Change is inevitable. The last few months have presented unbelievable change and challenge to pharmacy professionals, and we have watched our profession handle every moment with grace, tenacity, adaptability and courage. With our 2020 PAS Conference being cancelled due to COVID-19, we saw an opportunity to respond in the same way that has been exemplified by all of you.So we are pleased to announce the PAS Virtual Conference Series. Choose to be actively involved in a collaborative vision for 2020 and beyond together; to use change as an opportunity for impact, thought leadership, connection and engagement. Join us for a new conference experience that will provide virtual education, networking and support as we move through this time together towards a bright and strong future for pharmacy in Saskatchewan. 

2020 Virtual Presentation and Recordings
* Presentations below are accredited for 1 CEU.
* Webinar attendees will be emailed a Learning Project Record after attending the webinar.
* Presentation recordings will be posted on the PAS website. 

Upcoming  2020 Virtual Conference Series Presentations


Thursday August 13, PAS Virtual Conference Session


7:30 - 8:30 pm (August 13th)

Collaborating to Optimize Antithrombotic Therapy for the High Risk Cardiovascular Patient 
Dr. Andrea Lavoie and Bill Shemchuk, PharmD

Using a case based approach, evolving pharmacotherapeutic strategies in  high risk cardiovascular patients will be discussed.  Opportunities for  pharmacists to collaborate with physicians and patients in order to achieve best outcomes will be highlighted.  Specific scenarios including combination anticoagulant, antiplatelet therapies, long term dual antiplatelet therapy and managing patients with renal dysfunction will be the focus of the session.

Dr. Andrea Lavoie is the Director of the Coronary Care Unit at the Regina General Hospital and an interventional cardiologist. She helped to create and is a director in the Prairie Cardiac Foundation which strives to improve cardiovascular care in Saskatchewan through research, knowledge translation, system transformation and team work. She is also the co-director of the Prairie Vascular Research Network that leads cardiovascular research in southern Saskatchewan.

Bill Semchuk is the Director of Patient Care and Performance, Provincial Pharmacy Services, Saskatchewan Health Authority. Bill has a longstanding interest and experience working with patients and providers in optimizing cardiovascular pharmacotherapy in patients for those with and at risk of heart disease.


* Register here for “Collaborating to Optimize Antithrombotic Therapy for the High Risk Cardiovascular Patient” 

PAS Members/Students - No charge              

Non-PAS Members - $50 

Recordings  2020 Virtual Presentations

Respiratory Virus Landscape and Prevention in The Broader Population - RECORDING

In this session, Dr. Zhanel will review the current landscape of respiratory viruses and its current impact on the Canadian population: Compare the epidemiological features of respiratory viruses and understand their broader burden of disease: Distinguish between clinical features of respiratory viruses and describe their spectrum of illness/severity: Recognize the significant impact of respiratory viruses on our healthcare system and the potential for co-circulation of endemic, pandemic and seasonal pathogens: Identify opportunities for prevention for the broader population

Learning Project Record - Respiratory Virus Landscape and Prevention in The Broader Population

*PAS Members no charge /Non-PAS Members $25 fee (to be invoiced)

The 2020-2021 Influenza Season: Protecting Adults Aged 65 and Older in the Context of COVID - RECORDING 

In this session, Anjli will recognize the impact of influenza in adults over the age of 65: Describe the burden of influenza disease beyond the respiratory system and the concept of immunosenescence: Promote the value of reducing respiratory risk through influenza and pneumonia prevention to patients in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Review seasonal flu vaccines available for adults aged 65 and older based on the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) Statement for 2020-2021: Identify opportunities and challenges in delivering quality, accessible immunization to older adults during the upcoming influenza season.

Learning Project Record - Protecting Adults Aged 65 and Older in the Context of COVID

*PAS Members no charge /Non-PAS Members $25 fee (to be invoiced)


medSask PhAQ's with Kelly Kizlyk - RECORDING

In this presentation, Kelly Kizlyk from medSask will present a selection of Frequently Asked Questions answered by the medSask team. The questions will include highlights from recent practice change, timely health topics, and clinical pearls.

medSask PhAQs Reference List

Learning Project Record (Recorded) - medSask PhAQs

*PAS Members no charge /Non-PAS Members $25 fee (to be invoiced)

Ketamine for Major Depression: Old Drug, New Use, and Unanswered Questions - RECORDING
By Dr. Katelyn Halpape, BSP, ACPR, PharmD, BCP

This session will summarize the use of ketamine for the treatment of depression and acute suicidality. This session will provide an overview of the pharmacology, mechanism of action, evidence, place in therapy, and adverse effects of ketamine for depression. Information will be provided on the availability of ketamine for treatment of depression in Canada, including local Saskatchewan-specific information

Learning Project Record (Recorded) - Ketamine for Major Depression: Old Drug, New Use, and Unanswered Questions

The WE in Wellness: Staying Well During a Pandemic - RECORDING
Dr. Anita Chakravarti M.D.

Worried? Stressed? Overwhelmed? The relationship of healthcare provider wellness, workplace environment and culture to patient wellbeing, care and safety is a crucial component of healthcare systems. This session will discuss normal emotional experiences of healthcare workers during a pandemic, identify available resources if we need to reach out for help, and provide practical strategies to enhance our ability to cope during this time.

Learning Project Record (Recorded) - The WE in WEllness: Staying Well During a Pandemic 

Disconnected: It’s Time to Talk Digital Determinants of Health - RECORDING
Tracie Risling RN, PhD
Our world has gone digital and technology continues to expand into more places and processes at a rapid pace, including in healthcare. The digital health evolution is often promoted a way to address long-standing challenges of access and equity in care, and some amazing advances have been made. However, this technological transformation has also created a ‘digital divide’ for many patients who, for a variety of different reasons, are not able to take advantage of these new services. The escalation of this change may in fact be creating more than divide, given the pervasiveness of technology in this world it may be time for us to examine digital determinants of health.

Learning Project Recorded - Disconnected: It's Time to Talk Digital Determinants of Health