The members of PharmAlliance gathered in Chapel Hill Nov. 15-19 as the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy hosted researchers and educators from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and University College London in the United Kingdom for a five-day, two-part collaborative summit focusing on research and practice in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.
PharmAlliance is a unique international partnership formed in 2015 between three global leaders in pharmacy education: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Monash and UCL. The PharmAlliance partners work collaboratively to inspire and train tomorrow’s professional leaders and practitioners to transform education delivery and address major research challenges in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.
PharmAlliance Global Summit
The PharmAlliance Global Summit on Pharmacy Practice Innovation was held Nov. 15 and 16 and brought together leaders from pharmacy practice associations in the United States, Australia and the U.K. to discuss innovations and challenges within pharmacy practice, as well as finding opportunities to collaborate on transforming practice across the three countries. The practice summit had three goals, according to the organizers:
- To discuss the pharmacy practice landscape and practice innovations within three countries;
- To exchange strategies for the implementation of best practices across the schools’ spheres of influence
- To identify opportunities for collaboration across organizations and countries
“A highlight of the Summit was hearing the leaders of major pharmacy associations in each country describe the key challenges and opportunities that they have regarding innovative pharmacy practices,” said David Steeb, director of global engagement at the School and a clinical assistant professor.
“What stood out,” said Steeb, “was that despite cultural, geographic and health-system differences, there was striking similarity in several areas that can serve as a platform for learning and collaboration.”