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Why I will attend AGM 2018 || Jonathan Jato
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Jonathan Jato


Annual General Meetings are yearly gatherings of professional groups or corporate organizations to share ideas, discuss issues of concern, elect leaders and upgrade professional competencies of members. The 83rd Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana’s Annual General Meeting to be held in the Ho Technical University (HTU) has the theme “Building capacity to lead change in healthcare”.

Change in healthcare practice is necessary, especially for pharmacists whose professional conduct has largely shifted from product-based services to patient-centred care. For this new phase of the profession, it is essential to gather the professionals in AGMs for review of their practices and adoption of best practices that will inure to the benefit of the patient.

As a member of the Academic, Social and Research Pharmacists wing of the PSGH, I reckon my participation in this year’s AGM as an opportunity to get firsthand information concerning new trends in research. This will afford me the platform to sell out my research interests to the scientific community as well as pick up opportunities for collaboration.

To be able to train pharmacists as an academic, and especially with the introduction of the PharmD curriculum, I feel the 2018 AGM is excellent timing for me to seek some clarifications from colleagues and seniors in the profession. I expect to use the opportunity to assess the expectations of members concerning the PharmD programme.

Continued learning, they say, is the backdrop of a successful professional career. The program content of the 2018 PSGH AGM is loaded with activities that will enhance my professional development as a pharmacist researcher. I hope all other branches of the profession will experience their own share of renewed professional experiences, take home practices that will result in the change in healthcare we so desire.

Interfacing with the various practice groups of the profession

The advent of pharmaceutical care and its accompanying curricula means that B.Pharm holders must upgrade their perceptions, knowledge base, and capacity to be able to:

  1. accept the new paradigm in practice so as to remain relevant professionals,

  2. participate in the precepting (training) of undergraduate PharmD professionals,

  3. demand for decent pay for their new services to the society.

I see this year’s AGM as an avenue to advertise the PharmD concept, get B.Pharm holders racing for the top-up opportunity at the KNUST, and galvanize efforts for countrywide acceptance of the new phase of the profession. Pharmacists, from practice groups such as the pharmaceutical industry, academia and research, regulatory bodies, hospital and community pharmacy, will get the forum to discuss the outlook of their practices with the coming into force of PharmD.

Thoughts sharing

AGMs provide reunion platforms for one to meet friends, colleagues and make new contacts/networks. I look forward to meeting my friends (those I only get the opportunity to meet annually), superiors and mentors. I am hopeful that I will be given the opportunity as a participant to share my thoughts and opinions on how to lead the change in healthcare and also benefit from that of others.

As a resident of Ho, I also see the venue of the AGM as a means to advertise the region and its culture as well as the youngest School of Pharmacy (SOP, UHAS) in Ghana to the pharmacy fraternity. This meeting will change perceptions and thence attract young pharmacists to accept postings to the region. The Volta cuisine, serene environment together with the reduced vehicular traffic in Ho is an aspect I will like all pharmacists in Ghana to experience come August 2018. I cannot wait to enjoy wokple, fetri detsi, abolo, sobolo and the aliha local drink.