Pharmacy Awareness Month

Pharmacist Awareness Month (PAM) is upon us! PAM is an annual event across Canada with pharmacy students and pharmacists taking time to promote the profession. APSA and CAPSI have planned numerous events to celebrate the occasion and to promote the profession to the general public and other healthcare professionals alike. The month kicks off with the year-end formal, better known as the Blue and Gold Ball, and then continues on with advocacy events, health clinics, and numerous professional seminars.

If the above was not enticing enough to come out and participate, there will also be numerous lunches, dinners, and prizes throughout the week. So make sure to come out and have a great time while supporting your profession!

Detailed Schedule

February 27th
Blue and Gold Ball
Venue: Northlands Expo Center
Time: 4:00 PM – 1:00 AM
The year-end formal for the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will be kicking off PAM! Make sure to show up early for the Punch Competition. Doors open at 4:00 PM.

March 2nd
PAM Kickoff Breakfast
Venue: Medical Sciences Lobby
Time: 8:00 am – 8:50 am
What’s a better way to kick off PAM than with a FREE delicious/healthy breakfast of pancakes and fruits courtesy of your PAM committee! Sign-up sheets for the Ronald McDonald house, Osteoporosis Clinic, and TEVA Leadership Seminars will be available for advanced sign-up for all who attend. Come out, and help us spread the word!

March 4th
Inter-professional Speaker Panel with Lunch sponsored by Pfizer
Venue: Echa 2-490
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
HSSA in conjunction with APSA will be providing a seminar on the role of the pharmacist within an interdisciplinary healthcare team. A cardiology team from the U of A hospital including Dr. Sheri Koshman – a pharmacist, Dr. Michelle Graham- a Cardiologist, Lindsey Wallace – a Registered Nurse, and Elizabeth Woo- a Dietitian, will be explaining how Interdisciplinary healthcare functions in real practice. Please note that while lunch will be sponsored by Pfizer, all speakers will be attending voluntarily with no sponsorship. We encourage students from all faculties to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Week TWO:

March 9th
SAF-Pharm: Student advocacy
Venue: TBD
Time: 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
Join us for a presentation by professor Jody Shkrobot about student advocacy and the big and small ways to get involved. Professor Jody Shkrobot will explore the controversial issue of corporate pressure to do more medical reviews in less time to meet the quotas. Food will be served!

March 10th
Osteoporosis Clinic
Venue: West Edmonton Mall
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00PM
A student-run osteoporosis clinic is aimed towards raising awareness regarding bone health. Pharmacy students will be measuring bone density of the patrons at West Edmonton Mall, talking about osteoporosis as well as what one can do to ensure that the health of their bones remains optimal. As health care professionals, it is our responsibility to help our patients know more about their health!


March 15th
ATB Financial: From Student to Pharmacist-Financial Investments”
Venue: ECHA 2-490
Time: 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
This talk will focus on finances after pharmacy school. Although the talk is targeted more towards 3rd and 4th years, we encourage students from all years to attend. Lunch will be provided.

March 16th
Hot Chocolate Giveaway and the Role of the Pharmacist
Venue: CAB Northeast Foyer, University of Alberta
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
We will be handing out hot chocolate in CAB while providing information to students about the pharmacy program and promoting the profession by providing facts on the role of the pharmacist. Come out and help us spread the word!

March 19th
Pharmacy Mixer
Venue: Room At The Top (RATT)
Time: 8:00PM
With the Pharmacy profession going through a great deal of change. Collaboration amongst our fellow Pharmacists and Pharmacy Students is crucial. We will be hosting a Pharmacy Mixer event on Saturday, March 19th. Guests will begin arriving at 8:00 and appetizers will be served at 8:30pm with the event officially beginning at 8:30pm. Speed mentoring between Pharmacists and Pharmacy Students will go from 8:30pm until ~9:30pm. Then we will open the floor for general socializing and dancing until 1:00am!! So come out for a night of collaboration and fun!

Week FOUR:

March 20th
Alumni Hockey Game
Venue: Confederation Arena
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Annual Pharmacy Alumni Game will be held on Sunday, March 20th. We will be meeting at the Confederation Arena, then we will start off with a fun skate at (4:45-5:15 PM) opened to family and friends of the event followed by a hockey game between current pharmacy students and Alumni pharmacists (5:30-7:30 PM). Afterwards, we will be heading to the Fionn MacCools for a celebratory drink! Participants are requested to bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank. We look forward to seeing you there!

March 21st
Unique Practices: Forensic Pharmacy and Toxicology
Venue: ECHA 2-490
Time: 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
Ever wonder what jobs you could do outside of the traditional pharmacy practice? This month we have the pleasure of inviting a Forensic pharmacist, Wayne Jeffery, to talk on working as a toxicologist pharmacist in a crime based/forensic setting. Food will be served!

March 22nd
Blood Pressure Clinic
Venue: Legislature
Time: 12:00 AM – 4:00 PM
A student-run blood pressure clinic to educate the public about their blood pressure and the risks of cardiovascular disease. If you are in second, third, or fourth year, please join us and volunteer to measure the blood pressure of individuals. If you are in first year, make sure to volunteer to help hand out buttons and flyers, promote our profession, and watch what you will be learning to do next year! Either way, make sure to stop by to give your peers some practice!

March 24th
Unique Practices as presented by RxA: Volunteering in Laos Pharmacy
Venue: ECHA 2-190
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
In this presentation Margaret Wing, CEO of RxA, will talk about her volunteering experience helping to organize the pharmacy in Laos Friends Hospital for Children, the first full-service pediatric hospital in Northern Laos. This lunch is sure to highlight pharmacy from a whole new perspective Lunch will be provided.

March 26th
Ronald McDonald House Lunch
Venue: Ronald McDonald House
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Pharmacy students will be volunteering their time to cook lunch for and interact with the families of children with medical needs.