Dean Canaday Attends National Pharmacy Forum

Published on 02 December 2014

A majority of St. Louis College of Pharmacy graduates begin their careers in pharmacy at a national chain. Recently, Bruce Canaday, Pharm.D., dean of the School of Pharmacy, was invited to a forum hosted by CVS Health. The event was an important step in building a strong relationship with the College and other colleges of pharmacy.

“It was a valuable experience interacting with leadership,” Canaday says. “It gave me an insight into how they see the business now and in the future.”

For CVS, the business now focuses on the phrase ‘helping people on their path to better health.’ The most publicized part of that plan was ending cigarette sales in all stores.

Canaday also used the forum to talk with several top managers about the College.

“Our goal at the College is to graduate practice ready pharmacists who hit the ground running,” Canaday says. “Before students graduate they’re already familiar with important community pharmacy activities like patient counseling, medication therapy management, and immunization delivery.”

Part of the programming included a recognition ceremony for nine CVS/pharmacy preceptors. The winners were singled out for their commitment to developing the next generation of pharmacists. Those accolades, according to Canaday, will ultimately benefit students.

“I like to see top management encouraging preceptors and promoting pharmacists to become preceptors,” Canaday says. “Experience in a pharmacy is an integral part of a student’s education. These preceptors supervise student pharmacists in a pharmacy.  It’s a lot to ask of a pharmacist, but having an excellent group of preceptors speaks well for the health of pharmacy.”

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