Ayomide Ogundipe is this year’s Intern Pharmacist of the Year
Ayomide (Mide) Ogundipe is the winner of the 2019 PSA MIMS Intern Pharmacist of the Year Award, the PSA announced at its conference in Sydney on Saturday.
Ms Ogundipe completed her internship last year at Pharmacy 777 Whitford City in Perth, Western Australia.
During her intern year she was actively involved in PSA’s ECP Working Group in WA, was Executive Director of Public Relations at NAPSA, and played a significant role in driving the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation Asia Pacific Regional Office initiatives.
“The recognition is pretty huge, it’s nice to be acknowledged for what I’ve been doing but I also would like to acknowledge that people have allowed for me to make the most of my ideas and give me the opportunity to be able to implement my ideas as well,” she told AJP.
Ms Ogundipe aspires to pharmacy ownership in her future.
She sees herself in “community pharmacy still, maybe potentially ownership one day in the future.”
In accepting her award, Ms Ogundipe said her greatest learning experience as an intern was deciding her areas of interest and approaching her professional practice in a manner with a solutions-based outlook.
Her advice to other interns: “Take ownership of your role and allow yourself to stay teachable – you are a few steps away from your general registration, use the year to consolidate everything you’ve learnt throughout your studies, build your professional experience and find areas that interest you. There is something to learn from everyone,” she said.
MIMS Australia is the leading sponsor of the award and contributed the major prize of $5,000 for the winner to put towards attending any pharmacy or educational conference approved by PSA.
Robert Best, CEO of MIMS Australia and New Zealand said, “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.
“Being able to reward excellence in young innovative people and recognise their outstanding contributions is extremely exciting for the entire team at MIMS. These interns are the future of pharmacy.”
PSA National President Dr Chris Freeman congratulated Ms Ogundipe on her achievements and dedication to the profession.
“Ms Ogundipe completed her internship to an exceptionally high standard, showing great initiative and openness to collaboration,” Dr Freeman said.