The College of Pharmacy celebrates the World Pharmacists Day (WPD) on September 25. In line with the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and the Ministry of Health, United Arab Emirates, the theme of the day was discussed. The theme resonated on the transformation happening in the pharmacy profession globally from being the innovator of life-saving medicines to direct patient care services, stressing upon the need for a ‘patient-oriented approach’ rather than a ‘product focused approach’.
The Dean, College of Pharmacy, Dr. Sherief Khalifa called for action on the 2017 WPD theme; “From research to health care: Your pharmacist is at your service”. In a brief motivational speech, the Dean provided a contemporary scenario on the scope, role and responsibilities of pharmacists in clinical practice. He stressed on utilizing the research facilities of Gulf Medical University to provide evidence-based pharmaceutical care services.
Dr. Dixon Thomas, the Chair of Pharmacy Practice Department and Mr. Mohammad Maen Rashed, final year PharmD candidate currently undergoing Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) at Thumbay Hospital, Ajman added faculty and student perspectives.
It was a day where students and faculty of the College of Pharmacy and pharmacists of the Thumbay Hospital in Ajman came together as one to celebrate their determination to lead the change in pharmacy education and practice with the ultimate goal of optimizing patient care.