2016 Future of Pharmacy: Ashten Langevin
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Ashten Langevin is a clinical pharmacist at the Internal Medicine Medical Teaching Unit (MTU) at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. The team – consisting of one attending physician, 6-10 trainees, one clinical pharmacist – work collaboratively to care for approximately 20 complex, and often very sick patients. Ashten thrives in this broad, challenging environment and is passionate about learning as much as possible from her colleagues and patients. “I want to learn everything there is to learn,” Ashten says. “I’m so fortunate to be part of this teaching unit. I don’t think I could get this kind of experience anywhere else.”
Ashten is described by her colleagues as an extremely well rounded pharmacist with a skill for effective teaching, a collaborative spirit, and a tenacious drive to investigate complex patient pharmacological issues. She works with the team and her patients to determine acceptable therapies through shared decision making. “At the end of the day, my goal is to set my patients up for success,” says Ashten. “I want my patients to clearly understand what the plan is going forward, and I want them to be comfortable with it.”
In addition to meeting the demands of her day-to-day responsibilities, Ashten contributes to the profession as a preceptor for pharmacy students, having taken on at least one student each year since starting at the MTU three and a half years ago. She is also actively involved with the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) and is currently chair of the education committee. As part of her ongoing commitment to professional development, Ashten recently received her Additional Prescribing Authorization and is currently working towards her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) at the University of Alberta.