“About 90% of my appointments are home visits with patients and their families,” says Heather Foley, a patient case manager in the Chatham-Kent Family Health Team. In this role, Heather often attends healthcare appointments with her patients.
“At work, I have been spat on, splattered with hot coffee, had death threats, and called every horrible insult you can think of. In my line of work, I cannot take these things personally. My patients lead a hard life, and on the street that is how things are dealt with.”
On Sunday March 12, the Waterloo Pharmacy hockey team and loyal fans went down to Toronto for the Ontario Pharmacist Association (OPA) Cup. The annual face off against the University of Toronto Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is one of several events students organize during Pharmacist Awareness Month.
Owning your own pharmacy is a hefty responsibility, but for Angela the hard work and long hours are both familiar and rewarding. Angela and her sister Gina grew up in and out of Preston Medical Pharmacy in Cambridge.
“Cancer is a scary diagnosis,” says alumnus Michael Collins. “Not only do oncology pharmacists require complex therapeutic knowledge, we also require the soft skills needed to empathize in such a difficult part of a cancer patient’s life.”
Alumni Lindsay Bennett is a clinical pharmacist at Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center where she supports patients with substance abuse issues and psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia and mood disorders.
“Experiences with the mental health population in my co-op and early career as a pharmacist triggered my interest in mental health,” says Lindsay.
On Saturday, February 25, the School of Pharmacy welcomed hundreds of cold and brave members of the community looking for a quick break and a cup of hot chocolate. The School was a rest stop for the Kitchener-Waterloo Coldest Night of the Year walk, organized by Ray of Hope Community Center.