At the FIP congress
During FIP’s World Congress, the YPG leads sessions and workshops either independently or in collaboration with FIP Sections/SIGs.
Topics organised by the YPG for recent FIP annual congresses include:
- Act now! How pharmacists can help in the global refugee crisis (2019)
- Tackling the equity issue: Global challenges for women in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences (2019)
- Working together to score the goals: How are the FIP Workforce Development Goals being globally implemented? (2019)
- Superdrugs for superbugs: Antibiotics of the future (2019)
- The Ethics Forum - What does it mean to exercise "conscientious objection"? (2019)
- Professional Development Tools to Advance Your Pharmacy Career (2018)
- Breakthroughs in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology for Oral Delivery of Anticancer Drugs (2018)
- From Theriaca to Pharmacogenetic Medicines: Pharmacy History (2018)
- The Renaissance of Community Pharmacy: Is it Time to Let Go of Dispensing? (2018)
- How to Achieve Good Public Health Across Cultures (2016)
- The Pharmacist is Online: Social Media for Beginners (2016)
- Complementary and Herbal Medicines: From Lab to Community (2015)
- Pharmacy Needs More Leaders — How to Respond (2015)
In 2019, we hosted our second two-day Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) in collaboration with FIP and
the FIP Academic Pharmacy Section. Some of the topics discussed included project management skills, succession
planning, leadership styles, how to run effective meetings, and communication skills, and how young pharmacists are able to contribute in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
FIP YPG members who participated in the second Leadership Development
We also host special social events at the congress, including the infamous YPG night.
YPG Night, Abu Dhabi, 2019
Other activities that occur at Congress are the recognition of YPG grant/award recipients, YPG Assembly meetings, and Steering Committee elections. One of the best parts of attending Congress is reuniting with old friends and establishing new relationships around the world!
We keep our members informed with newsletters at least four times a year.
Career support resources
The YPG is working on support materials to its members in their professional development. The first of these materials is “Leading with emotional intelligence”.
This document aims to help young pharmacists learn and practise emotional intelligence skills. It outlines samplecases and provides suggestions on how emotional intelligence skills can be used to overcome challenges in different situations.
Work with students
The YPG maintains good relations with the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF) and the European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (EPSA).
In 2019, the YPG hosted webinars and workshops for their members and congress delegates. Some webinars which have been conducted this year were:
1. YPG-IPSF Benefits and Opportunities. This webinar is to introduce activities within FIP YPG and IPSF.
2. Digital health: Where does pharmacy stand? This webinar is to explore the opportunities for pharmacists and pharmacy students at the intersection of digital technology and healthcare. The recording of the webinar can be accessed by the FIP YPG members through this link.
In the first Regional Conference in Amman, Jordan, together with the IPSF EMRO and the Jordanian Pharmaceutical Students’ Association, the FIP YPG conducted a lunch session discussion to identify challenges of pharmacy students and young practitioners within EMRO Region. The report on this programme can be seen through this link.
For the first time, the FIP YPG were able to attend the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) as the FIP delegates. There were a number of sessions and side events that FIP YPG participated in and led during the first week of the WHA. Prior to the start of the World Health Assembly, three of the YPG officers collaborated with other young professional organisations (International Pharmaceutical Students Federation [IPSF], World Congress of Chiropractic Students, and International Federation of Medical Students’ Association) to lead a warm-up dance on stage for the 2nd Annual Walk the Talk event. There were also YPG members who were invited as panellists during youth-led side events, including the WHO Global Health Workforce Network Youth Hub. As chair of the World Health Professions Alliance in 2019, FIP hosted a High-Level dinner and a technical seminar during the WHA to address the 18 million health workers shortage. During this High-Level dinner event, FIP YPG members led various discussions with a variety of health profession organisations’ representatives.
The FIP YPG also submitted a call to action to address the 18 million health workers shortages which can be accessed through this link.
The bulletin can be accessed here.