HOPA 2018 | HOPA: promoting collaboration and engagement

Judith Smith

Speaking from the 2018 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) Annual Conference, held in Denver, CO, Judith Smith, PharmD, BCOP, CPHQ, FCCP, FISOPP, of UTHealth McGovern Medical School, Houston, TX, discusses the importance of interweaving pharmacy research within clinical practice, and the role that HOPA plays in encouraging engagement and collaboration within pharmacy research in order to improve drug administration.

Transcript (edited for clarity):

This afternoon we discussed the role of integrating research into pharmacy research, into clinical practice, and how I’ve gone about doing that throughout my career, and tips that I can pass on.It’s a really important topic to share, the HOPA meeting, because we want to encourage more people to engage and be active in pharmacy research, whether it’s from bench to bedside or in the clinical arena, and pharmacy can add a whole new perspective in advancing and improving drug outcomes. HOPA, it’s hard to articulate in words, it’s a very important organization. I am passionate about oncology-pharmacy practice and oncology-pharmacy research, and so HOPA has been a nice organization to merge those two passions, and to network with my other oncology-pharmacy colleagues to help mentor and foster students and trainees to come into oncology.
So, it’s important to have these annual meetings because it’s an opportunity to share our research to learn what’s going on and new cutting-edge information for continuing education, because there’s just constantly new drugs coming out, new ways, new approaches of doing things, so HOPA really helps bring all that oncology training to one spot in a very efficiently and four day session, how well and how much we walk away learning.

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