Dr. Kelly Grindrod

Dr. Grindrod is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy. She is also a licensed and practicing pharmacist with the Ontario College of Pharmacists. Dr. Grindrod works part-time as a clinical pharmacist at the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre and is a member of the Ontario Pharmacy Association.

In her keynote presentation, Dr. Grindrod will discuss her research examining how pharmacists and physicians can better engage patients in making decisions about medications. She works closely with researchers in systems design engineering and decision making to identify new strategies for engagement. Building on this research, Dr. Grindrod developed the educational platform. 5in5 aims to provide practical information on common but poorly understood problems in primary care.  She will discuss the design process for 5in5, including the development of tools for topics such as QT prolongation, serotonin syndrome, and adjusting medications for Ramadan.

After completing her pharmacy degree at the University of Alberta and a hospital residency at the London Health Sciences Centre, Dr. Grindrod moved to the University of British Columbia to do a PharmD. She enjoyed the west coast weather so much that she decided to stay and complete a Master of Science degree and a post-doctoral fellowship. She joined the University of Waterloo in 2011.

Learning Objectives:

  • To examine how pharmacists, physicians, and patients differ in how they make decisions about medications.

  • To consider how an interdisciplinary team can brings new perspectives to old problems.

  • To discuss potential strategies to better support patients in making medication decisions.

  • To discuss ways pharmacists can be better engaged to support patients.

  • To describe the development of the Pharmacy 5in5 multimedia platform that aims to simplify complex medication problems for busy pharmacists.