Seoul man, Ravi Sharma, on why attending the FIP Congress is a good Korea move

Ravi Sharma

SEOUL 2017 was my second International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) World Congress, but my first time as a speaker.

My first FIP World Congress was in Dusseldorf, Germany, in 2015 and I remember it being quite scary initially. It was a bit daunting being on my own, and trying to network with people who had come from all over the world was not easy at all.

However, I quickly realised that the people who attend are lovely, very friendly and easy to talk to. Everyone was very keen on networking, getting to know each other and they were interested in hearing about all the transformational work that is happening in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences across the globe.

There were a variety of interesting and current topics in Seoul earlier this year, covering a range of key global health topics: antimicrobial Resistance (AMR); new models of healthcare; education reform/transformation; and public health.

FIP World Congress provides the global view on pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences by promoting shared learning from around the world, showing how it’s possible to deliver care differently across difference health social-economies and systems.

FIP World Congress was a great opportunity to learn about advances in education and how we can implement best practice. We also got to hear the latest trends and research in clinical, educational and futuristic healthcare such as genomics and gene-cell therapies. All this gave me great new ideas to apply to day-to-day practice. The congress included very interesting and interactive workshops spanning different clinical, leadership and education topics, inter-professional, experimental learning and flipped classrooms.

FIP is a great opportunity to network with global leaders in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, but also to meet speakers outside traditional pharmacy who can provide valuable insights and perspectives. Networking in this way allows you to create new opportunities to collaborate on all levels: clinical, academic, policy, innovation and new models of care.

Attending FIP is always a fantastic chance to meet friends from across the world, to be inspired and get motivated. In 2018, FIP World Congress is taking place in the UK for the first time in nearly 40 years, in Glasgow. From September 2-6, the international pharmacy world will converge in Scotland.

Make sure you don’t miss out! Booking opens January 15, 2018.

Check out the Royal Pharmaceutical Society website for more information.

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