Therapy Services Clinic opened its doors to various stakeholder groups to provide tours and discuss the clinic's services and vision. From left are Dr. Marshall Godwin; Dr. Tiffany Lee, clinic pharmacist; Nicole Pittman, clinic co-ordinator; Dr. Jason Kielly, clinic pharmacist; Dr. Debbie Kelly, clinic director; Dr. Leslie Phillips, director, Smoking Cessation Program' and Dr. Cathy MacLean, physician, family practice.

Photo: Heidi Wicks

9/ NTV Evening Newshour

Dr. Debbie Kelly appeared on NTV's First Edition to speak with anchor Toni-Marie Wiseman about the Medication Therapy Services Clinic March 23.

Photo: Heidi Wicks

10/ Pharmacists' Association of Newfoundland and Labrador PAM opening reception

From left, Sydney Saunders, Class of 2017 and Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns senior representative; Dean Carlo Marra; and Kyia Hynes, Class of 2018 and CAPSI junior representative, at the Pharmacists' Association of Newfoundland and Labrador PAM 2016 opening reception at the Hampton Inn and Suites March 5.

Photo: Heidi Wicks

11/ Expired prescriptions

All sorts of expired medications were brought to the annual Public Pill Drop at the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Headquarters for safe disposal March 19, including children's gummy vitamins, as Steven Rowe, Class of 2018, displays here. Safely disposing of expired medications prevents harmful toxins from entering the water supply, as well as unsafe medications from falling into the wrong hands.

Photo: Heidi Wicks

12/ Pills aplenty

From left, Kyia Hynes and Sydney Saunders display the collection of expired prescription pills early on in the day during the Public Pill Drop on March 19. More than 35,000 pills, ointments and inhalers were collected.

Photo: Heidi Wicks

13/ Public Pill Drop 2016

Students in Memorial's Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI) chapter work with the School of Pharmacy, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police every year to provide an opportunity for members of the public to safely discard their expired medications.

Photo: Heidi Wicks

14/ Media darlings

From left, students Sydney Saunders and Kyia Hynes received plenty of experience talking to media about the profession of pharmacy during PAM 2016.

Photo: Heidi Wicks

15/ Local treats

At right, Dr. Mohsen Sadatsafavi was the plenary speaker of Pharmacy Research Innovation Day March 23. He spoke about the University of British Columbia's Respiratory Evaluation Sciences Program, which taps into population-based health databases to provide evidence on patterns of health technology utilization, safety, and effectiveness. Here he and Dean Carlo Marra are about to enjoy some locally made chocolate.

Photo: Heidi Wicks

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