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Pharmacy Weeks Puts Profession in the Spotlight

October 18, 2019

The Wegmans School of Pharmacy will join a nationwide effort to shine the spotlight on the pharmacy profession during National Pharmacy Week, beginning Sunday, Oct. 20. Designed by the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists, the celebration is an opportunity to educate the public about the role of pharmacists as members of the health care team and advance the profession.

The week also coincides with the American Pharmacists’ Association’s designation of October as American Pharmacists’ Month. Over the last two weeks, the School participated in several efforts to raise awareness of the profession. Dr. Matt Zak and Dr. Kelly Conn served as the College’s First Friday Lecture speakers, discussing the importance of medication adherence, facts about the flu vaccine, and proper medication disposal to members of the College’s 1948 Society. On Tuesday, Oct. 15, pharmacy students, led by Pharmacy Fellow Dr. Joy Snyder, provided flu immunizations to attendees of Project Homeless Connect, an event that offered services and resources to the hundreds of people living in shelters or without homes in Rochester.

“These commemorations are a great way to raise awareness of how pharmacists serve our community,” said Dr. Christine Birnie, dean of the School. “The School of Pharmacy is engaged in a range of activities, both on campus and in the local community, to celebrate and educate others about the profession.”

The month-long celebration of the profession will swing into action beginning Sunday, Oct. 20 through Saturday, Oct. 26 with the following events and activities:

PDC Health Fair at Koinonia Fellowship
Sunday, Oct. 20 at Koinonia Fellowship (500 Main Street, East Rochester)
Following Koinonia’s Sunday service, pharmacy students will offer blood pressure screenings and answer questions about medications.

ACS Breast Cancer Walk
9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20 at Frontier Field
Members of Fisher’s chapter of the Student Society of Health-system Pharmacists will walk in the 2019 American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Join the team or donate by visiting

Celebrating Pharmacy with the Wegmans School of Pharmacy
Noon on Monday, Oct. 21 in the Pharmacy Atrium
Enjoy cake and raffles to celebrate the pharmacy profession and the wonderful community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy.

PharmaLex Speaker
Noon on Monday, Oct. 21 in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy
Andrew Verderame, partner, U.S. Regulatory and Development Consulting Services with PharmaLex, will discuss topics including regulatory affairs and the strategic consultancy services his company provides to clients. Presented by Fisher’s chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

“Change the Narrative” Pledge Drive
Noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the Donald E. Bain Campus Center Atrium
Students in Fisher’s chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) will encourage the campus community to sign the IHI’s “Change the Narrative” pledge to de-stigmatize substance use disorder.

Medication Takeback Program/Pharmacy “Ask Me Anything”
12:15 to 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the Donald E. Bain Campus Center Atrium
The Wegmans School of Pharmacy is hosting a Drug Take Back event in collaboration with the Monroe County Sherriff’s Department where the community can properly dispose of unused medication. Students and faculty will also be available to answer any and all health care related questions you may have.

ASHP Medication Awareness on Campus
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 in the Donald E. Bain Campus Center Atrium
Members of Fisher’s chapter of the Student Society of Health-system Pharmacists will engage students, staff, and faculty in and around the Ward-Haffey Dining Hall to raise awareness around a wide variety of over the counter, prescription, and illicit medication principles.

APhA Pinning Ceremony
Noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 in Basil 135
The School will honor the newest inductees into Fisher’s chapter of the American Pharmacists Association.