2017 Hospital Pharmacy Student Award Recipient

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Erin Alexandria Cicinelli, BScH
Bolton, Ontario

Award co-sponsored by the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) &
the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI)


Erin Cicinelli is a 4th-year PharmD student at the University of Toronto. She grew up in Bolton, a small town north of Toronto and completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Toronto in 2013. She chose to pursue a career in pharmacy after witnessing the important role that pharmacists play in patient care while working in an independent pharmacy in her hometown.

Erin feels fortunate to have gained exposure to many areas of the multifaceted profession of pharmacy. She has completed clinical rotations in hemodialysis, general medicine, and intensive care at the University Health Network. In addition, she has worked on pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacy practice research studies and presented her work at the OPA and CSHP Professional Practice Conferences. In the summer of 2016, she completed a rotation at St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor in Uganda where she worked with the Pharmacy Department to develop protocols and collect data for quality improvement projects.

As a pharmacy student, Erin became involved in various leadership, advocacy, and charity initiatives. In 2014, she founded a group that organizes volunteer opportunities in the community to enhance students’ awareness of the social determinants of health. She has served terms on Governing Council at both the university and faculty levels, representing the student voice on curriculum and student life matters. She is currently President of the 4th-year class and works with her council to plan activities that enhance the social and academic experience of her classmates.

Erin feels honoured to have been selected as this year’s recipient of the Hospital Pharmacy Student Award. She is grateful to the research supervisors, preceptors, and staff members at her faculty who have mentored and supported her throughout her pharmacy education. Outside of pharmacy, Erin’s interests include playing soccer, hiking, and enjoying the vibrant Toronto arts and culture scene. She hopes to one day practice as hospital pharmacist and incorporate patient care, research, and teaching activities throughout her career.

Erin was recognized at the Closing Gala at CAPSI's 2017 Professional Development Week (PDW). The Closing Gala was held on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Erin was also honoured at a formal awards ceremony at the 48th Annual Professional Practice Conference (PPC). The ceremony was held on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel.