2014 Future of Pharmacy: Tim Leung
Pharmacist, University of Alberta Hospital
With the practice of pharmacy accelerating in Alberta, it is fitting that 2014 Future of Pharmacy recipient Tim Leung is going full speed ahead.
Tim has been instrumental in developing emergency medicine pharmacist practice in Alberta. He was brought in to progress the role at the U of A Hospital Emergency Department based on his success and leadership in the Emergency Department (ED) at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. Most notably, he developed the protocol for managing positive microbiology results for discharged ED patients. The streamlined process has minimized confusion and improved the consistency of care for staff and patients. In addition, Tim managed medications as a member of the ED trauma and resuscitation team.
Tim attributes his early career success to mentors who believed in him. Tim is active as a mentor and preceptor with CSHP and the U of A and feels that sharing experiences and knowledge with future pharmacists is integral to advancing the profession. This attitude led him to develop a guide for ED pharmacists on how to manage the growing body of literature, using social media and technology paired with clinical training modules.
In practice less than two years after completing his residency, Tim has already received his injection and additional prescribing authorizations. He is certified to provide Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), completed the AHS Physical Assessment for the Clinical Pharmacist course, and is in the process of completing his Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification.
Disliking the phrase “we have always done it this way,” Tim’s continued learning is driven by his desire to provide optimal care to his patients.
“At the bare minimum, every patient deserves a smile and someone who will listen,” says Tim. He goes far beyond this by collaborating with team members, accessing global health professionals through social media, and exhausting every resource to get the best possible outcomes for his patients.Tim is now enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate PharmD program at the University of British Columbia. He can see himself growing into a leadership role, but always wants to have patient involvement and work on the cutting edge of practice. “When I tell people about my practice,” says Tim, “I always like the reaction: ‘I never thought of a pharmacist doing that before.’”