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2017 Future of Pharmacy: Jenny Edwards

jenny edwards
internal medicine pharmacist
peter lougheed centre, calgary 

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Jenny Edwards is a clinical pharmacist in the Medical Teaching Unit (MTU) at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Jenny is part of a multi-disciplinary Internal Medicine team that includes internists, resident physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and students.

If there is such thing as a typical day in pharmacy, for Jenny, it would start with meeting patients in the hospital’s emergency department to complete best possible medication histories and medication reconciliations followed by rounding with her team throughout the day. After the initial visit, Jenny sees patients throughout their stay, updating them on medication changes, following up on symptoms, monitoring for side-effects, etc. “When patients are ready for discharge, I like to meet with them to go over their new medications to help facilitate seamless care into the community, such as setting up their blister packs, providing them with prescriptions, or ensuring they have adequate medication coverage.”

Jenny feels fortunate to work in fast-faced environment where she gets to interact with a variety of patients. “One of the things I love about my job is being able to help patients with their drug therapy problems and provide education to help them be successful in managing their health,” says Jenny. “Having the knowledge and skills to be able to do this inspires me to grow professionally.”   

While completing her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Jenny volunteered as a class representative for the Alberta Pharmacy Students’ Association (APSA). She was also a member of the Student Advisory Committee, assisted in the development of the Professionalism Program, completed curriculum review and amendment, and organized a pharmacy team for the CIBC Run for the Cure.

After graduating from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta in 2012, Jenny began a busy year of Pharmacy Residency with Alberta Health Services (AHS). In addition to her clinical responsibilities and learning, she completed a clinical study on vancomycin dosing in pediatric patients that was published in the Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy. Following a year of determination and progress, she was awarded the Alberta Hospital Pharmacy Residency Award (2013) and the Alberta Hospital Pharmacy Residency Project Award (2013).

Recognizing the necessity of passing along her expertise and fostering excellence in others, Jenny has served as a preceptor to PharmD students, pharmacy residents, and undergraduate pharmacy students since graduation. She has volunteered for two years on the CSHP Symposium Planning Committee. She also has volunteered on several weekends as an OSCE evaluator for International Pharmacy Graduates and Naturopathic Doctors.

“I was blessed with some great mentors throughout my education who have shaped the pharmacist I’ve become. I think it would be incredible to have that kind impact on future pharmacists. I can definitely see myself involved in education and mentorship as I move forward in my career.”

Amidst her contribution to the development of others, Jenny continues to further her own development. She is currently involved in a number of research projects and completing her PharmD (Part-time Pathway) through the University of Alberta while continuing her full-time clinical responsibilities.