2020 Future of Pharmacy: Choi Chung
Mint Health + Drugs
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 Choi Chung, a clinical pharmacist and pharmacy manager with Mint Health + Drugs: CMP. Choi graduated from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2017 and has found passion for serving and mentoring members of the Boyle Street and Boyle McCauley communities, as well as fostering the self-care and well-being of his own pharmacy team. Choi works with a variety of organizations in Edmonton to provide medication reviews, blood pressure clinics, naloxone training, and educational presentations to staff and patients. Choi has conducted extensive work with both the George Spady Society’s Detox, Shelter and Place of Dignity program, which provides an environment to stabilize the condition of those under the influence of various substances, and Ambrose Place, an organization that provides a culturally-sensitive environment to homeless or at-risk Indigenous individuals. Choi is also a speaker and panelist for programs such as Venture Healthcare, DermaCon: Day of Dermatology, and the Pharmacy Technician Society of Alberta.
“Choi spends time in one-on-one consultations with clients. The goal of these meetings are not only about immediate needs but to build relationships with clients, repairing some of the trust that has been undone by experiences in a system that they feel may have failed them,” said Lindy Dowhaniuk, Director of Emergent Services at the George Spady Society, a co-nominator for this award.
“Choi has been able to create a positive workplace culture and has ultimately created a collaborative workplace environment that allows his team to openly and honestly share when they aren’t at their best, knowing they would not be judged, and that other members of the team would step up to fill in the gaps,” said Kit Poon, Director of Mint Health + Drugs, who co-nominated Choi for this award.