Friday, May 29, 2020

Alum Gaganpal Mutti talks inpatient and outpatient care at a Toronto hospital

Gaganpal Mutti standing in front of a sign that says Humber River Hospital

 

Gaganpal Mutti (Rx2017) is the kind of pharmacist who likes to get to know his patients. Hearing their stories and easing their concerns is what makes his days at the Humber River Hospital in Toronto rewarding.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Professor Barb Coulston receives Excellence in Pharmacy Teaching Award

"Prof Coulston's posoitive energy and comprehensive experrtise have made her an asset to the School" - David Edwards, Director

Professor Barb Coulston has been a passionate member of the School of Pharmacy’s faculty for several years, inspiring students with her diverse blend of clinical experience and engaging lecture style. Prof. Coulston is this year’s recipient of the School of Pharmacy Excellence in Pharmacy Teaching Award.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Supporting patient mental health during COVID-19

Aman wearing a mask and standing in a hallway at CAMH

Aman Hansra (Rx2012) is a pharmacist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in downtown Toronto. Before COVID-19, a normal day for her meant supporting patients in the facility’s high-risk schizophrenia unit, where she’s the inpatient pharmacist. The unit has 25 beds. Days begin with a huddle where the team goes over expectations, updates on patients and red-flags related to safety.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Reflections from students on rotation in Sault Ste. Marie

Nick and Krista standing next to a sign that says Sault Area Hospital

by Krista Jones and Nick Walsh

Krista Jones and Nick Walsh are fourth-year pharmacy students who completed their first patient care rotation at the Sault Area Hospital. Krista was supervised by preceptor Kaitlin Fleury, and Nick was supervised by preceptors Amy McMann and Alana Brescacin.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Alum Kristina Kozlovsky talks managing the drug supply during a pandemic

Kristina wearing a mask in the hospital

Kristina Kozlovsky (Rx2018) has never more clearly appreciated the importance of pharmacists as stewards of the drug supply.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Prof. Rita Dhami shares experiences as infectious disease hospital pharmacist during COVID-19

Rita Dhami in protective equipment at the hospital

There’s a sign next to the new staff exit of the London Health Sciences Centre’s Victoria Hospital.

Take a moment to think about today. It says. Consider three things that went well. Be proud of the care you gave. Think of one thing that was difficult… let it go.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Alum Brad Murphy talks volunteering in long-term care during COVID-19

Brad Murphy in scrubs and a mask with his arms crossewd

When COVID-19 first hit Canada, Brad Murphy’s (Rx2019) job at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa continued as normal. As a research pharmacist, he supports projects in pharmacogenomics — using an individual’s genetic markers to make decisions about their medications — in oncology and mental health, and he was able to keep working on those projects with little disruption.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Rotation reflections from Thunder Bay, Oshawa/Peterborough and Sarnia regions

Sean Chih stands with his preceptor Jessica Kozlowski at a medication packaging machine, SynMED, in the Seamless Care Pharmacy.

Senior pharmacy students are supporting Ontario’s health-care system in the fight against COVID-19. These students are completing their rotations, a requirement for senior pharmacy students where they are placed in health-care sites across the province for six months.

Here are some of their stories:

Rifah Quadiri in the Thunder Bay Region

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Independent community practice during COVID-19

Chrs and Sammy in the pharmacy

Ben Austin (Rx2011) and Chris Hartman (Rx2011) are seasoned pharmacists and graduates of the School of Pharmacy’s very first class. They’ve owned and run the Ingersoll Pharmasave for years along with Rob Parsons and Dom Ricciuto, building up a reputation as the go-to place for exceptional customer care and innovative patient services. Before COVID-19 struck, they offered all the usual fixings of a community pharmacy plus extras like travel health, opioid agonist therapy, medical cannabis consultations and a wide variety of injection services.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

New research shows that diabetes medications could treat COVID-19 in diabetes patients

A known drug (DPP4 inhibitor) bound to Covid-19 protein called SARS-CoV-2 Mpro, which is involved in its replication.

A DPP4 inhibitor bound to Covid-19 protein called SARS-CoV-2 Mpro, which is involved in its replication

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