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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.