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International Pharmacy Focus

The Pharmacy Focus this quarter is on a special group of pharmacies who provided a memorable glimpse into U.S. pharmacy practices to a select group of Japanese pharmacy students who were attending Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute (MFWI) this last summer.  This unique exchange is a cooperative venture between Spokane pharmacies and the English language program at MFWI.


About 20-25 pharmacy students were curious and excited to practice their English skills as well as learn about the difference in pharmacy practices between the U.S. and Japan.
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2017 Annual Meeting

Thank you for joining us!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Spokane Pharmacy Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting celebrating the Inland Northwest Pharmacy Community with keynote speaker Lisa Brown, former WSU Spokane chancellor.

We are proud to showcase our awards winners:
Pharmacist of the Year: Manpreet Chahal
Pharmacy Technician of the Year: Sandi Tshcritter
Student Pharmacist of the Year: Megan Reyholdson and Evan Sainsbury
Community Service Award: Luke Rice
Pharmacy of the Year: Medication Review

See the photos by Mark Nguyen on our Facebook page!

2017 Fall Newsletter

By: SPA Past-President Linda Vierra

“Back to School” sales for new tools and more learning slowly but surely lead us all into becoming more aware that we are actually “always in school” in order to do our best.

Backpacks are a visible means of carrying one’s new tools needed for learning, as well as an indication that the person is anticipating and “leaning into” the task (joy?) of learning new and valuable information. Little did we know as children when we eagerly donned those backpacks that we were taking our first steps into being perpetual learners. This is particularly true of the pharmacy profession.

A colleague of mine told me that he tried to read a minimum of 15 minutes (after work!) and to learn one new thing every night. What amazed him was how often he needed to know that one piece of information shortly after he’d learned it.

As we head into the home stretch of the year, the Spokane Pharmacy Association will be offering you a virtual backpack – full of new tools and ideas to help you stay current, stay connected to your fellow pharmacy colleagues, and stay excited about your profession.

SPA has planned varied CE topics and social events for this fall, so look for more information to be up on the website soon, and watch your email for the dates and details: (more…)

Summer Newsletter

It’s June and summer weather is officially here. Thank goodness! I do not know about you but I am excited for a few months of warm weather to help forget about the long winter and wet spring we have had here in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

The Board of Managers has been busy working on your behalf. We have coordinated a number of excellent continuing education presentations and are well above our goal for CE opportunities for this year. Have you enjoyed one yet? Keep a look out for future offerings. We had the opportunity to host an exhibitor booth (more…)

President Spring Message

Dear Colleagues,
The Spokane Pharmacy Association (SPA) hit the ground running in 2017 and we are planning a diversity of events and activities that will not fail to benefit your practice and fill your calendar with fun networking. The SPA Board of Managers met for the Annual Winter/Spring Retreat the middle of February and I am so excited for what our highly talented and dedicated team will achieve this upcoming year! (more…)

April Continuing Education

Join us at one of these continuing education events in April!

April 10-11, 2017

Motivating Learners to Excel

Speaker: Jennifer Robinson, Pharm.D., Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Student Success, Clinical Associate Professor, WSU College of Pharmacy

Dr. Robinson will present on the importance of a growth mindset and its impact on professional growth and development. She will present strategies specific to professionals in the pharmacy setting and how to apply strategies to develop a growth mindset.

One hour of CE credit will be provided, approved by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy and the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy.

See session information and register online >>

April 27-28, 2017

Gender Dysphoria: Caring for Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Patients

Speaker: Cheyenne Newsome, Pharm.D., PhC, BCACP, Clinical Assistant Professor, WSU College of Pharmacy

Dr. Newsome will present on therapy options and challenges for dysphoria, transgender, and non-binary patients.

One hour of CE credit will be provided, approved by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy and the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy.

See session information and register online >>

2016 Wrap-Up

SPA Newsletter: 2016 Wrap-Up

We ended our year with a later-than-usual, but better-than-ever Annual Awards Meeting. We had great vendors representing many different companies and organizations, a WSU student poster, and fun raffles! We had some truly deserving people recognized for the work they are doing in the world of pharmacy, and of course, we had an exceptional group of people gathered to celebrate SPA.

The highlight of the evening was an engaging and energizing presentation by Dr. Tomkowiak, dean of the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, who encouraged all people in the pharmacy world to use innovation, imagination, and futuristic thinking to move OUR profession into a new era. Some of the current changes would have been unthinkable a few years ago, and his recommendation is to push past today’s limits and reach out to create new and different applications of pharmaceutical medicine that are “bold and audacious!” (more…)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It’s time to renew your membership

We look forward to another great year in 2017, and your membership is essential for us to continue to offer quality education and activities for our members and the Spokane community.

Our membership year runs from January to December, so if you have not renewed your Spokane Pharmacy Association membership for 2017, all 2016 memberships expired on December 31.

Three ways to renew

Spokane pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, student pharmacists, and associate members can renew their SPA membership one of three ways:

If you have already renewed your membership for 2017, Thank you! We appreciate your ongoing support of the Spokane pharmacy community!

Best regards,
Spokane Pharmacy Association Board of Managers

Questions about your membership? Email us at info@spokanepharmacy.org

January CE and social events

We have some great events planned for the new year! Check out the line-up and register today!
See full event details on our Continuing Education and Social Events page.

January 5, 2017

OVARIAN CANCER GENETICS AND TARGETED TREATMENT

Speaker: Lauren Blair, Ph.D.
Medical Science Liaison, Oncology at AstraZeneca
This program does not provide continuing education credits.
REGISTER ONLINE

January 17-18, 2017

Veterinary Pharmacy: Dispensing and Compounding for Pets

Speaker: Shelby Denney, WSU Pharm.D. Candidate 2017
One hour of CE will be provided (WA and ID).
January 17, 2017 — REGISTER ONLINE
January 18, 2017 — REGISTER ONLINE

January 24, 2017

TRIVIA NIGHT AT COUGAR CREST WINERY

REGISTER ONLINE

FALL PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

October is a curious month – outside the fall foliage and garden produce is present in wild abandon, and yet we all know that we’re about to enter the winter season. All around us, activities at work, school or play of all kinds proceed at a feverish pace, and yet we’re all aware that we’re nearing the end of the calendar year. So if we “start with the end in mind,” let’s look at the SPA events and activities for the remainder of 2016.

Everything always looks better if we can look forward to a party at the end, so let’s do that…

 picture1 Please plan on attending our
Spokane Pharmacy Association Annual Awards Meeting December 1, 2016!

We are planning a fabulous event at the Grand Hotel. The pre-dinner networking features vendor interaction, no-host bar, hors d’oeuvres, and the winning WSU student poster. After the elegant buffet dinner, our keynote speaker is Dr. Tomkowiak, dean of the new WSU medical school. The focal point of the evening then follows with the announcement of the awards for Pharmacist and Pharmacy of the Year, Technician of the Year, Speaker of the Year, Student/Resident of the Year. You’ll be getting more details soon, or you can see the information on www.spokanepharmacy.org. Register early and gather up a table of friends! (Buy tickets now!) (more…)