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2018 Future of Pharmacy: Vincent Ha

Vincent Ha
Cross Cancer Institute
Edmonton, Alberta

The Future of Pharmacy Award is awarded to up to three pharmacists per year who have been in practice less than five years and who exhibit strong leadership skills, the initiative to become a role model, and offer extraordinary promise to the profession.

One of this year’s recipients is Vincent Ha, a clinical pharmacist practising at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. In just three short years, Vincent has obtained his Additional Prescribing Authorization and has contributed to valuable clinical research by publishing three papers in peer-reviewed pharmacy journals. He is also a regular guest lecturer for the oncology pharmacy module for the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Bachelor of Radiation Therapy program.

“Vincent’s achievements go way beyond what we commonly see in a new practitioner,” said Melanie Danilak, Pharmacy Clinical Practice Leader, Alberta Health Services. “His motivation and passion for the profession continues to grow and I have no doubt he will continue his outstanding work and encourage others to do the same. Vincent Ha is exactly who I want to see when looking at the future of pharmacy.” Melanie has known Vincent since he was a student at the Cross Cancer Institute and was one of Vincent’s nominators for the award.

“A lot of times we have patients come in and the first thing they say is how scared they are to walk in this facility, how scared they are to be given the news that they have cancer or are palliative. But when they come in and see the team that we are, the individuals that we are, and how closely we work with each patient, they see that it’s not all scary,” said Vincent. Along with his team members, Vincent strives to help patients reach their individual goals. “I had one patient who told me that her goal was to be standing at her son's graduation. That's all she wanted to do. That was her last wish. We worked to the best of our abilities to get her to that point where she could stand and clap for her son.”