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SOP Participation in the 79th FIP World Congress, Abu Dhabi

The SOP participated in the 79th International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, between 22-26 September, 2019, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, under the theme: “New horizons of pharmacy - Navigating winds of change”. The Dean, Prof. Mohamad Rahal, faculty members, and pharmacy students contributed to several sessions within the program of the congress. Professor Rahal participated in the ACPE International Services Program Advisory Group meeting and he attended and chaired a session of the Global Academic Leaders Forum (GALF) where he was elected as FIP-AIM advisory committee member representing the EMRO region and he was recognized by FIP for the outstanding contributions to the FIP-AIM. In addition, Prof. Rahal delivered a presentation about Role Emerging Placements in Experiential Education in Pharmacy.

Dr Marwan Akel was awarded the FIP fellowship for leadership for pharmacy practice and education and for serving FIP. Dr Akel was also appointed as global lead for the service provision in the FIP workforce development Hub. He also chaired a session about teaching ethics where he also shared the Lebanese experience in delivering ethics to the pharmacy students.

Dr. Nisreen Mourad delivered three oral presentations. Two plenary sessions, one concerning the role of young pharmacists in the global refugee crisis, and the second was an update on the Syrian refugee situation from the Lebanese pharmacists’ perspective. In addition, Dr. Mourad was a speaker in the session “What’s new in practice?” where she delivered her third presentation about the effect of pictogram-based instructions on the Lebanese population’s comprehension of medication orders. Research realized at SOP was presented by faculty, in numerous poster sessions on pharmacy students’ first aid knowledge, their satisfaction towards their choice of pharmacy profession, and factors influencing their choice of the university (all by Dr. Samar Younes), impact of acne vulgaris counseling on university students and comparison of chromogenic medium to automated assay for surveillance of carbapenem resistance (all by Dr. Dalal), and outcomes of preceptors development workshop on experiential education, and pharmacists’ role in the management of common dermatological problems (all by Dr. Marwan).

The dean and faculty members also attended meetings with ACPE and academic pharmacy section of FIP, as well as several other lectures, workshops, and business gatherings. The congress was a notable venue for exposing SOP to scholars and researchers from around the globe, as well as for networking and share of experience.