Intern Pharmacist of the Year announced

Wint Ye Phu has been recognised as the 2020 PSA MIMS Intern Pharmacist of the Year

Award winner Wint Ye Phu, a graduate of the University of Western Australia, is currently completing her internship at Market City Pharmacy in Canning Vale, Western Australia.

She has been fundamental in helping to develop the Facebook group “The Mindful Pharmacist”, which assists other pharmacists, interns, students and health care staff to learn a different drug of the day for 100 days.

Announced online as part of World Pharmacists Day on 25 September, the award recognises intern pharmacists who demonstrate outstanding performance in their development as professional pharmacists.

“Winning this award is one of the best things that has happened to me in 2020, amidst the global pandemic and starting my journey into pharmacy,” said Ms Phu.

“I feel absolutely honoured and grateful to be chosen as the Intern Pharmacist of the year and I would like to thanks PSA for awarding me this great honour.

Receiving this award makes me feel as if I have been recognised for doing what I love and it means a lot, especially in the early stages of my career.

“I would also like to thank the pharmacists and my colleagues who have contributed greatly towards supporting and guiding me in my journey to becoming a pharmacist and despite all the challenges that the pandemic has brought upon us in 2020, they are the ones who made every bit of my intern year enjoyable and exciting.”

PSA National President Associate Professor Chris Freeman congratulated Ms Phu on her achievements and dedication to the profession.

“Throughout her internship, Ms Phu has shown incredible development as a pharmacist as well as great initiative and a willingness to assist her colleagues to deliver positive patient outcomes,” he said.

“With pharmacists like Ms Phu coming through the ranks, the profession is in terrific hands going forward and I congratulate her on receiving this much deserved award.”

MIMS Australia is the leading sponsor of the award and contributed the major prize of $5,000 for the winner to put towards educational training.

“It is with immense pleasure that we support community and hospital pharmacists and the interns within them by providing world class medications information that support excellence in patient care and medication management,” said Robert Best, CEO of MIMS Australia and New Zealand.

“Being able to reward excellence in young innovative people and recognise their outstanding contributions, especially during a difficult year whereby COVID-19 has created learning and communication challenges, an intern such as Ms Phu demonstrates that the future of pharmacy is in great hands.”

See our story on all winners of the PSA Symbion Excellence Awards for 2020 here

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