Seán Óg dispenses advice to chemists

HURLING legend Seán Óg Ó hAilpín gave the chemists of the future advice yesterday on how to be leaders in their own field.

The Cork senior hurler was one of a number of speakers drafted in by University College Cork (UCC) to address the first class of pharmacists due to graduate from its new school of pharmacy later this year, in the first seminar of its kind in Ireland.

The school was established in 2003. The final year students who are due to graduate later this year are now taking part in a three-day business seminar supported by United Drug, the largest pharmaceutical wholesaler in Ireland.

The seminar is designed to advise them on their progression from college to pre-registration, and on through to the highly specialised business of running a successful pharmacy group.

Seán Óg spoke on leadership and motivation. Other speakers included experts from United Drug, from recruitment specialist Collins McNicholas, as well as established pharmacy businesses from across Munster.

Officials from Bank of Ireland offered specialist advice on financial planning and on investing for the future.

Julia Kennedy, professor of clinical practice, said demand for places at UCC’s school of pharmacy is very high.

“By introducing such innovative teaching programmes ... we aim to ensure that community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies and the pharmaceutical industry are provided with the very best of graduates,” she said.

The school of Pharmacy also officially opened its new clinical practice dispensing suite.

The unique suite is designed to give students experience in the community pharmacy setting.

The suite has been supported by local pharmacists and pharmacy-related businesses.

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