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IMU Celebrates World Pharmacists Day 2014

29 Oct 2014

IMU_4324As designated by the FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation) Council, 25 September of each year marks the World Pharmacists Day. Pharmacy students of the International Medical University (IMU) celebrated World Pharmacists Day for the very first time this year at the University’s campus in Bukit Jalil together with Dean of School of Pharmacy, Prof Yeoh Peng Nam, and guest-of-honour, Andrew Tan, Vice President of MPS (Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society), lecturers and students. BPharm 10th Anni logo-Color This celebration encompassed a series of interesting and informative activities. The main objective was to promote the valuable role of pharmacists in bringing about optimal healthcare for all. The theme for World Pharmacists Day 2014 was “Access to Pharmacists is Access to Health”, emphasising the key role of the pharmacist throughout the whole medicine supply chain, in improving access to medicines and bringing about optimal health outcomes via professional medicine management.


The celebrations began with a brief introduction to World Pharmacists Day by Prof Yeoh, followed by Andrew Tan who spoke on the changing role of pharmacists from the traditional focus on products to patients in the ever changing healthcare scenario in Malaysia. The event was then followed by a skit entitled “The Pharmacists’ Journey in IMU” by a group of young and talented Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm), Semester 3 students, led by Angeline Yeoh. They focused on the pharmacy students’ main objectives of choosing the pharmacy course, re-emphasising to all future pharmacists about their crucial role in serving the community, the importance of continuous professional development to ensure quality pharmaceutical care. IMU_4486 Yip Cha Ming, a Semester 3 BPharm student, followed with a slide presentation on the history of pharmacy followed by an “Overview of Pharmacy in Malaysia”. He highlighted the various roles of pharmacists in the health service; their contribution as a member of the healthcare team in improving the quality of care to patients. He briefly described the beginning and development of the pharmacy service in Malaysia from before Malaysia obtained her independence in 1957 to the present time, 2014. All pharmacy students in the auditorium then stood up and retook “the Pledge of Professionalism” led by Tee Ai Ven, a Semester 5 BPharm student. (In IMU, all pharmacy students take the Pledge of Professionalism during student registration). The pledge reminded them to reinforce their professional identity founded on integrity, ethical behaviour, and honour. IMU_4597 IMU_4562 The celebration ended with a pharmacy parody song led by an ad hoc student band “Alchemy” consisting of Pharmacy, Dentistry and Biomedical Science students. WPD Group  

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