Friday, April 16, 2021

Alumnus Vincent Vuong shares COVID challenges in busy GTA hospital

A team of healthcare providers wearing masks and socially distanced outside a hospital

Vincent (second from right) with fellow health-care providers outside the Mississauga Hospital

COVID-19 cases are surging, particularly in the GTA, and hospitals are busier than ever before providing care to Ontarians. Health-care providers are being pushed to the limits as the pandemic wears on past the one-year milestone.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Originators – Our Dream Team

Members of the clinic team wearing staff and volunteer shirts and PPE

Meet some of the people who led the creation of the Health Sciences Campus Clinic. Top row, left to right: Nancy Waite, Kara Skimson, Barbara Anstett, Jenn Metzloff. Bottom row, left to right: Heather Dixon, Ryan McKee, Trenny McGinnis.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Alumnus Pauline Bal talks one year of fighting COVID in Ontario hospitals

Pauline Bal in PPE

COVID cases are rising this spring. GTA intensive care units are feeling the crunch. When they’re overloaded, patients are sent to other hospitals who have availability. The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie is one of these hospitals.

Monday, April 5, 2021

HackRx with us: students across Canada invited to pharmacy and technology hackathon

Smiling students on a Zoom call

University of Waterloo and University of Toronto pharmacy students are partnering to deliver one of Canada’s first pharmacy and technology focused hackathons

Health and technology are destined to work together. The pandemic has only accelerated the speed of this collaboration, with many health-care workers turning to technology-enabled means of delivering services.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

A pharmacist perspective: School of Pharmacy staff member supports local vaccination efforts

Ken Manson and Nancy Grindrod wearing PPE and working at the vaccine clinic

Ken Manson and Professor Nancy Waite at work at the new COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Lessons in Indigenous history and health

Celine outside the hospital in Moose Factory

On the southern tip of James Bay, on an island in the middle of a river sits Moose Factory. Largely inhabited by people of the Moose Cree First Nation, Moose Factory sits in the Moose River, across from the mainland community of Moosonee. The area is over 850 kilometers north of Toronto although there are no roads that take a traveler this far north, except in the winter when the lakes freeze over.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Cancer care pharmacy provides friendly face and robust care through pandemic

Four staff members of Extend in the pharmacy wearing masks

In November 2019, Jason Wentzell, a regional clinical coordinator for Waterloo Pharmacy, opened Extend Pharmacy. This specialty pharmacy is dedicated to serving cancer patients and caregivers. Four months later, COVID-19 hit Canada.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Over 1,000 health-care students log on for virtual interprofessional education event

students on digital breakout room call in Zoom

Each March, University of Waterloo health-care students travel to London for Interprofessional Education Day, an event that brings students together to learn with, from and about each other. The goal is to prepare health-care providers for truly collaborative practice across professions.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

1,000 flu shots and counting: Pharmacy student reflects on being a vaccinator

Michelle Liang and a patient, both wearing masks, after giving a flu injection

When pharmacy student Michelle Liang started her first work term at a Costco pharmacy in January 2020, she hadn’t been trained to administer vaccinations. Today, she has given over 1,000 influenza vaccine injections in the 2020 flu season.


Michelle after giving an injection to pharmacy alumnus Kris Mendoza

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Pharmacy prof supports training of up to 5,000 new vaccinators in Ontario

Sherilyn Houle in front a computer with the injections training course on screen

COVID-19 vaccinations may be in short supply, but when shipments arrive, Canada will need all the help it can get to administer millions of vaccines across the country.

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