Tiffany Nguyen - CAPhO17 Summary Report

Dear Colleagues, 
 
Since I had such a great experience at my first CAPhO conference experience in St. John’s, Newfoundland, I was interested to attend another CAPhO Conference this year. CAPhO Conference 2017 in beautiful Banff did not disappoint! As one of the recipients of the CAPhO Conference Travel Grant this year, I was allowed the opportunity to expand my knowledge in oncology and research, as well as reconnect and meet other inspiring oncology pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. This year’s theme was “Do Something Astonishing” and I am motivated to continue to look for opportunities to do so in my practice! I would like to share what I learned and how I am motivated to better my own pharmacy practice.
 
The plenary session on medically assisted dying was thought-provoking and humbling as it encouraged me to think about the need to include this topic in end-of-life discussions. Also, I started thinking more about the complications of the drug protocols and about individualized management.
Marc-Andre Gagnon’s talk on drug coverage in Canada was quite interesting and helped in my understanding of drug pricing and coverage across Canada. I attended the research stream on deciphering survival analysis and this was a great review on how to interpret outcomes that are presented in this way. It was a concise and straight-forward review that I appreciated and will bring back to share what I learned with my colleagues.
 
I was also able to present my research poster on the “Effects of Reducing Urine Alkalinisation Threshold Associated with High Dose Methotrexate Administration” at the poster fair and had opportunities to speak with other pharmacists and pharmacy technicians about their posters. I was impressed with the quantity and quality of research projects in oncology this year! It motivates me to continue to think of new research ideas in pharmacy and oncology.
 
Lastly, this conference has given me some ideas for the next CAPhO Conference, which will conveniently take place in Ottawa.  Looking forward to seeing you all next year! 
 
Tiffany Nguyen
BMT pharmacist
The Ottawa Hospital
Ottawa, Ontario