Two intern pharmacists were named PSA MIMS Intern Pharmacist of the Year at PSA17 on Saturday
The two winners are Carolyn Glazier from WA, and Seema Khiani from ACT/NSW.
Presented at PSA17 on Saturday 29 July, the award aims to recognise intern pharmacists who demonstrate outstanding performance in their development as professional pharmacists, and who act as role models for Early Career Pharmacists.
Ms Glazier is currently completing her internship at Gerald Burns Pharmacy in Perth, WA, while Ms Khiani completed her internship at Capital Chemist Charnwood in the ACT.
Each of the winners receive $4,000 from leading sponsor MIMS Australia, to put towards attending any pharmacy or educational conference approved by PSA.
Ms Glazier is a young mother who has been completing her internship part time.
PSA says she has been described as an extraordinary intern with a thirst for knowledge and evidence, innovative ideas and progressive leadership.
She delivers professional services and ongoing monitoring, including stroke risk assessments, blood pressure monitoring and blood glucose testing (and standardising testing machines).
Ms Khiani asked questions from day one of her internship and from there offered suggestions on new ways to do things, new ideas for health promotions and improvements to health service delivery.
She especially championed two professional services – smoking cessation and sleep apnoea. With all her activities, Ms Khiani documented every interaction with patients enrolled in services, which allowed easy transition of care between pharmacists.
The other finalists for Intern Pharmacist of the Year were:
- Veronica Moss, Queensland
- Laura Perry, Tasmania
- Robert Scarso, Victoria
- Sankit Lalseta, SA/NT
MIMS Business Development Director Dinah Graham said all the state finalists were “outstanding” and represented a broad cross section of pharmacy practice.
“Each year MIMS has sponsored this award the calibre of applicants has improved,” said Ms Graham.
“I spoke to some of the interns at the state awards this year and their excitement was palpable; to be able to recognise their outstanding contributions and provide the reward for that gives the entire MIMS Australia team great pleasure.”
PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson congratulated Ms Glazier and Ms Khiani on their achievements and dedication to the profession.
“All of the finalists have shown incredible skill, confidence and initiative. I will watch the progress of their careers with great interest,” Dr Jackson said.