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2016 Award of Excellence: Serena Rix


Serena rix
Grey Nuns Community Hospital

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Serena Rix is a qualified PharmD practising pharmacist in the palliative care unit at Grey Nuns Community Hospital in Edmonton. Drawing on her extensive oncology experience, most notably from her years as a pharmacist at the Cross Cancer Institute, Serena led the development of a tool designed to assist non-oncology pharmacists and allied healthcare professionals to identify problems associated with oral chemotherapy. Working closely with a project team from the University of Alberta, Serena created the AntiC website, www.oralchemotherapy.ca, and corresponding mobile app.

AntiC covers an updated list of many brand and generic chemotherapy agents from monographs, precautions for both general and specialized populations, usual doses, common side effects, and drug interactions. AntiC is a valuable tool for both retail and hospital pharmacists who provide care to chemotherapy patients. This contribution to the practice of pharmacy is a true example of what can be achieved when you combine a passion for patient care, an innovative spirit and the desire to modernize practice.

Serena participates as a Pharmacist Mentor, acting as preceptor for 2nd and 4th year Pharmacy and post-professional PharmD residencies. She is also involved in undergraduate teaching for the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta, covering subjects such as palliative care, pain management, and oncology medication side-effects.

“Serena Rix is extremely involved in teaching, mentoring, and is actively pursuing research projects on knowledge translation within the area of palliative care,” says Dr. Sharon Marsh, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta. “She has a passion for learning and for teaching and has an incredible drive to improve both herself and others through her work and research.”