March is Pharmacist Awareness Month (PAM) -- the perfect time to celebrate pharmacists' expertise and the important role they play in delivering quality care to patients!
This year, we're encouraging everyone to Rethink Pharmacy by considering the different roles that pharmacists play in your community. While community pharmacists play an invaluable role in our communities, today’s pharmacists are expanding on their knowledge, training and expertise and contributing to a healthcare agenda.
Meet the pharmacists across Ontario and how they are making a difference in your community:
1. Community Pharmacists
Many people know about community pharmacists, but may not be aware of what they are actually doing behind the pharmacy counter. Services provided by community pharmacists have expanded over the past few years, and include: administering the flu shot, helping people quit smoking, and reviewing medication lists through the MedsCheck program. Meet Stacey D’Angelo.
2. Hospital Pharmacists
Pharmacists who work in hospitals are there to make sure your medications are right for you. You might meet a pharmacist in cancer care, mental health, the emergency department, pediatrics, cardiology, or any other department. These pharmacists review your medications when you first arrive at the hospital, during your hospital stay, and before you go home to ensure that you continue taking all the correct medications when you leave the hospital.
3. Family Health Team Pharmacists
Some pharmacists work as part of Family Health Teams (FHTs) alongside family doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers, and other healthcare professionals. Pharmacists in FHTs are committed to improving medication use and are a great resource for all patients that are part of a FHT. Meet Heather Foley.
4. Long-Term Care Pharmacists
Pharmacists working in Long-Term Care (LTC) settings specialize in providing pharmaceutical care to specific patient populations. These patients are typically elderly or aging people, but may also include people with physical or developmental challenges who require the services of a LTC setting. LTC pharmacists are valuable members of the healthcare team and are advocates for safe and appropriate medication use in the LTC setting. Meet Jonathan Lu and Kacie Lunn.
5. Pharmacists in Academia
Pharmacists working in Ontario’s two Schools of Pharmacy (at University of Toronto and University of Waterloo) are responsible for ensuring that faculty and staff have the resources and support they need to deliver outstanding pharmacy education for students, and conducting cutting-edge research that will ultimately improve the health of Canadians. Meet Dave Edwards.
Celebrate Pharmacist Awareness Month with OPA
We want to hear about how you and your patients are celebrating Pharmacist Awareness Month. Share your photos and stories, and watch the OPA social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) for tools and information from OPA.
We also invite you to take advantage of PAM resources to use on your respective social media profiles.