PharmaCon is an annual College of Pharmacy event, showcasing our students’ pharmacy-related innovations via a poster and prototype exhibition and formal platform presentations. The event is the culmination of the semester-long core curricular course, Pharmacy Practice Seminar, during which students learn to identify areas for improvement within pharmacy and healthcare and develop an evidence-based solution. Innovation and entrepreneurship is woven throughout the core curriculum with the intent to prepare our students for the ever-changing healthcare landscape.
For more information on how the course was designed, please read "Pharmacy Students Dive into Innovative Projects" article in the SharkRx magazine.
The students showcase their innovations and ideas in the following categories/themes:
The student groups are presenting their innovative ideas to a panel of judges and audience members. The panels - which are set up in multiple rooms - include business people, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and a variety of other professionals.
Natacha Khawly, Pharm.D., CPh Pharmacy Manager, Publix Pharmacy: Thank you very much for inviting me! It was a pleasure to be there and witness all their amazing work! Their ideas, passion, and creativity were very inspiring. I'd be more than happy to return again next year.
Kimmi Stultz, Pharm.D. CEO and Founder, JuiceryRx: Thank you so much for inviting me Dr. Riskin. It was so inspiring to see how passionate the students were about their projects and the love and admiration they had for you. You are such a leader and innovator for the practice of pharmacy. I look forward to working with you as well!
Elizabeth Oviawe, Ph. D(c), Ed. S., M.S.B.I., M.M.I.S., M.Sc. Director of Educational Technologies, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine: The event was really awesome!!! There is a huge opportunity for an interprofessional collaborative event in the area of emerging technology and innovations in healthcare.
Antonella Carlozzi, Pharm.D., CPh Director of Pharmacy Services, Promise Hospital Miami: Congrats again on another successful and inspiring event. Great Work with your students and for the University. Anytime I can help, I am more than happy.
Damian Sinclair, Pharm.D., MBA Walgreens District Manager, Boca Raton-Deerfield Beach: I was happy to be a part of such an amazing experience. I'm looking forward to next year's event as well.
Alicia Harvey, Pharm.D., BCPS, AAHIVP Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Memorial Regional Hospital South: It was an absolute pleasure to attend PharmaCon 2017. The ability to witness the creativity and entrepreneurship of these students was comforting towards the future of pharmacy. I enjoy teaching, mentoring and guiding these next generation of pharmacists.
Andriette Palermo, Pharm.D., CPPS Coordinator for Medication Safety and Quality, Memorial Hospital West: It was a rewarding experience. I was very impressed with all of the ideas! My pleasure and I look forward to participating again.
Jorge Acosta, BS, RPh Director of Pharmacy, Leon Medical Centers, Inc.: I truly enjoyed the event. I am amazed by the caliber of students at the College of Pharmacy! I love to see the innovative ideas that pharmacy students are coming up with to advance our profession. The students at NOVA continue to push the limits of what pharmacists can offer the public. Looking forward to next year.
Robert Friedman, JD Partner, Kelley Kronenberg: For the second year in a row, I very much enjoyed this event. The students were incredibly prepared. The event was professionally run. Congratulations to you and your staff on this success.
Beejel Patel, Pharm.D. Pharmacy Manager, Chronic Care Pharmacy, Davie, FL: Just wanted to say again how influential this event was for the students and to the future of pharmacy. It was so great to see these students speak, think, and create outside just the realm of everyday pharmacy science. To think business, to think marketing, to think future and to see those presentation skills and how excited each of the groups were was something that made me very happy! I know it takes a lot of time and effort to put events such as these on! You and all those that helped you make last nights event a success deserve a big pat on the back.
Herbert Brotspies, MS, MBA, DBA Marketing Faculty, Nova Southeastern University H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship: Congratulations on a great evening. The effort you and your team made to execute this event was evident in the outstanding and well-coordinated program. I walked around the poster session, spoke with students, and learned quite a bit in the judging session. I enjoyed my evening with your students. I could see they put a lot of effort into this. Some of them conducted surveys to determine possible product interest, reviewed literature to identify issues, and carefully thought through their idea. I was impressed that some teams made prototypes of their product using a 3D printer, provided selling brochures, and other material.