2015 New Hospital Pharmacy Practitioner Award Recipients

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Hilary Rowe, BScPharm, ACPR, PharmD
Surrey, British Columbia
 

Award sponsored by Sandoz Canada Inc.
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Dr. Hilary Rowe is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Surrey Memorial Hospital and the new co-author of Medications and Mothers' Milk. Dr. Rowe obtained her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of British Columbia in 2009 and 2012. She acquired her Hospital Residency with the Vancouver Island Health Authority in 2010. 

Upon completion of her PharmD, Hilary took the initiative to meet a world-renowned expert in medications and breastfeeding at a lactation conference, and arranged a 2-week experiential learning opportunity with this expert. During this rotation and further collaborations Hilary gained expertise in drugs in breastmilk. Since May 2012 Hilary started co-authoring a reference handbook titled Medications and Mothers’ Milk. Her first edition of this 1275 page handbook that allows healthcare practitioners around the world to have current information about the suitability of medications in breastmilk was published in May 2014.  Hilary’s dedication to her patients and professional growth is further illustrated by her research in this specialty population; Hilary already has 8 publications and multiple research projects underway.

Hilary is also dedicated to provide direct education to others to enhance their knowledge of pregnancy and breastfeeding issues. She provides continuing education sessions for healthcare professionals locally and internationally. She is committed to the development of other healthcare professionals to help them achieve practice excellence. She educates others through her involvement with the CSHP Mentorship program, precepting pharmacy residents, lecturing nursing students, teaching UBC Family Medicine residents, and as a pharmacy instructor at UBC. She has also advocated for the creation of a CSHP PSN specifically for Maternal Fetal Medicine. Her passion for educating others is clear as Hilary was awarded the “Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services New Preceptor of the Year Award.”

Finally, Hilary is the “go to” person for medication questions regarding pregnant or breastfeeding patients not just on her ward, where she is a highly respected member of the health care team, but throughout the hospital, and surrounding community. Her passion for ensuring the patients receive not only acceptable therapy but optimal therapy is a direct result of her dedication to these patients. 

Hiliary was recognized during the Awards Ceremony at CSHP's 46th Annual Professional Practice Conference (PPC). The Awards Ceremony was held on February 1, 2015, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. 


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Jaris Swidrovich, BSP, PharmD
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
 

Award sponsored by Sandoz Canada Inc.
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Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Jaris Swidrovich graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSP) in 2010, followed by a year of practice in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, and public health settings. Jaris went on to complete a post-baccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) between Fall 2011 and Summer 2013 at the University of Toronto, making him the first Aboriginal Doctor of Pharmacy in Canada. 

Following completion of his PharmD degree, and after a few months of extensive traveling, Jaris returned to Saskatoon where he is currently employed as a Clinical Coordinator of Pharmaceutical Services with the Saskatoon Health Region at St. Paul’s Hospital. His portfolio of responsibility includes adult internal medicine and emergency medicine, with his own clinical practice working with inpatients living with HIV/AIDS and addictions. Jaris also works as a moderator for the Canadian Pharmacists Association’s (CPhA) ADAPT program and as a clinical pharmacist for the University of Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy and Nutrition Medication Assessment Centre’s (MAC) brand new Aboriginal outreach satellite clinic at the Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health (SWITCH) student-run inner-city clinic.

Jaris has been recognized by his peers with the Pharmacists’ Association of Saskatchewan New Horizon Award in May 2014 and with the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) Saskatchewan Branch New Hospital Pharmacy Practitioner Award in October 2014. During his time at the University of Toronto, Jaris was recognized with the University of Toronto President’s Award for the Outstanding Native Student of the Year in 2013. Jaris has a number of publications (both published and pending publication) and has delivered multiple professional oral and poster presentations locally, nationally, and internationally. 

Jaris has acted as a preceptor for undergraduate pharmacy students from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as for pharmacy residents with the Saskatoon Health Region. Jaris is currently the President of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Saskatchewan Branch and serves on numerous other committees and boards, such as the University of Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy and Nutrition PharmD Curriculum Steering Committee and the City of Saskatoon Cultural Diversity and Race Relations Committee. Jaris has also recently created, and is the chair of, the Aboriginal Health Pharmacist Specialty Network (PSN) with CSHP.

Outside of pharmacy, Jaris usually finds himself cycling, participating in bootcamps and recreational weight-lifting, volunteering, tutoring Aboriginal health science students, traveling, and spending time with his five nieces and nephews. 

Jaris was recognized during the Awards Ceremony at CSHP's 46th Annual Professional Practice Conference (PPC). The Awards Ceremony was held on February 1, 2015, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.