2018 Hospital Pharmacy Student Award Recipient
Award co-sponsored by the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP)
& the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI)
Maria Moreno is a fourth-year PharmD student at the University of Toronto who is honoured to have been selected as this year’s recipient of the Hospital Pharmacy Student Award. Maria completed three years of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Science before choosing to pursue a career in Pharmacy. She was drawn to the profession for its evolving landscape and the value that pharmacists bring to patient care.
Maria feels lucky to have been exposed to several areas of the pharmacy profession. She has completed clinical rotations in hospitals in Toronto and Ottawa in the areas of oncology, emergency medicine, general medicine, intensive care, and rehabilitation. Maria also completed a research rotation at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario conducting a retrospective chart review on the use of cannabis in children. In addition, she has volunteered at the University Health Network working on a variety of projects at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Toronto Western Hospital Family Health Team.
During her time as a student, Maria founded a club called Pharmacy Pediatric Initiative that aims to help students learn about the role that pharmacists play in pediatrics, and empower students to provide care for these types of patients in the future. Maria was also part of CAPSI Council where she represented UofT pharmacy students on a national level. She oversaw the implementation of all CAPSI initiatives at UofT and was the chair of Pharmacist Awareness Month 2017. Through this, she created opportunities for students to be recognized for their professional skills and advocate for the profession.
Maria has also been involved with CSHP as the student representative on the Excellence in Hospital Pharmacy Steering Committee. As part of the Communications Working Group, she has been greatly involved in promoting the Excellence program, which assists members in focusing their efforts towards fostering excellence and innovation in patient care.
Outside of pharmacy, Maria’s interests include swimming, travelling, and learning about different cultures. Maria is looking forward to becoming a practicing pharmacist and hopes to work in a hospital setting while incorporating research and teaching into her career.
Maria was recognized at the Closing Gala at CAPSI's 2018 Professional Development Week (PDW). The Closing Gala was held on January 13, 2018, at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton.
Maria was also honoured at a formal awards ceremony at the 49th Annual Professional Practice Conference (PPC). The ceremony was held on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at the Beanfield Centre (at Exhibition Place) in Toronto.