University of Waterloo Pharmacy graduate receives top score on national exam

Friday, January 10, 2014

Scott Campbell and Ken Potvin, Director of AdmissionsScott Campbell received the highest overall score out of hundreds of Pharmacy graduates in Canada on the Pharmacist Qualification Examination. 

This is the first time a University of Waterloo Pharmacy student has won the award.

As a result of his achievement, Campbell will receive the George A. Burbidge Award this spring in Saskatoon.

I am very honoured to win this award. I think that it speaks volumes about the progression of our curriculum at Waterloo, especially given the fact that we are still a relatively new school,” said Campbell.

The Pharmacist Qualifying Exam is offered by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada and is written by graduating pharmacy students across the country. The national exam is a licensing requirement and examines the knowledge, skills and abilities required for current pharmacy practice.

“Scott is a 2013 alumni from our third class of graduates. Although this is an individual achievement, it also speaks to the quality of our curriculum and the instruction that our students receive,” said Prof. David Edwards, Hallman Director, School of Pharmacy and Associate Dean, Faculty of Science.

Campbell currently works as a pharmacist at Paramount Pharmasave in Hamilton and will be joining a second Pharmasave location in February.

I chose a career in community pharmacy because I felt it would allow me to merge my passion for health care and business in a forum in which I could help others on a daily basis," added Campbell.

Next, he plans to complete his Doctor of Pharmacy education with the Waterloo School of Pharmacy and moving forward he hopes to own an independent community pharmacy.

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