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Emily Lap Sum Musing is Executive Director of the Pharmacy, Clinical Risk and Quality at the University Health Network (UHN). As such, she manages pharmacy services across the 3 sites of UHN: Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, and Princess Margaret Hospital. As UHN’s Patient Safety Officer, she is also responsible for providing leadership related to clinical risk and quality.
Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, in 1983, and her Master of Health Science in Health Administration from the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, in 2003. She is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives and a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Emily’s involvement in the CSHP has spanned the chapter, branch, and national levels, including serving as President of the Ontario Branch (1992/93) and National President (2005/06). She has also been active within the society as an accreditor with the Canadian Hospital Pharmacy Residency Board, a member of the national Leadership Task Force, and the guest editor for the inaugural CSHP 2015 chapter of the Hospital Pharmacy in Canada Report. She has previously held the positions of Secretary of the Central Chapter and Chair of the Ontario Branch Education Committee and Public Affairs Committee. In 2005, Emily was recognized by the Society with the Fellow designation.
Emily holds an appointment as Associate Professor with the Faculty of Pharmacy and is an adjunct faculty member with the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She is a Chief Administrator for the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Toronto objective structured clinical examination, an assessor and case writer for the Ontario College of Pharmacists’ Quality Assessment Program, and the Executive Editor for the Hospital Pharmacy in Canada Report.
Other leadership activities include Emily’s previous roles as an Ontario Trailblazer for the Safer Healthcare Now! campaign, member of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Expert Panel on Quality and Safety, and Co-chair of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario’s Drug and Therapeutics Committee.
Vicki Sills graduated from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Pharmacy in 1984 and completed a Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program at Kingston General Hospital. She began her hospital pharmacy career at Credit Valley Hospital and in 1986 became the first clinical pharmacist at Peel Memorial Hospital in Brampton (currently part of the William Osler Health Centre). In that facility she became the Director of Pharmacy in 1988, remaining in that position until 1999.
During her tenure as Director of Pharmacy at Peel Memorial Hospital, Vicki expanded the clinical program to the point where all pharmacists provided direct patient care services within all patient care programs. The department was one of the first pilot sites for the University of Toronto’s SPEP (Structured Practical Experience Program) and the implementation of the pharmaceutical care model. She implemented a fully integrated, computerized pharmacy system, complete unit-dose cart fill, and a centralized IV admixture service within a brand-new facility built in the 1990s. Pharmacist-to-pharmacy-technician delegation occurred, including order entry, such that more pharmacist time became available for clinical services. The success of the pharmacy staff was evident by the number of teams that won hospital quality improvement awards. During this time, Vicki volunteered as Chair of the Metro Toronto Hospital Pharmacy Directors Group.
In 1999, Vicki became Director of Pharmacy at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. The Institute was a new organization formed by the amalgamation of complex continuing care and rehabilitation hospitals within central Toronto. The challenge of a multisite organization was addressed by forming linkages and creating opportunities among the staff working at each of the sites and by implementing a standard computer system and a formal pharmacist-to-pharmacy-technician delegation program. Vicki was also actively engaged in corporate initiatives, such as the development of a hospital information system, quality improvement programs, and accreditation.
In 2001 Vicki left the Greater Toronto Area for Kitchener, Ontario, where she became the Director of Pharmacy at St Mary’s General Hospital. She further developed the pharmacist-to-pharmacy-technician delegation program such that pharmacy technicians are now integral members of patient care teams, where they process medication orders directly on the floors and oversee the automated dispensing cabinets. The pharmacists’ clinical services are also enhanced by active teaching roles with the University of Toronto (through the SPEP) and the University of Waterloo (cofunded faculty, teaching assistants, and co-op students). Vicki’s passion for medication safety resulted in a term as the hospital’s patient safety officer and the coordinator for its accreditation in 2008, for which the hospital received the highest award possible. Vicki is further pursuing her patient safety interests as a clinical faculty member of the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy.
Vicki has been a member of the CSHP since she was a student at U of T. It was 1999 when she was recruited by the Ontario Branch as an active volunteer. Vicki’s passion for hospital pharmacy and the work of the CSHP was demonstrated through her terms as Branch President, Branch Delegate, Chapter Chair, and Branch Liaison to the University of Waterloo. Vicki was also a member of the Governance Task Force and is currently cochair of the Hospital Pharmacy Management Leadership Task Force.
Rochelle Gellatly graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 2004. Subsequently, she completed her Pharmacy Practice Residency with the Fraser Health Authority in 2005 and joined the Cardiac Surgery Team as a Clinical Pharmacist at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. Her desire to advance her pharmacy practice led Rochelle to undertake her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, and she graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008.
Rochelle has been a preceptor for undergraduate pharmacy students, residents, and doctoral-level students and has been involved in didactic teaching as well. She volunteers her time mentoring residents and student members of the CSHP. Rochelle has also contributed to the education of other allied health professionals, by creating educational sessions that allow nurse practitioners to safely and effectively prescribe anticoagulants. Rochelle has contributed to education and research by making poster presentations and speaking at various conferences.
In 2005, Rochelle received the CSHP Banff Conference poster prize, and in 2008, she received the Publication Award of CSHP’s British Columbia Branch for a review article that she coauthored.
Rochelle is currently a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Cardiac Surgery at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. She is a member of CSHP’s Education Services Committee, after previously volunteering as part of the Programs Committee of the British Columbia Branch. She is also a peer reviewer for the CJHP. Rochelle is hoping to further her research interests in the coming year and plans to involve pharmacy students in her work, to encourage future great minds to enter the hospital pharmacy profession.
Rochelle would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank those involved in her pharmacy education and professional development.
Erin Cashin completed her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan in 2004, followed by her Pharmacy Practice Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, in June 2005. After working as a clinical pharmacist on the medicine patient care unit at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, she returned to the prairies to work as a staff pharmacist at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre (RDRHC). It was there that she worked on a medicine/palliative care patient care unit before integrating into the interprofessional team on the neurology/medicine patient care unit in January 2007. Recently, Erin has worked to re-implement pharmacist services for the outpatient population in the Stroke Prevention Clinic at the RDRHC.
Since arriving in Red Deer, Erin has been actively involved in the RDRHC Pharmacy Practice Residency Program as a general medicine, liaison, and project preceptor, as well as a program advisor and mentor. She is also a member of the Residency Advisory Committee and has served as an evaluator for the Alberta Hospital Pharmacy Residency Committee case presentations. Currently, Erin is involved in a project with the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, where she works with students and preceptors during fourth-year clinical placements in rural communities in central Alberta. Her activities include developing, organizing, and facilitating student activities regarding patient care experiences through the use of distance education technology and preceptor support.
Erin recently completed a 3-year term as a Presidential Officer for the Alberta Branch of the CSHP. During that period, she introduced the Student Mentorship Program and Careers in Hospitals and Health Related Settings Information Night for student members of the branch. She has continued her involvement as a member of the Alberta Branch Awards Committee.
In her personal life, Erin is happily married to Richard. They have recently become a host family for the Red Deer Rebels hockey club of the Western Hockey League. She also enjoys volunteering for the Red Deer Regional Hospital Foundation’s Christmas event, the Festival of Trees. In her downtime, she enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.
Christine Leong is a fourth-year pharmacy student at the University of Manitoba. Before entering the pharmacy program, Christine received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba (2006), with a focus on microbiology and neuropsychology. During her academic years in pharmacy, from 2007 to 2009, Christine was first the Junior and then the Senior Representative to CAPSI.
Since 2006, Christine has been working as a clinical pharmacy student and research assistant under the direction of Dr Michael Namaka at the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. Through the MS Clinic, Christine has been involved in coordinating clinical research trials, collaborating with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, a dietician, and other students throughout the course of the trials. The clinical research trials in which Christine has been involved include the following:
Christine has been a contributing author on several published papers, including “Clinical Review: Multiple Sclerosis: Etiology and Treatment Strategies”, “A Treatment Algorithm for Neuropathic Pain: An Update”, “Managing Migraines: Options for Acute Abortive Treatment”, and “Axotomy-induced Up-regulation of Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha in the Dorsal Root Ganglia”.
In addition, Christine has presented several research posters across Canada and the United States, including “A Novel Treatment Algorithm for Neuropathic Pain”, “An Interim Analysis: Nasal Colonization of Staphylococcus aureus in Relapsing–Remitting Multiple Sclerosis Patients”, and “Multiple Sclerosis and Neuropathic Pain”.
Christine was the recipient of the 2009 Future Professional Pharmacy Student Award of the Manitoba Branch of the CSHP, the 2008 Merck Frosst Summer Research Student Program Award, and the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Scholarship.