A10 Pushing the boundaries of leadership learning

Thursday 14 September 2017
COEX Convention & Exhibition Center : Grand Ballroom 103 3 hours

Organised by the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation, FIPEd and the FIP Academic Pharmacy Section

Chairs: Catriona Bradley (Irish Institute of Pharmacy, Ireland) and Whitley Yi (University of Colorado, USA)


Leadership is vital within all pharmacy settings, with leaders driving innovation and professional expansion. However leadership skills, behaviours and attitudes are largely developed through experience and practice, the opportunities for which are often lacking in formal pharmacy education and even post-graduation. How can the dynamic mindset of leadership thinking be taught? In this session, participants and presenters will work together to identify the skills, attitudes and behaviours that they associate with leadership. The panel of pharmacy leaders will share how they developed these skills, behaviours and attitudes during their own leadership journeys. This will lead to small-group-facilitated brainstorming sessions to generate new ideas about how these experiences could be simulated in an educational setting. By the end of the session we will have produced an initial discussion document, from which further work can evolve to inform curricula design and student-organised extracurricular activities in the interests of cultivating future leaders.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this application-based session, participants will be able to:

  1. Analyse the range of attitudes, skills and behaviours required for leadership.
  2. Analyse the developmental journey of some pharmacy leaders, and explore how these could be emulated in the pharmacy education experience.
  3. Challenge conventional approaches to fostering leadership in education.
  4. Advocate how they can accelerate their leadership journey. 


14:30 – 14:35

 1. Introduction to the session

14:35 – 15:05

 2. Leadership journey, a perspective from:

a. A young practitioner and academic 

Safeera Hussainy (Monash University, Australia)

b. A hospital pharmacist

Ian Coombes (SHPA or Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Australia)

c. A pharmaceutical scientist in pharmacy systems

Lloyd Matowe (Pharmaceutical Systems Africa, Liberia)

15:05 – 15:50 

3. Workshop Activity


15:50 – 16:10 Coffee/tea break


16:10 – 16:40

4. Leadership journey, a perspective from:

a. A primary care pharmacist

Ravi Sharma (NHS England, UK)

b. A young practitioner

Radoslaw Mitura (Novartis, Poland)

16:40 – 17:20

c. Workshop activity

17:20 – 17:30

d. Closing remarks