Stimmel delivers keynote address in Hong Kong

Professor Glen Stimmel at the 2012 Asian conference on Clinical Pharmacy

USC School of Pharmacy Professor Glen Stimmel traveled to Hong Kong to present at the 12th annual Asian Conference on Clinical Pharmacy, a gathering dedicated to promoting clinical pharmacy practice, education and research in Asia.

Stimmel was the keynote speaker at the event, which took place July 7-9 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. The conference attracted more than 1,000 attendees, among them deans, faculty and representatives from government and health agencies in 23 countries across Asia and the Middle East.

During his speech, Stimmel reflected on advancements in the pharmacy profession over the past 50 years and the development of clinical pharmacy.

“Why did clinical pharmacy develop? To positively influence patients’ drug therapy outcomes,” he explained. “Conceptually, clinical pharmacy simply means patient-focused care, which includes follow-up monitoring of drug effectiveness, management of adverse effects, making needed dosing adjustments and ensuring patients are counseled and educated about use of their medication to increase treatment adherence.”

Stimmel spoke about how the focus of clinical pharmacy has shifted from only developing collaborative relationships with physicians to also providing direct patient care to patients.

“Today, all pharmacists have a responsibility to counsel patients about their medication, and most are involved in providing routine health maintenance, such as immunizations and screening for chronic diseases,” he said about the use of pharmacists in the United States. “In addition, specialty trained and certified clinical pharmacists are providing direct patient care services in a variety of health care settings.”

He also emphasized the need for schools of pharmacy abroad to adapt to the changing role of the pharmacist.

“Such advances in practice mean curricula in our schools must keep pace, ensuring we train students both for today and the future,” he concluded.

Over the course of the three-day conference, Stimmel also presented a symposium titled “How Should We Measure the Outcomes of Clinical Pharmacy Services?”

Also attending the meeting from the School of Pharmacy was Michael Wincor, associate dean of global initiatives and technology, who presented a talk titled “Insomnia and Depression — A Case-based Approach.”

The co-chair for the conference was Vivian Lee, PharmD ’98, who is now associate professor and assistant dean at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.