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2020 M.J. Huston Pharmacist of Distinction: Jenny Wichart

Jenny Wichart
Clinical Practice Leader
Alberta Health Services

The M. J. Huston Pharmacist of Distinction is awarded to a pharmacist who has demonstrated leadership and advanced the pharmacist profession through a long-time commitment to innovation, continual professional development, and quality patient care.

This year’s M.J. Huston Pharmacist of Distinction is Jenny Wichart, a clinical pharmacist, and Clinical Practice Leader at Alberta Children’s Hospital where she works in pediatric nephrology and transplant. Jenny has a significant role in the Nephrology Clinic and is involved in coordinating pharmacist care with the Southern Alberta Renal Program, supporting nephrology pharmacists across southern Alberta. Jenny is involved in the Canadian Society of Transplantation and has taken on various roles to support and promote the organization. She currently serves as Chair of the Allied Health Group, is a past Chair of the Pediatric Group, past member of the Education Committee, and is an active participant in the Transplant Pharmacists group. She was also Chair of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Specialty Network for Transplant as well as a member of the Pharmacy Specialty Network Coordinating Committee. Additionally, Jenny participates in transplant research and is an investigator for a multi-centre study dealing with transplant education.

Throughout her clinical work, Jenny works directly with patients and their families to maximize healthcare outcomes and create positive healthcare experiences. Jenny is also an active preceptor and takes on students and trainees for rotations. In 2019, Jenny was recognized as Preceptor of the Year by the Alberta Pharmacy Practice Residency Program.

“Jenny’s ability to blend leadership, innovation, and professional development results in superb clinical care,” said Dr. Julian Midgley, pediatric nephrologist, and co-nominator for this award.

“Jenny epitomizes what pharmacists could and should be. She is dedicated to her patients, to the profession, and to Alberta Health Services,” said Dalyce Zuk, Clinical Practice Manager at AHS, and co-nominator for the award. “She is a positive role model for others and a true leader all around.”