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Why I will attend AGM 2018 || Mrs. Esenam Tagboto
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Mrs. Esenam Tagboto

For one to enjoy a lifelong career, mentoring, networking, and continuous professional development are very critical. Achieving this trifecta of career development all at once is only possible at a gathering of professionals like the Annual General Meeting. The aforementioned objective makes it even more necessary to attend this event.

 

The pharmacy profession relentlessly seeks to positively impact the provision of public health services by ensuring the safe and effective use of medications. Therefore pharmacy professionals must engage in getting up-to-date education and learning the new trends. Traditionally, the pharmacist’s role is focused on the preparation and distribution of medications and counseling of patients on the appropriate use of medications.

 

However, this role is expanding to include a more clinical role through the provision of patient-centered healthcare, medication management, disease prevention and the overall improvement of public health, as well as contact with patients and other members of the healthcare team. My background of working directly with patients, I look forward to interacting with colleagues working in similar roles across Ghana to learn at first hand the evolving nature of clinical care within the pharmacy settings and to share my personal learning of running adherence clinic for patients in my facility. The AGM also affords me the opportunity to learn from other practice groups and possibly identify key lessons that could be implemented at my workplace.

It also affords the opportunity for networking with other colleagues in your field of practice and other practice groups. In addition to gaining confidence and experience while making great professional contacts, you can develop deep, endearing relationships with colleagues by actively participating in the various group discussion and CPD programs that will be outlined.

The Theme for this year’s AGM: "Building capacity to lead change in healthcare" seeks to address one of the key objectives of our strategic plan. I look forward to an exciting time at Ho as the activities unfold from the medical outreach, to the thematic presentation at the opening ceremony, then the breakaway sessions with the practice groups and CDP’s and the interesting evening cocktails and dinner on Friday. I encourage many colleagues to turn-up for the business discussion session so we can contribute positively to the growth and development of Pharmacy practice in Ghana.

I look forward to meeting friends and professional colleagues!