Sunday, March 15, 2009

Pharmacists' role in evolutionary mode

From the Toronto Star:
On Monday afternoon, when Zubin Austin was educating his Introduction to Clinical Pharmacology class about cholesterol, he was standing in front of a diverse group.

The diversity of first-year pharmacy students at the University of Toronto – not only culturally, but ranging in age from 16 to fifty-something, with upwards of one year of university to a PhD under their belts – serve to underscore the burgeoning range of possibilities for graduates.

"Become a teacher, industry expert, regulator, the sky is the limit," says Deo Bahadur, Pharmacy Operations Leader at Toronto Western Hospital.

Bahadur was a pharmacist in his native Guyana and worked as a pharmacy technician when he first arrived in Canada. Later, he went back to school in Jamaica for two years to earn a pharmacy degree that's recognized here.

He currently teaches in the new Bridging program for pharmacy technicians at Centennial College, a first step to becoming a regulated technician. At Toronto Western, he's both a manager and a clinical pharmacist, responsible for about 30 to 40 neurology and neurosurgery patients. ...more

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