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Pharmacy Week Puts Spotlight on Profession

October 14, 2022

October is for the pharmacists! Each year, the Wegmans School of Pharmacy joins a nationwide effort to shine the spotlight on the pharmacy profession during the month of October.

The American Society of Health-system Pharmacists designates the week of October 16-23 as an opportunity to educate the public about the role of pharmacists as members of the health care team and advance the profession (ASHP National Pharmacy Week). The week also coincides with the American Pharmacists’ Association’s designation of October as American Pharmacists’ Month (APhA American Pharmacy Month).

“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 will host a range of activities throughout the month to celebrate, educate, and advocate for the profession.”

Pharmacy Week Events

Pharmacy Week Kickoff
Noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17, Pharmacy Atrium
Students and faculty will gather in the pharmacy atrium to celebrate with some treats and engage in a service project.  Students can make holiday cards for children in hospital care through a pop-up service project with the Office of Campus Ministry. Online pathway students can also participate by making a card and mailing it to the Office of Campus Ministry.

Guest Speaker Dr. Curt Haas
Noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, Zoom (
Dr. Curt Haas, Pharm.D., FCCP, chief pharmacy officer, University of Rochester Medical Center, will deliver a talk on the future of the pharmacy profession.

Jiu Jitsu Demonstration
Noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, Pharmacy Atrium
Pharmacy faculty member, Dr. David Hutchinson, will demonstrate Jiu Jitsu. Members of the School of Pharmacy can also stop by to take a selfie with Cardinal!

Weeklong Service Project
The School is also hosting a Meal for a Meal food drive. Bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local organization. Collection boxes will be placed in classrooms throughout the School.

Flat Cardinal
Students and faculty are posing for photos with the Fisher Cardinal in his white coat, and posting them on social media, raising awareness of the profession!

Be on the lookout for other activities through the month as the School celebrates, educates, and advocates for the profession.