“The” Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy makes every effort to prepare us to be superb pharmacists upon graduation. One way to accomplish this is by fulfilling Competency XI, the advancement of pharmacy and health care, which also incorporates the attendance of a professional meeting. I have had the opportunity to attend the Educational Conference (Nexus) held by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) which is a national pharmacy organization. During the meeting there are numerous discussions regarding the fundamentals of the pharmacy profession and the role that pharmacist can play in managing the health-care of our patients. Additionally, there are opportunities for networking and attending residency showcases with current residents and residency directors.
As a growing health-care professional, the experience has given me more insight on the vast array of disciplines in the pharmacy profession as well as a perspective on the progressing role of the pharmacist. Historically, the role of the pharmacist has been “masked” behind the counter without much of an offer to counsel patients. As pharmacists, we know that the profession is moving in a direction in which more patient interaction and communication with other health-care professionals are essential!
One question you may be asking yourself, “How will I have time to attend a professional meeting and keep up with the demands of my classes?” The answer is time management and to identify the importance of networking! Pharmacy is such a small profession and networking is designed to build trusting relationships that will help with personal and professional growth as a pharmacist. With my networking experiences, I understand that pharmacists are able to serve as information resources for the patient and other health-care professionals; and in doing so it will improve the health of patients by helping them to live longer and healthier lives.
P3 - Class of 2016