Université Laval launches an Educational Leadership Chair for Community Pharmacy
The Familiprix Educational Leadership Chair advances skills development for pharmacy students and practicing professionals.
On Tuesday, January 14, Université Laval announced the creation of the Familiprix Educational Leadership Chair (ELC) for Community Pharmacy. This Chair’s mission is to contribute to the development of the pharmaceutical practice by offering innovative educational activities that will help to develop the skills of pharmacy students and pharmacists as well as ensure that citizens receive quality healthcare.
The pharmacy practice is constantly evolving. Pharmacists are facing major challenges, including new clinical services offered to the general public, advances in technology that impact their work, and changes in business models. “The ever-evolving role of the pharmacist is inciting educational institutions to revamp their programs and training in order to better prepare the pharmacists of tomorrow,” explained Professor Marie-Laurence Tremblay. Professor Tremblay holds the Chair and is also a specialist in health sciences pedagogy at the Faculty of Pharmacy at Université Laval. “It is critical to carefully choose the best teaching methods to facilitate students learning new skills,” she added.
This Educational Leadership Chair was made possible thanks to a donation of $250 000, spread over five years, made by the Fondation Familiprix.
“We are immensely proud to have set up this Chair,” said Charles Pinel, Familiprix’s Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer and Director of the Fondation Familiprix. “Our professional continues to evolve and we firmly believe that pharmacists will play an increasingly important role in the healthcare system and the lives of patients. In order to take on this role, pharmacists must be able to practice in a business that is humane, innovative and centred around its main mission: patients’ health. Cutting-edge training is required to achieve these goals. We are thrilled to partner with Université Laval to ensure these goals are met.”
“Over the years, the Université Laval’s Faculty of Pharmacy has developed a unique expertise in the professional skills development of pharmacists, thanks in part to an innovative educational approach,” added the Faculty’s dean, Anne Dionne. “The launch of this Chair attests to our commitment to pushing the innovation envelope further—to the benefit of the general public.”
From left to right: Caroline Senécal, Assistant Vice-Rector for Academic and Student Affairs, Charles Pinel, Familiprix’s Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer and Director of the Fondation Familiprix, Marie-Laurence Tremblay, Professor and ELC Chairholder, and Anne Dionne, Dean of Université Laval’s Faculty of Pharmacy.