Summit to gather young pharmacists across Asia
With the healthcare landscape changing so rapidly in recent years, the task of keeping up is undoubtedly a difficult one, not least for the pharmacy profession. In view of that, the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society Young Pharmacists’ Chapter (MPS-YPC), a coalition that represents more than 10,000 young pharmacists in the nation, has bold plans to steer the paradigm shift.
One way of achieving that is through hosting of the Asian Young Pharmacist Group (AYPG) Leadership Summit. It is a biennial occasion that brings together young pharmacists across the region to engage in deep and meaningful discourses that will fundamentally shape the profession.
Themed “Pharmacists: Engaging Communities for Health”, this year’s summit aims to tackle pertinent issues surrounding the profession: to improve public perception toward the pharmacy profession, strengthen public awareness toward health and foster closer international ties amongst young Asian pharmacists for betterment of care. Malaysia’s International Medical University (IMU) will host the event from 11 to 13 November.
MPS-YPC is a chapter under the umbrella of the MPS which holds the ambition of bringing young pharmacists together in shaping the future of healthcare. It is also the founding member of the Asian Young Pharmacist Group (AYPG), a coalition representing young pharmacists from countries throughout Asia that is under the patronage of the Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Association (FAPA). The AYPG was officially formed in 2013 during the inaugural Asian Young Pharmacist Forum held in Taipei with eight member countries, consisting of Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, Singapore and Cambodia. Thailand and Hong Kong are currently in the process of joining the coalition.
This regional event will feature plenary sessions, a forum discussion and multiple workshops focused on imparting practice, scientific, business and technological knowledge to delegates. It will culminate with the AYPG Awards Presentation where honours and recognition will be conferred to outstanding Asian young pharmacists whom have contributed significantly to their respective pharmaceutical settings throughout the year. The summit will conclude with scholastic visits to local health facilities that operate along the pharmaceutical care spectrum.
Keynote speakers include Associate Professor Roderick L Salenga (University of the Phillippines, Manila); Associate Professor Cheah Phaik Yeong (Oxford University, UK); Associate Professor Mohd Makmor Bakry (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) and Dr. Hogne Vik (chief medical officer, NattoPharma). Special guests from the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS), Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA), Malaysian Association of Pharmaceutical Suppliers (MAPS), Malaysian Community Pharmacy Guild (MCPG), Pharmaceutical Association of Malaysia (PhAMA) will also be present at the event.
Participation of 300 delegates from various Asian countries is expected for this summit. Attendees will include pharmacy association leaders, undergraduates pursuing pharmacy degrees, as well as practicing pharmacists in hospitals, commercial industries, community service organizations, and in academia. The summit will also coincide with the 10th anniversary of the MPS-YPC.
More information on registration and collaboration opportunities can be found at https://web.facebook.com/aypgLeadershipSummit2017. Alternatively, organizers can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.