School of Pharmacy Hosts Preparedness Training for Local Pharmacists
On January 9 and 10, the St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy partnered with the Pharmacy Society of Rochester (PSR) and the Monroe County Office of Public Health Preparedness to offer a two-day Bioterrorism Mass Prophylaxis and Preparedness training program for approximately 50 local pharmacists.
The training took place on the Fisher campus, and provided local health officials and their public health system partners with coordinating plans to provide mass distribution of medical countermeasures in the case of a bioterrorism attack. These jurisdiction-specific plans are coordinated with the Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS) Program.
Dr. Sherry Jimenez, Director of Assessment at the School of Pharmacy, and Dr. Keith Delmonte, Director of Experiential Education, planned and executed the training. According to Jimenez, the purpose of the course is to enhance a jurisdiction’s preparedness and emergency response efforts by developing (or revising) a plan addressing an all-hazards approach towards prevention.
Marybeth Riendeau and Mari Munoz from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) facilitated the training. Ralph Dutcher from the Monroe County Office of Public Health Preparedness also shared county-specific information with attendees.
“To date, very few pharmacists have been involved or trained in the area of prevention,” said Dr. Delmonte. “Offering this education specifically to pharmacists is a vital step to assuring that we have trained personnel to address the needs in Monroe County in case of an event.”
According to Dutcher, the course provided pharmacists with a clear understanding of the critical role they would play in dispensing medication and vaccine to the residents of our community as quickly as possible.
“The Monroe County Department of Public Health greatly values its partnership with the Wegmans School of Pharmacy and the Pharmacy Society of Rochester to enable local pharmacists to learn more about how medications would be dispensed to large numbers of residents in the event of a public health emergency,” he added.
Jimenez said that the School of Pharmacy is always looking for innovative training opportunities for preceptor development.
“This training aligned well with the mission of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, which includes promoting civic responsibility and service to others,” she said.
The training was made possible by funding provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
From L to R: Dr. Keith DelMonte, Marisella (Mari) Munoz, Dr. Sherry Jimenez, Ralph Dutcher, Mary Beth Riendeau.