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Pharmacy Awareness Month 2017

Help us Celebrate Pharmacy Awareness Month!

Pharmacy Awareness Month (PAM) occurs each March and CSHP is asking for your help to celebrate hospital pharmacy and pharmacy teams. To celebrate PAM, CSHP would like to recognize those pharmacist(s) who have had the most impact on your career.

Who first influenced your decision to attend pharmacy school? Who inspires and influences you today? Do you have a mentor who you cannot thank enough? Here is your chance to thank them publicly.

The PAM Planning Committee will be creating a repository of pharmacist profiles to showcase during the month of March through social media. Please send photos and a brief description (use the mentor profile submission form) of your mentor's background, including the important impact your mentor has had on your career to Anne Stacey at astacey@cshp.ca.


Take a look at the PAM 2017 campaign!

During Pharmacy Awareness Month (PAM), in the month of March 2017, pharmacists promote their role to other health care professionals and patients within hospitals and related health care settings. Pharmacists and pharmacist students can use this time to educate people about the variety of valuable services pharmacists provide. Promotional materials such as posters, educational leaflets and resource manuals help members in planning for Pharmacy Awareness events.

Pharmacies have the flexibility of selecting the time period in March that works best for them. For example, some organizations may plan events throughout the whole month, a week or two, or even once a twice during the month.

To participate on the 2017 PAM working group and help guide PAM 2017 activities, please contact Anne Stacey at astacey@cshp.ca.

Pharmacy Awareness Resources

Need help getting started?

Pharmacy Awareness Brochure

Pharmacy Awareness Flyer (March 2017 campaign)

Pharmacy Awareness Posters

CSHP has developed resources to help promote hospital pharmacy services! We have 3 posters which are designed for use at any time during the year. This year, our collection of Pharmacy Awareness materials has grown, with the addition of a new brochure created with the patient in mind. (The brochure should also be helpful when meeting with policy makers and administrators to help them understand the role of a hospital pharmacist.)

Pharmacy Awareness Poster 1 Pharmacy Awareness Poster 2 Pharmacy Awareness Poster 3

You may download the posters and brochure and arrange to have them printed locally. You may download the posters and brochure and arrange to have them printed locally. Click here to download the posters in French: Poster 1, Poster 2, Poster 3.

Unable to print?

Alternatively you may order the posters and brochure (and other CSHP products and publications) please use the CSHP Products & Publications Order Form.


CSHP Video - The Value of Hospital Pharmacists

To access a downloadable copy of the video click here. Video is downloaded from CSHP's Vimeo channel.

Please note that some hospitals may block Vimeo access. In this case you can view the video The Value of Hospital Pharmacists on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loiVkP65uuI


More Resources

  1. Check out the British Columbia Branch’s website for more resources!
  2. More information about Pharmacist Awareness Month and the Blueprint for Pharmacy can be found at http://blueprintforpharmacy.ca/home.
  3. Also you can visit the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia (PANS) webpage at https://pans.ns.ca/2014/02/pharmcist-awareness-month-2014-7443/


On an international front, check out the I am a Pharmacist project of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). This project is designed to create more pride, solidarity and awareness around the profession of pharmacy.


How Pharmacy Awareness came about...

1989 The Ontario Branch of CSHP recommended to CSHP's national Council the notion of having a pharmacy awareness week (PAW). The idea originally focused on hospital pharmacy, with the designation “Hospital Pharmacy Awareness Week” but was renamed to encompass the entire profession.
1990 CSHP Executive designated the first week of November each year PAW.
1991 The first national PAW was held.
1993 The Canadian Pharmaceutical Association (now the Canadian Pharmacists Association) and the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI) joined the partnership, making PAW a three-organization national pharmacy event.
1998 PAW moved from the first week of November to the first week of March.
2013 March becomes Pharmacy Awareness Month.
Pharmacy Awareness Week is March 3-9.
2014 Pharmacy Awareness Month (PAM).