On July 10, 2012, IMPART (Initiative on Medication Management, Policy Analysis, Research and Training) held a research seminar. Two speakers from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) – Dr. Nancy Carter, Director, Evaluation Services and Mr. Robert Chatwin, Manager, Performance Accountability – spoke to representatives from Dalhousie, Capital Health, IWK Health Centre and Health Canada about the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) logic and framework model. For a full summary of their presentations, please contact email@example.com.
David Gardner named 2012 Pharmacist of the Year
Congratulations to Dr. David Gardner (College of Pharmacy and Department of Psychiatry) who was awarded the Canadian Pharmacist of the Year Award for 2012 by the Canadian Pharmacists Association. This prestigious award recognizes a pharmacist who demonstrates leadership and exemplifies the evolution of the pharmacy profession toward an expanded role in health care. Dr. Gardner received the award at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Pharmacists Association in Whistler, BC in early June.
Dr. Gardner is acknowledged as a trusted and respected teacher, researcher, clinician and advocate for mental health. He is constantly striving to increase the role pharmacists play in the lives of those with mental illness. He has been an educator and mentor to a wide range of learners and has been awarded six excellence in teaching awards, local and national, since joining Dalhousie University in 1997. Dr. Gardner has been an integral part of the teaching curriculum with both the College of Pharmacy and Department of Psychiatry. In the College of Pharmacy, he is recognized for his passion and consistent excellence in teaching the undergraduate mental health and psychopharmacology content, which includes a contract-based anti-stigma session. Collaborating with colleagues across the country in a randomized trial, this session was recently found to significantly improve negative attitudes and stigma about mental illness by undergraduate students. Dr. Gardner is also recognized as a curriculum innovator with the development, implementation and evaluation of the undergraduate clinical appraisal series of courses. In the Faculty of Medicine, his teaching contributions are similarly highly regarded, among undergraduates and residents alike. Among his professional peers, Dr. Gardner is known as an excellent teacher who has developed and provided numerous local, national and international lectures, courses and workshops.
Dr. Gardner’s publication and research records are extensive and he strives to bring his research and similar pursuits back to key stakeholders in the mental health community. His knowledge and expertise have led to speaking and consultation invitations nationally and internationally. He regularly provides peer reviews of grants and manuscripts and has contributed professional texts and other practice tools. He practices clinically as a consulting pharmacist with the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Unit (NSEPP) and provides other psychopharmacology consults, and in doing so mentors both pharmacy and medical students.
Some of Dr. Gardner’s most important work has been with local and national advocacy and support organizations. For over three years he worked with the Mental Health Commission of Canada in various roles and prior to that he was a member of the Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Initiative for its five year project. Locally, he regularly volunteers his time and support for mental health organizations, including Laing House and the Schizophrenia Society, determined to better the lives of those living with mental illness. “What we have been doing for these people and their families is simply not enough,” he says, acknowledging the serious gaps in care faced by those with mental health issues.
The award, he believes, “is in recognition of the important, but often under-appreciated role that pharmacists play in the area of community mental health.” Congratulations again to Dr. Gardner on his award – a very deserving honour – one he says is the result of “a lot of good fortune, being connected to the right people and having an unexpected, unrelenting passion for what you do.”
Impact Faculty Leadership Award – Megan Riordon
At the recent Dalhousie Student Impact Awards, Pharmacy student Megan Riordon was honoured with the Faculty Leadership Award for Health Professions. The award is presented to a student in good academic standing in each Dalhousie Faculty who exemplifies the highest level of passion for their discipline, takes initative in creating new opportunities and encourages their peers to engage in Faculty events. Winners positively impact other students and the reputation of their Faculty at Dalhousie and outside of the classroom.
Megan was recognized for her contributions to the Pharmacy Grad Class 2012 committee as fourth year class representative, her participation in organizing charitable events as a member of the Dalhousie Student Pharmacy Society, her participation in Dalhousie intramurals, being a member of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists and a delegate on their national council and assisting with a national student conference to be held in Halifax for Pharmacy Development Week 2012.
Congratulations to Megan on all her achievements!
Scott Knowles Pharmacy Award
There are many ways to honour the memory of a loved one. Dalhousie alumnus Jeff Knowles (’07) and his father, Stanley (’74), mother Jean and sister Colleen chose to celebrate the life of their son and brother Scott (’07) by establishing the Scott Knowles Memorial Pharmacy Award. A graduate of the College of Pharmacy, Scott passed away unexpectedly in 2011. The award named in his honour will offer $4,000 each year to a New Brunswick student graduating from the College of Pharmacy who is returning to the province to practice in a community pharmacy. To learn more about Scott and the award, read the story in Dal News.
Did you ever attend a family gathering and get inspired by the interesting stories being told of your ancestors and the paths that they took? Encounters like this have a tendency to encourage us to learn more about how things use to be an how things evolve to become what they are today. These times also make us wish we had a place where the information was recorded so that it can be preserved and be readily available for future reference. With the recent publication of the College of Pharmacy’s history, Dispensing Knowledge, the College’s family has been given a wonderful resource. Researched and written by Dr. Mary MacCara, Dispensing Knowledge traces the College’s history from just before its establishment in 1911, as the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacy, to the current time as the College of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University. College programs and coursework, research accomplishments, the development of continuing pharmacy education and the many student involvements are all now recorded as part of the College’s history.
There are ten chapters, with a chapter devoted to the timeframe of each of the three Deans of the Maritime College of Pharmacy and the five Directors of the Dalhousie College of Pharmacy. Personal reflections about the time of their leadership at the College, written by Directors Gordon Duff, David Yung, Frank Chandler and Rita Caldwell are included, as are memories of College days written by over ninety graduates and faculty members. It also includes fourteen appendices, which provide information like courses taught over the years and names of the presidents of the student pharmacy society since its inception in 1946 – 47. Dispensing Knowledge has more than 150 photographs of people, events and college memorabilia. It is a very attractive book, with the cover showing the first five students at work in a laboratory with their instructor, George A. Burbidge, for whom the current College of Pharmacy building is named.
Copies of the book are available at the College of Pharmacy for $35 with funds raised through its sale benefitting special projects at the College.
Student Congratulations – Dalhousie Impact Awards
On Tuesday, March 27th, Dalhousie hosted the first annual Impact Awards – a celebration of the contributions that students make to each other, Dalhousie and the greater community. Among the winners were a number of students from the Faculty of Health Professions:
- Rising Star Award – presented to a first year student who has demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment, leadership, creativity and initiative to the DSU, as well as to the campus and community at large. Kyle Warkentin, Nursing.
- Residence Life Leader Award – presented to students in residence leadership positions who have demonstrated an exceptional level of maturity and professionalism. Kathleen Nason, Pharmacy.
- Certificate of Distinction – awarded to students who demonstrate above average contributions to campus life over the course of their university career. Michael Gfeller, Health and Human Performance (Kinesiology).
- Gold D’s – awarded to students to recognize an elite level of involvement and acheivement in campus life over the course of their university career. Emma Leon, Nursing and Zachary Whitney, Nursing.
- Best Departmental Society – presented to a society that has demonstrated a high level of consistency in event planning and delivery, high participation and attendance of their membership and sets an example for other student societies. Dalhousie Nursing Students Society.
- Faculty Leadership Awards – presented to a student in good academic standing in each Faculty who exemplify the the highest level of passion for their discipline, take initative in creating new opportunities and encourage their pers to engage in faculty events. Winners positively impact other students in their Faculty and the reputation of their Faculty outside of Dalhousie. Megan Riordan, Pharmacy.
- Board of Governors Awards – the top student awards at Dalhousie (four are awarded each year), recognizing students who contribute to the quality and vitality of the University, both through their academic accomplishments and involvement in campus life. Duane MacLeod, Nursing. (Read more about Duane’s acheivements in Dal News).
Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES) Launches at Dal
On February 7th, Dr. Tom Marrie (Dean, Faculty of Medicine), Dr. Gerry Johnston (Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine), Dr. Adrian Levy (Community Health and Epidemiology) and Dr. Ingrid Sketris (Pharmacy), officially launched the Dalhousie site of the Canadian Network for Obsservational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES). Academics, decision makers and researchers learned about and celebrated the opportunities presented by this $1.795M, five year project.
Dr. S. Suissa of the Montreal Jewish Hospital (Nominated Principal Investigator) oversees the CNODES network, whose main objective is to explore and expand Canada’s ability to engage in post-market surveillance of drugs. Pharmacists Ingrid Sketris and Neil MacKinnon (now at the University of Arizona) are collaborating with other Dalhousie Unviersity researchers (Adrian Levy – Nova Scotia’s co-principal investigator, Kenneth Rockwood, Linda Dodds, George Kephart and John Fisk), Acadia University’s Ying Zhang and other national investigators on this CIHR funded project. Researchers from Dalhousie’s Population Health Research Unit are conducting the analyses on the Nova Scotia database. Their data is combined with results from the other Canadian and international databases (Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, UK and US). This project is an important component of the federal government’s drug safety and effectiveness strategy.
Prescription for the Future
Roger Montigny (BSc (Pharmacy)’74) was one of those rare breeds – a person who lived passionately by his convictions and sought to make the world a better place through his career as a pharmacist.
When Roger passed away in December 2010, he left behind a grieving family and community. To honour his love of pharmacy and education, Roger’s family decided to establish the Roger Montigny Memorial Fund at Dalhousie with a gift of $25,000. The purpose of the fund is to provide an annual award to a third-year pharmacy student from Prince Edward Island who has demonstrated a passion for pharmacy and an interest in pursuing community pharmacy.
“The family wanted to leave a legacy for someone who has made a difference in the profession of pharmacy,” says his wife, Belinda. “We knew this award would be Roger’s prescription for future students.”
To read more, see the DalNews story.
SafetyNET-Rx wins RSAP Best Paper Award
Congratulations to the SafetyNET-Rx group, which includes Heidi Deal (Pharmacy), Neil MacKinnon (Adjunct Professor, Pharmacy) and Todd Boyle (Adjunct Professor, Pharmacy), who recently won the Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP) Best Paper Award for 2011 for “Determinants of Medication Incident Reporting, Recovery and Learning in Community Pharmacies: A Conceptual Model.” The paper will be published, and acknowledged as the winner, in the March Edition (Volume Eight) of the RSAP journal.
Pharmacy Celebrates 100 Years!
The College of Pharmacy celebrated its 100 years of formal pharmacy education in the Maritimes on Saturday, October 29, 2011, by holding a Gala Evening which included a reception, dinner and silent auction at Pier 21.
The evening, hosted by Rita Caldwell, Director, College of Pharmacy, was attended by over 260 alumni, current and former faculty, students, and friends of the College. Three former directors in attendance, Dr. J. Gordon Duff, Dr. David Yung and Dr. Frank Chandler, along with the current director, spanned 50 years of administrative leadership.
Greetings were given by the three Registrars, Susan Wedlake, Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists, Sam Lanctin, New Brunswick Pharmaceutical Society, and Neila Auld, Prince Edward Island Pharmacy Board. Dr. Tom Traves, President, Dalhousie University brought greetings on behalf of Dalhousie University. Dr. J. Gordon Duff gave the toast to our first 100 years of formal pharmacy education.
Mrs. Lillian (Campbell) MacMillan, Class of 1935, joined us for our celebration. She was recognized for being the graduate present from the “oldest” graduating class (76 years). Lillian celebrated her 101st birthday days after the event. Both the class of 1981 (30 years) and the Class of 1991 (20 years) held reunions and Dr. Bev Wilson, a former faculty member, travelled all the way from South Africa for the event. Dr. Mary MacCara, a current faculty member at the College, provided an entertaining journey through the College’s history with excerpts from her new book “Dispensing Knowledge”.
A silent auction raised over $3,600 for the Dr. Michael Mezei Memorial Fund.