Registrar Bob Nakagawa, spoke on behalf of the College at a question and answer session with UBC pharmacy students.
The event was held in the brand new UBC Pharmaceutical building. We were ecstatic to see that the event was able to attract students who were at varying stages of their education, from first year to fourth year students. Nearly 200 students attended the event.
The session offered students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the role of the College and what it means to be a self-governing profession. We encouraged students to ask questions and provide their opinions about the College as they finish their education and enter the profession as pharmacists. During this session Bob tried to thoroughly answer as many questions as he could. A lot of the questions and comments that Bob received pertained to the current state and future of pharmacy. Students wanted to know about:
- What is currently happening with the proposed prohibition of inducements/loyalty point bylaw change?
- Does the College advocate for both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians?
- Does the College play any role in determining the amount of workload and assistance allowing pharmacists to provide better quality services to the public?
- Are there plans to increase the public awareness of services provided by pharmacists?
- Would the College ever entertain the possibility of having a Student seat on the College’s Board?
- Do you eventually see pharmacists being able to fully prescribe for any medication like a doctor does?
It was encouraging to see the high level of enthusiasm from students. It is extremely positive to see that students are eager to learn more and be more involved with their future profession. This event has undoubtedly sparked many new topics that the College and students should and will have further discussions on in the near future.
Engagement is a strategic priority in the upcoming year. As a result, we hope to be having more public events like this to engage the public in discussions about the role of the College and pharmacy. In the upcoming year we have scheduled the launch of several new tools that will allow you the opportunity to voice your opinions and join in the ongoing discussions on various topics surrounding the profession. These new tools include online surveys and an online forum. Given the success and interest from this past event we are also hoping to host an regional town halls across BC. Be sure to check your email and the College website for various upcoming events and tool launches and join in the conversation.