Year-in-Review Report (2018-2019): Internal Portfolio


Written by: Patrick Fitch

I am pleased to highlight some of the work that has been accomplished within the Internal Portfolio during the past year.

At the Professional Practice Conference (PPC) 2019, we celebrated 50 amazing years of Excellence. We began Sunday, February 3, with our keynote speaker, Jon Montgomery, from the Amazing Race Canada. Jon was able to join us at the beginning of our 50th anniversary reception signing autographs for attendee fans. We also paid homage to Myrella Roy for her 15 years of service with 16 past presidents of CSHP in attendance for this special retirement send off. The educational program highlighted CSHP’s award-winning presentations, facilitated poster presentations, and PSN roundtable discussions. There were also program highlights touching on opioids in primary care and various cannabis topics.

During the 50th annual PPC, several CSHP members were honoured.  CSHP bestowed Fellowship status upon Karen Dahri. Honorary Membership was awarded to Mits Miyata, the Distinguished Service Award was presented to Moira Wilson, and the Isabel E. Stauffer Meritorious Service Award to Diane Brideau-Laughlin. The Hospital Pharmacy Student Award was presented to Sydney Evans, and the New Hospital Pharmacy Practitioner Award was presented to Laura Minard.  In addition, four general awards were given, one in each of the following categories: Patient Care Enhancement; Safe Medication Practices; Pharmacotherapy Best Practices; Teaching, Learning and Education.

In addition to the CSHP awards presented at PPC, retired Executive Director, Myrella Roy, was presented with the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy Lifetime Achievement Award by Dayle Acorn, Executive Director of the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy.

The Harrison Pharmacy Management Seminar was held at Harrison Hot Springs from February 21-23.  Attendance at the Seminar remains strong.

The Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board accredited twelve Year 1 residency programs during the past year, bringing the total number of accredited Year 1 programs to 34.

Through the hard work of the Pharmacy Practice Publications Steering Committee, CSHP published two new Canadian Medication Optimization Briefings: Cannabis for Medical Purposes and Safe Transitions of Care for Patients Taking Opioids.

Under the direction of Sarah Jennings (CSHP Professional Affairs Associate), CSHP led the development and publication of Controlled Drugs and Substances in Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities: Guidelines on Secure Management and Diversion Prevention

CSHP also retired a number of obsolete publications, including: Homecare: Guidelines on the Role of the Pharmacist; Pharmaceutical Care: Statement on Drug Therapy in the Elderly; Education Programs: Guidelines to Develop Programs for Hospital Pharmacists; and Complementary/Alternative Medicine: Information Paper on the Role of the Pharmacist.

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