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On May 15, Waterloo Pharmacy welcomed their newest cohort to the profession of pharmacy at the White Coat Ceremony.

The white coat tradition stems from the medical school’s ceremonies and has become a symbol for many medical profession programs. Our students are inducted into the pharmacy profession by receiving their white coat from practicing pharmacists and swearing a pledge of professionalism.

The benefits of integrating pharmacists in community practices

A structured support system for oncology patients is one of the most important aspects during a difficult time in someone’s life.

When one thinks of a cancer centre, nurses and physicians are at the forefront, but a pharmacist is also essential in providing care and designing treatments for those undergoing chemotherapy.

As this year’s recipient of the McNaught-Taillon Leadership Award, Vivek Goel, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo, is being recognized for his outstanding individual contributions to Canadian health care through exemplary leadership and mentorship in the advancement of health policy, health information and health informatics. 

The Women in Pharmacy Leadership (WIPL) Alumni Mentorship Program pairs recent alumni who identify as female with working or retired professionals in their field of interest to help them move towards their leadership goals. In this series, the School of Pharmacy will be spotlighting each of their experiences.

Since 2017, Waterloo School of Pharmacy has hosted the annual Graduate Pharmacy Research Day. This year, on May 3, the Pharmacy Graduate Student Association (PhGA) brought together faculty, alumni and graduate students for the event.

“Pharmacy research day allows for graduate students to share their research, practice public speaking, network and gain inspiration from their colleagues,” says Sam Hirniak, PhD in progress and PhGA president.

Waterloo Pharmacy grad student wins $10K GreenHouse Social Impact Fund Prize

Nicholas Cheng (MSc in Pharmacy in progress) won the Winter 2023 Social Impact Fund Grand Prize for his project Entomatia, which uses food waste as feed for mealworms to extract a serum to replace fetal bovine serum (FBS).

The $10,000 prize from the GreenHouse Social Impact Fund will be used for infrastructure costs and to generate a prototype serum for further scale-up.

Since 2015 Waterloo Pharmacy and University of Toronto (UofT) Pharmacy have gone head to head in an annual Soccer Cup. This year, after a tie game of 4:4, Waterloo won in the penalty shootouts.

For the last five years, staff and faculty at the Waterloo School of Pharmacy have been participating in the School's annual grounds clean-up. A lot of waste makes its way into local waterways and environmentally sensitive areas, causing pollution. The annual clean-up is an opportunity to help reduce those negative impacts on the environment.


Waterloo School of Pharmacy recognizes alum volunteer during National Volunteer Week

Kim Chvala (BSc’12, PharmD’18), a pharmacist at the New Vision Family Health Team, appreciates the opportunity to give some of herself back to Waterloo Pharmacy every year as a PharmD interviewer and clinical rotations preceptor.

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Connecting through volunteer work

Waterloo School of Pharmacy recognizes alum volunteer during National Volunteer Week

Helping to develop future pharmacists plays an important role in Puja Sharma’s (PharmD ’15) life. She is a pharmacist at Baxter CIVA Pharmacy Services and first applied to be a PharmD interviewer during her last two years at Waterloo Pharmacy.