September 23, 2019
Striving for holistic care
Pharmacy student Bradley Murphy is using a scholarship to gain an inclusive perspective.
Pharmacy student Bradley Murphy is using a scholarship to gain an inclusive perspective.By Megan Vander Woude Office of Advancement
For his six-month clinical rotation, Bradley Murphy wanted to broaden his horizons and gain a holistic perspective on health care.
He chose to work on Manitoulin Island, where he hoped to hone his clinical skills and learn from the island’s Indigenous population.
“I’ll come across Indigenous practices and teachings in my daily practice, and it’s an important part of Canadian history,” says Bradley. “I think it’s only appropriate to understand Indigenous practices and traditions, because it will help me become a more holistic health care provider.”
Today, Bradley is exploring Indigenous learning opportunities, attending pharmaceutical conferences, and volunteering in the Manitoulin community – all thanks to long-time donors Dr. Frank and Juliana Wong. They created the Dr. Frank and Juliana Wong Patient Care Rotation Award, a scholarship for students who complete their clinical rotations in rural areas and immerse themselves in the local community.
This has been a truly memorable experience. I've enhanced my clinical and cultural knowledge, and furthered myself as a person.
With the island’s small health care team, Bradley’s work makes a visible difference. Plus, he’s gained independence and confidence in his pharmaceutical skills.
“This has been a truly memorable experience,” says Bradley. “I’ve enhanced my clinical and cultural knowledge, and furthered myself as a person. It will make me a better pharmacist and care provider.”