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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

School of Pharmacy takes interviews online for the first time in program’s history

Two photos of Becky Ewan, one in her office labelled 'Admissions 2019' and one at her work from home computer, "Admissions 2020'

Over 200 pharmacy candidates have now completed virtual interviews. Pictured above is Becky Ewan preparing for admissions in 2019 compared to her 2020 preparations.

“Tell us something you are passionate about.”

Friday, June 5, 2020

Addressing Racism: We can make a difference

A message from David Edwards, Hallman Director, University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy

The events of the past several days in the United States have compelled us to confront the issue of systemic racism in Canada as well.  Racism exists in many forms and has many negative consequences including effects on health and health care delivery. We know that we have much work to do as a society, as a university and as a School of Pharmacy dedicated to the training of health care professionals and health researchers. In January 2020, the School approved a new strategic plan in which we committed to several important initiatives including:

Monday, May 11, 2020

Drive-thru medicine

Dani Thomas wearing protective equipment and pricking a patient's finger while the patient sits in her vehicle

Dani Thomas (Rx2018) stands a good distance from a car in the parking lot of Two Rivers Family Health Team in Cambridge. The person inside has their window rolled down and Dani’s wearing a mask, asking them questions. It’s mid-May and still snowing.

The person in the car is one of family health team’s patients on warfarin, a blood thinning medication that requires regular and careful monitoring by a pharmacist. Dani, a pharmacist on the team, jots down notes from the discussion and takes a drop of blood from the patient’s finger to test their levels. 

Friday, May 8, 2020

Continuing education course on antimicrobial stewardship wins national education award

Antimicrobial stewardship in Primary Care and an image of bacteria

A course created by the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) was recognized by the national association for university continuing education. The course, Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) in Primary Care, received the Credit Programming under 48 hours award from the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE) for 2020.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

University of Waterloo researchers developing DNA-based COVID-19 vaccine

Roderick Slavcev in a lab coat standing in lab

Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing a DNA-based vaccine that can be delivered through a nasal spray.

The vaccine will work by using engineered bacteriophage, a process that will allow the vaccine to stimulate an immune response in the nasal cavity and target tissues in the lower respiratory tract.

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